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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…Upvote Share Tweet
"Hallelujah, Holy Shit! Where's The Tylenol?": Your Sunday NFL GIF Roundupdeadspin.com Updated Dec 23, 2012We'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 »Upvote Share TweetGarrett 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.Upvote Share TweetJeff 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’Upvote Share TweetWhether 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Saints take advantage of turnover, lead 24-17The 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 24-17Upvote Share TweetNew Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer has left Sunday's game at Dallas because of a concussion.Upvote Share TweetRaiders quarterback Carson Palmer has left Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers with a back injury and will not return, the team announced.Upvote Share Tweet
Saints squeeze in a field goal for 17-14 halftime leadThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
NFC South halftime thoughtsAll 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 LukeUpvote Share TweetFrom 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 longUpvote 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. Raiders at Panthers Raiders: DT Richard Seymour Panthers: QUpvote Share Tweet
With top seed locked up, playoffs loom for FalconsThe 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. ThoUpvote Share Tweet
Superlatives for the FalconsDETROIT -- 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 priUpvote Share Tweet
Atlanta Falcons: Playoff tickets go on sale on Thursdayajc.com Updated Dec 23, 2012The 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 advantageUpvote Share Tweet
Why not Matt Ryan for MVP?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…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Dec 23, 2012The 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Sunday Blitz: Rams-Buccaneers RecapDec 23Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Rams' 28-13 win over the Buccaneers.
Sunday Blitz: Saints-Cowboys RecapDec 23Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Saints' 34-31 win over the Cowboys in overtime.
Sunday Blitz: Raiders-Panthers RecapDec 23Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Panthers' 17-6 win over the Raiders.
Panthers postgame press conferenceDec 23Panthers react following game with Raiders
Peter King: Megatron the headliner, but history was made all over Week 16Dec 23The Bengals have done something this year that hadn't been done since Boomer Esiason was a junior at Maryland.
Don Banks: Critical win proves Vikes are more than a one-man show; more Sn…Dec 23PITTSBURGH -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a Week 16 that saw the NFL's playoff field taking shape in almost-finalized fashion...
Don Banks: After 45 seasons, Bengals finally find some history in repeatin…Dec 23PITTSBURGH -- Heinz Field felt like history central Sunday in the NFL. But maybe not the way many would have expected.
Adrian Peterson held to 86 yards, but Minnesota Vikings topple Houston Tex…Dec 23Adrian Peterson held to 86 yards, but Minnesota Vikings keep playoff hopes alive with win over Houston Texans