16 Jan 2017 00:26:54 -0500
Kelce blasts ref for holding call during 2-pt conversion
Emotions run high following NFL playoff games.
We saw that on Saturday when Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett verbally assaulted a reporter over what was an ordinary postgame question, and we saw it on Sunday night when Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce went off about one of the referees following the Chiefs’ 18-16 AFC divisional round loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Kelce was upset about a holding call on Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher during their successful two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game with just over two minutes to play.
“Ref No. 51 shouldn’t even be able to wear a zebra jersey,” Kelce told reporters after the game. “He shouldn’t even be able to work at… Foot Locker.”
The Chiefs second attempt following the penalty was an incomplete pass and the Steelers were able to run out the clock after that.
It looked like a good call as Fisher wrapped up Steelers linebacker James Harrison and brought him to the ground to give quarterback Ale
16 Jan 2017 00:29:46 -0500
Top 10 takeaways from NFL Divisional Playoffs
The NFL Divisional Playoffs provided us with a little bit of everything. Blowout wins by the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots on Saturday gave way to one of the better playoff games in recent history in Dallas on Sunday. Then on Sunday night, the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers did battle in the freezing conditions of Arrowhead Stadium.
Stars were born for the Falcons, who absolutely laid it to Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. Matt Ryan once again proved his worth as a legitimate MVP candidate while Julio Jones and Co. made the likes of Richard Sherman look silly.
In the AFC battle Saturday night, Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler almost literally threw away a possible historic upset with three second-half interceptions against New England.
When the clock hit Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys attempted to overcome a Packers onslaught and pulled the game even before Aaron Rodgers showed that he is indeed Harry Potter in real life form — a wizard.
15 Jan 2017 20:28:40 -0500
WATCH: Cook gets both feet in on amazing catch, Crosby kicks Packers into NFC title game
The Green Bay Packers survived a comeback attempt by the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday’s NFC playoff game, and they won 34-31 on a kick by Mason Crosby on the final play. But what set that up was a great catch from Jared Cook.
Cook had 6 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown, but the big one came on a 3rd and 20 from the Packers’ 32 with 3 seconds left.
Cook was on the sideline and caught a pass from Aaron Rodgers without going out of bounds. He had to go to his knees for the 36-yard grab but did so after hauling in the ball.
Jared Cook a SMOOTH CRIMINAL pic.twitter.com/wRzAEkN9qv
— Rev. Eric Dunn (@ericvdunn) January 16, 2017
That set up a 51-yard field goal by Crosby, who made the kick twice after the first was erased by a timeout call from Jason Garrett.
Green Bay will now visit Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game. The Packers have won eight in a row — six to end the regular season, and two in the postseason.
15 Jan 2017 19:36:38 -0500
WATCH: Jason Witten catches first career playoff TD
It took eight playoff games, but finally Jason Witten has caught his first career touchdown pass. It came at a critical time for the Dallas Cowboys Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, down by two scores until Witten hauled in an easy reception from the hand of Dak Prescott to cut the lead to 28-20 with more than 11 minutes remaining in the game.
.@Dak. @JasonWitten. END ZONE! #FinishThisFight #NFLPlayoffs https://t.co/p906RbhOdW
— NFL (@NFL) January 16, 2017
It was Witten’s fourth catch of the game, and he came down with a clutch third-down catch one play previously to give the Cowboys the opportunity to score the touchdown in the first place.
After dropping into an early 21-3 hole, Dallas has scratched and clawed its way back into this one.
16 Jan 2017 00:31:59 -0500
Carroll dismisses notion that Hawks' title window is closing
The Seattle Seahawks suffered a 36-20 playoff defeat on Saturday, and it left some wondering if the best days are behind this iteration of the team.
Coach Pete Carroll, however, doesn’t buy that one bit.
“We’re right in the middle of it,” Carroll said of the team’s championship window, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “It ain’t over. We’re right in the middle of it. Everybody in the locker room knows that and they felt that. It didn’t happen this time, not as far as we wanted. We did some good stuff now — won a division and all that kind of thing. But we are still in the process — that’s what it feels like — we are in the middle of it. Not at the end of anything.
“It would be a shame to think that this was the end and this is over. This really feels like the beginning more than anything else as we look down the road. We have such a right mentality that I can’t wait to see what happens.”
