This was the ugliest loss in the history of Levi's Stadium.
Yes, the Bears-49ers game was the first in the history of Levi's Stadium, but still ... it's going to be a long time before San Francisco fans witness a clunker this bad. San Francisco had a 17-point lead, the support of an enthralled home crowd, a chance to put the hated Seahawks a game down in the division ... and somehow, Jay Cutler beat them.
Yes, Jay Cutler, he of the surly demeanor and unreliable decisionmaking, threw for four touchdowns against a defense that wasn't supposed to let this kind of steamrolling happen. Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions and surrendered a fumble, all of which contributed to a loss so stunning neither Chicago nor San Francisco fans likely believe it really happened.
Every stadium opening brings with it a horde of firsts, and Levi's was no exception. San Francisco's Michael Crabtree scored the first touchdown, and teammate Phil Dawson kicked the first field goal. But after an early rush, the statistics began to turn against San Francisco.
In a week in which several of the league's biggest names were carried off the field with injuries, a rookie left the day's most lasting image: that of a wounded player being dragged away to satisfy referees and preserve a chance at winning.
The story: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were down two to the St. Louis Rams in the closing seconds of the game, driving and trying to set up a field goal. Quarterback Josh McCown found rookie Mike Evans at the Rams' 32-yard line, and with eight seconds remaining, there appeared to be enough time to spike the ball and set up for a 49-yard field goal attempt.
But Evans, the No. 7 pick in this year's draft, suffered an injury on the play. And because Tampa Bay had no timeouts remaining, Evans had to get off the field or the game would end, because by rule 10 seconds would be run off the clock.
Problem was, Evans could barely move. So first his teammates, then his trainers tried to drag him away.
You can see it play out in this sequence:
Ray Rice is not going quietly into his indefinite suspension. Rice will appeal his indefinite suspension on Monday, Pro Football Talk reported.
Rice was involved in an altercation with his then-fiancee in February in an Atlantic City casino. This summer, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for two games for his actions, in which he knocked his now-wife Janay Rice unconscious with a punch. However, when video of the actual punch surfaced last week, Goodell, under extreme public criticism, increased the suspension to "indefinite." Rice's team, the Baltimore Ravens, also cut ties with him. (For a complete timeline of the Rice case, click here.)
The stories of Peyton Manning's preparation for each and every game are legendary, and so too are the expectations he has for his receivers. It's no surprise, then, that even one of the NFL's leading scorers, Julius Thomas, might find himself on the business end of a Manning critique:
Sure, the Broncos were up by 11 at the time to a team that was having trouble locating the end zone (Kansas City had just gone 10 minutes with the ball and did not score at all), but you never know in the NFL when someone's going to jump up and throw a scare into you. Better it be your quarterback than the other team, right?
It's only Week 2, but we've got ourselves a strong contender for worst play of the year. And it comes to us courtesy of — sit down, this may shock you — the Oakland Raiders.
Already getting walloped by the Texans, the Raiders appeared to have some good fortune turn their way when James Jones caught a pass with nothing but open field ahead of him. Alas, this is Oakland, where nothing is ever easy. Jones fumbled the ball not once, but twice, on the same play:
The Texans would recover the ball just outside their own end zone, and ran away for a 30-14 win over the Raiders. At least you'll always have this beauty, Oakland fans.Sun, Sep 14Houston30 - 14OaklandGame Recap
You cannot stop J.J. Watt. You cannot even hope to contain him.
Early in Houston's game against Oakland, Watt, the behemoth who stands as one of the best on the defensive side of the ball, checked in at tight end and, well, this happened:
It's just not even fair. Is it possible that Watt's $100 million deal was a bargain?
Reaction from Twitter was of course properly calm and measured:
JJ Watt: Best player in football, regardless of position.
"More JJ Watt! MORE JJ WATT!!!!" - Roger Goodell
Why are people surprised JJ Watt caught a pass? He was a walk-on tight end at CMU. Eight catches for 77 yards in 2007.
THEY LAUGHED AT ME WHEN I STARTED JJ WATT AT WIDE RECEIVER
We look for Watt to be starting at quarterback before midseason.
On Friday afternoon, Minnesota's Adrian Peterson was indicted on charges of child abuse; soon afterward, the Vikings deactivated him for Sunday's game against New England. As with any legal action involving a beloved local icon, reactions have ranged from disgust to defensiveness. One Vikings fan, however, took a different approach, via Uni Watch:
A Uni Watcher has modified his Adrian Peterson jersey with the Nat'l Child Abuse Hotline Number 1-800-4-a-Child pic.twitter.com/5ynLCAImaX
That's the National Child Abuse Hotline phone number, and it's a welcome reminder of who's really the victim in cases like these.
Other forms of acknowledging the Peterson situation were, shall we say, a bit less charitable:
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf2 days ago
ATLANTA, Ga. - All day long at East Lake, everyone seemed to be waiting for something, anything, to happen. The skies wavered between blinding sunshine and foreboding cloud cover. The gallery had at least one ear ready for the impending Georgia-South Carolina game. The players burbled around the leaderboard, with all major swings taking place well away from the leaders.
And then came 15, and Rory McIlroy's eagle putt, and all of a sudden, the game was afoot. McIlroy shot a 67, while Horschel fumbled a bit on the back nine and ended with a 69. It's his 11th straight round in the 60s, but it was enough to erase his two-shot lead on McIlroy coming into the day.
Horschel and McIlroy now find themselves 18 holes away from golf's richest prize: the $10 million FedEx Cup. All each player needs to do is win the tournament and the Cup and payday is his. Both are -9, and will once again be paired with each other on Sunday.
A little further down the leaderboard is Jim Furyk at -6, whose last win was the Tour Championship in 2010. Furyk can win the FedEx Cup as long as Horschel or Chris Kirk don't finish in solo second place.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 days ago
Pro athletes and Twitter: not a good mix.
Shortly after news of the Adrian Peterson indictment and subsequent deactivation broke, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White joined the ever-growing throng of athletes who tweet long before second thoughts even have a chance to form:
Roddy White why? pic.twitter.com/yqx3sSglgU
White may well have been trying to be sarcastic, or make a point about his perspective on the nature of Peterson's charges of child abuse, but yeah: jokes like this aren't going to go over so well.
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf3 days ago
ATLANTA, Ga. - You didn't think it was going to be easy for someone to walk away with golf's biggest cash prize, did you?
Billy Horschel leads the field by two strokes, but, like the relentless stalker in a horror film, look who's turned up right behind him: Rory McIlroy, the world's greatest golfer. McIlroy rode a five-under round to a six-under scorecard, tied with Jason Day and Day 1 co-leader Chris Kirk. And he's in the rare position of having nothing to lose and everything to gain.
"No matter what happens over the weekend, it's going to be OK," McIlroy said. "I just want to finish my season off the way I feel like I should. The way I feel like it deserves to be finished off. So I'm not putting too much pressure on myself because it's already been a great year. But I still want to win this thing."