2010 NFL Week 16 Game Recaps
Steelers 27, Panthers 3
The Steelers put this game away early by scoring quickly and taking away the running game from the Panthers. Jonathan Stewart ran well early thanks to shoddy Pittsburgh tackling, but just didn't get the opportunities because of the deficit. Remarkably, Stewart had about three-quarters of his team's yardage; he gained 71 yards on 18 carries.
- Millen opened the game talking about what Jimmy Clausen had to do in this contest: "He doesn't have to lose... no, he can't win it... oh..."
- Said Millen of Jonathan Stewart: "That's 100-percent USDA Man!"
- Later, Millen had yet another gay moment: "Big Ben pulled out too soon." Not that there's anything wrong with that.
- Papa called Jonathan Stewart "James Stewart." Remember James O. Stewart of the Jaguars? And no, no relation to Wendy O. Koopa, Wraith.
- "That's the end of quarterback No. 3."
Nothing wrong with this, except for the fact that Papa said this at the end of the first quarter.
- "The Panthers went with a wild card on a third down."
With the Wildcat offense going out of style, teams will undoubtedly turn to the awesome Wild Card offense.
Cardinals 27, Cowboys 26
McGee stepped in for an injured Jon Kitna (12-20, 115 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs), who had two pick-sixes, neither of which was his fault. On the first, Miles Austin-Jones (6-115, TD) fell down. On the second, Roy Williams (0 catches) bobbled the ball into the hands of Greg Toler.
McGee was shaky throughout until a perfect 37-yard touchdown to Austin-Jones with about a minute remaining in regulation. The score should have been 27-24, but kicker David Buehler hit the left upright on the extra point.
After that, Skelton had his chance. On a 4th-and-15, Skelton hit Larry Fitzgerald with a 26-yard laser. A few players later, Jay Feely nailed the game-winning 48-yard field goal.
I was hoping for Santa to kidnap Bob Papa, Joe Theismann and Matt Millen. My Christmas wishes have not come true.
Later, Theismann broke some news:
"The Cowboys will let the clock run down and then Jason Campbell will call the timeout."
Jerry Jones has found his new head coach, and it's Jason Campbell!
As if being the new Adam Schefter wasn't enough, Theismann also established himself as the next Emmitt Smith when he said:
"Everything now is just speeded up."
Patriots 34, Bills 3
Stevie Johnson has been great at times this year. But he's really hurt his team with big drops. Johnson ruined a potential win over Pittsburgh with a drop in overtime, and he once again spoiled a possible victory this Sunday. Johnson dropped what seemed like 5,000 passes in this contest; he bobbled a ball in the end zone in the first quarter, and then dropped a pass on 4th-and-long that would have given the Bills a first down when the game was still close.
As a result, the Bills trailed 24-3 at halftime, even though the Patriots had just a slight edge in yardage at that juncture (238-206).
Bears 38, Jets 34
It's amazing that the Bears and Jets teams nearly went over the total (36) individually. Both quarterbacks were very sharp; Jay Cutler tossed a pick-six early, but bounced back with an incredible performance (13-of-25, 215 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT).
Great call by Wraith about this:
It was fourth down and a foot, and we all know that Ryan cannot resist a foot.
Ravens 20, Browns 10
Prior to this game, Lewis said of Peyton Hillis' 144-rushing yard performance in Week 3, "Even a blind cat will find a meal every once in a while." Lewis promised to shut down the monstrous running back, and he lived up this word; Hillis rushed for just 35 yards on 12 carries.
Redskins 20, Jaguars 17
Jacksonville was clearly flat off an emotional loss at Indianapolis. The team made dumb mistakes (five penalties in the first 18 minutes), while David Garrard took four sacks and tossed two interceptions. Garrard also fumbled twice. He nearly coughed it up a third time to give Washington a touchdown, but the play was overturned after a booth review.
Grossman wasn't very good. He went 19-of-39 for 182 yards, a touchdown and an interception that should have been ruled incomplete (even Scott Hanson said it shouldn't have been a pick; Jerome Boger, apparently was confused yet again by the replay system.) Grossman had a second interception dropped and was flagged for intentional grounding on 2nd-and-1. I don't think I've ever seen an intentional grounding on a second-and-short.
Chiefs 34, Titans 14
Jeff Fisher and the Titans should be embarrassed, and I'm not going to spend any time talking about them.
