NFL Week 15 Best Highlights of the Games 2009

Its time for the NFL highlights for Week 15. 2009 is almost coming to its end and the playoff race is becoming alot more interesting. With two weeks remaining in the NFL's regular season, there are still dozens of scenarios that will put teams in or out of the playoffs.

Week 15 was supposed to be an easy caper for the playoff-bound teams in the NFL. Minnesota, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Indianapolis were all looking to get in, do their job, and get out--unscathed and without too much gun play. Only two of these teams (Philly and Indy) actually escaped with a win. You could say upsets highlight Week 15 in the NFL.

Thanks to NFL.com for many of the great pictures you will see here.


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Perennial AFC South Champs Take A Moment of SIlence

Colts 14 -0
Colts 14 -0
Jaguars 7-7
Jaguars 7-7

Indianapolis Colts 35

Jacksonville Jaguars 31


The Jaguars are longer in control of their playoff destiny. They not only need to win out, but they need help from other teams.

Head coach Jim Caldwell was heard saying . .

“This was an old-time shootout at the OK Corral. It was a heck of a game and our defense did a nice job of holding (Maurice) Jones-Drew. . . . He was awfully impressive, but we were able to slow him down when it counted.

What about that 65 yard game winning touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne? Here is what Peyton Manning had to say about it ..

“We haven’t gotten him the ball probably as much recently as we’d like. I will say he’s dictating a lot of coverage. He is drawing a lot of attention. You still want to get him the ball but his presence is allowing some other guys to be open. Jacksonville really had pretty good coverage on the play. They were in sort of a double-coverage and we had good protection on the play, which helped. That allowed me to hold the ball for a little bit and put the safety sort of in that in-between position where I had (Austin) Collie going down the middle and Reggie down the sideline. What a great job by Reggie getting into the end zone.”


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Cowboys Hand Saints First Loss

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A Superdome Moment For Chris Henry

Members of the Dallas Cowboys observe a moment of silence in tribute to former Cincinnati Bengals player Chris Henry before playing against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 19, 2009. (Joe Robbins
Members of the Dallas Cowboys observe a moment of silence in tribute to former Cincinnati Bengals player Chris Henry before playing against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 19, 2009. (Joe Robbins
Cowboys 9-5
Cowboys 9-5
Saints 13-1
Saints 13-1

Dallas Cowboys 24

New Orleans Saints 17

Tony Romo needed to win a game he wasnt supposed to win.

The New Orleans Saints no longer have to worry about an unbeaten season. And they have the Cowboys to thank for that.

Despite Saturday’s loss, securing the NFC’s No. 1 seed is within reach for the Saints. With Minnesota loss on Sunday night, the Saints need to beat either Tampa Bay or Carolina to secure the top seed.

To put it simply, Tony Romo was spectacular. He was by far the best quarterback on the field Saturday night despite competing against an MVP candidate on the other sideline. Romo completed 22 of 34 passes for 312 yards and a touchdown and still hasn't committed a turnover this month. His 49-yard touchdown strike to Miles Austin (seven catches, 139 yards) set the tone. Romo created several key plays with his elusiveness, whether it was scrambling for a first down or buying extra time to find open receivers.

Nick Folk leads the NFL with 10 misses, going 18 of 28. Several misses have hurt the Cowboys' chances late in games. The Cowboys held on regardless but it was a bad miss from Folk, and he paid for his latest error as he was then cut by the Cowboys.

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The Patriots Organized Chaos

New England Patriots' Randy Moss (81) celebrates his touchdown with teammates Wes Welker (83) and Dan Connolly, right, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Dea
New England Patriots' Randy Moss (81) celebrates his touchdown with teammates Wes Welker (83) and Dan Connolly, right, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Dea
Patriots 9-5
Patriots 9-5
Bills 5-9
Bills 5-9

Pass Interference

New England Patriots' Randy Moss (81) celebrates a pass interference call with Patriots' Sammy Morris (34) during the first half of the NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. The Bills were penalized on the play. (AP Photo/ D
New England Patriots' Randy Moss (81) celebrates a pass interference call with Patriots' Sammy Morris (34) during the first half of the NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. The Bills were penalized on the play. (AP Photo/ D

New England Patriots 17

Buffalo Bills 10


The Patriots keep tight grip on the AFC East. They won their first road game on this side of the Atlantic this season.

