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Even Danny Woodhead's Butterfingers Can't Stop New England From Scoring: Patriots-Texans In Four GIFs
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New England 42, Houston 14: Tom Brady had four touchdowns and 296 yards. Matt Schaub? He also participated in the game. New England running backs accounted for 127 yards rushing and another touchdown. Houston running backs had 99 yards and one touchdown…Upvote Share Tweet
A matchup of AFC powers turned into a blowout. Tom Brady threw for four scores and the Patriots claimed their seventh straight win with a big 42-14 victory over Houston in Foxboro.Upvote Share Tweet
With important playoff seeding games on horizon, NY Giants can prove they have what it takes to repeat as Super Bowl championsLine ’em up and the Giants are ready to knock ’em down - again. There’s not a team above the Giants in the NFC or right below them in the NFC East that they haven’t defeated in the last 12 monthsUpvote Share TweetAS FAR AS the indignities heaped on the Jets after their 17-10 win over Jacksonville on Sunday, the one authored by Mike Greenberg was No. 1 on the hit parade.Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons inching closer to new stadium in AtlantaAfter about two years of discussions, the Atlanta Falcons are a step closer to getting a new downtown stadium.Upvote Share Tweet
Raccoon Caught Scavenging In The Stands Of Paul Brown StadiumOn Sunday we heard whispers that there was a raccoon running loose in Paul Brown Stadium as the Bengals hosted the Cowboys. Well, now we have video. Some brave soul scooped up the masked critter and helpfully escorted him out of the section. More »Upvote Share Tweet
After name drop by Rex, retired Woodall 'ready'New York Jets coach Rex Ryan jokingly names retired Al Woodall team's starting quarterback.Upvote Share TweetIn a big Monday night game in New England, Tom Brady is stepping up in a big way. The Patriots jumped out to an early 14-0 lead over the Texans, thanks to Brady going 6-fot-8 for 114 yards on New England’s first two offensive possessions. The Patriots”Upvote Share TweetThe Cowboys invited nose tackle Josh Brent to Tuesday's private memorial service for practice squad outside linebacker Jerry Brown.Upvote Share TweetCowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had X-rays Monday that revealed the hand injury he suffered against the Bengals was a fractured left index finger, sources told ESPN, however his status for the final three games is up in the air.Upvote Share TweetThe Seahawks are done with receiver Braylon Edwards. Another team that was believed to be done with Braylon Edwards may not be. Yes, the “idiots calling the shots” with the Jets could be dialing up Edwards, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. EdwardUpvote Share Tweet
Your Monday Night Football Open ThreadHouston at New England (ESPN): This has all the makings for a legitimate barn burner and as they look ahead to next week's matchup, Tirico and Gruden must be doing somersaults. Alas, this game will play out the only way an ostensibly exciting game invol…Upvote Share Tweet
Donald Trump wishes ‘Bob’ Belichick the best of luck on TwitterAs you go into one of the most important work-related events in your recent history, what could possibly give you more confidence than a little Twitter pick-me-up from Donald Trump? The Donald, everybody's favorite birther, is also an inveterate New Eng…Upvote Share TweetThe 49ers have suspended running back Brandon Jacobs three games without pay. And even though he’s not happy to be playing for the 49ers, he’s even more not happy to be not playing for the 49ers, especially since he will now be getting not paid by tUpvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS (AP) -- More than nine months after the NFL first disclosed its bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints, four players will finally get a ruling on whether their initial suspensions are upheld, reduced or thrown out.Upvote Share Tweet
