Let’s Watch That Again!

Click The Link To Watch The Miami Miracle!

It’s a rare thing to watch the New England Patriots get burned. It’s even more rare to see them blow a game on the final play. So while Pats fans can boast their many championships in recent years as consolation, at least the rest of us can savor this video for the short term!

Weekend Football News And Notes

Since we spoke about the lone college football game worth anything this weekend yesterday (the Army – Navy game) and just mentioned the Heisman Trophy presentation, let’s get right to today’s pro games. Oh, and the college football Division I bowl season begins next weekend for those who want more NCAA action…

In today’s early NFL games, the New York Giants exploded against the Washington Redskins, routing them 40-16 in Washington DC. The Redskins have completely fallen apart after losing their starting quarterback Alex Smith to a season ending leg injury as well as their backup Colt McCoy. Meanwhile, the NY Giants have won 4 of their last 5 after starting the season 1-7.

In one of the biggest games of the day in relation to playoff posturing, the Kansas City Chiefs went to overtime with the Baltimore Ravens with the Chiefs ultimately emerging as victors in a 27-24 win. Also, the New England Patriots were stunned at the buzzer as the Miami Dolphins stole a 34-33 win from the defending AFC Champs. And in a big AFC South match-up, the Indianapolis Colts prevailed on the road 24-21 against the Houston Texans.

Other scores include:

New York Jets 27 – Buffalo Bills 23

Cleveland Browns 26 – Carolina Panthers 20

Green Bay Packers 34 – Atlanta Falcons 20

New Orleans Saints 28 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14

The late afternoon games include the Cincinnati Bengals at the Los Angeles Chargers, the Denver Broncos at the San Francisco 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles at the Dallas Cowboys, the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions at the Arizona Cardinals.

Tonight’s Sunday Night game is the Los Angeles Rams at the Chicago Bears.

Tomorrow night’s Monday Night football game is the Minnesota Vikings at the Seattle Seahawks.

Give That Woman A Rest Rivers!

Prior to the epic Sunday night football game last night in which the Los Angeles Chargers came back from an early deficit to stun the Pittsburgh Steelers 33-30, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers disclosed that he and his wife Tiffany were expecting their NINTH child.

Seems like either Rivers takes out his frustrations from not getting to the Super Bowl yet in the bedroom or else he’s trying to give Antonio Cromartie a run for his money!

So you’re THAT guy Rivers…

Weekend Football News And Notes

After the action of college football’s Championship Weekend, the National College Football Playoff has been set! Number 1 Alabama will take on Number 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for semifinal #1 and Number 2 Clemson will take on Number 3 Notre Dame in the second semifinal.

How were the teams determined?

Well, in Saturday’s Big 12 Championship game, the Oklahoma Sooners met their rival, the Texas Longhorns for the second time this season and won 39-27. It was the first time in 115 years that the teams played a season rematch, and after Texas won the early season game to give the Sooners their only loss, Oklahoma got its revenge to take the Big 12 title.

The best game of the day turned out to be the SEC title game where the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide took on the #4 Georgia Bulldogs. The Bulldogs actually dominated for three quarters and held the lead going into the fourth quarter. It looked like the end for Alabama when Crimson Tide starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went down with an injury and backup Jalen Hurts stepped in. In last year’s National Championship game, Hurts was pulled at halftime against the Georgia Bulldogs and replaced by Tagovailoa who led the Tide to the National Title. This time around, it was Hurts who played the hero as he led Alabama back against Georgia to win the game 35 – 28. The Georgia loss allowed the Oklahoma Sooners to jump to the fourth and final college playoff spot. The National Semifinals will be played on December 29th. The championship game will be played on January 7th.

In other college games, Ohio State defeated Northwestern in the Big 10 title game 45-24 but the victory wasn’t enough for the Buckeyes to leapfrog both Oklahoma and Georgia for the final college playoff spot. Instead, they will play in the Granddaddy Of Them All: The Rose Bowl against Washington who won the Pac-12 title against Utah on Friday Night 10-3. Clemson won the ACC title game against Pittsburgh 42-10, Central Florida defeated Memphis 56-41 in the AAC title game and Fresno State defeated Boise State 19-16 in OT to take the Mountain West Championship.

In today’s NFL action, several playoff spots have also been clinched with still 4 weeks left in the regular season. The Los Angeles Rams clinched a playoff spot with their 30-16 victory on the road over the Detroit Lions. The win moved the Rams to an 11-1 record. And despite their shocking loss to the Cowboys Thursday night, the New Orleans Saints clinched a playoff spot when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-17.