The Bills were undone by 11 penalties for 124 yards, including a pair of pass-interference calls that set up New England’s first two scores, as they were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Tom Brady went 11 of 23 for a season-worst 115 yards, with a 13-yard touchdown to Randy Moss and an interception, but Moss had his most yards receiving in five games. Moss had five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown

Credit the Patriots defense, which limited the Bills to 241 yards – and only 94 in the second half – while playing without defensive line starters Vince Wilfork and Ty Warren.

With the win, and losses by the Jets and Miami, the Patriots have all but assured themselves of an AFC East crown, and just need to beat Jacksonville or Houston to make it official.

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Browns Run Over the Chiefs

Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Harrison during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Harrison during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Browns 3-11
Browns 3-11
Chiefs 3-11
Chiefs 3-11

Brady Hands Off

Brady Quinn (10) hands the ball to running back Jerome Harrison (35)during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Mo. The Browns won the game 41-34. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Brady Quinn (10) hands the ball to running back Jerome Harrison (35)during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Mo. The Browns won the game 41-34. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Cleveland Browns 41

Kansas City Chiefs 34

The second best game of the week (besides the Pittsburgh, Green Bay game), as far as entertainment value, was shockingly the Cleveland, Kansas City contest. A game between two teams destined to hold top-five draft picks in the 2010 NFL Draft turned into a quite a game, where 75 points were scored between the two teams.

The Browns Joshua Cribbs returned two kickoffs for touchdowns to set an NFL career record.  And then there was Jerome Harrison,coming into week 15 he had just 88 carries for 301 yards and no touchdowns on the season. But on Sunday, he nearly surpassed his total yards rushing this season, as he carried the ball 34 times for 286 yards and two touchdowns. The 286 rushing yards broke a Browns franchise record held by all-time great Jim Brown (1957)

Browns Chiefs Highlights Week 15

jilted jets

New York Jets' Mark Sanchez walks off the field after the Jets' 10-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth We
New York Jets' Mark Sanchez walks off the field after the Jets' 10-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth We
Falcons 7-7
Falcons 7-7
Jets 7-7
Jets 7-7
Atlanta Falcons' Brent Grimes, left, tries to escape from New York Jets' Braylon Edwards, right, after intercepting a pass during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Falcons beat the Jets 10-
Atlanta Falcons' Brent Grimes, left, tries to escape from New York Jets' Braylon Edwards, right, after intercepting a pass during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Falcons beat the Jets 10-

Atlanta Falcons 10

New York Jets 7

Matt Sanchez passed for 226 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Braylon Edwards caught a 65-yard first-quarter touchdown pass, and Thomas Jones gained 52 yards on 19 carries.

Matt Ryan completed just 16-of-34 passes for 152 yards, but his offense was aided by a stingy defense.

Jay Feely missed a pair of field goals, one of them blocked and Sanchez tossed three interceptions, the final one floating into the hands of Grimes that ended the game. Despite gaining just 238 yards of offense the Falcons managed to capitalize on New York’s mistakes to pick up the road win.

A late touchdown catch by Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez crushed the Jets -- but they still have a chance to make the playoffs.

Rex Ryan ‘‘I thought we had to win out, That’s it. I had no idea. All the scenarios. But one thing I want to make sure that everybody is clear on. Throwing in the towel is not who I am, and that isn’t who this football team is. We ain’t quitting. I don’t care if we haven’t won a game"

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards said the Jets have stubbed their foot enough to "last a lifetime" and had better getting clicking on offense if they want to win.

The Jets would have to beat the Colts in week 16; the Jaguars would have to lose to the Patriots; the Dolphins would have to lose to the Texans and either the Ravens lose to the Steelers or the Broncos lose to the Eagles.