Mara says he hasn’t made up his mind on kickoffsEarlier this year, Giants co-owner John Mara said that the NFL is evolving toward the elimination of the kickoff. Earlier today, he said he currently doesn’t support that outcome. “I certainly have not made up my mind on whether to eliminate the kicUpvote Share TweetThe Patriots are healthier at a couple of key positions for tonight’s big game against the Texans. New England guard Logan Mankins and defensive end Chandler Jones are both active tonight. Both were listed as questionable and have been out recently; ManUpvote Share TweetChiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was ruled out for this week’s game against the Raiders early on Monday and now he’s been ruled out for the rest of the season. PFT has learned via a league source that Bowe will be placed on injured reserve as a resultUpvote Share TweetIt isn't often that you fool a quarterback like the Saints' Drew Brees, but it appears the Giants did just that on a key play to open the second half.Upvote Share Tweet
Rob Gronkowski, Derek Newton headline Patriots, Texans inactive listsThe New England Patriots will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski, but will get Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins and first round defensive end Chandler Jones back for Monday night's game against the Houston Texans. Both Mankins (ankle/calf) and Jones (…Upvote Share TweetThe Dolphins have lost three of their last four games and they’ve failed to throw for more than 176 yards in any of those games, so they made a change to their receiving corps on Monday. Miami has been awarded wide receiver Armon Binns off of waivers frUpvote Share Tweet
Deadspin Up All Night: Butterflyin'Thank you for your continued support of Deadspin. Texans-Patriots tonight. Should be fun. You've all been great. You got personality. More »Upvote Share TweetJacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey has been hospitalized after feeling ill.Upvote Share Tweet
Cards claim Brian Hoyer off waiversOn the same day Cardinals ownership backed coach Ken Whisenhunt (for the rest of the season, anyway), the Cardinals went to the waiver wire for an option. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cards claimed Brian Hoyer off waivers from the Steelers. HoUpvote Share TweetCardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt’s job is safe. For three more weeks. According to team president Michael Bidwill, the son of owner Bill Bidwill, Whisenhunt will coach the Cardinals’ final three games of 2012, and a decision about his future will be madUpvote Share TweetAn MRI revealed that New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill has a sprained right LCL.Upvote Share TweetRavens coach John Harbaugh held a press conference Monday afternoon and, as you’d expect, the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was a popular topic. Despite talking about it a lot, though, Harbaugh didn’t offer too much more insight into theUpvote Share TweetASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Robert Griffin III has a mild sprain of a ligament in the right knee and hasn't been ruled out for the upcoming game against the Cleveland Browns.Upvote Share TweetPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy have passed concussion tests and could return to practice with the Eagles once they've been cleared by an independent neurologist.Upvote Share TweetTight end Jared Cook has been named the Titans’ recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award as a result of his community service. That means he’s a finalist for the league-wide honor handed out during Super Bowl week. Cook’s going to have pUpvote Share TweetThe Bills weren’t optimistic about running back Fred Jackson’s status, and there’s a reason why. According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Jackson’s knee injury isn’t as serious as once feared, but serious enough he will be going on injured rUpvote Share TweetAnd then there were three. For 30 of the NFL’s 32 teams, anyway. The Patriots and Texans still need to play on Monday night and everyone in the league will have just three games left in the regular season when they do. Sunday provided clarity to some plUpvote Share TweetAfter running for 157 yards against the Bears on Sunday, Adrian Peterson is 506 yards away from breaking the single-season rushing record, something he told SI's Peter King that he is very serious about doing. It's a stretch, but not quite an impossible…Upvote Share Tweet
Here's An Unverified Story About Cam Newton Buying Superman Onesie PajamasSup, gang. We got this email from a reader a few minutes ago. We're passing it along because, well ... do we really need to explain?: More »Upvote Share Tweet
