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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 Tweetyahoo.com Nov 25, 2012With 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 TweetEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on a stunning 38-10 beat down at MetLife Stadium: What it means: It wasn't totally surprising to see the end of the Green Bay Packers' five-game winning streak in a road game against the Super Bowl champions. But …Upvote 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 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 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 TweetGreen Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings is inactive for the team's game against the New York Giants on Sunday night.Upvote 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 Tweet
Liquid Menace Stalks Official: Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundupdeadspin.com Nov 25, 2012We'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 TweetEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Greetings from MetLife Stadium, where it was 37 relatively chilly degrees as I weaved through tailgaters late Sunday afternoon. Before we turn our attention to the Green Bay Packers, let's add a footnote to the early game betwee…Upvote 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 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 Tweetdeadspin.com Nov 25, 2012Before 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
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 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 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 TweetEvery week we’ll bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. So check back often to see the full list as it becomes available. Vikings at Bears Vikings: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR PerUpvote 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 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
Mayne Event: Josh Sitton, T.J. LangIf you follow the Green Bay Packers' Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang on Twitter, you know they are experts in the role of blue-collar, underappreciated offensive linemen. ESPN's Kenny Mayne brought out that act to the big stage -- sort of -- in this week's Ma…Upvote 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 TweetA hearty Week 12 good morning to each and all of you. We're less than two hours away from the NFC North's early game between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, and I wanted to pass along Cris Carter's conversation with Vikings tailback Adrian Pete…Upvote 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
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
Countdown Live: Vikings-BearsJoin our ESPN.com NFL experts as they break down the NFC North clash between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears. Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 1 p.m. ET. See you there. Countdown Live: Vikings-BearsUpvote Share Tweet
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.
Packers WR Jordy Nelson 61-yard TD catchNov 25Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers goes deep to WR Jordy Nelson for a 61-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7 with the New York Giants in the first quarter.
Sunday Blitz: Vikings-Bears RecapNov 25Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Bears' 28-10 wiin over the Vikings
Bears Bounce Back With Big WinNov 25Jay Cutler threw for 188 yards and a touchdown after missing a game because of a concussion.
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.