Not Again

New York Jets' Jay Feely reacts after missing field goal during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostr
New York Jets' Jay Feely reacts after missing field goal during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostr

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And they Remember Chris In St. Louis

A Moment of Silence for Chris Henry
A Moment of Silence for Chris Henry
Texans 7-7
Texans 7-7
Rams 1-13
Rams 1-13

spag at work

Houston Texans 16

St Louis Rams 13

Sunday at the Edward Jones Stadium the Texans won for two simple reasons. The first one is that they have wide receiver Andre Johnson and the second reason, the Rams do not have wide receiver Andre Johnson.

The Rams are 1-13 on the season, 1-23 in their last 24 games, 3-27 over the last two seasons, and 6-40 over the last three seasons. The numbers may be miserable but if you are a Houston Texan, a team with a stronger, deeper and more talented roster you have to be asking yourself how is it that coach Gary Kubiak could not get the Texans to play as hard as Steve Spagnuolos undermanned Rams.

It has been suggested to Steve Jackson that he should shut down his sore back for the rest of the St. Louis Rams' season. "It has been whispered in my ear, and that's from people on my side looking out for what's best for my future, but I love to play,'' Jackson said. "I only have two more games to play this season. I'm just going to gut it out.''

"We came out here and played hard," Rams defensive end Chris Long said. "That's our job, but we have to win, too. We have to stick together. Nobody is going to pack it in. That is not what this team is about."

Its the 4 Pillars of Spag that these guys are hanging their helmuts on. Faith, character, core values and team first.

Richie Incognito released by the Rams last week. Was anyone surprised that he had three penalties for 30 yards in his debut with Buffalo, in just another bout of ugliness that immediately validated Spagnuolo's decision and his pillars.

Steve Spagnuolo is a coach St.Louis is lucky to have. No one needs to remind a NY Giant fan in week 15 what it means to have a coach like this on your sideline.

I think it tells us why the Rams continue to play harder than most teams would if similarly trapped in a 1-13 season. I think Rams players do it out of respect for Spagnuolo. They don't want to let a good man down.


Steve Jackson

Steven Jackson had 82 yards on 20 carries, becoming the Rams career leader in rushing attempts
Steven Jackson had 82 yards on 20 carries, becoming the Rams career leader in rushing attempts

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Lounging Around

Ricky Williams dives into the endzone for a 1 yard touchdown (Wade Payne Associated Press)
Ricky Williams dives into the endzone for a 1 yard touchdown (Wade Payne Associated Press)
Titans 7-7
Titans 7-7
Dolphins 7-7
Dolphins 7-7
Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young (10) runs onto the field before the start of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young (10) runs onto the field before the start of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Miami Dolphins 24

Tennessee Titans 27

The Dolphins have been coming from behind all season, and they did it again Sunday before losing in overtime at Tennessee.

Once again Vince Young showed us how far he has come as a passer, firing all three of the Titans' touchdowns. Each game he is proving his talent is what made him such a high draft pick back in 2006. Chris Johnson finished with 159 yards from the line of scrimmage, which keeps him right on track to break Marshall Faulks record of 2,429.He finished with 159 yards from scrimmage, bringing his season total to 2,176, which keeps him on pace to break Marshall Faulk's record of 2,429. He is now the 8th player with 9 straight games of at least 100 rush yards and he is 375 yards away from Eric Dickersons record of 2,105 in a single season.

Chad Henne played well on occasions, demonstrating the strength of his arm, but his performance will be remembered for his three interceptions, each one of them was costly, but it was the third, in overtime, that allowed the Titans to kick the winning field goal.

The next two weeks are crucial for both teams as both teams now join four other AFC sides at 7-7. Although their faint playoff hopes rely on either the Ravens or the Broncos losing, it is still very possible for them to sneak in, and they need to win out to stay alive in the race.