Greg Hardy Tells The Falcons To Get The Fuck Off His Field, Gets Trolled By Matt BryantIt was Week 4 when Matt Ryan told the Carolina Panthers to "get the fuck off of his field" at the conclusion of his team's dramatic victory over the lowly Panthers. Headed into this week's rematch, it became known that the Panthers were still …Upvote Share Tweet
Legal marijuana use begins in Colorado, but NFL policy still bans itYes, there’s an echo in here. Last week, we pointed out that marijuana use is now legal in Washington. Unless you work for the NFL. This week, marijuana use is now legal in Colorado. Unless you work for the NFL. So while Broncos quarterback Peyton MUpvote Share TweetThe Cowboys came back in the fourth quarter to beat the Bengals on the road on Sunday, a feat that would be worthy of a pat on the back even if they did it without the death of teammate Jerry Brown in a car accident early Saturday morning that left defe…Upvote Share TweetBuffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller is one month into his new role as the team's starting running back, but that has not translated into Spiller receiving increased playing time or involvement in the offense. The NFL's leader in "yards per carr…Upvote Share Tweet
Buckeyes DT Hankins announces he’s entering draftAnother college underclassman has opted to throw his hat in the ring for the NFL Draft. And it’s a big hat. Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announced he’ll give up his senior season to go pro, according to the Associated Press. The All-BUpvote Share TweetRunning back Ahmad Bradshaw left Sunday’s win over the Saints briefly with a left knee injury, but it wasn’t a big of topic of conversation after Bradshaw returned to the game and David Wilson stole all of the attention paid to the Giants backfield wiUpvote Share TweetThe New York Jets have three games left to play and despite an unexpected itchy eruption of theoretically possible playoff chances-one game behind whahuh?-they're not a draw going down the stretch. The Chargers-Jets Sunday game on Dec. 23 gets the disUpvote Share TweetThe 49ers-Seahawks game that could decide the NFC West is moving to prime time.Upvote Share TweetEarlier on Monday, we shared a report that the Raiders would release cornerback Ron Bartell. The team has made that move official and also announced that linebacker Rolando McClain has been reinstated to the active roster. McClain was suspended for the …Upvote Share TweetCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- People familiar with the decision say injured South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will enter the NFL draft.Upvote Share TweetBears quarterback Jay Cutler said he got treatment for a sore neck Monday morning, but expects to be ready to practice later this week. Cutler left yesterday’s loss to the Vikings after taking a hard shot from Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen. He fUpvote Share TweetThe Oakland Raiders reinstated suspended linebacker Rolando McClain on Monday and released Ron Bartell, who was signed to be the Oakland Raiders' top cornerback in March.Upvote Share TweetThe NFL has shuffled the Week 16 schedule to move a better game into the Sunday Night Football prime time slot. The December 23 49ers-Seahawks NFC West battle that was originally scheduled for a 4:25 p.m. Eastern kickoff on FOX has now become an 8:20 p.…Upvote Share TweetThese are tough days for the Dallas Cowboys, of course, both on and off the field. And in the midst of tragedy, the team appears to be fracturing at the seams. Several reports coming out of the Dallas camp indicate that after the Cowboys' win over Phila…Upvote Share TweetTodd Bowles has had a rough time as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator this season, but his alma mater apparently still thinks he’s a good coach. Temple University, where Bowles played in the 1980s, has contacted Bowles about its head-coaching vacancy,Upvote Share Tweet
Week 14 LVPs: The Cardinals keep discovering new lowsThe Arizona Cardinals: For a team to lose 58-0, they need "contributions" from nearly every player, coach and front office executive. The Cardinals got that sort of effort on Sunday. With Kevin Kolb still out with a rib injury, and Kurt Warner…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Cowboys talk with Clarence Hill, Patriots talk with Tom CurranThe Cowboys played one of the games of the day on Sunday, rallying back to beat the Bengals 20-19 by scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter. Victory came after a trying couple of days for the Cowboys, who had to deal with the death of teammate Jerry Br…Upvote Share TweetDuring the week leading up to Sunday’s game against the Falcons, several members of the Panthers made it clear that they hadn’t forgotten Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s message to them after the Falcons pulled out a win in their first matchup of thUpvote Share Tweet
