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Oh, That's Why They're Making A Reality Show About Packers Fans: Sunday Night Football, In Four GIFs
deadspin.com Updated Dec 9, 2012
Packers 27, Lions 20: It was football the way they do it in the movies-snowing, between flagship NFL teams, announced by Al Michaels-but in the movies, the games aren't usually between one team that could use a win (but doesn't need it) and one team tUpvote Share Tweet
Uh-oh, somebody learned a new trick. The Packers might have just showed something that could make them the favorite in the NFC, something so out of character you want to check IDs. They ran. No, really, the Packers. They did. Honest. The go-ahead touchd…Upvote Share Tweet
As playoff race heats up, Giants stay ahead of Redskins, CowboysEveryone in the NFC East won on Sunday, which means the race for the division race didn’t change. And that’s good news for the Giants. On the strength of their win over the Saints, the Giants improved to 8-5 and stayed a game ahead of the Redskins andUpvote Share Tweet
Robert Griffin, Jay Cutler headline Week 14”²s injury roundupWe begin our injury roundup with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin, who suffered a right knee injury during the game-tying drive in the fourth quarter of a 31-28 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens. The first-round pick out of Baylor und…Upvote Share Tweet
Mark Sanchez along for the ride as he doesn't make or break NY Jets in win over Jacksonville JaguarsMarc Brunell was the Jets’ backup quarterback last season. Great guy. Knowledgeable veteran. But there was absolutely no chance he was going to create a quarterback controversy.Upvote Share TweetIn his Week 14 Snap Judgments, Don Banks touches on what's become dÃ©jÃ vu for the Falcons and Bears, the tough Comeback Player of the Year race, the fortunate Steelers and more.Upvote Share TweetAt least seven NFL players have turned their guns into their respective team's security following the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher earlier this month, according to a report.Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Dec 9, 2012Safety Stevie Brown has gone from a roster afterthought to a critical ballhawk for the Giants.Upvote Share Tweet
RedZone Recap: See all the touchdowns from Sunday’s gameday actionOnce again, our good friends at NFL.com and the RedZone Channel (still the most addictive legal substance on the planet) have come through with one wild loop of all the touchdowns scored in the Sunday morning and afternoon games, depending on your time …Upvote Share TweetThe story just got better this season in Washington after its 31-28 overtime win over Baltimore. Even Robert Griffin III's sprained knee can't dampen the mojo, says Don Banks.Upvote Share Tweet
Lions hanging onto 14-10 lead at half, barelyThe first half of Sunday Night Football might not have told us much about the Packers. They haven’t had the ball enough to make a judgement. But it told us everything you need to know about the Lions. They can be as good as any team they face. And theyUpvote Share TweetThe father of Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has seen enough. Larry Fitzgerald Sr., a sportswriter who occasionally opines about his son’s athletic endeavors, took to Twitter on Sunday and ripped the Cardinals as they went through a dismal 58-0 losUpvote Share TweetNew York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin looks like the kind of guy who puts players in his doghouse to stay. You get in Coughlin's doghouse, you'd better get your mail forwarded, because you're not coming out without showing him something extraordinaril…Upvote Share TweetThe Washington Redskins say Robert Griffin III doesn't have a major knee injury.Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Dec 9, 2012Will the Jets' formula for victory over Jacksonville - a revived running game, a scaled-back offense and solid defense - continue to escort them into the A.F.C. playoff picture?Upvote Share Tweet
Your Sunday Night Football Open ThreadDetroit at Green Bay (NBC) : Plenty of things to yak about during this game. For instance: the Packers started the day tied atop the NFC North with the Chicago Bears. With a win tonight they will be all alone after Chicago lost to the Vikings. Lose and …Upvote Share TweetFrank Gore must have been confident that the San Francisco 49ers would beat out the Miami Dolphins. Via Sacramento Bee reporter Matt Barrows, this is the shirt Gore wore after the game. It was a bold choice because Gore had to be assured of the result w…Upvote Share TweetThe Redskins have to be relieved that the MRI on Robert Griffin III showed no major damage in his right knee. That's the good news, which was announced by the team on Sunday evening. That doesn't mean Griffin is totally healthy though. The team announce…Upvote Share TweetThis is painful to read. Not painful as in "watching the Cardinals get shut out and surrender half a hundred" painful, but "dude, have some pride" painful. Vince Young, once and (he hopes) future NFL quarterback, took to Twitter on S…Upvote Share TweetMarshawn Lynch had three touchdown runs, and Seattle set a franchise record for points in a 58-0 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.Upvote Share Tweet