In other games:

Baltimore Ravens 26 – Atlanta Falcons 16

Denver Broncos 24 – Cincinnati Bengals 10

Arizona Cardinals 20 – Green Bay Packers 17

Miami Dolphins 21 – Buffalo Bills 17

New York Giants 30 – Chicago Bears 27 (OT)

Houston Texans 29 – Cleveland Browns 13

Jacksonville Jaguars 6 – Indianapolis Colts 0

The late afternoon games include the New York Jets at the Tennessee Titans, the Kansas City Chiefs at the Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings at the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers versus the Seattle Seahawks.

Tonight’s Sunday Night game has the Los Angeles Chargers visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tomorrow’s Monday Night Football game is the Washington Redskins at the Philadelphia Eagles.

Big D

We generally don’t talk about the Thursday Night Football games in the NFL, but last night’s result was so surprising, it had to be mentioned.

The 10-1 New Orleans Saints, winners of 10 straight games, and who had been beating opponents by 20-30 points easily the past few weeks, went into Dallas to play the 6-5 Cowboys and proceeded to get their butts handed to them by the Cowboy defense, losing 13-10. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees started the game 0 for 4 passing for the first time in his career and was pretty much contained the duration of the match. Very few saw this coming. Suddenly, the Dallas Cowboys have to be considered big time contenders come playoff time.

And now, running back Kareem Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs, will re-enact how the Cowboys defense handled the Saints high flying offense:

Weekend Football News And Notes

Not only was it an extended Thanksgiving football weekend but it was also Rivalry weekend in the college ranks. So let’s get right down to it:

In the biggest college football game of the weekend, the #4 Michigan Wolverines traveled to their arch-rival’s in Columbus, Ohio to take on the #10 Buckeyes with a trip to the Big 10 title game and possibly a spot in the National Playoff on the line. The Wolverines proceeded to get shellacked by Ohio State 62-39. Let’s just say Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh can’t be a happy camper. The vaunted Michigan defense gave up a season high amount of points and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer remained undefeated against Michigan in his tenure. Ohio State now heads to the Big 10 title game to face Northwestern next weekend.

#1 Alabama took care of business against in-state rival Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl by the score of 52-21. Next up for Alabama is #6 Georgia in the SEC title game as the Bulldogs defeated in-state rival Georgia Tech 45-21. #2 Clemson pulled away from South Carolina in the second half of their game winning by a comfortable 56-35 margin. #3 Notre Dame held on against USC in a road game by a touchdown, defeating the Trojans 24-17.

In other big college games, the #6 Oklahoma Sooners outlasted the #13 West Virginia Mountaineers on Friday night 59-56 in an absolute barn burner. Not to be outdone, the #7 LSU Tigers were upset by the #22 Texas A&M Aggies in a 7OT marathon game that ended 74-72. That final score set an all time Division I college football record.

Things got snippy in the #18 Mississippi State vs. Ol’ Miss game as State trounced their in-state rival 35-3. Sidelines brawled towards the end of the 3rd quarter. A brawl nearly broke out at the end of the annual Florida – Florida State game as well, but the #11 gators easily defeated their opponent. 41-14.

#16 Washington stole a trip to the Pac-12 title game by defeating in-state rival #8 Washington State. The Washington Huskies will now face Utah in that championship game.

#9 Central Florida continued their nearly 2 year winning streak by defeating the University of South Florida 38-10, but lost their starting quarterback McKenzie Milton to a gruesome leg injury which required emergency surgery and could potentially end the junior qb’s career. The team will next face Memphis in the American Athletic Conference Championship.

Moving to the NFL, there were 3 games on Thanksgiving Day, but no real surprises there. Despite the Chicago Bears having their starting qb Mitch Trubisky sitting out due to injury, the team rode their defense to a 23-16 victory over the home Detroit Lions. In the 4p game, the Dallas Cowboys easily defeated a Washington Redskins team who lost their starting quarterback Alex Smith to a season ending leg injury last week by a score of 31-23. And in the primetime nightcap, the New Orleans Saints continued their winning ways by defeating the visiting Atlanta Falcons 31-17.