Tony Dungy explains why Peyton Manning could never be a coachTony Dungy coached Peyton Manning for seven seasons in Indianapolis and gave him wide leeway to call the plays, run the offense and generally act like a coach on the field. But Dungy doesn’t think Manning could ever be a coach on the sideline. Asked onUpvote Share Tweet
Young Christian, a/k/a ‘Little Fear,’ injects YouTube virality into Tampa Bay Bucs’ ‘Gangnam Style’ danceLike seemingly every other NFL franchise, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to beat this "Gangnam Style" thing into the ground. They've been rolling the monster dance hit into their in-game entertainment for a few months -- they released the…Upvote Share Tweet
Titans mistakes are self-inflicted, too much to bearTeams don’t get to be 4-9 by accident. And the reasons the Titans got to be that way were evident, and self-inflicted yesterday. While it wasn’t the reason they lost to the Colts, the most ridiculous play of the day was a Jake Locker quarterback sneakUpvote Share TweetThe Vikings rode running back Adrian Peterson and an opportunistic defense to a 21-14 win over the Bears on Sunday, improving their record to 7-6 and strengthening their shot at a playoff berth in the process. It also seems to have played a role in conv…Upvote Share Tweet
Saints loss embarrassing, but not unusual this yearWhen the Saints won five of six games to get back to .500 on the season, it became fashionable to mark them a dangerous team, pushing for a playoff berth. But a three-game losing streak that follow has revealed them for what they are, a flawed team that…Upvote Share TweetDuring the third quarter of Sunday’s Cowboys-Bengals game, Dallas faced a third-and-20 and Tony Romo launched a deep ball along the sideline to Dez Bryant. For a split-second Bryant had it, but then Bengals safety Reggie Nelson came in and lowered his sUpvote Share TweetThe Cardinals' free fall continued Sunday with an epic 58-0 loss at Seattle that left Larry Fitzgerald's father to conclude that Arizona has quit on the season.Upvote Share TweetWatching the Cardinals’ 58-0 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday led Larry Fitzgerald’s father to take to Twitter to say that the team’s performance was “pathetic” and that they quit on the game. The elder Fitzgerald wasn’t the only person lookingUpvote Share Tweet
Major league commissioners all testify in New Jersey gambling caseTypically, sports commissioners try to avoid testifying under oath. Like the chief executives that they are, they don’t like to submit to authority. It’s not that they’re rebels; instead, they’re suit-wearing kings of one realm who don’t wantUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Dec 10, 2012With three weeks left, the awards races are murky as ever. At the center of it? Adrian Peterson, who wants more history in an already unprecedented year, Peter King writes.Upvote Share Tweet
Even After Booth Review, Officials Yesterday Botched This Down By Contact Call Against Andrew LuckMidway through the second quarter of yesterday's Titans-Colts game, Tennessee intercepted an Andrew Luck pass and returned it for a touchdown. While Indianapolis would get two late field goals to secure a 27-23 win, without them the margin of victory wo…Upvote Share TweetThe Bills did not handle one fourth down decision in the fourth quarter well at all. Dolphins DE Cameron Wake didn’t want to celebrate after a loss, but his three sacks give him a career high-tying 14 on the season. C Ryan Wendell has overcome plenty ofUpvote Share Tweet
Norv Turner accepts fate, and also a game ballChargers owner Dean Spanos has reportedly decided to fire coach Norv Turner. Spanos has subsequently denied that he’s made a decision, though no one really believes him. Now, Spanos has added a layer of awkwardness to the process, going to the locker roUpvote Share Tweet
Kickoffs Help Giants, but Future of Kickoffs Is UncertainIn the off-season, the N.F.L. will consider eliminating kickoffs, one of the more exciting but dangerous plays in the game.Upvote Share TweetNot only did the Steelers lose in shameful fashion yesterday, they also apparently lost another offensive lineman. According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the expectation is that left guard Willie Colon is lost for the season with a …Upvote Share Tweet