Deadspin Up All Night: There You AreThank you for your continued support of Deadspin. There's still The Lions and Packers and a handful of NBA action, so settle in. We'll be around. More »Upvote Share TweetVikings running back Adrian Peterson needs 400 yards in three games to get to 2,000 for the season. He wants at least 506. With that amount, he’d break the single-season rushing record set by Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson in 1984. Dickerson rushed forUpvote Share TweetNot much has gone right for the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles. Entering Sunday's action, the Eagles had lost eight straight, last winning a game on Sept. 30, the day before the final win of the 2012 season by the Philadelphia Phillies. Quarterback Michael Vi…Upvote Share TweetWell, that was fast. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III already has had an MRI on a right knee that he injured during Sunday’s win over the Ravens. Per multiple reports, a Redskins spokesman has said that the MRI showed no significant damage, andUpvote Share TweetAldon Smith has broken the 49ers' single-season sack record that stood for 29 years. His 19.5 sacks this season is a number many top notch pass rushers will never approach. And Smith still has three games to add to that total. Michael Strahan might want…Upvote Share Tweet
Whisenhunt-for-Horton swap could be comingAs the Cardinals close in on an epic defeat at Seattle, in which the team allowed a franchise record 38 points in the first half, it’s time to revisit a report that first surfaced last Monday. According to Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 in Phoenix, the CardinUpvote Share Tweet
Why Don't Players Use The League, Team Or Union-Provided Driving Services After A Night Out Drinking?Just about six months ago, the NFL had a particularly rough week with players being charged with driving while intoxicated. Lions DT Nick Fairley, Jacksonville wide receiver Justin Blackmon and Vikings fullback Jerome Felton were all charged with varyin…Upvote Share Tweet
Louis Delmas, Charles Woodson headline Lions, Packers inactive listsThe Green Bay Packers will be without wide receiver Jordy Nelson, linebacker Clay Matthews and safety Charles Woodson when they host the Detroit Lions. Each of those players had already been ruled out. Defensive end Mike Neal is also inactive after bein…Upvote Share TweetIRVING, Texas (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent says he's "just trying to deal" with the death of his teammate and "very best friend" Jerry Brown.Upvote Share Tweet
Side judge not looking when a Brady Quinn pass drills him in the head (VIDEO)Side judge Jeff Lamberth seemed a bit preoccupied while doing his job on Sunday. Maybe he still has a lot of Christmas shopping to do. It's understandable. The holidays are coming up fast. Either way, he seemed lost in his own little world when Chiefs q…Upvote Share TweetWhen you haven’t won a game since the last weekend of September, it’s understandable to get a bit carried away about being ahead on the scoreboard when time runs out. It’s even more understandable when you get there thanks to the play of your rookieUpvote Share TweetAs the Cowboys wait for nose tackle Jay Ratliff to return from a groin injury, a new report indicates that Ratliff and owner Jerry Jones recently engaged in a locker-room altercation. According to Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Ratliff and Jone…Upvote Share TweetWashington Redskins fans, you might have your answer to the Armageddon Question: What happens if Robert Griffin III gets injured when the team is square in the middle of the playoff hunt? RG3 was hurt when tackled by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Ha…Upvote Share Tweet
Cardinals can’t get out of own way, trail 38-0 at halfIt’s a pretty simple formula, really. If you can force your opponent to turn the ball over six times, your chances of winning improve dramatically. That’s what the Seahawks have done, and why they’re beating the Cardinals 38-0. John Skelton has thUpvote Share Tweet
The Kick Is Up, And It's Good!: Your Sunday NFL GIF RoundupWe'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from the double-bird field goal salute, Rex Ryan digesting a delicious meal and Lee Smith being eaten by Bills fans. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »Upvote Share TweetThe Giants haven’t flashed quite as much of their game-ending magic this year as they did last year, but their end of the half mojo is just fine. Eli Manning led them 69 yards in nine plays after the two minute warning and threw a touchdown pass to DomeUpvote Share TweetCam Newton threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns and scored on a 72-yard run as the Carolina Panthers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 30-20 on Sunday.Upvote Share Tweet
