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Oakland’s Tommy Kelly: We went after Cam Newton after Carson Pa…

Oakland’s Tommy Kelly: We went after Cam Newton after Carson Palmer was hurt

yahoo.com profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 23, 2012
There wasn't much to the Carolina Panthers' 17-6 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday from a competitive perspective -- the Panthers were eliminated as a serious postseason concern a while back, and the Raiders may already be eliminated from next seas…
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  • "Hallelujah, Holy Shit! Where's The Tylenol?": Your S…

    "Hallelujah, Holy Shit! Where's The Tylenol?": Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundup

    deadspin.com Dec 23, 2012
    We'll be putting all our GIFs for the day here, from London Fletcher losing his lunch to sad Tom Brady. We'll update the post as the later games conclude, so stay tuned. More »
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  • Cowboys fall in OT, but still control playoff fate

    Cowboys fall in OT, but still control playoff fate

    Garrett Hartley kicked a 20-yard field goal in overtime, and the New Orleans Saints damaged Dallas' playoff hopes with a 34-31 victory against the Cowboys on Sunday.
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  • Fisher’s Rams beat Schiano’s Bucs

    Fisher’s Rams beat Schiano’s Bucs

    Jeff Fisher and Greg Schiano both took over young teams this year knowing they had big rebuilding jobs ahead of them. From the looks of things, Fisher’s rebuilding effort in St. Louis has gone more smoothly than Schiano’s in Tampa. Although Schiano’
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  • Panthers win third straight, beat Raiders 17-6

    Panthers win third straight, beat Raiders 17-6

    Whether it matters to the long-term future of players and coaches in Carolina remain to be seen. But the Panthers won a third straight game, and their fourth out of the last five, with a 17-6 decision over the Raiders. The Panthers improved to 6-9, with…
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  • Saints take advantage of turnover, lead 24-17

    Saints take advantage of turnover, lead 24-17

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    The big plays to Dez Bryant were pretty, But the Cowboys haven’t made enough of the small ones, and the Saints have taken the lead late in the third quarter. Taking advantage of a DeMarco Murray fumble deep in his own territory, the Saints went up 24-17
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  • Saints' Greer sustains concussion vs. Cowboys

    Saints' Greer sustains concussion vs. Cowboys

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer has left Sunday's game at Dallas because of a concussion.
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  • Palmer injures back, won't return vs. Panthers

    Palmer injures back, won't return vs. Panthers

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 23, 2012
    Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer has left Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers with a back injury and will not return, the team announced.
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  • Saints squeeze in a field goal for 17-14 halftime lead

    Saints squeeze in a field goal for 17-14 halftime lead

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    The Saints offense is on a bit of a roll in the first half, and moved quickly for a field goal just before halftime to take a 17-14 lead over the Cowboys. The Saints have a ridiculous 317 yards at halftime, with Drew Brees throwing for 261 yards. The Co…
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  • NFC South halftime thoughts

    NFC South halftime thoughts

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    All three of Sunday’s NFC South games are at halftime and the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints are holding leads. The Panthers have a 14-3 lead on the Oakland Raiders, courtesy of an early touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Steve Smith and a Luke
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  • Marc Ross reportedly high on Panthers list

    Marc Ross reportedly high on Panthers list

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    From the moment former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi was enlisted to help the Panthers with their search for a new general manager, two names surfaced immediately as potential replacements for Marty Hurney - Giants college scouting director Marc Ross and long
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  • Week 16 early inactives

    Week 16 early inactives

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    Every 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. Raiders at Panthers Raiders: DT Richard Seymour Panthers: Q
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  • With top seed locked up, playoffs loom for Falcons

    With top seed locked up, playoffs loom for Falcons

    profootballtalk.com Dec 23, 2012
    The good news for the Falcons?  After 16 weeks, they finally have nailed down the top seed in the NFC postseason field. Bad news?  The talk and focus and pressure regarding whether they will squander home-field advantage can now officially commence. Tho
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  • Superlatives for the Falcons

    Superlatives for the Falcons

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    DETROIT -- With some help from ESPN Stats & Information and the Falcons’ media relations department, let’s take a by-the-numbers look back at how Atlanta defeated Detroit, 31-18, Saturday night at Ford Field. The Falcons won for the fourth time on pri
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  • Atlanta Falcons: Playoff tickets go on sale on Thursday

    Atlanta Falcons: Playoff tickets go on sale on Thursday

    ajc.com Dec 23, 2012
    The Falcons announced that playoff tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday at 10 a.m. With Saturday night’s 31-18 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, the 2012 NFC South Division champion Falcons have clinched home field advantage
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  • Why not Matt Ryan for MVP?

    Why not Matt Ryan for MVP?

    ESPN.com Dec 23, 2012
    DETROIT -- Quite unintentionally, the Atlanta Falcons made the strongest case yet for Matt Ryan's Most Valuable Player award candidacy Saturday night. Ryan did his part by completing 25 of 32 passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-18 victory a…
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  • Home For The Playoffs

    Home For The Playoffs

    CNNSI.com Dec 23, 2012
    The Falcons earned the NFC's No. 1 seed after their 31-18 win over the Lions. No matter the playoff foe, Atlanta will have a chance to change its reputation, says Chris Burke.
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  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Rams-Buccaneers Recap 02:06

    Sunday Blitz: Rams-Buccaneers Recap

    Dec 23
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Rams' 28-13 win over the Buccaneers.
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Saints-Cowboys Recap 01:36

    Sunday Blitz: Saints-Cowboys Recap

    Dec 23
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Saints' 34-31 win over the Cowboys in overtime.
  • Video - Sunday Blitz: Raiders-Panthers Recap 01:47

    Sunday Blitz: Raiders-Panthers Recap

    Dec 23
    Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Panthers' 17-6 win over the Raiders.
  • Video - Panthers postgame press conference 04:23

    Panthers postgame press conference

    Dec 23
    Panthers react following game with Raiders

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    Dec 23
    The Bengals have done something this year that hadn't been done since Boomer Esiason was a junior at Maryland.
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    Dec 23
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  • Don Banks: After 45 seasons, Bengals finally find some history in repeatin…

    Dec 23
    PITTSBURGH -- Heinz Field felt like history central Sunday in the NFL. But maybe not the way many would have expected.
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    Dec 23
    Adrian Peterson held to 86 yards, but Minnesota Vikings keep playoff hopes alive with win over Houston Texans