The Math Bowl: Carolina's Win Against AtlantaAtlanta was 11-1 and favored by 3.5 points by the oddsmakers. So why were some statisticians talking up the 3-9 Panthers?Upvote Share Tweet
Pereira calls proposed elimination of kickoffs “ridiculous”Plenty of people have objected to the NFL’s apparent intent to eliminate or further minimize the kickoff. Count former NFL V.P. of officiating Mike Pereira among them. Pereira, who now serves as the FOX rules analyst, calls the possible extinction ofUpvote Share Tweet
Falcons made it easier for their own doubtersThe Falcons know better than everyone they underperformed yesterday. And they know that the doubters who were in the shadows as as they started the season 11-1 will be out in full force after they lost in embarrassing fashion to the Panthers. “I can heaUpvote Share TweetThe grieving Cowboys rallied for a significant win on Sunday, beating the Cincinnati Bengals 20-19 on Dan Bailey's 40-yard field goal as time ran out.Upvote Share Tweet
NFL morning after: Cam Newton silences his criticsIf you don’t like Cam Newton after watching him on Sunday against the Falcons, it says more about you than it does about him. It was such a pleasure to see Newton, the Panthers’ second-year quarterback, look like Cam Newton again in Sunday’s 30-20 uUpvote Share Tweet
Week 14 Quick Hits: Redskins RisingThe Redskins are one the of the best zone-running teams in football. Baltimore's once-vaunted defense has struggled mightily all season against zone runs.Upvote Share Tweet
NBC Sports, Yahoo! Sports announce partnershipWe take a short break for the many twists and turns of yet another hectic NFL weekend to point out that, on Sunday night, a pretty significant deal was announced. Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports have embarked on a new partnership, a web-and-TV integration …Upvote Share TweetIn December 2006, then-Dolphins coach Nick Saban was spending plenty of time trying to convince plenty of folks that he wouldn’t be the next coach at Alabama. Six years later, as he prepares to pursue yet another NCAA championship as the Alabama coach,Upvote Share Tweet
Rookie David Wilson finally shows NY Giants life in the fast lane with 3 TDs as race in the NFC East may come down to final wThe television cameras caught a tear from David Wilson’s left eye rolling down his face after he lost a fumble halfway through the first quarter of the first game of his NFL career in the Giants’ season-opening loss to the Cowboys.Upvote Share Tweet
Cowboys consider requiring players to use breath-testing devices on their carsAs the Cowboys process the events of Saturday morning, which resulted in the death of linebacker Jerry Brown and the arrest of nose tackle Josh Brent on charges of intoxication manslaughter, the organization is looking for ways to avoid similar tragedie…Upvote Share TweetThe 2010 Green Bay Packers overcame a multitude of injuries during the regular season to win Super Bowl XLV. The current Packers team is showing the same kind of resiliency. Playing without several key starters, the Packers overcame a 14-point second-qu…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Run & Shootaround: Charmed Citygrantland.com Dec 10, 2012On any given Sunday (or Monday, or Thursday), your NFL Run & Shootaround crew will be gathered around multiple televisions, making inappropriate jokes...Upvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Dec 10, 2012In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports over the weekend. The Redskins rallied to beat the Ravens, 31-28, i...Upvote Share Tweet
Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots highlightsDec 10New England Patriots QB Tom Brady throws for nearly 300 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-14 blowout victory over the Houston Texans.
NFL32OT: Playing Through InjuriesDec 10Episode 234: Steve Young breaks down how quarterbacks deal with injuries throughout the season. The NFL32 crew discuss Brandon Jacobs' suspension from the 49ers.
Patriots Lead Texans At The HalfDec 10Tune to ESPN for live action.
Patriots Lead Texans After 1st QuarterDec 10Tune to ESPN for live action.
Peter King: With three weeks left, awards races still very much up in the …Dec 10Adrian Peterson is not chasing 2,000 yards. He is chasing 2,105. The record.