The Playoff Push Begins Now [NFL Week 13 Live Thread]

12/4/11 in NFL   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

With five games to play, now begins the full-on push to the playoffs. Remember that as college football spends the day arguing minutiae between Alabama and Oklahoma State. On to today's games.

1:00 PM GAMES:

Tennessee at Buffalo: 
As average as the Titans seem, things are looking up. Chris Johnson might have finally woken up, the Texans are down to their third string quarterback, and this week they get the free falling Bills.

Kansas City at Chicago: In a parallel universe, Caleb Hanie vs. Tyler Palko is the biggest quarterback matchup in decades. In this one, not so much.

Oakland at Miami: The Raiders are not catching Miami at the right time, as the Dolphins look like an NFL team again. In addition, the Raiders are without Darren McFadden, Denarious Moore, and Jacoby Ford. No wonder Janikowski and Lechler are their best two players now.

Denver at Minnesota: No Von Miller today for the Broncos, which could hurt the effectiveness of their red hot defense. Oh wait, Tebow, so none of that matters. Sorry. Also, Adrian Peterson is out again. WARNING: Thom Brennaman is calling this game. Plan accordingly.

Indianapolis at New England: A few weeks ago, a guy from the IndyCar world I follow on Twitter asked who would win between the 0-16 Lions and these Colts. I asked if Dan Orlovsky would be all time quarterback in that game.

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh: Neither of these teams looked great last week against mediocre opponents. What does that mean in this grudge match from a few weeks ago? I don't know.

Carolina at Tampa Bay: Woof. (Unless you're dying to watch Josh Johnson quarterback)

N.Y. Jets at Washington: Rex Ryan vs. Rex Grossman! Double your Sexy Rexy, double your....well, I wouldn't say fun.

Atlanta at Houston:
 The Falcons are 7-4, even though they haven't looked very impressive doing it. Here's their chance though against T.J. Yates and the Fighting Whatever Is Left of the Texans.

4:00 PM GAMES:

Baltimore at Cleveland: 
If the Ravens didn't so consistently play down to their competition, you'd call this a potential blowout.

Green Bay at N.Y. Giants: Last week's demolition in New Orleans sure makes it look like the Giants won't be able to handle the Packers offense, but the Giants are known for strange happenings. Plus, the Packers secondary can surrender yards in bunches...

(Thus concludes this week's installment of "Eric tries to downplay the Packers in an attempt not to jinx things.")

Dallas at Arizona: Things are setting up nicely for Dallas, which means they should do something to screw it up shortly. What better time than now. All hail John Skelton!

St. Louis at San Francisco: So, a rested and probably angry Niners team against a Rams team in disarray? This should end well. Someone just get Scott drunk now to save time.

SUNDAY NIGHT GAME:

Detroit at New Orleans:
 The Saints are starting to get hot, while the Lions have hit a patch of adversity. Detroit's banged up secondary has a tall order stopping Drew Brees with less help up front without Stompy McSuh. It would help the Lions too if Stafford remembered how to throw an accurate pass.

Q it up here throughout Week 13.
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12/5/11   |   originalcrash78   |   7104 respect

HouTxFan wrote:
What a game they played! Kubiak got all wild and stuff, too, going for it on 4th down. What did you think about that?!

There may be hope for our head coach. Ol' Gary called a pretty good game Sunday. (There. I said it.) He actually got a chalenge taken from him. TJ's arm was definitely going forward. It was an all-around good performance. I'm impressed. Now on to Cincy. GO TEXANS !!

12/5/11   |   gau13   |   217 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
If you didn't win your conference, you don't deserve to play for the National Championship. Just Sayin.

Yeah, that's how I feel too.
I honestly feel like Oklahoma State deserves it more than 'Bama.
Alabama didn't do too much to impress me this season at all, but they are in, and I'm just gonna go with it.
This is just another flaw that playoffs would totally get rid of.

