- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner5 hrs ago
DENVER — Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler looked at the New England Patriots' defensive alignment on third-and-1 in overtime and changed the play. He was making his second career start, and you better be right in that situation. He was.
A few moments later, C.J. Anderson was running down the snowy sideline, his hand in the air as he went in for the 48-yard game-winning score. The Broncos won 30-24 in the best game the NFL has produced this season.
"They gave us a specific defensive front that we can't run that ball into, so I checked to our second play that we called in our huddle," Osweiler said, in a matter-of-fact way you'd expect from a quarterback with about a hundred or so more starts.Sun, Nov 29New England24 - 30DenverGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
DENVER — What a game.
The best game of the NFL season to this point ended with C.J. Anderson running all alone down the left sideline, raising a hand to celebrate as he ran through the snow to give the Denver Broncos an amazing 30-24 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night.
Anderson got past the line, got through safety Duron Harmon's tackle attempt on a third-down run, and took it 48 yards to the end zone for a dramatic comeback victory that ended the Patriots' chances at a perfect season. The big story of the game from the New England side was a knee injury to tight end Rob Gronkowski, but this was a win for Denver that stamped the Broncos as a Super Bowl contender with new quarterback Brock Osweiler.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
DENVER – The New England Patriots suffered quite a scare on Sunday night.
Rob Gronkowski, the NFL's best tight end, was hit low by Denver Broncos safety Darian Stewart late in the fourth quarter. He immediately writhed on the ground in pain and he left the field on a cart. A few minutes later the Patriots announced Gronkowski was out with a knee injury.
While the initial outlook didn't look good for an already depleted Patriots team, the news after their overtime loss to the Broncos was more promising. Several media reports cited a source saying Gronk's injury was "not serious."
Further tests will be done Monday, but it looks like the Patriots dodged the worst-case scenario. No matter how good the Patriots are — and they're a tremendous team after starting the season 10-0 — it would have been very hard to withstand the Gronkowski injury if it was as serious as it looked.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
Did you miss any of the Week 12 action in the NFL? We've got you covered. Here are five plays you shouldn't miss.
Tennessee tip drill
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is shorthanded at receiver, so what does he do? Look for his tight ends. Watch as Mariota hits Craig Stevens, who earns his reputation as a sure-handed receiver, for a touchdown that he had to tip to himself before hauling in the first touchdown of the game against the Oakland Raiders .
The Minnesota Vikings are trying to forge one of the league's better defenses, and for the most party they have, allowing more than 23 points only once all season. The Vikings slowed down the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, allowing only 5.7 yards per play and forcing three turnovers. One of them came against Falcons running back Tevin Coleman via this tremendous poke of the ball from behind by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, who talked to Yahoo Sports Radio after the game about how the defense has improved this season.
Serve, volley, set, pickSun, Nov 29Minnesota20 - 10AtlantaGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
DENVER — If Rob Gronkowski retired tomorrow — say he just wanted to leave the NFL behind and live the "Yo Soy Fiesta" life — would he be a Pro Football Hall of Famer?
Well, here's his argument: He has more touchdown catches than any tight end currently in the Hall. In less than six seasons.
Gronkowski passed Shannon Sharpe, who is the touchdown reception leader among all the tight ends in the Hall of Fame, with his 63rd career touchdown catch in the first quarter on Sunday night in an overtime loss to the Denver Broncos. It was vintage Gronkowski too, breaking a tackle and barrelling into the end zone for a 23-yard score. Sharpe had 62 touchdown catches. It took him 14 seasons to do it.
Legends like Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates have more touchdowns than Gronkowski and are certainly going to Canton soon, but that's not the point. This is: Gronkowski is having the start to his career that would put him in the Hall of Fame discussion even though he has played just 76 games. Those 76 games have been better than any comparable stretch for any tight end in history, especially when Gronkowski's fantastic blocking is factored in.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
One man's celebration is another's gloating, and where you stand probably depends on whether you're on the high side of the score.
