So Tom Brady was ineffective in this game. He didn’t need to be. For once the Patriots decided to run the ball, which they did effectively against the Jets on Sunday. This was the first game of the season that Brady didn’t throw a touchdown but they were still able to pull a 20-10 victory of the Jets.
After the game, all eyes were at midfield where two coaches actually shook hands afterwards. These friends turned enemies didn’t embrace for long. Bill Belichick wore a sly smile, while Eric Mangini looked sad like someone stole his lunch money.
The Dolphins blew it. They had a chance to go down in history. This would’ve been a team that people would have talked about forever. Now they are just any average 1 win team. No one will ever remember them.
The Dolphins beat the Ravens in overtime yesterday after Matt Stover missed a kick to win it. Matt Stover is usually money in overtime. He has gone 5/5 in his career so it usually means that if he is coming up to kick it, it’s a wrap. Not this time though. After he missed it and the Dolphins got it back this is what happened:
Jags out-Steeler the Steelers
From the eyes of Steelers fans, Fred Taylor is a problem. In 2000 Fred Taylor set a record for an opposing running back against the Steelers by rushing for 234 yards. Yesterday he continued his abuse of the Steelers, rushing for 147 yards in their win over the Steelers.
This loss officially makes the Jags look like a contender while the Steelers are going in the opposite direction. They are now tied with the Browns in their division at 9-5 and anything can happen. They did win both games against the Brown this season but there are still games to be played. We will see how it all shakes out but this should be interesting in the final two weeks.
Around the league
- The Washington Redskins’ kept their playoff hopes alive and put a little doubt into the New York Giants’ once seemingly certain road to the postseason. Clinton Portis ran for 126 yards and a touchdown and Todd Collins led the Redskins on five scoring drives in his first start in 10 years, outplaying Eli Manning in a 22-10 victory.
- LaDainian Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers left no doubt. The Chargers repeated as AFC West champions by beating the punchless Detroit Lions 51-14, their fourth straight win and eighth in 10 games.
- Tony Romo’s latest A-list girlfriend and his parents came to Texas Stadium to see the Dallas Cowboys play their final home game before the playoffs. They were treated to Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles beginning their last-gasp bid to get into the playoffs, too.
- Oakland Raiders running back Justin Fargas was unable to celebrate his first 1,000-yard rushing season because he sprained his right knee shortly after reaching the milestone in Sunday’s 21-14 loss to Indianapolis.
- Micheal Spurlock started up the middle, cut to the outside and didn’t stop running until making history for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs ran back a kickoff for a touchdown for the first time in the franchise’s 32 seasons and routed the reeling Atlanta Falcons 37-3 to win the NFC South for the second time in three seasons.
- A simple slant pattern gives Brett Favre the NFL record for all-time passing yardage as the Packers clinch a first-round playoff bye with a 33-14 victory over St. Louis.
- Drew Brees caps a 315-yard day with a clutch, 22-yard completion to Billy Miller that allows the Saints to run out the clock in a 31-24 win over the Cardinals.
- Vince Young passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns and Rob Bironas kicked four field goals in Tennessee’s 26-17 victory in Kansas City, keeping the Titans in the wild-card playoff hunt.
- Jamal Lewis rushed for 163 yards and Phil Dawson kicked two field goals in harsh, wintry winds as the Cleveland Browns improved their postseason chances with an 8-0 win over the Bills.
- Rookie Matt Moore, the fourth Panthers starting quarterback this season, engineers three fourth-quarter scoring drives and the Panthers stun the Seahawks, 13-10.
- Shaun Hill passed for 197 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score in his first N.F.L. start, and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-13, Saturday night for only their second victory in 12 games.
- Mario Williams dragged down Jay Cutler for the third time, jumped up and sashayed like a hula dancer. Last year’s No. 1 pick had a career-high 3 1/2 sacks to lead the Houston Texans to a 31-13 victory over the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.
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