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Week 12: Studs & DudsT.Y. Hilton shined in Week 12. The Steelers' offense did not.Upvote Share TweetThe arm looked rested. So did the legs. Giants quarterback Eli Manning bounced back from a rough stretch before the bye, but the truth is, he wasn’t all that different than he always has been. He’s always been pretty good, even if he hasn’t been asUpvote Share Tweet
NFL playoff picture taking shape after Week 12With 12 weeks down and five to go in the NFL season, the playoff race is taking shape. The Bears’ win and the Packers’ loss changed the top of the NFC North, while the Bengals’ win and the Steelers’ loss tightened the battle for the final AFC wildUpvote Share TweetThe Giants are winning the battle in a big way. But they just lost Kenny Phillips again. The safety went down with a right knee injury, and was ruled out for the rest of the game. It’s the same knee that cost him six games earlier this season. Leading 3Upvote Share TweetWith all the folderol about whether Ndamukong Suh did or did not kick Matt Schaub in the man-parts during the Houston Texans' overtime win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving day, the move that New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley put…Upvote Share TweetJets superfan Fireman Ed, who for decades has fueled home crowds with his famous "J-E-T-S!" cheer, has decided to "R-E-T-I-R-E!"Upvote Share TweetThe old notion that a player can't lose his job due to injury is used almost exclusively by terrible coaches. Good coaches play the best players, regardless of how they got their chance. And Alex Smith is no longer the 49ers' best option at quarterback.…Upvote Share TweetIt’s not that the Packers aren’t good. They are. But the Giants came off a bye rested, with a point to prove, against a team with half a defense left on the field. So the Giants’ 31-10 halftime lead was almost predictable. Whether the Packers offerUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Nov 25, 2012A much-anticipated meeting between the last two Super Bowl champions has quickly turned into a Giants rout. Aaron Rodgers has committed two turnovers to give New York a massive lead.Upvote Share Tweet
Offenses getting warmed up in New YorkThe track meet is on. No sooner than the Giants went up a touchdown, the Packers quickly matched them. Giants running back Andre Brown got the clean-up touchdown after Ahmad Bradshaw’s 59-yard screen pass, for the first of what could be many scores agaiUpvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Nov 25, 2012Live commentary and analysis of the Giants' Week 12 game against the Green Bay Packers.Upvote Share TweetSince he came out of Rutgers in 2008 as one of those "too-small/too-slow" guys who had to prove the world wrong, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has used a life-sized chip on his shoulder, and a special brand of determination, to make h…Upvote Share TweetHere's the place to talk Packers-Giants, the game that will once and for all decided who is an elite quarterback and who is not. It's a very important game. Enjoy it discussing with your friends down below. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Darren Sproles flips the much-larger Aldon Smith off his back (VIDEO)In this corner, we have Aldon Smith. The San Francisco 49ers' linebacker is sporting red and gold, stands 6-foot-4 and weighs in at 258 lbs. In this corner, we have Darren Spoles. Wearing black and gold, the New Orleans Saints running back stands a scan…Upvote Share TweetHalf of the six Bears starters who were injured on Sunday have ankle injuries. Joining running back Matt Forte and cornerback Charles Tillman is linebacker Lance Briggs. Per a league source, the walking boot with which Briggs was spotted walking after …Upvote Share TweetAhmad Brooks and Donte Whitner returned interceptions for touchdowns, the 49ers sacked Drew Brees five times, and San Francisco ended the New Orleans Saints' three-game winning streak, 31-21 on Sunday.Upvote Share Tweet