Seattle will return most of their core, but the team isn’t as good as they were
15 Jan 2017 18:42:06 -0500
WATCH: Packers DB destroys Cole Beasley with big hit
Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley plays in the slot, so sometimes he’s the unfortunate recipient of a big hit.
And in the playoffs, where every yard counts, defenders often make receivers and running backs pay for coming open over the middle. That’s what happened to Beasley in Sunday’s divisional playoff game against the Packers.
The Cowboys were faced with a key third-and-four scenario, on the brink of field-goal range, but were looking for some insurance on what would’ve been a difficult kick. Dak Prescott hit Beasley on a quick slant to move the chains for an 18-yard gain, but Packers safety Kentrell Brice made him pay for it by delivering a crushing hit.
The 174-pound Beasley got right up afterward, showing just how tough he is.
15 Jan 2017 18:11:37 -0500
Aikman adds to Cowboys' QB conflict with Romo praise
A full quarter of Sunday’s playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers didn’t even pass before calls began for Tony Romo to replace Dak Prescott.
The Packers got out to a hot start and led 14-3 when the calls for Romo came. Then when the score became 21-3, things really got out of hand, with FOX TV analyst Troy Aikman even talking about what Romo can bring to the table.
“There’s no question Romo gives them the opportunity for more big plays,” Aikman said as the Cowboys began their possession down 21-3.
His announcing partner Joe Buck then questioned him for bringing up Romo so early in the game.
“I’m not suggesting they should do anything, but if this continues…” Aikman said.
Sure enough, minutes after Aikman added fuel to the controversy, Prescott moved the team down the field and hit Dez Bryant for a 40-yard touchdown to make it 21-10.
Romo certainly has put up more gaudy passing statistics than Prescott, but Dak’s the one who led the Cowboys to the No. 1 seed in
15 Jan 2017 14:38:07 -0500
Report: Packers hopeful Nelson could play next week
Jordy Nelson is being held out of Sunday’s NFC Divisional Round game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys after suffering fractured ribs last weekend. But if the Packers advance past the Cowboys this weekend, Nelson could be available to play in the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.
In fact, the Packers have “legitimate hope” that Nelson will be good to go next weekend, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN after he had “no issues with the travel” to Texas this weekend. He had been considering wearing a kevlar vest this weekend to help absorb hits but ended up being held out.
Nelson was Green Bay’s top receiver this year, one season removed from missing the 2015 campaign with an ACL tear.
He caught 97 passes for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns, picking right back up where he left off in 2014. Before exiting last weekend’s game against the New York Giants with fractured ribs, Nelson had caught just one pass for 13 yards on three targets from Aaron Rodgers.
15 Jan 2017 13:27:15 -0500
Jadeveon Clowney: Texans rattled Tom Brady
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots may have put away the Houston Texans on Saturday, but things were not made easy for the superstar quarterback.
Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney believes that the Texans had Brady rattled despite the fact that they lost 34-16.
Clowney on Texans defense against Brady: "Oh yeah, he was rattled."
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) January 15, 2017
Brady was sacked twice, pressured frequently, and threw two interceptions after having thrown just two in the entire regular season. Those numbers would back up Clowney’s assertion, as would this third quarter incident.
That said, Brady’s a hard guy to rattle. He also threw for two touchdowns, tallied 287 yards, and his team still scored 34 points. If Clowney is right, it still didn’t do all that much.
15 Jan 2017 13:27:08 -0500
Report: Chip Kelly interviewed for Jags head coaching job
Prior to the team deciding to promote Doug Marrone, the Jacksonville Jaguars apparently met with former Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly.
They did so in the dark of the night without anyone really paying attention. At least, that’s according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.
Very quietly, Jaguars interviewed former 49ers HC Chip Kelly for their HC job before ultimately hiring Doug Marrone, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2017
To say that Jacksonville casted a wide net in its coaching search would be an understatement. Marrone and Kelly couldn’t be more different in what they bring to the table.
It’s also pretty darn surprising that Kelly’s name has surfaced as a potential head coaching candidate. He’s coming off a disastrous season in San Francisco, ultimately finding himself fired after a 2-14 mark. This came after a disastrous 2015 campaign with the Eagles.
We’re not too sure if Kelly will be a legitimate co...
