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NFL playoff picture taking shape after Week 12

NFL playoff picture taking shape after Week 12

profootballtalk.com Updated Nov 25, 2012
With 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 wild
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  • Week 12: Studs & Duds

    Week 12: Studs & Duds

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    T.Y. Hilton shined in Week 12. The Steelers' offense did not.
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  • Bettis: Only thing worse than losing ...

    Bettis: Only thing worse than losing ...

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    Jerome Bettis hasn't carried the ball for the Steelers for seven years. But losing, especially to the Browns, still strikes a chord with the former running back. Here's what Bettis tweeted a few hours after the Steelers lost to the Browns, 20-14: The on…
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  • Ravens win in overtime thanks to Ray Rice’s amazing fourth-and-…

    Ravens win in overtime thanks to Ray Rice’s amazing fourth-and-29 conversion

    Since 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…
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  • Steelers lose to (gasp!) Browns

    Steelers lose to (gasp!) Browns

    The final score was 20-14.  That’s not surprising.  AFC North games are usually hard-fought contests.  But what was surprising was the fact that the Cleveland Browns ended up with 20 points, while the Pittsburgh Steelers only had 14.  I’ll bet nob
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  • BURKE: Browns down banged-up Steelers

    BURKE: Browns down banged-up Steelers

    Talk 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.
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  • Steelers in big trouble without Big Ben

    Steelers in big trouble without Big Ben

    CLEVELAND -- Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn't hide his anger after his offense produced more turnovers (eight) than points (seven) in a 20-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns. "I'm surprised it was that close given the turnover situation,&q…
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  • Weeden gets concussion against Steelers

    Weeden gets concussion against Steelers

    CLEVELAND -- It seems like the Browns quarterbacks can't get out of a Steelers game healthy. Rookie first-round pick Brandon Weeden suffered a concussion in Sunday's 20-14 upset win over Pittsburgh. It was just last December when Colt McCoy got a concus…
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  • Liquid Menace Stalks Official: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    Liquid Menace Stalks Official: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Nov 25, 2012
    We'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 »
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  • Holmgren officially out with Browns

    Holmgren officially out with Browns

    Maybe 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 o
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  • Dalton outduels Palmer, tosses 3 TDs in rout

    Dalton outduels Palmer, tosses 3 TDs in rout

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    Andy 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.
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  • Inadvertent whistle sparks trio of ejections in Cincinnati

    Inadvertent whistle sparks trio of ejections in Cincinnati

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    The 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 li
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  • Wrap-up: Bengals 34, Raiders 10

    Wrap-up: Bengals 34, Raiders 10

    My thoughts on the Cincinnati Bengals' 34-10 win over the Oakland Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium: What it means: It wasn't a reunion. It was an ambush. The Bengals dominated Carson Palmer in his first game back to Cincinnati since they granted his reques…
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  • Browns Linebacker Tank Carder Follows Awful Comedy Accounts On …

    Browns Linebacker Tank Carder Follows Awful Comedy Accounts On Twitter, Tells One "Your A Faggot" When He Misses The Joke

    deadspin.com Nov 25, 2012
    You 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…
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  • Plaxico Burress helps Steelers get into the end zone before hal…

    Plaxico Burress helps Steelers get into the end zone before halftime

    With 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…
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  • Bengals rolling early

    Bengals rolling early

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    They’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 second
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  • Antonio Brown, Percy Harvin headline early game NFL inactive li…

    Antonio Brown, Percy Harvin headline early game NFL inactive lists

    yahoo.com Nov 25, 2012
    Pittsburgh 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,…
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  • Bengals' inactives: Reggie Nelson returns

    Bengals' inactives: Reggie Nelson returns

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    Bengals safety Reggie Nelson is back in the starting lineup after missing the past two games with a hamstring injury. He was probable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is out for his second straight game with a knee inj…
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  • Cardinals’ struggles could trigger a house cleaning

    Cardinals’ struggles could trigger a house cleaning

    profootballtalk.com Nov 25, 2012
    The 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 as
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  • Good morning from Cleveland

    Good morning from Cleveland

    ESPN.com Nov 25, 2012
    CLEVELAND -- No, I didn't go for the Ravens-Chargers assignment, which would have put me in 70-degree San Diego. I am on the shore of Lake Erie, where the old quarterbacks -- 37-year-old backup Charlie Batch and 29-year-old rookie Brandon Weeden -- will…
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  • Video - Ravens postgame press conference 10:46

    Ravens postgame press conference

    Nov 25
    Ravens react following game with Chargers
  • Video - Ray Rice's Run Key To Ravens' OT win 00:32

    Ray Rice's Run Key To Ravens' OT win

    Nov 25
    Ray Rice's conversion on fourth-and-29 lifts Ravens to OT where Justin Tucker's field goal caps 16-13 rally.
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Ravens-Chargers Recap 03:27

    Sunday Blitz: Ravens-Chargers Recap

    Nov 25
    Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Ravens' 16-13 win over the Chargers in overtime.
  • Video - Ravens safety Bernard Pollard personal foul 01:10

    Ravens safety Bernard Pollard personal foul

    Nov 25
    The Ravens' defense stops Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander from catching a Philip Rivers pass but Baltimore's safety Bernard Pollard is flagged for leading with his helmet, giving San Diego a free first down on the play.

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