Lions 34, Dolphins 27
Detroit trailed by 10 in the fourth quarter before Miami self-destructed. The Dolphins surrendered a 53-yard touchdown to Jahvid Best and then saw Chad Henne toss a pick-six when his intended receiver (Davone Bess) fell down. The Lions now have five wins, which is impressive considering that they've suffered close, excruciating losses and barely had Matthew Stafford all year.
Maybe the Dolphins can use Henne to trade up and draft a franchise qb in 2011!
Dream on, buddy.
Rams 25, 49ers 17
Singletary inexplicably yanked Alex Smith after a solid two-game stint in favor of Troy Smith. Troy was awful, going 7-of-9 for 153 yards, one touchdown, an interception and three fumbles. After the pick, he and Singletary engaged in a heated argument on the sidelines. Troy remained the quarterback for a while until he was mercifully benched in favor of Alex. Alex predictably performed much better, going 10-of-15 for 120 yards.
Singletary made a huge mistake by benching Alex in the first place. You can't play musical chairs with your quarterbacks and expect success.
Despite this, I don't like what the Rams' coaching staff is doing. They just aren't putting much faith in Bradford and instead are being way too conservative in the red zone. For example, St. Louis ran the ball on 3rd-and-7 deep in San Francisco territory. The Rams have no chance of winning a playoff game if they don't trust their own quarterback.
Bengals 34, Chargers 20
Can we all agree that Turner should never be a head coach ever again? We've all gotten used to the slow starts, but this was inexcusable. The Chargers put forth no energy in this game. They were completely flat, perhaps assuming that they'd walk all over the three-win Bengals.
Palmer's main receivers: Jerome Simpson (6-124, 2 TDs). Who? Andre Caldwell (4-87). He's still in the league? Jermaine Gresham (4-56, TD). A rookie tight end beating San Diego's defense? The Chargers should be ashamed of themselves.
Broncos 24, Texans 23
Tebow's playing great. Yes, this was against Houston's anemic defense, but Tebow was only making his second start. He completed 16-of-29 passes and led a great comeback from down 17-0, showcasing very good deep accuracy.
Colts 31, Raiders 26
This week: "The Raiders have a good chance to beat the Colts. They'll run all over Indy!!!"
Indianapolis outgained both Jacksonville and Oakland on the ground. Very interesting.
Packers 45, Giants 17
As you can imagine though, I received tons of hate mail. For example, some guy on Twitter (@walterfootball) wrote the following: "nice pick of the month YOU EPIC F***ING FAIL."
I'll have much more hate mail posted on Tuesday.
Four of the six turnovers occurred when the game was still up for grabs. Two came on ugly interceptions from Eli Manning. Two others were fumbles; one by each running back in Green Bay territory. Hakeem Nicks (4-93, TD) also fumbled, but Tom Coughlin challenged and the play was overturned.
Buccaneers 38, Seahawks 15
In other words, next week's battle for the divisional crown could feature a rookie quarterback (Sam Bradford) and another first-year starter (Charlie Whitehurst). Gotta love the NFC West.
Game postponed to Tuesday night
- This game shouldn't have been scheduled for 8:20 on a Sunday night in the first place. NBC inexplicably flexed this matchup for QB Dog Killer versus Brett Favre, and instead could have went with Bears-Jets or Colts-Raiders.
- Shame on the NFL and corrupt Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter for moving this game to Tuesday night. They made the decision around noon when there was no snow on the ground. I tweeted the following at the time:
I live in Philly and It's barely snowing outside! The NFL should be ashamed of itself.
- I was glad to hear Tom Jackson and the rest of the ESPN analysts criticize the move as well. Some games have to be moved because of disasters (Hurricane Katrina, Metrodome roof collapsing, etc.) but this was just snow. Games have been played in snow before. It's freaking football for crying out loud.
- Chris Mortensen also made a great point: With the Super Bowl being played outdoors at the Meadowlands in a few years, what if something like this happens then? Are they going to postpone the Super Bowl? And if they do, what about all the hotel rentals and stuff like that?
- Great tweet by Alex_XXV:
I don't buy that fans security bulls***, NBC wants Favre vs. Vick so they gave Favre three more days to heal the concussion.
Given the fact that NBC stupidly moved this game in the first place, it wouldn't surprise me at all if this were the case.
- One more glaring item:
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who is in charge of calling state of emergencies, said the following on FOX Philadelphia News: "The Eagles game should have been played."
For thoughts on Saints-Falcons, check out my updated 2010 NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Tuesday morning.
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