49ers' defense flusters Brees in victoryCNNSI.com Nov 25, 2012Colin Kaepernick is proving he's worthy of being the 49ers' starting quarterback. San Francisco's new signal-caller scored two touchdowns to lead a 31-21 win over rival New Orleans.Upvote Share TweetLargely lost in the news that Seahawks starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner face four-game suspensions for violation of the league’s policy against performance-enhancing substances is that both players will continue to play until furUpvote Share TweetGreen Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings is inactive for the team's game against the New York Giants on Sunday night.Upvote Share TweetTwo weeks ago, Janoris Jenkins and Chris Givens were deactivated and running stairs as punishment, after missing curfew. This week, they were helping the Rams win a game to improve to 4-6-1. Jenkins had a pair of interception returns for touchdowns, and…Upvote Share TweetTalk about adding insult to injury. The banged-up Steelers suffered a disastrous 20-14 setback to the Browns. With Big Ben out, quarterback play doomed Pittsburgh, writes Chris Burke.Upvote Share Tweet
Rams rookie Janoris Jenkins becomes Ryan Lindley’s nightmare with two interception returns for scoresAfter three quarters, Larry Fitzgerald had three catches from Cardinals rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley. Janoris Jenkins caught two passes from Lindley, and both went for touchdowns. The problem for Arizona is that Jenkins plays cornerback for the Rams.…Upvote Share TweetBroncos quarterback Peyton Manning didn’t have his best day of the season on Sunday, but it could have been a whole lot worse. Manning took a concussion test from the team’s medical staff after taking a hard hit from Chiefs defensive lineman from TysoUpvote Share Tweet
Watt could be facing fine, should have been flagged for Stafford hitLate in regulation of Thursday’s game between the Texans and the Lions, Houston defensive end J.J. Watt put his helmet into the chest of Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford. Watt’s helmet slid up and popped Stafford in the chin. During Friday’s eUpvote Share TweetSan Francisco's defense has the ability to make anyone look bad, even the great Drew Brees. Brees doesn't often make mistakes, much less throwing a pair of interceptions that are returned for touchdowns in the same game. San Francisco got the Saints qua…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Nov 25, 2012A look at Monday night's game between the Panthers and the Eagles.Upvote Share TweetBrowns quarterback Brandon Weeden wasn’t on the field to enjoy the final moments of the Browns’ first victory over the Steelers since 2009. Weeden was taken back to the locker room during the fourth quarter after his head collided with left tackle JoeUpvote Share Tweet
Liquid Menace Stalks Official: Your Sunday NFL GIF RoundupWe'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from official Buddy Of The West Horton narrowly escaping certain death to Indianapolis cheerleaders remaining Chuckstrong. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »Upvote Share TweetMaybe the Big Show simply wanted to go out on a high note. After Sunday’s unexpected win over the Steelers, the Browns announced that team president Mike Holmgren has departed the organization. Holmgren will meet the media on Monday. Look for plenty oUpvote Share TweetAfter Monday night’s loss to the 49ers, the Bear changed out 40 percent of their starting offensive line. After Sunday’s win over the Vikings, there’s likely to be another 40-percent turnover. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that guard CUpvote Share TweetDuring the Chicago Bears' 28-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings, special teams coordinator Dave Toub pulled some trickery for the Bears to score two on the extra point. After Michael Bush ran for a one-yard touchdown, punter Adam Podlesh lined up as the …Upvote Share TweetMany Colts players shaved their heads in support of coach Chuck Pagano’s battle with leukemia earlier this season and now the team’s cheerleaders have gotten in on the act. Colts cheerleaders had their heads shaved by the team’s mascot on the sideliUpvote Share TweetWhat quarterback controversy? Cardinals rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley just led a 15-play, 91-yard touchdown drive, to give his side a 7-0 lead over the Rams. Running back Beanie Wells (in his first game back after being activated from injured reserve …Upvote Share TweetJay Cutler missed the Chicago Bears' disastrous loss to the San Francisco 49ers. On his return, he threw a nasty stiffarm, earned an unsportsmanlike penalty, and tied a lineman's shoe on the way to a 28-10 Bears victory. Early in the game, Cutler was ru…Upvote Share TweetIt wasn’t the prettiest football game you’ll ever see in Indianapolis on Sunday, but the Colts didn’t need style points to improve their chances of making the playoffs this season. They needed a victory and they got just that. They beat the Bills 20Upvote Share TweetPeyton Manning threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and the Denver Broncos rallied to beat the woeful Kansas City Chiefs 17-9 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.Upvote Share Tweet