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Cardinals Capture NFC West Crown

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin, second from left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown to defeat the Detroit Lions in the closing minutes during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin, second from left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown to defeat the Detroit Lions in the closing minutes during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (
Cardinals 9-5
Cardinals 9-5
Lions 2-12
Lions 2-12

Culpepper

Sacked by Adrian Wilson and Clark Haggans in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Sacked by Adrian Wilson and Clark Haggans in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Arizona Cardinals 31

Detroit Lions 24

The Arizona Cardinals blew a 17-point lead to the lowly Detroit Lions and needed to make a pressure-packed play in the closing minutes to avoid an embarrassing defeat.

On their game winning drive the Cardinals went 58 yards, gaining 34 yards on Beanie Wells' run, and Boldin broke two tackles on a third and 3 to score to give Warner two TD passes. Kurt Warner was 23 of 37 for 233 yards with two TDs and an interception.

Daunte Culpepper, started for the injured Matthew Stafford, and he completed half of his 12 passes for 64 yards with an interception and was benched in the second half. Then it was Drew Stantons' turn, who was 10 of 19 for 72 yards with an interception and a TD rushing that tied the game late.

Arizona led 17-0 at halftime, then let the Lions make it 17 all in the third quarter and 24 all with 3:48 left. With 1:46 left to go, the Lions had a chance to come back, but gained just 7 yards.

"A win's a win," Kurt Warner said. "We are one step closer to our goal."


Larry Fitzgerald

catches a one-yard touchdown-reception against the Detroit Lions in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
catches a one-yard touchdown-reception against the Detroit Lions in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Mile High Mistakes

Gerard Warren celebrates a team victory following an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. Oakland defeated Denver 20-19. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Gerard Warren celebrates a team victory following an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. Oakland defeated Denver 20-19. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Raiders 8-6
Raiders 8-6
Broncos 5-9
Broncos 5-9

i've Got A Secret

Josh McDaniels talks with Kyle Orton (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)
Josh McDaniels talks with Kyle Orton (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

Oakland Raiders 20

Denver Broncos 19

JaMarcus Russell led the Raiders 62 yards in eight plays, and his 10-yard touchdown pass to Chaz Schilens gave Oakland a win over Denver Sunday at Invesco Field.

This week, Denver won the turnover battle but lost the game. And yes the Broncos are still in the wild card hunt even with this lose to the Raiders. But if the Broncos do not get into the playoffs, this lose will be the one that torments them.

As for the Raiders, for all of their incompetence, they now own victories over three winning teams (Eagles, Bengals, Broncos) and a road triumph over the defending champion Steelers.

A week after Brandon Marshall caught 21 passes for an NFL record 200 yards, the Raiders “held” the angular wide out to seven catches for 73 yards and a touchdown, mostly keeping him under control following underneath throws

“They doubled me a couple of times, it depended on the down and distance,” Marshall said. “But they did a good job just switching up their coverage on me today.”

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The Bengals Say Goodbye to Chris RIP

Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, left, and players including Kyries Hebert (34) and Rey Maualuga (58) observe a moment of silence for deceased player Chris Henry before the NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 20, 20
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, left, and players including Kyries Hebert (34) and Rey Maualuga (58) observe a moment of silence for deceased player Chris Henry before the NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 20, 20
Bengals 9-5
Bengals 9-5
Chargers 11-3
Chargers 11-3
Chad Ochocinco: 'I went out there and I played with an extra set of hands and an extra set of legs and an extra heart.' www.cbssports.com (AP)
Chad Ochocinco: 'I went out there and I played with an extra set of hands and an extra set of legs and an extra heart.' www.cbssports.com (AP)

Cincinnati Bengals 24

San Diego Chargers 27

There had been a moment of silence before the game to honor Chris Henry, the 26-year-old receiver who died Thursday morning, a day after falling out of the back of a pickup truck following what police described as a “domestic situation” with his fiancée.

After Chad Ochocinco caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to give the Bengals a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter, he knelt in the end zone, a phrase he and Henry made up about their uniform numbers running through his head (“Eight-five plus 15 will always be 100 ways to be great”), no one was sure what to do. Only three teammates approached him, and one, tackle Dennis Roland, put a hand on the wideout’s shoulder before walking away.