15 Jan 2017 13:00:48 -0500
Report: Antonio Brown could become NFL's highest-paid WR
The Pittsburgh Steelers came to an agreement with Antonio Brown last offseason on a restructured contract that increased his pay for 2016, but that was just a temporary fix. In the coming months, the Steelers could be making Brown a much happier man.
Happier than any other player at his position, even.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Steelers are expected to sign Brown to an extension after the postseason that could make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. A.J. Green is currently the top earner at the position with an average annual salary of $15 million.
Brown is under contract through 2017, but he flirted with the idea of a holdout before the 2016 season. If the Steelers don’t show a long-term commitment to him, he may refuse to report to training camp.
From a numbers standpoint, Brown can certainly make a case that he should be the highest-paid player at his position. The 28-year-old has averaged an eye-popping 120 receptions, 1,578 yards and 10.75 touchdowns per year over th
15 Jan 2017 12:00:19 -0500
Report: Colts ‘unlikely’ to hire Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning may end up joining an NFL front office at some point in the future, but it doesn’t sound like it will be in 2017.
According to Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com, Manning is “unlikely” to be hired by the Indianapolis Colts.
Been told by multiple sources that a Manning hire is "unlikely'' at this point. Not sure if sticking point is ownership share or timing.
— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 14, 2017
A report from Jay Glazer of FOX Sports on Saturday claimed Jim Irsay is still actively recruiting Manning, but it sounds like the Colts owner is striking out. In addition to not being able to convince Manning to take a job with the team, Irsay has also been unsuccessful in luring his top head coaching target away from the broadcast booth.
Manning is just one year removed from playing, so it’s possible he still wants to enjoy retirement before taking on anything new. It has been said that his ultimate goal is to follow the same career path as John Elway, so Irsay will likely keep trying.
14 Jan 2017 18:00:31 -0500
WATCH: Seattle lineman trips Russell Wilson; causes safety
Devin Hester had just returned a punt down to the Atlanta Falcons 10 yard line and the Seattle Seahawks looked like they were taking control of their NFC playoff game. A penalty negated the return and Seattle started inside their own 10 yard line instead of at the Atlanta 10 yard line.
Two plays later, one of the Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen tripped Russell Wilson causing an embarrassing safety for the Seahawks….
— Kevin Causey (@CFBZ) January 14, 2017
14 Jan 2017 17:24:01 -0500
WATCH: Julio Jones burns Seahawks secondary for easy TD
There isn’t a whole heck of a lot of defense being played early in Atlanta. A little more than a quarter had passed when Julio Jones tied up the ball game at seven apiece with a way-too-easy touchdown near the goal line.
With Jeremy Lane lined up opposite him, Jones abused the corner as he tried to jamb him at the line, darted inside and caught the perfectly-timed throw from Matt Ryan. From there, Jones went beast mode to run through Richard Sherman and Steven Terrell into the end zone for the score.
Quick slant to @julioJones_11...And he's IN!Touchdown @AtlantaFalcons!!!#SEAvsATL #NFLPlayoffs https://t.co/G8WVz1AbQH
— NFL (@NFL) January 14, 2017
It was just a tremendous display of strength, agility, quickness and power at the end — a do-it-all play by Jones, who abused Sherman throughout the first quarter en route to three catches for 27 yards and the touchdown.
14 Jan 2017 17:03:29 -0500
The Falcons are trolling Russell Wilson by hosting Ciara’s ex-boyfriends at Saturday’s game
The Falcons seem to think they’ve found a way to get inside Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s head during Saturday’s divisional playoff game.
Atlanta appears to have invited several ex-boyfriends of Wilson’s wife, pop singer Ciara, to rattle the QB.
Present at the Georgia Dome for the game will be rapper Future, whom Ciara has a son with, and rapper-actor Bow Wow, whom she used to date. Both appear to be guests of the team, not ticket-buying fans, though we don’t know for sure how they ended up on the sidelines.
Well well well look who's who's here! @1future #riseup @MikeConti929 @AtlantaFalcons pic.twitter.com/zGkPlgbScd
— Ryan Cameron (@ryancameron) January 14, 2017
Little Bow Wow is also on the #Falcons sideline, and I am told by @ryancameron that he also has a history with Ciara
— Mike Conti (@MikeConti929) January 14, 2017
The Falcons’ DJ has already suggested he might play Future’s music during Saturday’s game as a shot at Wilson. though Falcons coach Dan Quinn