@TSFSports Week 17 NFL recap and commentary: Pink slips and playoff spots handed out as the regular season ends

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Greg Hardy aka “The Kraken” was released as the Carolina Panthers defense sacked Matt Ryan nine times.

The final regular season game of the 2013 season gave us more than we expected as a late interception by Brandon Boykin gave the Eagles a 24-22 victory over the Dallas Cowboys and the NFC East title. Aaron Rodgers returned just in time to save the Green Bay Packers season in a 33-28 thriller over the hated Chicago Bears. The win clinched the NFC North for the Packers and sent the Bears home for the winter.

The Carolina Panthers won the NFC South and a first round by with a 21-20 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons. The San Diego Chargers took the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC with a 27-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime. Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski was fired after the Browns ended their season with a 20-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sunday December 29, 2013:

Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Cleveland Browns 7 – Things were looking good for the Steelers (8-8) until the Chargers knocked off the Chiefs to seal the last playoff spot. Rob Chudzinski was fired almost immediately after the game. The Browns (4-12) went 1-10 in their final 11 games.

CLEVELAND BROWNS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
J. Campbell 23 41 240 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
E. Baker 18 69 3.8 0
J. Campbell 1 6 6 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Gordon 7 82 11.7 0
J. Cameron 5 69 13.8 0
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
B. Roethlisberger 19 31 179 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
L. Bell 20 90 4.5 1
F. Jones 2 11 5.5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Brown 9 87 9.7 0
E. Sanders 2 26 13 0

NY Giants 20, DC 6 – Two teams predicted to be strong contenders in the NFC are headed home and their respective coaches may be looking for employment. The Giants Tom Coughlin should be back next season. Mike Shanahan has already been shown the door.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
K. Cousins 19 49 169 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
A. Morris 16 62 3.9 0
R. Helu 3 24 8 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
P. Garcon 6 56 9.3 0
Al. Robinson 3 33 11 0
NEW YORK GIANTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
E. Manning 10 24 152 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
J. Jernigan 2 57 28.5 1
P. Hillis 17 56 3.3 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Jernigan 6 90 15 1
H. Nicks 2 50 25 0

Cincinnati Bengals 34, Baltimore Ravens 17 – The Ravens (8-8) were denied a playoff berth by a red-hot Andy Dalton — who passed for two scores and ran for another. Baltimore is the sixth Super Bowl champion in the last twelve seasons to miss the playoffs. The Bengals (11-5) clinched the 3rd seed in the AFC.

BALTIMORE RAVENS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
J. Flacco 30 50 192 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
B. Pierce 5 28 5.6 0
R. Rice 6 15 2.5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Pitta 8 63 7.9 0
R. Rice 7 35 5 0
CINCINNATI BENGALS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
A. Dalton 21 36 281 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
B. Green-Ellis 11 66 6 0
A. Dalton 6 23 3.8 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Hawkins 3 74 24.7 0
A. Green 4 61 15.2 1

Tennessee Titans 16, Houston Texans 10 – The Texans (2-14) won the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft but little else this season thanks to a franchise record 14-game losing streak. Chris Johnson led the Titans (7-9) with 127 rushing yards on 27 carries.

HOUSTON TEXANS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Schaub 22 34 229 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
J. Grimes 16 50 3.1 1
R. Graham 4 8 2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Grimes 6 76 12.7 0
R. Griffin 3 49 16.3 0
TENNESSEE TITANS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
R. Fitzpatrick 15 24 166 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
C. Johnson 27 127 4.7 1
J. Battle 1 16 16 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Wright 5 50 10 0
N. Washington 2 39 19.5 0

Indianapolis Colts 30, Jacksonville Jaguars 10 – Indianapolis (11-5) faces Kansas City in an interesting wild card match up. Jacksonville (4-12) heads back to the drawing board with some nice young pieces in place.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Henne 30 51 331 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Jones-Drew 13 39 3 0
J. Todman 2 3 1.5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Taylor 8 75 9.4 1
M. Lewis 3 70 23.3 0
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
A. Luck 26 37 282 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
D. Brown 12 31 2.6 1
T. Richardson 8 25 3.1 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Hilton 11 155 14.1 0
G. Whalen 4 32 8 1

NY Jets 20, Miami Dolphins 7 – Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin will probably keep his job as Miami (8-8) collapsed down the stretch. I’m very happy to see Geno Smith and the Jets (8-8) finish on a strong note.