Dalton outduels Palmer, tosses 3 TDs in routAndy Dalton threw three touchdown passes and the Cincinnati Bengals showed their former franchise quarterback that they've moved on without him, beating Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders 34-10 on Sunday.Upvote Share TweetDan Carpenter kicked a 43-yard field goal on the final play Sunday, and the Miami Dolphins scored 17 points in the last 8:08 to rally past the Seattle Seahawks 24-21.Upvote Share TweetT.Y. Hilton scored on a 75-yard punt return and caught an 8-yard TD pass Sunday, leading the Colts to a 20-13 victory over Buffalo.Upvote Share TweetMatt Ryan threw for 353 yards and overcame two big turnovers by leading another late touchdown drive to give the Atlanta Falcons a 24-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.Upvote Share TweetChad Henne threw two touchdown passes, sparking the NFL's worst offense for the second consecutive week, and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tennessee Titans 24-19 Sunday.Upvote Share TweetThe Steelers hoped that they could survive this week’s visit to the Browns without Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown so that they could take on the Ravens next week for a shot oat part of the AFC North lead. If they do, it will only be because the RaUpvote Share TweetSt. Louis wide receiver Danny Amendola is active for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals after being listed as doubtful on Friday.Upvote Share TweetBefore we get Giants-Packers tonight, we have three more on the undercard, including the second step in the Colin Kaepernick era. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Inadvertent whistle sparks trio of ejections in CincinnatiThe outcome isn’t in doubt in Cincinnati, but the game is still interesting. One play after a turnover by the Bengals was wiped out by an inadvertent whistle, a brawl broke out with three players being ejected. Given the shoe were Bengals offensive liUpvote Share TweetThe Falcons keep squeaking by. Matt Ryan threw for 353 yards and a score and Atlanta extended its lead in the NFC South by halting the Bucs' four-game win streak with a 24-23 win.Upvote Share TweetWith 1:53 left in the third quarter of the Miami Dolphins' game against the Seattle Seahawks at Miami's Sun Life Stadium, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill ran for a 19-yard gain, taking the ball from the Miami 33-yard line to the Seattle 48. And then…Upvote Share Tweet
Browns Linebacker Tank Carder Follows Awful Comedy Accounts On Twitter, Tells One "Your A Faggot" When He Misses The JokeYou can tell a lot about a person by checking out who they follow on Twitter. In the case of the former TCU Horned Frog, Tank Carder fulfills many of the "jock" stereotypes you might have. He follows something called "Fill Werrell" a…Upvote Share TweetDamn you, BW3. In a premature attempt to extend what's so far been a boring Seattle-Miami NFL game, a groundskeeping blunder led to a delay in the action when midway through the third quarter, Sun Life Stadium's sprinkler system went off, leading player…Upvote Share TweetBye weeks are all over, but Thanksgiving means that we still have a light slate of late afternoon kickoffs around the league. It’s not the most exciting set of games, either, although the 49ers’ visit to the Saints has plenty of compelling storylines.Upvote Share TweetIn a minor surprise, the St. Louis Rams will have wide receiver Danny Amendola for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Amendola had been listed as "doubtful" after missing all of last week's practices with a foot injury. Amendola lead…Upvote Share Tweet
Russell Wilson gets on hot streak, Seahawks take leadAfter a slow start, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has found his footing. He’s brought his team back for a 14-7 lead over the Dolphins, with a pair of 80-yard touchdown drives. He’s also completed 14 straight passes, on the kind of hot streak heâUpvote Share Tweet