Clifton Brown of the Sporting News writes that Sunday's game was the latest sign of Chargers QB Philip Rivers's evolution into an elite quarterback.

The San Diego Chargers can nail down the No. 2 seed with a win over the Tennessee Titans on Friday thanks to this win.

The Bengals can clinch the AFC North with a home victory over the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday.

Ocho Cinco's Chris Henry Tribute "As I Look To The Sky"

The Bengals Remember #15

Cincinnati Bengals players, wearing a number 15 decal on their helmets, clasps hands just before the opening kickoff of the NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday Dec. 20, 2009 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Cincinnati Bengals players, wearing a number 15 decal on their helmets, clasps hands just before the opening kickoff of the NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday Dec. 20, 2009 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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Baltimore Ravens Take Apart the Chicago Bears, 31-7

Members of the Baltimore Ravens kick off team line up against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Members of the Baltimore Ravens kick off team line up against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
Bears 5-9
Bears 5-9
Ravens 8-7
Ravens 8-7

Its Gonna Be Another Manic Monday

Jay Cutler sits on the bench (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Jay Cutler sits on the bench (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Chicago Bears 7

Baltimore Ravens 31


Joe Flacco tied a career high with four touchdown passes and really found his rhythm in the second half. Rice had a big first quarter and then was taken out of the by the Bears defense, which made stopping the running back their No. 1 goal. Derrick Mason had a number of catches, moving him to 15th on the NFL's all-time receptions list, he also had one touchdown.

Jay Cutler, threw three interceptions and he connected on only 10 of 27 passes for 94 yards and had a passer rating of 7.9. Backup quarterback Caleb Hanie also threw an interception late in the game. The Bears had six turnovers and scored only on a first-half punt return for a touchdown by Earl Bennett.

The Ravens tightened their grip on a wild-card playoff spot in the AFC on a weekend in which many of their nearest postseason competitors were busy losing.

"I think we're gaining momentum," Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said. "I think we're doing the things we're supposed to be doing. On offense, we're not turning the ball over. On defense, we're keeping people from getting touchdowns."


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A Moment For Chris Henry in Seattle

A moment of silence before the NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in honor of Cincinati Bengals receiver Chris Henry who died this past week, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A moment of silence before the NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in honor of Cincinati Bengals receiver Chris Henry who died this past week, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Buccaneers 2-12
Buccaneers 2-12
Seahawks 5-9
Seahawks 5-9

Hidden Hawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24

Seattle Seahawks 7

Matt Hasselbeck, forced to throw more with the Seahawks trying to rally in the fourth quarter, ended up 27 of 46 for 256 yards and threw four interceptions. He didn't get much help from receivers who ran wrong routes, dropped passes or simply fell down in mid-route, as was the case when Deion Branch wasn't where he was supposed to be after stumbling on a play in the third quarter. Bucs safety Tanard Jackson intercepted that pass.

Tampa Bay also opened up its passing game by getting its running game going in the second half. Josh Freeman finished 16 of 26 for 205 yards, threw for two touchdowns and ran in for a two-point conversion. Derrick Ward and Cadillac Williams combined to rush for 133 yards, 78 of those in the second half. Tight end Kellen Winslow caught six passes for 93 yards. .


Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman reacts after scoring against the Seattle Seahawks, during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman reacts after scoring against the Seattle Seahawks, during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

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Eagles Top 49ers Clinch Playoff Berth

Philadelphia Eagles lineup against theSan Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Philadelphia Eagles lineup against theSan Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
49ers 6-8
49ers 6-8
Eagles 10-4
Eagles 10-4

San Francisco 49ers 13

Philadelphia Eagles 27

The Eagles are in the playoffs, but they won't be for long if they play the way they did yesterday in the bone-chilling cold at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles had a 20-3 lead at the half and during the third quarter they pretty much took a nap as they allowed the 49ers to score to pull within seven. The Eagles woke up and stopped them on their final three possessions.