In today’s early games, the biggest surprise came from the Seattle Seahawks who defeated the Carolina Panthers on a last second field goal 30-27 in a tough road game for the Hawks. Seattle is now 6-5 and Carolina drops to 6-5. Late field goals also led to wins for the Buffalo Bills who defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-21 and the Philadelphia Eagles who beat the New York Giants 25-22.

Other scores:

Cleveland Browns 35 – Cincinnati Bengals 20

New England Patriots 27 – New York Jets 13

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 – San Francisco 49ers 9

Baltimore Ravens 34 – Oakland Raiders 17

Today’s late afternoon games are the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Denver Broncos, the Arizona Cardinals at the Los Angeles Chargers and the Miami Dolphins at the Indianapolis Colts.

Tonight’s Sunday Night game is the Green Bay Packers at the Minnesota Vikings.

Tomorrow’s Monday Night game is the Tennessee Titans at the Houston Texans.

They Are Calling It An Instant Classic

In case you missed last night’s incredible Monday Night Football game, the final score was Los Angeles Rams 54 – Kansas City Chiefs 51.

That made the game the highest scoring game in Monday Night Football history. All sorts of passing records were set as two young quarterbacks left it all on the field in a back and forth game.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw 6 TD passes and for 478 yards in a losing effort. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for 4 TD passes and 413 yards for the win.

It was the first time in NFL football history that a team who scored 50 points lost.

Great game. We don’t think anyone would have a problem seeing these two teams face-off again in the Super Bowl. Of course, other teams like New Orleans, New England, Houston, Pittsburgh and Chicago are all going to have a say as to whether that happens.

Weekend Football News And Notes

As the college football regular season approaches its end, the top ranked teams for the most part held form this weekend. Meanwhile in the NFL, the top contenders started making their moves for playoff spots in today’s early games.

In the best college football game of the day, the #10 Ohio State Buckeyes survived a game Maryland squad who took OSU to overtime, only to lose on a failed 2 point conversion attempt. The high scoring affair ended up in a 52-51 victory for the Buckeyes, which kept their Big 10 title hopes as well as national playoff hopes alive. Next week, they play the annual rivalry game against the #4 Michigan Wolverines who won their game against Indiana 31-20.

The game which was supposed to be the match-up of the day, but which was anything but was the #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish versus the #12 Syracuse Orange Men from Yankee Stadium in New York. Only one squad showed up to play though and the Irish trounced the Orange 36-3.

The only top 10 team to lose yesterday in the college ranks was #9 West Virginia who were stunned by unranked Oklahoma State 45-41, ending any chance the Mountaineers had of making the National College Playoff.

Elsewhere, #1 Alabama crushed the Citadel 50-17 despite being tied with the underdog 10-10 at the half. #2 Clemson dispatched Duke 35-6, and #11 Central Florida continued the longest winning streak in the nation by defeating #24 Cincinnati 38-13. Central Florida improved their record to 10-0 this year after last year’s undefeated season. Still, they are seen as a long shot to reach the National Playoff.

And two BREAKING NEWS notes on the college football front:

1) Former LSU head coach Les Miles who won the national championship with that school in 2007 has signed with the Kansas Jayhawks to become their next football head coach.

2) Army has landed in the top 25 rankings for the first time since 1996 with their 9-2 record. They will next play in the annual Army-Navy game at 3pm on December 8th.

Turning to today’s NFL action, all of the early games were relatively close with the exception of the Indianapolis Colts – Tennessee Titans match-up where the Colts easily won 38-10.

The Houston Texans pulled out a late victory on the road against the Washington Redskins with a 23-21 win. In that game, Washington starting quarterback Alex Smith went down with a gruesome broken leg injury and is lost for the season. Backup Colt McCoy did an adequate job covering for Smith, but the Texans would still eek out the win.

Similarly, the Pittsburgh Steelers won on a last minute quarterback run by Ben Roethlisberger to steal a victory on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-16.

Other scores:

Dallas Cowboys 22 – Atlanta Falcons 19

Detroit Lions 20 – Carolina Panthers 19

New York Giants 38 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35

Baltimore Ravens 24 – Cincinnati Bengals 21

Today’s NFL afternoon games include the Philadelphia Eagles at the red hot New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Chargers hosting the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders at the Arizona Cardinals.

The Sunday Night Game is a big divisional match with the Minnesota Vikings visiting the Chicago Bears.

And the Monday Night Game pits two of the best teams in the league this year with the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs visiting the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams. The game was originally was supposed to be played in Mexico City, but due to poor field conditions, the game was moved back to Los Angeles earlier this week.