Tuesday, December 29, 2009
NFL Football- Week 16 Review
That is what football fans of the Indianapolis Colts are saying after Sunday's asinine decision by Head Coach Jim Caldwell to pull Peyton Manning (pictured left) and the other starting offensive players as well as the defense during the third quarter of a game in which the Colts were leading.
The Jets (8-7) wound up beating the Colts, 29-15 to stop the Colts' undefeated season and keep their own playoff hopes alive. The Colts do own the home-field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs.
WTF is also what Saints' fans have to be saying following their second consecutive loss at home after a 13-0 start this season. Tampa Bay (3-12) won the game in overtime, 20-17 on a 47-yard field goal by Conner Barth. The Saints blew a 14-0 first quarter lead in the game.
Despite the lackluster effort in the Big Easy, the Saints still have the homefield advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs as a result of the Minnesota Vikings losing their game.
How about those Chicago Bears beating the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football?
Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler threw four touchdown passes, including the game winning 39-yard pass to wide receiver Devin Aromashodu in overtime for the 36-30 win.
The loss dropped the Minnesota Vikings out of the second seed in the NFC Playoffs picture.
The Philadelphia Eagles (11-4) won their sixth consecutive game and are now number two in the NFC after hanging on for a 30-27 win over the fading Denver Broncos, who slipped to 8-7 and now must win and get help in the final game just to make the playoffs.
The Green Bay Packers blasted Seattle, 48-10 to clinch a playoff spot as Aaron Rodgers was efficient and Ryan Grant scored two TDs and Brandon Jackson three TDs (two rushing and one receiving) to pace the attack.
What happened to the New York Giants in their final home game at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands?
The Carolina Panthers dismantled the Giants, 41-9 to eliminate the pre-season favorites of the NFC to reach Super Bowl 44 behind 206 rushing yards from Jonathon Stewart and three touchdown passes from Matt Moore.
The Dallas Cowboys (10-5) clinched the sixth and final NFC playoff spot Sunday Night with a 17-0 shutout victory at Washington.
The Arizona Cardinals (10-5 and playoff bound) rolled past St. Louis, 31-10 as Kurt Warner threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Cardinals' defense limited the Rams to 238 yard in total offense.
The Pittsburgh Steelers kept their scant chances of another chance at defending their Super Bowl title in tow with a 23-20 nail biter over the visiting Baltimore Ravens.
The Cincinnati Bengals finally clinched the AFC North with a 17-10 win against stubborn Kansas City. The Bengals (10-5) saw QB Carson Palmer hit Chad Ochocinco with a 6-yard scoring pass with two minutes left in regulation for the winning score.
The New England Patriots rode the arm of quarterback Tom Brady (four TD passes, including three of them to Randy Moss) to a 35-7 trouncing of the Jacksonville Jaguars to clinch the AFC East for the seventh time this decade.
The Houston Texans jumped out to a 27-0 lead against the Miami Dolphins and then held on foir a 27-20 win to keep their slim playoff chances alive. Texans' QB Matt Schaub threw two TD passes to offset Miami's second half comeback. The loss eliminated the Dolphins (7-8) unless every other team loses and they beat the Steelers in Miami in the season finale.
The San Diego Chargers (12-3) won their 10th consecutive game and wrapped up the number-two seed in the AFC and a first round bye with a 42-17 win at Tennessee on Christmas Night.
Quarterback Philip Rivers threw two TD passes and LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for two scores and Darren Sproles scored three times for San Diego in the rout, which eliminated the Titans (7-8) from playoff contention.
Other games saw...
Atlanta Falcons blast Buffalo, 31-3 as Falcons' QB Matt Ryan threw three TD passes ... San Francisco 49ers knocked off the visiting Detroit Lions, 20-6 to improve to 7-8... Cleveland (4-11) won its' third game in a row with a 23-9 home victory against the Oakland Raiders as Jerome Harrison rushed for 148 yards and scored a touchdown.