12/4/11   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

 Saints are looking good tonight  

Announcing sucks.  Since when is a souffle a wrestling move?

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

If you didn't win your conference, you don't deserve to play for the National Championship. Just Sayin.

12/4/11   |   gau13   |   217 respect

I know this may be a little off topic, but I have truely been spoiled with my favorite sports teams.
I have been a Packers fan since I was 6.
- A Penguins fan my whole life.
- An Alabama Crimson Tide fan since I was 10.

2009 -
   - Penguins win the Stanley Cup
   - Alabama win the National Championship Game

2010 -
   - Packers win the Superbowl

2011 -
   - Penguins are looking great
   - Alabama is going back to the National Championship Game
   - Packers are 12-0, with great hopes, and expectations to repeat as SUperbowl Champions.

Just wanted to take this time, to say that I am truely blessed. 

12/4/11   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

Eric_ wrote:
But Aaron Rodgers is scary good, and the Packers win on a field goal at the gun.

 Holy Moly!! What a finish.  Just saw the replay (daughter was watching Heartland)

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

Dallas should have cut Newman after last year, this season is proving it. Yet another player on the Cowboy roster making too much money, for too little production!

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Packers defense is not very good, and now it's tied.

But Aaron Rodgers is scary good, and the Packers win on a field goal at the gun.

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

I will not be watching sports news this week. Blame Garrett all you like, I however don't buy that icing the kicker crap. It is like fans that think waving their arms and yelling during a free throw in basketball really makes the shooter miss. Fact is Bailey missed it short when it counted.

1. Where was our defense in the second half and overtime. The Cards made adjustments at half and it appears Dallas didn't. One thing I hate about Ryan and the Cowboys Defense is that they don't make in game adjustments. Let alone the fact that they didn't make any tackles when they needed to in overtime.

2. As far as the timeout call goes, I don't know why it was called. Lynch said the play clock was low, but Dallas had time to get the kick off. Decamillis and Boniol, told Garrett to call the timeout. I can only assume that they were fearful that Bailey was going to rush his kick and possibly hook it. It is what it is, I blame the kicker for missing the kick. There is no excuse in my book, all they do in practice is kick field goals, unless he doesn't have the leg to make the kick, there is no excuse for missing a field goal ever! His career long is 51 and he had plenty of leg on the kick that didn't count. So to me it sounds like he didn't put enough behind it on the kick that counted. That is on Bailey, no one else.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Packers defense is not very good, and now it's tied.

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Correction: Arizona drove and won. Good job Garrett.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

BUZZSAW

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

beach_pirate wrote:
Garret ices his own kicker!
Haha

Don't forget the part where Bailey missed it, causing OT. In which Arizona is driving. Outstanding!

12/4/11   |   beach_pirate   |   1121 respect

Garret ices his own kicker!
Haha

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Dallas at Arizona: Things are setting up nicely for Dallas, which means they should do something to screw it up shortly. What better time than now. All hail John Skelton!

While Kolb started today, this prediction might still come true, as Bailey misses a 49 yard field goal (short somehow) to win for the Cowboys. On to overtime.

The Niners win 26-0 and clinch the NFC West. The Packers earlier clinched a playoff berth, and clinch the NFC North if they hold on to win (not looking great right now) and the Lions lose.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

HouTxFan wrote:
 They did it!  They did it! Way to go Texans!!! 

I feel bad for the Texans, because they clearly have a very good defense, even out Mario Williams. If only Schaub had stayed healthy, they could've done some damage in the playoffs.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Phil Dawson: Eternally the Browns' offensive MVP. (There's my weekly quota of posting that).

12/4/11   |   HouTxFan   |   5028 respect

(Edited by HouTxFan)

What a game they played! Kubiak got all wild and stuff, too, going for it on 4th down. What did you think about that?!