The win sent the Eagles to the playoffs for the eighth time in 10 years. The 49ers loss, combined with the Cardinals win over the Lions, eliminated them from postseason contention for a seventh straight year.

LeSean McCoy's 48 rushing yards gave him 606, which broke Correll Buckhalter's franchise rookie rushing record of 586 yards, set in 2001. DeSean Jackson recorded his second consecutive huge receiving game. Jackson's 140 yards on six catches gave him 1,087 yards this year and made him the 12th player in Eagles history with 1,000 receiving yards in a season

Philadelphia Eagles' Donovan McNabb, right foreground, passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Eagles' Donovan McNabb, right foreground, passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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The Packers Heartbreaking Lose to the Steelers

9-5
9-5
Steelers 7-7
Steelers 7-7
And they wait for the results of an official review of a Steelers touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter of NFL football against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
And they wait for the results of an official review of a Steelers touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter of NFL football against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

Green Bay Packers 36

Pittsburgh Steelers 37

Roethlisberger did the impossible on Sunday and became the first quarterback in Steelers history to accomplish the 500-yard milestone. Roethlisberger completed 63-percent (29 - 46) of his passes for 503 yards. He had three touchdowns and no interceptions. In a back and forth game where defense was nonexistent and 973 total yards were generated between the two teams, the moment that will be remembered in this classic contest is the final play of the game. Roethlisberger found rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace, who did an outstanding job of keeping his feet in bounds on the near sideline, in the corner of the endzone with no time left on the clock.

The Steelers didn't play all that well defensively, and they only had65 yards rushing, but they played with heart and found a way to win in a crucial moment. And with a little help, the win could allow them to finish on a positive note and possibly give them a chance to make the playoffs.

Aaron Rodgers did all that he could to extend the Packers winning streak, he completed 54.2-percent of his passes for 383 yards and three touchdowns. In his last six games, Rodgers has thrown for 1,707 yards, 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions. For the year, Rodgers has completed 64-percent of his passes for 3,962 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions.


2 Feet In

ittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, right, catches a touchdown pass from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in front of Green Bay Packers' Josh Bell (26) with time running out in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20,
ittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, right, catches a touchdown pass from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in front of Green Bay Packers' Josh Bell (26) with time running out in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20,
Clay Matthews raised his sack total to 10, as he recorded two sacks against the Steelers. In his last six games, Matthews has seven sacks and is emerging into a big time pass rusher. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Clay Matthews raised his sack total to 10, as he recorded two sacks against the Steelers. In his last six games, Matthews has seven sacks and is emerging into a big time pass rusher. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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The Diva Dives

Brett Favre (4) is shown during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Brett Favre (4) is shown during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Vikings 11-3
Vikings 11-3
Panthers 6-8
Panthers 6-8

Minnesota Vikings 7

Carolina Panthers 26

An NBC camera caught Favre pulling his left arm away from Childress after the coach had placed his right hand on it. An animated discussion ensued. The truth is that Favre is calling the shots for the team. After the game, Favre said he had a "heated discussion" with Childress on Sunday when the coach tried to remove him from the game. Childress downplayed the severity of the disagreement, but said he was worried that Favre was being hit too much. The Childress-Favre relationship that blossomed when the coach recruited the QB out of retirement his summer is cracking. ESPN's Kevin Seifert categorized six stress points that have opened up between the two this season.

Carolinas quarterback Matt Moore threw for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns, topping veteran quarterback Brett Favre who threw for 224 yards and an interception. Overall the Minnesota Vikings failed to reach 200 total yards of offense in this loss. The Vikings ran 30 fewer plays than the Panthers and were able to convert on third down just once in 10 tries.


