Week 16 Recap and Analysis

NFL Week 16 Report Card: Seahawks Clinch Playoff Spot and Megatron Breaks Record

12/24/12 in NFL   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Dec 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Phil Loadholt (71) celebrates a touchdown in front of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Vikings won 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings dominated the Houston Texans on Sunday and are one win away from the playoffs



Minnesota Vikings A+:
 
Not many people gave the Vikings much of a chance to beat the, then 12-2, Houston Texans, in order to keep their playoffs hopes alive—but they did. The Vikings held Houston to six points, and dominated the game, without getting much production from team MVP Adrian Peterson. All Minnesota needs to do now is pull off a win against Green Bay next week.
 
Seattle Seahawks A+:
 
The Seahawks almost dropped another 50 point game on the 49ers this past weekend, and have scored a combined 150 points over their last three weeks. Pete Carroll was intent on getting a measure of revenge against former Pac-10 rival Jim Harbaugh, who usually got the better of their college matchups. The Seahawks currently have that scary mix of a dynamic quarterback, hard-hitting defense, and a late season hot streak that helped both the Giants and Packers win the last two Super Bowls.
 
Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson A:
 
Megatron broke Jerry Rice’s almost two decade old record for single-season receiving yards after making a catch in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. Johnson only needs 108 more yards to be the first receiver in NFL history to break the 2,000 yard receiving mark, which, for many years, was thought to be untouchable. Lion’s coach Jim Schwartz told the media after the game: “He just broke a record set by Jerry Rice, who is arguably the best player in the history of this league”. Enough said.

 
Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is sacked by New Orleans Saints defensive end Junior Galette (93) in the fourth quarter at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
The Cowboys still control their own playoff destiny after a tough loss against the Saints


Dallas Cowboys C:
 
The Cowboys started the day believing that they would be playing for their playoffs lives against the New Orleans Saints—and ending up losing a thrilling overtime game. But, luckily, for Dallas, the New York Giants failed to show up for their own do-or-die game in Baltimore, and the 'Boys now control their own destiny. Dallas will have a showdown for the NFC East title against RGIII and the Redskins next week.
 
Houston Texans C:
 
The Texans have played magnificent throughout the year and have put together a fantastic season. But, unfortunately, for them, the team still needs to finish strong if they want to have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Texan’s no show against the Vikings puts them within striking range of the Broncos and Patriots for the top spot in the AFC—and if they don’t win next week against the Colts, the Texans could fall to the three seed in the conference.
 
San Francisco 49ers D:
 
The 49ers ruined what should have been a great matchup between NFC West division rivals by not bothering to show up. San Francisco was dominated 42-13, and have given up 73 points in their last six quarters of football. The 49ers are limping into the playoffs, and, at this point, will probably have to play an extremely dangerous six seed in the first round.
 
New York Giants F:
 
The Giants started off the season 6-2, and have since lost five of their last seven games. New York got blown out by the Ravens, and now need Minnesota, Dallas, and Chicago to all lose next week in order to even have a chance at making the playoffs. New York threw away a perfectly good season because of their inconsistency throughout the year.
 
 
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