12/4/11   |   originalcrash78   |   7104 respect

Joe_L wrote:
Ruh-roh! Andre Johnson comes up lame, falls to ground. Looks like the hammy again.

The Texans new nickname..."Team what the f#c% next". I thought Cushing was gone too.

12/4/11   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

 I had to go to town to get lights for the no-name tree, cuz someone threw them out while cleaning the shed annoyed.gif
and it seems the Redskins went home before the game was over???

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Anyone who thinks Matthews isn't having a good year because his sacks are down should watch this game and shut up.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

It's not possible to be more wide open than Driver was on that TD.

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

After missing two field goals Billy Cundiff finally gets one to go through. Baltimore is doing everything they can to keep the Browns in the game. I hope they keep it this way.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Turns out Rodgers is human after all.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Clay Matthews, I love you.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

The Packers seem to have issues with man coverage, and by "seem to" I mean they do.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Joe_L wrote:
So, Randy Johnson is a photographer now?

He's been for a while now I think.

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

(Edited by Joe_L)

So, Randy Johnson is a photographer now?

12/4/11   |   beach_pirate   |   1121 respect

Eric_ wrote:
One negative of being a fan of the NFC's best team is getting a lot of Joe Buck.

AMEN.

And I don't have another game to switch to ..... F * C K

12/4/11   |   beach_pirate   |   1121 respect

New England UPSETS the Colts 31-24.

I know, Im shocked to.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

One negative of being a fan of the NFC's best team is getting a lot of Joe Buck.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Big play for the Giants against the crappy Packers D makes it 7-0.

12/4/11   |   woody050681   |   13680 respect

(Edited by woody050681)

 Thank You Chiefs and Texans for winning your respective games 

Now all the Lions need tonight is a Tebowesque miracle to beat the Saints and their back in the playoff picture

P.S I will be Tebowing like a MotherF**ker during the game to spur the Lions to victory!! Woot!

12/4/11   |   beach_pirate   |   1121 respect

Who else thinks Julio Jones should have caught that last second pass in Houston for a game tieing TD?

Nice hands JJ.....Roll Tide.

12/4/11   |   HouTxFan   |   5028 respect

 They did it!  They did it! Way to go Texans!!! 

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

I give up, just...whatever.

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

 The calls and no calls have been awful.. 



Damn Julio! I like that they threw it to him though. Ugh.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Tim Tebow with the interception of Ponder to give Tim Tebow the chance to kick a field goal to win it for the Tebows.

12/4/11   |   HouTxFan   |   5028 respect

 Jeez...looks like the Texans have lost their punter now.  

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Things getting real good in Minneapolis, Houston, and (unfortunately) Chicago.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Graham Gano makes a big field goal to give Washington the lead. I'm as confused as the rest of you.

12/4/11   |   ohwell_   |   16324 respect

Fins to the left.  Fins to the right.  WooHoo!!!

What the hell?   Probably going to be stuck with Sporano for another season.

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

 Jesus! 

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Percy Harvin for 48 yards, touchdown. Tebow facial expression tells me that one wasn't in the script.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Impact inactives for the late games: Ray Lewis, Miles Austin, Josh Sitton, A.J. Hawk, Desmond Bishop, Mario Manningham, Osi Umenyiora, Sam Bradford

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

The Deadskins have1 first down in the second half. How are the Jets not killing them by this point?

12/4/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Ike Taylor says "welcome home Bruce" with an INT...hold up, Ike Taylor just held onto the football for the second game in a row?  I'm comin' Elizabeth!

12/4/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Andy Dalton is out for the day favoring his right hip after he falls on his side with 500 pounds worth of Kiesel and Harrison on top of him...welcome back home Bruce Gradkowski!

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Ruh-roh! Andre Johnson comes up lame, falls to ground. Looks like the hammy again.

12/4/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

I see the Bengals showed up as the Bungles today.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

And I'm pretty sure they just did on that pick 6. Who's Oakland's backup QB?