NEW YORK JETS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
G. Smith 17 27 190 0
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
B. Powell 21 76 3.6 0
G. Smith 10 44 4.4 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Nelson 5 66 13.2 0
S. Holmes 3 41 13.7 0
MIAMI DOLPHINS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
R. Tannehill 20 40 204 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
L. Miller 17 73 4.3 0
R. Tannehill 2 19 9.5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Matthews 4 58 14.5 0
C. Clay 4 43 10.8 0

Minnesota Vikings 14, Detroit Lions 13 - Injuries and the failed attempt at Josh Freeman cost the Vikings heavily. It’s a shame Leslie Frazier was let go after his team played some inspiring ball down the stretch.

DETROIT LIONS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Stafford 22 33 217 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
R. Bush 14 32 2.3 0
J. Bell 8 31 3.9 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Ogletree 5 75 15 0
N. Burleson 5 64 12.8 0
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Cassel 20 33 189 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Asiata 14 115 8.2 0
C. Patterson 2 54 27 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
G. Jennings 5 44 8.8 0
C. Ford 5 43 8.6 0

Carolina Panthers 21, Atlanta Falcons 20 – Some postseason awards could be headed to Carolina (12-4) who have won the NFC South for the first time since 2008. Tony Gonzalez takes a bow after a stellar career which deserved a better ending.

CAROLINA PANTHERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Newton 15 27 149 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
C. Newton 12 72 6 0
De. Williams 10 33 3.3 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
De. Williams 2 75 37.5 0
G. Olsen 6 42 7 1
ATLANTA FALCONS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Ryan 28 40 280 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
S. Jackson 13 41 3.2 0
J. Snelling 5 36 7.2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. White 8 91 11.4 1
H. Douglas 7 58 8.3 0

New Orleans Saints 42, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 – The Saints (11-5) finished 8-0 at home, but none of that matters as they head to Philly next weekend. New Orleans went 3-5 on the road this season. The Buccaneers gave up three scoring drives of more than 40 yards.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Glennon 22 41 219 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
B. Leonard 5 35 7 0
B. Rainey 11 35 3.2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Underwood 5 93 18.6 1
T. Wright 5 58 11.6 1
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
D. Brees 24 31 381 4
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
K. Robinson 12 50 4.2 0
M. Ingram 3 20 6.7 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Stills 1 76 76 1
L. Moore 4 73 18.2 1

New England Patriots 34, Buffalo Bills 20 – LeGarrette Blount rushed for a career high 189 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots (12-4) clinched the second seed in the AFC. The Bills (6-10) have now missed the playoffs for 14 straight seasons.

BUFFALO BILLS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
T. Lewis 16 29 247 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
C. Spiller 19 105 5.5 0
F. Jackson 14 60 4.3 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Graham 3 62 20.7 1
S. Chandler 3 55 18.3 0
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
T. Brady 14 24 122 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
L. Blount 24 189 7.9 2
S. Ridley 12 74 6.2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Edelman 9 65 7.2 0
S. Vereen 3 42 14 1

Seattle Seahawks 27, St. Louis Rams 9 – The Seahawks (13-3) sealed home field advantage throughout the playoffs with another great defensive performance. The Rams finish the season 7-9.

ST. LOUIS RAMS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
K. Clemens 21 30 157 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Z. Stacy 15 15 1 0
K. Clemens 2 2 1 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Kendricks 5 54 10.8 0
S. Bailey 4 33 8.2 0
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
R. Wilson 15 23 172 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Lynch 23 97 4.2 1
R. Turbin 7 13 1.9 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
G. Tate 8 129 16.1 1
Z. Miller 3 21 7 0

Green Bay Packers 33, Chicago Bears 28 – The Packers (8-7-1) should not be overlooked as the post season approaches. If they can get past San Francisco next weekend anything is possible. The Bears (8-8) defense was a trouble spot the entire season and let them down when it mattered most.