Harrison Smith leaves with apparent concussionA bad day for the Vikings could be getting worse. Starting safety Harrison Smith, a first-round pick who has been a difference maker for the Vikings this year, has exited with an apparent concussion. If it’s a concussion, Smith won’t be able to returnUpvote Share TweetChicago Bears receiver Devin Hester suffered a concussion in the first half of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.Upvote Share TweetWith Charlie Batch at quarterback, the Steelers were expected to rely heavily on their run game this Sunday. That was the case for much of the first, although the results leave more than a little to be desired. Jonathan Dwyer, Rashard Mendenhall and Isa…Upvote Share TweetWe're surprised this doesn't happen more often, and maybe it does-but hearing popular NFL referee Ed Hochuli do it has a special flair. Hochuli's description of the results of a video replay in today's Bills-Colts game required his use of the word "buttUpvote Share Tweet
The rout is on in ChicagoThe Bears are well on their way to turning things around. The Vikings are well on their way to the first step of a late-season collapse. A Christian Ponder interception, coming with the Vikings already down 15, has been parlayed into a touchdown pass f…Upvote Share Tweet
Bears may be losing another linemanThe Bears have two new starters on the offensive line this week. One of them may be out. Guard Chris Spencer, who has replaced Chilo Rachal, is limping on the sideline and receiving attention from trainers. It’s not hurting the Bears. They’ve scorUpvote Share TweetAnyone who ever met Ernie Warlick couldn't miss the size of his hands. It's what earned the former Buffalo Bills star his nickname, "Hands," and helped him become among the forerunners of pro football's era of pass-catching tight ends.Upvote Share Tweet
Bengals rolling earlyThey’ve sacked Carson Palmer twice. More importantly, they’ve now scored two touchdowns. The Bengals lead the Raiders 14-0 in the first quarter. The first came from running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, capping a five-play, 58-yard drive. The secondUpvote Share TweetApart from the fact that not enough Cincinnati residents were sufficiently interested in greeting quarterback Carson Palmer on his return to town is the fact that the Bengals defense was. On his first pass attempt of the game, Palmer was slammed into th…Upvote Share TweetLost in the red-flag fiasco from Thanksgiving is the fact that Lions coach Jim Schwartz knew about the rule that use of the red-flag when the replay is automatic blocks the review. And here’s further proof that Schwartz knew. As Jay Glazer of FOX pointeUpvote Share TweetDenver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno will start Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, a source told ESPN.Upvote Share TweetPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will not play on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, despite being listed as "questionable" on Friday's injury report. Brown, who signed a five-year, $41.96 million contract extension in August,…Upvote Share TweetOn several occasions, Colts interim coach Bruce Arians has said that head coach Chuck Pagano could return from leukemia treatments by the final game of the regular season, on December 30 at home against the Texans. Pagano could be back sooner than that.…Upvote Share TweetNFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson told ESPN on Friday that every form of discipline will be considered against Detriot Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for his contact with Matt Schaub on Thursday.Upvote Share TweetCharlie Batch is starting at quarterback for the Steelers on Sunday, but they could have Ben Roethlisberger back on the field next week when they travel to Baltimore. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported Sunday morning that doctors think there’s no longer aUpvote Share Tweet
Replacement ref finale looms over NFC wild-card chaseWhen the replacement officials snatched defeat from the jaws of a Green Bay victory to cap Week Three, the presumption was that the extra loss could impact the Packers’ postseason positioning. While it still could, keeping the Packers from winning the NUpvote Share Tweet
Source: Challenge tweak is unlikely in-seasonThe NFL is not expected to change the challenge flag rule that came into play in the Detroit Lions-Houston Texans Thanksgiving Day game this season but is expected to do so this offseason, according to a league official.Upvote Share TweetWith the clock still ticking on the Saints’ exclusive window to fix coach Sean Payton’s contract extension before he becomes a free agent in February, the players made even more clear their feelings about their suspended head coach in Saturday’s 201Upvote Share Tweet