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

 Holy Tesus!

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The Raiders look like they're about to quit, down 27-0 to Miami.

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

How about the Matt Moore Dolphins up 27-0 on the Raiders.

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Wallace, again!

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Tebow, you have it confused. You start your comeback in the fourth quarter, not the third.

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
 And in the 4th quarter, Tesus will rise again!


The first flag was by accident, the last is because you are being  Ashy again!

 

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

(Edited by richard_cranium)

 And in the 4th quarter, Tesus will rise again!


The first flag was by accident, the last is because you are being  Ashy again!

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
 Why? Cause he has won so many games this year?
(Edited by kobe_lova)

No, because that rollercoaster was fun to watch at least. This is just..... not.

and don't you flag me!

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
Put Painter in!

 Why? Cause he has won so many games this year?

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

How do you start a half with a delay of game penalty? Looking at you, Jets.

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

Put Painter in!

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

10-3 Texans. We're a second half team. Sooo, I hope they show up. At least one person needs to be slapped at halftime. Cheers Debi!

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Chiefs take the lead on a Hail Mary. Urlacher and another Bear deflected it right to McCluster's hands.

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

I don't even want to tell you how many open passes have been f***ed up between Ryan, White, and Jones. It's ridiculous.

12/4/11   |   Debi_L   |   11782 respect

 I'm just happy the Redskins are actually IN this game. 

The no-name tree decorating isn't going very well.

*joins Joe and Ash and pours another drink*

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

(Edited by Joe_L)

Antonio Brown runs back a 60 yard punt!

28-7 Steelers, still 1:16 in the half.

12/4/11   |   beach_pirate   |   1121 respect

Pats score again late. 17-3 at the Half.

As if it couldn't get any worse ..... I just took a dump and Al Bundy'd my toilet.
F*ck ME.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Hey Bucs, only three more field goals and you're tied!

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
 I like what Christ Ponder and the Minnesota Ponders are doing to Tesus and the Denver Tebows!

I hope they know the repercussions of their actions.

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

 Tesus tackled by the jersey? WTF?!

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

 I like what Christ Ponder and the Minnesota Ponders are doing to Tesus and the Denver Tebows!

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Kyle Rudolph just made a outstanding catch for a 19 yard touchdown.

12/4/11   |   beach_pirate   |   1121 respect

Brady finds a WIDE OPEN Gronkowsky in the back of the endzone to put the Pats up 10-3.

As the 3rd string Colts FS was wandering around like a Walmart shopper in the discount aisle.
WTF are you doing back there Caldwell???

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Kyle Rudolph with the catch of the week. This contest is over. Give that man the $10,000.

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

beach_pirate wrote:
Just how far "upstairs" are they going for the review decision?

refer to my first post in this thread..

12/4/11   |   beach_pirate   |   1121 respect

Joe_L wrote:
After this challenge, Leslie Frazier is going to hell. How dare he challenge a Tim Tebow pass to Tim Tebow, I don't care what the replay shows.

just as I thought, hell it is for you Leslie.

Just how far "upstairs" are they going for the review decision?

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

(Edited by kobe_lova)

 Falcons down 10-0. I wish I was surprised. Defense is awful (as usual) and Offense is... trying....maybe...I guess. Ugh.

I see Marion Barber is still f***ing sh** up.

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

(Edited by Joe_L)

After this challenge, Leslie Frazier is going to hell. How dare he challenge a Tim Tebow pass to Tim Tebow, I don't care what the replay shows.

just as I thought, hell it is for you Leslie.

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

YES! Mike Wallace TD, I him so.

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

(Edited by Joe_L)

Mendenhall finds the end zone, again. and .

Now throw the f**king ball to Wallace, Ben!

Steelers special teams come up big on the kickoff with a fumble recovery.

12/4/11   |   beach_pirate   |   1121 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Rockies 7 Twins 5

haha.

