2010 NFL Week 17 Game Recaps
Falcons 31, Panthers 10
Clausen improved slightly as the game progressed, finishing 19-of-33 for 182 yards and a touchdown. He was robbed of a deep completion to Brandon LaFell, who dropped a pass that sailed right into his hands. LaFell made up for it with a 60-yard end-around.
Fox's decision-making has been questionable all year, and it wasn't any different this Sunday. Forum member CKane summed it up:
So John Fox will try a surprise onside kick but won't go for it on 4th-and-2 and from the 5-yard line?
Ravens 13, Bengals 7
Joe Flacco went 14-of-19 for 125 yards and an interception in the two-minute drill. His favorite targets were Todd Heap (3-53) and Derrick Mason (3-34). Anquan Boldin (2-9) once again did absolutely nothing statistically.
It's almost as if Cameron thought, "We have no chance of getting the bye. Let me use my best player now!"
Having said that, Palmer performed admirably overall. Battling Baltimore's tough defense with Jerome Simpson as a No. 1 receiver is no easy task.
Steelers 41, Browns 9
On offense, the Browns allowed the Steelers to beat McCoy into the ground. I'm not exaggerating when I say that McCoy (20-of-41, 209 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs) was hit on almost every play. Meanwhile, Mohamed Massaquoi may have set the record for most unfinished routes in a single game.
Lions 20, Vikings 13
Raiders 31, Chiefs 10
If only the stupid Chargers showed up at Cincinnati last week, we'd have 11 legitimate teams in the playoffs.
Cassel was constantly under pressure, as the Chiefs had no answer for the Raiders' pass rush. He was sacked seven times, thrice by Kamerion Wimbley.
Patriots 38, Dolphins 7
Brady finished 10-of-16 for 199 yards and two touchdowns despite not having Wes Welker and Deion Branch at his disposal. Brady targeted Rob Gronkowski (6-102, TD) early and often.
Offensive coordinator Dan Henning will also be gone next year. Henning, easily the worst play-caller in the NFL, used the triple option in this game as a last hurrah. Adios, Henning.
Buccaneers 23, Saints 13
However, New Orleans fans should be really concerned. For one, Marques Colston just had his knee scoped, so even if he can play next week, he won't be very effective. Second, Chris Ivory suffered an ankle injury in this contest. With Pierre Thomas also nursing an ankle injury, it doesn't look like the Saints will be able to run the ball well this January.
The next running back up? Julius Jones. Jones fumbled almost immediately, forcing Sean Payton to ride Reggie Bush. Bush looked good at times, but that's not surprising given how banged up Tampa's defense is. He had 70 yards on just nine carries.
Though the Buccaneers didn't make the playoffs, their fans have plenty of reason to be optimistic for 2011. Freeman will be even better in his third season, while the defense will welcome back Gerald McCoy, Aqib Talib and Tanard Jackson, all of whom have been out for a while.
Jets 38, Bills 7
The Jets outgained the Bills, 388-162. Buffalo had no answer for Mark Brunell (6-12, 110 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) and Joe McKnight (32-158). And Brian "Set Up Us The" Brohm was absolutely miserable (10-23, 106 yards, 3 INTs). Remember when he was considered to be a top-10 NFL Draft prospect, and some sun-tanned analyst said he would be better than Aaron Rodgers? Yeeeesh.
Chargers 33, Broncos 28
Blame interim head coach Eric Studesville for myopically eschewing two-point conversions down 16. Instead of aptly attempting a pair of Hail Marys, Tebow could have set up the Broncos with a potential game-tying field goal had he hit the pair of two-pointers.
Still, Tebow gives Denver fans reason for optimism in 2011. One of the CBS announcers predicted that Tebow will be enshrined in the Broncos' ring of honor in 15 years. The other was mildly skeptical, saying that he needs to see more.
Packers 10, Bears 3
Texans 34, Jaguars 17
Edwards had just two completions in the first half (2-of-6). He finished 12-of-25 for 117 yards, one touchdown and an interception. David Garrard, meanwhile, phoned into the CBS broadcasting team in the second quarter. It was really strange hearing him talk on the phone while his team was playing.
Colts 23, Titans 20
Cowboys 14, Eagles 13
Instead, Kevin Kolb started. He went 18-of-36 for 162 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He had a long pass dropped by backup tight end Clay Harbor and was constantly under pressure. Without his usual play-makers, Kolb had no chance. His leading receiver was Chad Hall (6-84, TD), which is probably the first time I ever mentioned that guy's name on this Web site.
49ers 38, Cardinals 7
Instead, Arizona was the team that didn't show up, completely ruining my five-unit pick. As an example of their lack of effort, the Cardinals called a timeout on a 49ers' 3rd-and-6 with 1:30 remaining in the first half. San Francisco was deep in its own territory, so the team was sure to run the ball. Arizona knew this, yet it still surrendered an 8-yard run to the archaic Brian Westbrook.
Giants 17, Redskins 14
Manning threw exclusively to Mario Manningham (4-101, TD) and Derek Hagan (6-70); the latter was guilty of some drops, which was predictable given how many dropped passes he dropped in pre-game warmups. How do you drop balls in pre-game warmups?
Seahawks 16, Rams 6
A) The receivers
B) Sam Bradford
C) Steve Spagnuolo
D) The officials
Let's examine each possible answer:
A) The receivers:
Bradford's receivers betrayed him. There were four dropped balls of 20 yards or longer, two by Danario Alexander. St. Louis almost has to draft Julio Jones or Justin Blackmon this April.
B) Sam Bradford:
Bradford was abysmal and may have lost his Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He went 19-of-36 for 155 yards and a pick, and had numerous balls batted down at the line of scrimmage.
Bradford eventually looked rattled and made a terrible read on his costly interception. Immediately afterward, Awesome Kelly in Arizona texted me: "Sam Bradford just looked retarded after that pick.. he showed no emotion indicating he had any idea that he did anything wrong. Write that down."
When a hot chick who likes football tells you to write something down, you write it down.
C) Steve Spagnuolo:
Someone must have stolen Spagnuolo's red flags because he should have called for a challenge on a potential catch along the sidelines and a horrific spot that I'll discuss later.
Steven Jackson had only 15 touches. There's no reasonable explanation for this.
The Rams also looked confused and disoriented as a whole throughout most of the night - especially at the end of the game when Spagnuolo mismanaged his challenges and timeouts.
D) The officials:
Surprise, surprise. Jerome Boger screwed up yet another game. Check out these blown calls that went in Seattle's favor:
1. A shady holding call which gave the Seahawks a touchdown instead of a field goal on the opening drive.
2. A missed offsides penalty that was so obvious that Aaron Curry was searching for a flag on the ground.
3. No low block called on Seattle on a punt, which had Cris Collinsworth puzzled.
4. Didn't call an obvious pass interference on Kelly Jennings in which the Seattle corner contacted a Rams receiver downfield and never turned around.
5. Gave the Seahawks a very questionable first down that prompted Al Michaels to exclaim, "They gave a first down on that play!?!?!"
My Answer: E) All of the above.
For more, check out my updated 2010 NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Tuesday morning.
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