GREEN BAY PACKERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
A. Rodgers 25 39 318 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
J. Starks 11 88 8 0
E. Lacy 21 66 3.1 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Nelson 10 161 16.1 0
R. Cobb 2 55 27.5 2
CHICAGO BEARS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
J. Cutler 15 24 226 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Forte 22 110 5 2
M. Bush 2 11 5.5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Jeffery 3 80 26.7 0
B. Marshall 6 74 12.3 1

San Francisco 49ers 23, Arizona Cardinals 20 – You have to feel for the Cardinals (10-6) who are one of a handful of teams to win 10 games and miss the postseason. The Niners (12-4) clinched a fifth seed when Phil Dawson kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Kaepernick 21 34 310 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Q. Patton 1 26 26 0
C. Kaepernick 4 24 6 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Boldin 9 149 16.6 1
V. Davis 3 45 15 1
ARIZONA CARDINALS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Palmer 28 49 407 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
R. Mendenhall 10 47 4.7 0
A. Ellington 9 30 3.3 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Fitzgerald 6 113 18.8 0
M. Floyd 6 91 15.2 0

Denver Broncos 34, Oakland Raiders 14 – Peyton Manning’s 2013 line reads: 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. The Broncos (13-3) are the favorites heading into the postseason — where Manning has been less than dominant. The Raiders (4-12) are going to keep their coaching staff intact for now.

DENVER BRONCOS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
P. Manning 25 28 266 4
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Ball 10 72 7.2 0
R. Hillman 12 30 2.5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Thomas 6 113 18.8 2
A. Caldwell 3 42 14 0
OAKLAND RAIDERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
T. Pryor 21 38 207 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
T. Pryor 9 49 5.4 0
R. Jennings 4 9 2.2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Moore 4 63 15.8 0
R. Streater 5 40 8 1

San Diego Chargers 27, Kansas City Chiefs 24 (overtime) - Phillip Rivers improved his December record to 30-7 as the Chargers (9-7) ended a three-year playoff drought. The Chiefs (12-4) were jobbed on an uncalled penalty and head into the postseason losing five of their last seven games. 

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
C. Daniel 21 30 200 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
K. Davis 27 81 3 2
C. Daniel 7 59 8.4 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Jenkins 3 67 22.3 0
D. McCluster 6 62 10.3 1
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
P. Rivers 22 33 229 3
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
R. Mathews 24 144 6 0
D. Woodhead 5 18 3.6 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Allen 5 89 17.8 0
D. Woodhead 7 42 6 0

Philadelphia Eagles 24, Dallas Cowboys 22 – Kyle Orton picked up where Tony Romo left off and it cost the Cowboys (8-8) a shot at the division and playoffs. The Eagles (10-6) secondary nearly cost them, but two key plays down the stretch saved the Birds season.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
N. Foles 17 26 263 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
L. McCoy 27 131 4.9 0
B. Brown 2 11 5.5 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Celek 3 71 23.7 1
J. Avant 3 45 15 0
DALLAS COWBOYS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
K. Orton 30 46 358 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
D. Murray 17 51 3 0
K. Orton 1 8 8 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Witten 12 135 11.2 0
D. Bryant 8 99 12.4 1

Yesterday: 13-3

2013 Season: 140-92-1

 

3 Responses to “@TSFSports Week 17 NFL recap and commentary: Pink slips and playoff spots handed out as the regular season ends”

  1. mapoui says:

    Bloody Monday in the NFL

    a big mistake in Minnesota where the problem seems more the GM than Leslie Fraser… whom I thought did a great job in difficult circumstances

    but at least the 2 racist lunatics in Tampa and Washington are out.

    the Shanahans should not be allowed to work in the NFL again. and if they are it would be best that they are not allowed to have Black QBs to deal with

    Ditto for Greg Schiano. properly these guys should be in asylums not coaching football teams

  2. mapoui says:

    Phil Emery’s mistake in Chicago: not hiring Trestman to be Lovie Smiths offensive coordinator

    I find most NFL GM’s are ego driven incompetents who have ways of running things that work against success.

    what Smith needed desperately was a competent offensive coordinator. Trestman was that man.

    with those 2 the Bears would be on their way to the super bowl in Feb

  3. mapoui says:

    and what a great job from Mike Tomlin of the Steelers…..coming all the way back to probably securing a play off spot but for poor officiating

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