Makes sense. Tebow's passing numbers usually resemble a DH's stat line.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Rockies 7 Twins 5

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

W.McGahee has now been tackled for a safety and fumbled. I love how Tebow lets his opponents think they are going to win.

12/4/11   |   beach_pirate   |   1121 respect

19 play, 10+ minute drive for Indy results in...... 3.

OMFG!!!

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Matt Forte is out of the game with a knee injury. It didn't look promising.

12/4/11   |   beach_pirate   |   1121 respect

Colts 1st and Goal at the 1/2 yd line as the 1st Qtr ends in Foxboro.
Just how bad is this Pats defense you ask?
OrWHOvsky .... 7 for 8, 73 yrds on the 8:00 drive.
Hahaha.

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

(Edited by kobe_lova)

 Ben better get Mike Wallace the ball this game!


And how are the Colts blowing this goal line attempt? Ugh.




(P.S. I'm getting a headache already)

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

 Bronco player hurt, have Tesus lay his hands upon him and not in a Sandusky way.

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
Tesus picks off Ponder for a touchdown. 

Also is it just me or does it seem like Matt Ryan throws a pick every time he doesn't check down to a safety valve?

Not every time, but enough!

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Who need Von Miller when his replacement gets a pick 6.

Orlovsky has started 6/6. I'm scared.

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

Tesus picks off Ponder for a touchdown. 

Also is it just me or does it seem like Matt Ryan throws a pick every time he doesn't check down to a safety valve?

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

Denver Tebows defense come up with a pick 6!

12/4/11   |   beach_pirate   |   1121 respect

Orlovsky is AUDIBALING???

Oh Tesus, please make it stop.

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

What the hell is going on in Houston?

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

Nooo, Ponder. Starting to seem like our lord delves into the dark arts.

12/4/11   |   beach_pirate   |   1121 respect

Colts down 3-0 @ F*ing New England, with Orlovsky set to take the field.

Sadly, this is the closest we'll be all day.
Thank Tebow for alcohol!!!

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

 Tesus just forced a Ponder fumble, then Tesus recovered it and returned it to the 50. Now Tesus and the rest of the Denver Tebows take over on offense.

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

(Edited by Joe_L)

Excellent, Christian Ponder sacked for 24 yard loss, fumble recovered by DEN, returned 18 yards to the 50. 

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

 Jeez...

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

(Edited by kobe_lova)

 F*** the Falcons secondary, I need a drink!

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

The Steelers defense makes me so sick. They give up a 43 yard pass play on the first play from scrimmage then block a field goal. I'm not b**ching about the block, but damn hold them so they don't get there.

pours another drink...

12/4/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Hey Falcons, that flea flicker? You're doing it wrong.

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
 Channel 702, seven different games and the redzone channel. Like I said there isn't a morning game that peaks my interest.

That's what I figured.

12/4/11   |   ElvisinGA   |   2943 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
What game are you watching?

 All of them, NFL SUNDAY TICKET is the greatest thing ever.

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
What game are you watching?

 Channel 702, seven different games and the redzone channel. Like I said there isn't a morning game that peaks my interest.

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
 I am sure that when the schedule came out, the NFL thought that this might have been a potential SB matchup. But considering how things have unfolded, that is what I like to call a nap game.

What game are you watching?

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

 *sigh*

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
 GO FALCONS!
(Edited by richard_cranium)

 I am sure that when the schedule came out, the NFL thought that this might have been a potential SB matchup. But considering how things have unfolded, that is what I like to call a nap game.

12/4/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61235 respect

richard_cranium wrote:
 Could they have created a $h!ttier schedule of morning games? Talk about a bunch of games I could care less about!

 GO FALCONS!

12/4/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

I'm just going to go ahead and get it out of the way now.

12/4/11   |   richard_cranium   |   17641 respect

 Could they have created a $h!ttier schedule of morning games? Talk about a bunch of games I could care less about!