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The Washington Redskins' new general manager, Bruce Allen, prepares for a television interview before the Redskins' NFL football game against the New York Giants, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
The Washington Redskins' new general manager, Bruce Allen, prepares for a television interview before the Redskins' NFL football game against the New York Giants, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

the Giants Are Still Breathing

... and showing the rest of the NFC the Giants are still breathing at 8-6, one game back of the Cowboys and Packers for the final playoff spot. www.nydailynews.com
... and showing the rest of the NFC the Giants are still breathing at 8-6, one game back of the Cowboys and Packers for the final playoff spot. www.nydailynews.com
... and Big Blue has the Redskins faithful up in arms at half time.
... and Big Blue has the Redskins faithful up in arms at half time.
Giants 8-6
Giants 8-6
Redskins 4-10
Redskins 4-10

Brandon Jacobs

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is tackled by Washington Redskins linebackers Rocky McIntosh, left, and London Fletcher during first quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is tackled by Washington Redskins linebackers Rocky McIntosh, left, and London Fletcher during first quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Osi Umenyiora

New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora (72) celebrates with teammates Bryan Kehl (53) and Domenik Hixon (87) after after the Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 45-12 in an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora (72) celebrates with teammates Bryan Kehl (53) and Domenik Hixon (87) after after the Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 45-12 in an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

New York Giants 45

Washington Redskins 12

Where have these guys been? The Giants scored the first four times they touched the ball in a 45-12 beat down handed to the Washington Redskins. Eli Manning looked like an All-Pro in waiting with a 19-for-26, 268-yard performance with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He scored touchdowns in three of the four trips into the Red Zone. And talk about spreading the ball around, he hit 10 receivers for completions. Great tempo, with a minimum of pre-snap fiddling. Was he outstanding in this game. That is a definite YES!

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck sacked Campbell for a 9-yard loss on the Redskins' first possession. Five different Giants players sacked Campbell, and defensive end Osi Umenyiora knocked him out of the game briefly in the first half. Its hard to say where the Giants defense has been as of late but this game showed the Giant defense at its best.

A fake field goal pretty much tells the story of the 2009 Redskins season. And Mondays nights loss on national TV was another embarrassing reminder of how far they have fallen as an organization. When the Redskins suddenly had seven players spring out to the left, Tom Couglin called a time out. One would think that it was time to change things up, yet the Skins lined up in the same formation. When Todd Yoder snapped the ball directly to holder Hunter Smith, three Giants converged on him. We may never know who Smith was trying to throw to because there wasn't a Skins player within 15 yards of the ball. Giants cornerback Bruce Johnson intercepted the heave and returned it 49 yards.


The Giants all-but have to win their remaining two games (vs. the Panthers, at Minnesota) and have to hope that either the Cowboys or Packers lose one of their remaining two games. If that scenario unfolds, the Giants are in the playoffs. If the Giants split the remaining two games, they would be reduced to hoping that either the Cowboys or Packers lose both of their remaining two games in order to slip in.

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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

What an amazing week in the NFL, for so many reasons. Although I missed the Packers/Steelers game, the highlights sure showed me everything that I missed. Yes, we still are very much alive. The Cowboys will lose at least one game--you'll see--hopefully, it's against the Redskins, who'll be playing for 1) Respect 2) Each other, and 3) Their jobs. Man, didn't they look just turr-a-bull against us? It looked like USC playing against a Pop Warner football team. It just looked like the Skins gave up. But you know something? Every time the Skin thought we were going to pass, we ran and vice-versa.

We gotta beat the Panthers! Don't we still owe them for that drubbing they put on us in 2007? (2006 season).

Happy Chanukah, Shari :D


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Thanks D ;)

Missed u all week ..some of the guys have not been giving me an easy time in the forums hehehe

It was a great week. . .and I enjoyed every sec of seeing the Giants surging ahead. . every play!!! I thought this week it might be nice to add some video!

sending you lots of christmas love . . hope you have a great holidays &hearts


ralwus 6 years ago

I just popped in to say hi to Ailis. Woot! Have a great holiday girl! Got to go to Wally World now as Wee One forgot some things. Dang!


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

It was an amazing week with some great games, wanted the Saints to keep the streak alive but Oh well maybe can still get the Big One! Great Hub Wavegirl22!