Seahawks up 17-0 early on CardinalsSome things, you can see coming a mile away. The Cardinals are getting less-than-stellar quarterback play and the Seahawks are running well, pointing to a 17-0 Seattle lead. Cards quarterback John Skelton already has an interception, and Marshawn Lynch …Upvote Share TweetFor the second consecutive week, an NFL team has had to play a game on the day after a tragedy. For the second consecutive week, that team has found a way to win. Last week, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Carolina Panthers 27-21 on the day after in…Upvote Share TweetMinnesota Vikings punter is known for being outspoken. He has been a vocal proponent of gay rights, and he often uses his Twitter account to stump for important causes. During the Vikings 21-14 win over the Bears, Kluwe used his uniform to push for anot…Upvote Share Tweet
Big plays abound in first quarter at the MeadowlandsIt took exactly one play for Saints cornerback Elbert Mack’s 73-yard interception return for a touchdown to be upstaged at the Meadowlands. Giants rookie David Wilson took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown of his own and the momentum, which hUpvote Share TweetPhilip Rivers threw three touchdown passes, two to Danario Alexander, and the San Diego Chargers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-24 on Sunday.Upvote Share Tweet
Bills tight end has Lambeau Leap fail when fans don’t catch himLee Smith hasn't had many moments to celebrate in his NFL career. He is a tight end for the Buffalo Bills who had seven catches in two seasons before Sunday. So when he caught a touchdown Sunday, that was his time to shine. He turned to the fans in the …Upvote Share TweetThe Eagles had gone eight games without winning entering Sunday’s date with the Buccaneers and they waited until just about all 60 minutes of game number nine had gone by before snapping that lengthy losing streak. Nick Foles hit Jason Avant for 22 yardUpvote Share Tweet
Luck, Colts erase 13-point deficit, topple TitansAndrew Luck led Indianapolis back from a 13-point second-half deficit, and Adam Vinatieri made two fourth-quarter field goals as the Colts rallied for a 27-23 victory Sunday over the Tennessee Titans.Upvote Share TweetThe Giants are trying to remain atop the NFC East. The Saints are fighting to keep their postseason hopes alive. Sparked by big returns, the teams have traded third-quarter touchdowns.Upvote Share TweetThe Redskins lost Robert Griffin III, but not Sunday's game. Washington won its fourth straight thanks to Kirk Cousins' game-tying drive to help fuel a 31-28 OT win over Baltimore.Upvote Share TweetShonn Greene and Bilal Powell ran for short touchdowns and the New York Jets kept their postseason hopes alive with a 17-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.Upvote Share TweetTwo weeks ago, the Ravens didn’t look like a 9-2 team. They now look a lot like a 9-4 team. The Redskins defeated the Ravens in overtime, 31-28. The win came after a knee injury to quarterback Robert Griffin III opened the door for rookie Kirk CousinsUpvote Share Tweet
Eli Swears He Has No Idea How He Got Those Beads: Your NFL Late Games Viewing GuideWe've got three games for you this evening, including American Hero John Skelton's stirring return to the starting lineup. More »Upvote Share TweetSam Bradford threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson with 48 seconds left to lift the St. Louis Rams to a 15-12 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.Upvote Share TweetRookie Travis Benjamin's electrifying 93-yard punt return touchdown gave Cleveland momentum and the Browns won their third straight game, 30-7 over the emotionally drained Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.Upvote Share TweetNo one believed in the Colts. Now they’re 9-4, and showing a knack for winning games when it looks like they should lose. Andrew Luck didn’t have his best day, with two cosmetic interceptions (one which should have been overturned, one a Hail Mary atUpvote Share TweetChiefs running back Jamaal Charles scored an 80-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage today in Cleveland, and everything was looking good for Kansas City. That didn’t last long. The Browns then went on to dominate the rest of the game, walkingUpvote Share Tweet
Another fine coming for Everson GriffenAs the Vikings hold on to a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen won’t be holding on to the full amount of his future game checks. Griffen, fined this week for a questionable roughing-the-passer call for a hit on PaUpvote Share Tweet
Antonio Cromartie departs with head injuryThe Jets are trying to hold on in the fourth quarter for their second straight win, but they might have to do it without one of their best defenders. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie has returned to the locker room after getting drilled by teammate Yeremiah…Upvote Share Tweet
Colts come back on too-easy pick sixJake Locker just threw perhaps the most ridiculous interception return for a touchdown in the history of professional football, and the Colts are back up 21-20. Locker’s threw a quick hitch from his own end zone, apparently oblivious to Cassius Vaughn rUpvote Share TweetThe New York Giants believe wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, listed as questionable with a knee injury, will play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, a team official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share TweetWith just five carries for seven yards on his 10 plays as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, veteran running back Brandon Jacobs says he is "rotting away" with the team. Jacobs will not have an opportunity to build upon those numbers as he w…Upvote Share TweetThe early schedule is jam-packed with 10 games going on at the same time. That makes for a light slate of late action and a hard time finding the time to check out who is inactive for the teams playing in those games. Have no fear, all the information y…Upvote Share TweetCowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is known for running his mouth. The officials on the field in Cincinnati today decided that they heard enough. Ryan walked out onto the field to yell at the officials about what he thought should have been a flag o…Upvote Share Tweet
