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Week 16: Sunday Recap
Holy Time Flies, can you believe it is Christmas already?! With a late Thanksgiving, the Christmas season and the impending end of the NFL regular season have snuck on me! I have been doing my best to squeeze all of my favorite holiday pastimes into the last 2 weeks. Currently, I am multi tasking by watching The Sound of Music on one TV while keeping an eye on the Bears vs. Eagles on the other TV. This whole “man cave” set up has its perks. Fair warning, there are some Sound of Music spoilers ahead, you know in case you have never seen it.
Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills (0-19)
All the Miami Dolphins had to do was win their next 2 games and they were headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Not only that, but they only had to beat the Buffalo Bills and the NY Jets, two teams that have been less than spectacular all season. No problem, right? I mean, they beat the Patriots last week, surely the 6-9 Bills will be no problem, right? Wrong. Not only did the Dolphins not beat the Bills, the didn’t score one point. Not. One. Point. When left tackle, Bryant McKinnie was asked what happened his response was, “um, I don’t know” a response that I am sure was comforting to the Dolphins’ coaching staff and fans alike. The Dolphins still have a shot at the Playoffs, but instead of controlling their own destiny they will have to rely on some other teams to fall. As y husband would say, “Same ‘ole Dolphins”.
New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers
It is not, however, the same ‘ole Panthers. The Carolina Panthers have two words stitched on the inside of their jerseys, “Keep Pounding”. The motto is a nod to late Panthers linebacker and coach, Sam Mills, who passed away in 2005 after a battle with intestinal cancer. The Panthers lived up to their motto on Sunday afternoon. While the Panthers’ offense struggled all day their defense stopped the Saints from running away with it. Even then, Drew Brees and the Saints drove 97 yards to score a touchdown and go up 13-10 with just over 6:30 to play. But Cam Newton and the Panthers were not ready to give up on what has turned out to be great season for their team. With 23 seconds left Cam Newton found Domenik Hixon in the end zone for a touchdown and the win. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins (24-23)
For once in his life, Tony Romo didn’t throw an interception with the game on the line. No, this time Romo through the ball to the right team, his team. A touchdown pass to Demarco Murray on fourth down put the cowboys 1 point ahead of the Redskins with just a minute left to play in the game. Next up for Poor Tony Romo? The Philadelphia Eagles, winner takes the NFC East (I’m told that’s a big deal).
- The dumb New England Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens. The loss puts the Ravens in a 3-way tie for the final AFC Wild Card Spot with Miami and San Diego.
- The NY Giants beat the Detroit Lions, knocking them out of playoff contention. Sorry, I just fell asleep.
We are getting close to the end, friends! Next week I will try and breakdown the enigma that is the NFL Playoffs in a way that makes sense to regular people. Let’s put it this way, it is a lot of math, so I will try to bypass all of that and just help you not want to slam your head against your desk at work. Sound good? In the meantime, I hope you all have a very Merry Merry Christmas!!