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T_Augustus 6 years ago from Detroit, MI

Great job again WaveGirl! You are the bomb! Newsflash - the Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has announced that Drew Stanton will be the starting QB this week against San Francisco.


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

As always, great work. Will NFC East have 3 teams in the playoffs? Hope so. It would make it very interesting.

Happy Holidays!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hi wave, awesome week that was,,thanks you for this one,

I came by to say Happy and merry Christmas to you and your family,

more blessings for you next year, you deserve more,

Maita


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LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

I do not really understand football my dear, but the pictures are nice! lol- I see that is what you like. Well done. Keep your great work


philip carey 61 6 years ago

Go Eagles! (But your Giants are still in contention too, and you have, after all, the Yankees--don't be greedy!)


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funnebone 6 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

I really wish I had found this series earlier. You do a fantastic job. I'll be with you through the rest of the season, or until the Eagles blow it which most likely will be the first playoff game.


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hoov45 6 years ago from Denham Springs, Louisiana

Wow..nice work.. Go Saints!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

ralwus - pray tell what is wally world!!! Hoping you had the Merriest of Christmases . . and that Santa came and rewarded you for being the bestest friend ever:) So happy you came to see what was going on in the NFL. . soon the season will be over and I will really have to get to work ;)

Hmrjmr1 - I too was sad to see the Saints upset and by non other than a bunch of girls . .hehehe . Thanks for checking this one out. . and hopefully Ill see you next week , when things will really have heated up!

T_Augustus - have you been too busy with the airways over Detroit. . where you been?? Whereever you were I hope you were having fun .. and that you are having a great holiday season .. I heard about the Drew today. . as Matt got sent over to the injured reserves. . well for your Lions let put some prayers in for next year now!

Jai Warren - hey there and a Merry Merry Christmas to you! Yes yes the NFC East never lets the NFL down. . and this weekend coming should really show us a better picture. . for whatever it is worth. it sure is the conference to watch...thanks for coming by .. always a treat to see you here :)

Hey Pretty...Merry Merry Christmas to you .and finally we both had lots to celebrate with wins for our teams! It was about time!!!!!!!! Now I hope we both see an instant replay of last weekend come Sunday.......


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

LizzyBoo . .until I get over there to see those gorgeous orchids of yours. . just pretend to understand this game. . trust me. . you will like it once I finish explaining it :)))) Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. . please give your sister an extra holiday kiss from me xoxox

philip carey 61- lol no one here in NY is being greedy. . what can I say . . maybe we are just a little spoiled when it comes to winners. . you know what they say . if u can make it here you can make it anywhere. . But I must take my hat off to your Iggles.. they are looking good and I wont be surprised if they make it to the big game.....we shall see. .and until then it is great seeing you here :)

funnebone - thanks for your kind words and even more thanks for stopping by. And I will certainly be even happier to see you in the coming weeks! Im not so sure the Iggles will blow this one so fast. . but Im still a believer in my Jints! You gotta love Eli. .and was so nice to once again see some Big Blue Defense.....hope you had a great Christmas!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

hoov45 - gotta love the Saints. . .but I am a NY girl .. and I cant stop rooting for the Big Blue Wrecking Machine. . well at least until the Fat Lady Sings.... Thanks for the thumbs up here. . and yes you do gotta love the Saints. . lets see what happens this week!! More to come ;)


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Two things, Hi Shari. Second thing go BOLTS !!! Just spanked the Titans


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Tony i so wish you could hear me laughing right now. . .lololol . spanked them but good! But I did feel for Vince (5 turnovers all year. .and 3 tonight) and Chris Johnson only 74 yards shy of the scrimmage record of Marshall Faulk's single-season record in 1999 . .

LT was awesome. .. but isnt he always... I know Rivers is a great QB but I just cant wrap my arms around loving him....

What can I say cept...I hope you had a Merry Christmas and

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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you for a great NFL update, I enjoyed your sport casting talents. creativeone59


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

hi creativeone59 . . happy holidays to you . . and glad you stopped by for a little of my highlights weekly fun!

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