Another questionable call in WashingtonThe Ravens led the Redskins by seven, but the margin has been cut to four in the third quarter. With Baltimore driving near midfield, quarterback Joe Flacco lost the ball when he was hit while trying to throw a pass. Washington recovered, and then drov…Upvote Share TweetVikings quarterback Christian Ponder seems like a really nice guy. He’s a good talker, which makes him a media favorite. But he’s just not a very good quarterback. Yet. He abandons the pocket too quickly. When he does, he’s not very accurate.Upvote Share Tweet
Jake Locker is shredding the ColtsColts quarterback Andrew Luck’s stat line is worse than it looks. One of his two interceptions should have been overturned, the other was a Hail Mary before halftime. Titans quarterback Jake Locker, however, is accurately portrayed by what’s in the boUpvote Share Tweet
Jags hold 3-0 lead as Jets offense continues to destructLast week’s Jets-Cardinals game set offensive football back about 60 years. This week’s Jets-Jaguars matchup isn’t quite that bad, but it isn’t going to be the subject of any glowing documentaries on the NFL Network either. The Jaguars lead 3-0 afUpvote Share Tweet
You Can Blow Smoke About A Crime Problem, But NFL Players Are Relatively Law-Abiding By A Wide MarginThis morning, Jeffri Chadiha wrote a piece for ESPN about the attention that must be paid to the "dirtiest of the NFL's little secrets"-drunken driving, domestic violence and guns: More »Upvote Share Tweet
Nnamdi Asomugha helped off the field in TampaThere hasn’t been much to talk about other than Eagles injuries at this point in their game with the Buccaneers in Tampa. Tight end Brent Celek is finished for the day after suffering a concussion in the first quarter and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha needUpvote Share TweetThe Chargers are up 3-0 after a quarter in Pittsburgh, a quarter which featured not quite 100 yards of combined offense by teams with plenty of issues. The Chargers deactivated three starting offensive linemen, and against the league’s top defense, it sUpvote Share Tweet
Kruger’s jersey is riding up, againAfter he was fined $5,000 for his jersey pulled up being too far on his back last Sunday against the Steelers, Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger said he’ll appeal because, in part, he’d never been warned. He can’t take that position this week. Kruger’Upvote Share TweetThe Chiefs couldn’t have gotten off to a better start in Cleveland: After a touchback on the opening kickoff, Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles took a handoff on the game’s first play from scrimmage and raced 80 yards for a touchdown. Charles waUpvote Share Tweet
RG3 loses helmet, drawing questionable penaltyA potentially great game is unfolding in Maryland between the Redskins and the Ravens. The home team leads at FedEx Field, 14-7. The latest score capped a drive that was fueled, sort of, by a questionable penalty on Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngat…Upvote Share TweetThe Eagles have already lost their starting quarterback and running back to concussions this year, so they’re experienced with finding out that a key offensive player has a concussion. They’ll put that experience to work on Sunday with tight end BrentUpvote Share TweetHouston Texans tight end Garrett Graham, who practiced on a limited basis this week while recovering from a concussion, has been ruled out for Monday night's showdown with the New England Patriots.Upvote Share Tweet
Hargrove believes Tagliabue was fair in the bounty hearingsFree-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove, appearing with agent Phil Williams, was interviewed on Sunday by James Brown of The NFL Today on CBS. Much of what Hargrove said during the rubber-ball-in-a-small-room conversation was old news, for folks who h…Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Nantz Should Be Calling This The Battle Of The Beltway: Your NFL Early Games Viewing GuideWeek 14 continues and we've got some great games with playoff implications and plenty of teams just struggling to remain "in the hunt." Let's take a tour around the early afternoon schedule, shall we? More »Upvote Share TweetBrandon Jacobs' first season with the San Francisco 49ers will likely be his last as the the veteran running back took to social media to express his frustration with his playing time this season. "I am on this team rotting away so why would I wann…Upvote Share TweetAttorneys for Richard Sherman plan to file file motions that could further delay the appeal of the Seattle Seahawks cornerback's four-game suspension for