B.J. Raji: Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb the only guys “we really need”The Packers have won five straight games after a 2-3 start despite the absence of wide receiver Greg Jennings for all of those games and wide receiver Jordy Nelson for all or most of two of them. Much of the credit for those wins has gone to quarterback…Upvote Share Tweet
Dolphins trying to figure out how to fix their stadiumTo use a scouting term, Sun Life Stadium is a bit of a tweener. The home of the Dolphins, with 75,540 seats, is too big for regular season use. Because of the pleasant weather, it’s not worn down enough to warrant a rebuild. But it’s old enough (the 1Upvote Share Tweet
Kubiak couldn’t have blocked review by throwing red flagThe failure of Lions coach Jim Schwartz to know the rules on Thursday wiped out the replay review of Justin Forsett’s 81-yard I’ve-fallen-and-I-can-get-up touchdown run. The odd dynamics of a bizarre rule have invited some next-level speculation by plUpvote Share Tweet
A look at the life of an undrafted rookieUndrafted rookies who fight through training camp just to get a spot on the practice squad don’t often get a lot of media attention, but the one such undrafted rookie is on the cover of this week’s New York Times Magazine. Pat Schiller, a linebacker wUpvote Share TweetOn Saturday night, we pointed out that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams may be hinging his potential testimony in the upcoming bounty appeal hearing on the league’s willingness to move his reinstatement hearing from February to DecembeUpvote Share Tweet
Cardinals’ struggles could trigger a house cleaningThe Steelers have had three coaches since 1969. In that same period of time, the Cardinals have had 14. On average, that’s one new coach every three years. And for a franchise that has existed since 1920, only Jim Hanifan has finished six seasons asUpvote Share TweetThe Bills’ running game could be their key to victory on Sunday. Dolphins TE Anthony Fasano was downgraded from probable to questionable on Saturday. How much will Patriots T Sebastian Vollmer’s back problems cost him in free agency? Mike Lupica of thUpvote Share Tweet
Saints have recovered, starting to believeThere might not be a hotter team in the league right now than the Saints, winner of five of their last six. Of course, that might not matter, after an 0-4 start punctuated a tumultuous offseason, which nearly ended their season before it started. Betwee…Upvote Share Tweet
Giants take pride in spotting concussionsAt at time when plenty of teams seem to be unable or unwilling to spot concussions until the game in which the injury was sustained is over, the Giants are in the small minority of teams that take extra steps to identify whether a player needs to be eva…Upvote Share TweetAs the NFL has placed an increased emphasis on quick diagnosis and mandatory time off for players diagnosed with concussions, a number of players have said they would lie about their symptoms if that’s what they had to do to stay on the field. But few pUpvote Share Tweet
COOL YOUR JETS: Memo to Woody Johnson: Rex Ryan still right man to coach NY Jets; lack of depth and talent are main problemsnydailynews.com Nov 25, 2012You know who thought the Jets were some kind of dream job when Rex Ryan got them, the Jets in the shadow of Eli’s first Super Bowl against the Patriots and as irrelevant as they’d ever been around here? No one did, that’s who.Upvote Share Tweet
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks: 'We got our confidence back'Nov 25New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks spoke with Ian Rapoport after the Giants' 38-10 blowout win over the Green Bay Packers Sunday night.
GameDay: Packers vs. Giants highlightsNov 25New York Giants QB Eli Manning throws his 200th career touchdown pass to help his Giants knock off the Green Bay Packers in a 38-10 blowout.
New York Giants QB Eli Manning's 200th touchdown passNov 25Eli Manning records his 200th career touchdown pass after hooking up with Hakeem Nicks in the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers, making him the New York Giants' all-time leader.
49ers postgame press conferenceNov 2549ers react following game with Saints
Don Banks: Kaepernick choice looks great after 49ers beat Saints; more Sna…Nov 25EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 12 heavy on impressive road wins...
NFL Week 12 review: John Clayton's Last CallNov 25With young talent and shrewd moves, the Bengals are getting it right, writes John Clayton.