Miami's Ryan Tannehill had a rough day on Sunday, losing to the Jets 38-20, and that surely colored his perceptions of an unflagged hit that took out a teammate. On the Dolphins' third play of the game, Tannehill lofted a pass to Rishard Matthews, who got laid out, and knocked out of the game, by Jets safety Calvin Pryor. After the hit, Pryor celebrated, and that didn't sit so well with Tannehill.
"That's kind of a classless move to celebrate when a guy is injured," the Dolphins' QB said after the game. "Obviously, it was a good hit, a clean hit. But to celebrate when a guy is down is a classless move."
Watch here at the 2:50 mark:
Pryor, naturally, didn't think much of Tannehill's comments, responding on Twitter thusly:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
The Atlanta Falcons are in a tricky place with quarterback Matt Ryan.
Ryan isn’t bad. A lot of teams would trade their quarterback for Ryan without thinking twice. Is that list 15 teams long? Twenty? Clearly, Ryan isn’t terrible. But is he good?
Ryan was really good at one point; that can’t be debated. He had 4,719 yards, 32 touchdowns and a 99.1 rating in 2012. The Falcons came 10 yards from going to the Super Bowl. Ryan was just 27 years old. But this year, with the Falcons in free fall after a great start, it’s hard to put him in that franchise quarterback category anymore.
Ryan was 22-of-31 for 230 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in a bad 20-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. And 79 of those yards and his only touchdown came in garbage time. By the way, Ryan has the luxury of throwing to arguably the greatest receiver in the NFL, Julio Jones. The Falcons were down 20-3 when Ryan padded his stats, and he did nothing to make the game competitive before that.Sun, Nov 29Tampa Bay12 - 25IndianapolisGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
A tough season for Jimmy Graham is coming to an end.
The Seattle Seahawks tight end fell awkwardly in the end zone early in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers as Russell Wilson threw a pass his direction. The ball fell incomplete, and Graham's right knee bent under his own weight.
Graham remained down as trainers looked at his knee on the field, and he later was carted off to the locker room with an air cast on his leg.
After the game the Seahawks announced that Graham tore his patellar tendon and is out for the season. That's generally a devastating knee injury for NFL players, worse than an ACL tear. New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz is a recent example of a torn patellar tendon: Due to that and other lower body injuries Cruz hasn't played this season.
After coming over in a trade from the New Orleans Saints, Graham has had a relatively quiet season by his standards — with only two touchdowns and one game with more than 83 yards receiving. He had four grabs for 75 yards against the Steelers before leaving the game.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
Two all-too-common occurrences this season for the Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger injuries and Mike Tomlin coaching decisions.
On Sunday, the two things intertwined.
The Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, two teams once noted for their vaunted defenses, were embroiled in an offensive shootout Sunday with the Steelers down 32-27 with under four minutes remaining and facing a third-and-goal situation at the Seattle 10-yard line.
Roethlisberger — who threw for 456 yards, the most the Seahawks ever have allowed — scrambled after not being able to find an open receiver. He took it down to the 3-yard line, making it fouth-and-goal with two timeouts left, but taking a big hit from Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright.
Tomlin opted to kick the field goal to make it a 32-30 Seahawks lead with 3:02 left. This is the same coach, mind you, who goes for two-point conversions just for the heck of it. Who attempted one of the more ridiculous fake field goals in this game you might ever see. Who went for it twice on fourth down in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens this season with Mike Vick at quaterback.
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner12 hrs ago
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher seems tired of losing — and more tired of media members questioning his team's intensity.
The Rams were in contention at 4-3, riding the success of Todd Gurley, but have fallen back with four straight losses, including Sunday's 31-7 blasting by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Asked about his team's effort in the loss, Fisher unloaded.
"Anyone implies that it's an effort issue, they can kiss my ass," Fisher said. "There's no effort problems on this team. That's what happens when teams lose four in a row is people say it's effort. Come to practice, watch this team play and ask any other opponent or opposing coach. It's not an effort issue right now."
Fisher might be right, as the Rams didn't appear to quit in this one or in Week 11's loss to the Baltimore Ravens, which came down to the final play.
"It's execution," Fisher said. "It's 70 percent offense and 30 percent defense. I'll leave [special] teams out of it. Our teams always play hard."Sun, Nov 29St. Louis7 - 31CincinnatiGame Recap