a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, sources say.Upvote Share TweetAccording to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Baltimore Ravens will not have outside linebacker Terrell Suggs when they face the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Suggs had been listed as "questionable" with a torn right biceps. On the other …Upvote Share TweetAs former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue weighs the evidence in the New Orleans Saints bounty case, it's coming out that the NFL, which handed the case over to Tagliabue to avoid the appearance of impropriety, made a last-ditch settlement offer to the …Upvote Share TweetAccording to Heisman Trophy voters, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was the third-best player in all of college football this season. But according to the Senior Bowl, Klein isn’t even one of the six best senior quarterbacks. ESPN’s Adam SchefteUpvote Share TweetIf you see what looks like a really big high school football team in an airport or hotel lobby today, it might be the Houston Texans. Texans nose tackle Shaun Cody had a brainstorm, and the team decided to order up a bunch of letterman jackets. They’reUpvote Share TweetIn his Monday Morning Quarterback column for SI.com a couple of weeks ago, Peter King ranked Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer second on his list of NFL assistants most likely to get looks for head coaching jobs after the season. Zimmer should b…Upvote Share Tweet
Giants can’t take late-season run for grantedBecause they’ve done it in the past, there’s a sense among the Giants that late-season runs are coming. But heading into today’s game against the Saints, they’re also working to make sure they don’t take it for granted. “I think guys know eachUpvote Share Tweet
Oh, Great: Packers Fans Will The Next Reality TV SensationGood news! If you can't get enough of those lovable football fans from Green Bay, Wisconsin-the people Drew called "the Trekkies of the NFL. Fat. Slovenly. Unjustifiably arrogant"-you'll have even more of them on your television soon enough. More »Upvote Share TweetThe Eagles play two games in the next five days. On Sunday, they’re in Tampa. On Thursday night, they’ll host the Bengals - possibly still on a losing streak so long that the Phillies have won more recently. For the home game against Cincinnati,Upvote Share Tweet
NFLPA provides confidential transportation services for current and former playersAt one point, the NFL and/or the teams provided no-questions-asked transportation services for players who had too much to drink. Some players resisted the program, fearful that word that they were in places where they perhaps shouldn’t have been doinUpvote Share TweetRedskins linebacker London Fletcher’s streak will live another week. Fletcher, who was listed as questionable with an ankle injury, will play today and extend his streak of consecutive games played to 237. That’s the word from Redskins coach Mike ShanUpvote Share TweetBills RB C.J. Spiller has a starry group of admirers. It looks like a tough matchup for the Dolphins offense this week. Former Patriots WR Troy Brown isn’t a big fan of current Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd. The Jets defense feels a lot better about itselfUpvote Share Tweet
NFL will consider other kickoff changes in offseasonWhen it comes to the possible elimination of kickoffs, there’s currently only one idea: Greg Schiano’s proposal to give the team that otherwise would be kicking off possession at its own 30, with the down-and-distance set to fourth-and-15. Both CommUpvote Share TweetThe potential emergence of Jacquizz Rodgers as the go-to back in Atlanta will be delayed. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Falcons running back Michael Turner will play on Sunday in Carolina, despite an elbow injury that had him listed as questionable. Turner…Upvote Share TweetThe Jets have been toying with the idea of dressing all three of the players listed on their roster as quarterbacks, something that’s a bit easier now that they won’t have to use a roster spot on Dustin Keller. Keller was listed as doubtful on FridayUpvote Share Tweet
GameDay: Lions vs. Packers highlightsDec 9Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers throws for over 170 yards and runs for a touchdown to help the Packers edge the Detroit Lions 27-20 on Sunday night.
Ken Whisenhunt Apologizes To The FansDec 9Ken Whisenhunt after Cardinals embarrassing 58-0 loss to Seahawks.
Sunday Blitz: Titans-Colts RecapDec 9Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Colts' 27-23 win over the Titans
The brilliance of RodgersDec 9Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shows his elusiveness and accuracy as he finds wide receiver Randall Cobb for a gain of 38 yards.
Don Banks: Falcons, Bears on downward spirals as postseason nears; more Sn…Dec 9LANDOVER, Md. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a less-than-artistic Week 14 in the NFL.
Don Banks: Even with RGIII injury, 'Skins' special season stays on playoff…Dec 9LANDOVER, Md. -- The Washington Redskins became relevant again that moment in early March when they swung the blockbuster trade for the St. Louis Rams' No. 2 draft pick, making the Heisman-winning Robert Griffin III a dream come true in burgundy.