- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner11 mins ago
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton scolded his own fans after Sunday's game.
When Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel went down with a hamstring injury, some Panthers fans cheered. Manziel is a player fans love to hate, but that still crosses a line that makes just about any NFL player upset.
Newton wasn't happy at the crowd's reaction to his fellow Heisman Trophy winner's injury, and didn't mince words.
"It was saddening to see the crowds response (to Manziel's injury)," Newton said, according to the Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones. "It was classless."
Newton also said about the Panthers' fans reaction, "We are better than that." Manziel didn't return to the game.
Newton himself was coming back off a bad injury, a pair or fractures in the transverse process in his back when he was involved in a car accident. Only 12 days later, he was starting.
Not all Panthers fans will like Newton's lecture. But the smart ones will understand it.
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- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner20 mins ago
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has been hot on Jim Harbaugh's trail in the past, but it appears you can kill off any more talk of Ross chasing the head coach this coming offseason.
According to Palm Beach Post's Andrew Abramson, Ross has said that embattled head coach Joe Philbin will return in 2015.
Steve Ross says Philbin is coming back
Ross to reporters: "Here's a Christmas present. You don't have to ask me anymore. He has one year left on contract and is coming back"
The Dolphins won in dramatic fashion on a final-minute blocked punt on Sunday, and a Week 17 win could give them a 9-7 record, which would be Philbin's first winning season with the team.Sun, Dec 21Minnesota35 - 37MiamiGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner25 mins ago
You blew it, Dewey.
On a curious fake punt from their own 19-yard line, Indianapolis Colts safety Dewey McDonald dropped a surefire first down on a wide-open pass from punter Pat McAfee in the first quarter.
One play later, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo connected with wide receiver Dez Bryant for a 19-yard touchdown that gave Dallas a 14-0 lead. Both the Colts and Cowboys entered the game with a 10-4 record and have plenty left to play for in terms of playoff positioning, all of which makes a fake punt deep in their own zone so early in the contest a mind-blowing decision by Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano.
It's the second time this season the Colts have watched a player drop such a simple catch, as tight end Coby Fleener let a sure TD against the Washington Redskins slip through his hands three weeks ago.LiveIndianapolis0 - 28DallasFollow Game
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner30 mins ago
The Minnesota Vikings went for the win late in regulation, and they paid for it.
In a wild game between two teams out of the playoffs and playing for pride — and jobs — the Vikings got the ball back against the Miami Dolphins on their own 13-yard line with 1:05 remaining in a 35-35 game. The Vikings had all three timeouts, had moved the ball well all game (20 first downs) and wanted to give rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater a shot to win it.
That decision came back to haunt the Vikings.
Bridgewater scrambled for two yards on first down, and the Vikings stopped the clock with 45 seconds left. After an incomplete pass on second down, Bridgewater threw an incomplete pass on second down. On third down, the Dolphins' Cam Wake sacked Bridgewater and the Dolphins called timeout to force a Vikings punt.
It didn't go well.
Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler skipped his snap back to punter Jeff Locke, and Dolphins rookie reserve defensive end Terrance Fede broke through and blocked Locke's attempt. The ball skipped out of the end zone for a safety for what would be the game-winning score.
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner43 mins ago
Look, being a kicker has to be a tough gig. The risk-reward ratio is more of a chasm for kickers than any other player. And yet they're still disrespected by pretty much everyone, from coaches to teammates to media to fans. So you can understand why a kicker might want to prove that, hey, he can be just as tough as anybody out there on the field.
Giants kicker Josh Brown decided to get in on a scrum, and being a kicker, he wasn't having a whole lot of impact on the pile. But the Rams' Cody Davis violated every rule of the stable by approaching a kickin' type from the back, and Brown made him pay. The result? A 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, which might just be the first time a kicker has earned that particular flag.
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- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner53 mins ago
Joe Flacco was outplayed by Case Keenum. Heck, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster was a more effective passer than Flacco on Sunday.
As a result, the Baltimore Ravens have lost control of whether they make the playoffs.
Flacco started off an impossibly terrible 4-of-22 with three interceptions on Sunday in a 25-13 loss against the Houston Texans, against a team that probably has just one Pro Bowl player on defense (yeah, but J.J. Watt isn’t the NFL MVP, gotcha). Flacco was absolutely, positively miserable.
The Ravens trailed 16-0 at the half and the way the offense was playing, there was little hope at a comeback. Had the Ravens won, they could have clinched a playoff spot with another win next week. That control is gone.
Baltimore needs help in Week 17 to get in. If the San Diego Chargers win next week against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Chargers are in. Ravens coach John Harbaugh can thank his brother Jim, whose San Francisco 49ers blew a 21-point lead to lose to the Chargers on Saturday night, for that one.Sun, Dec 21Baltimore13 - 25HoustonGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The quarterback may have been different, but the end result was a familiar scene.
With the game on the line, Jimmy Clausen did what Chicago Bears fans had come to expect from the man he replaced, throwing an interception that put a 20-14 loss to the NFC North rival Detroit Lions on ice.
Making his first NFL start since 2010, Clausen actually played fairly well until tossing a pick on a deep pass intended for wide receiver Alshon Jeffery with 2:02 remaining. He completed 23-of-39 attempts for 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He made a decent case for starting again next week over Jay Cutler, who had thrown 12 interceptions during an eight-week span that resulted in just two Chicago victories.Sun, Dec 21Detroit20 - 14ChicagoGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
The New Orleans Saints have been wondering where Jimmy Graham has been this season. They found out where he was in the worst way on Sunday in a critical game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Saints found themselves in a 20-7 hole with the pitiful NFL South race in the balance, and yet they were driving deep into Falcons territory with a chance to cut it to a one-score game at the start of the fourth quarter.
Drew Brees found Graham with a pass right at the goal line, and the television angle appeared to show Graham just crossing the threshold of the end zone.
I say TD. What say you Twitter? pic.twitter.com/y5WpsbMbIp
But cornerback Kemal Ishmael stripped Graham of the ball, recovered it and ran it back to the Atlanta 20-yard line. Replay upheld the fumble call on the field. It was the turning point of the game.
Graham scored on the Saints' next drive, cutting the score to 20-14, with 5:52 left. But given a chance to win the game, Brees threw an interception with 2:35 left from his own 10-yard line, which drove a stake in the Saints' season during an eventual 30-14 loss.Sun, Dec 21Atlanta30 - 14New OrleansGame Recap
- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
No way around it: this was a dirty play.
Lions center Dominic Raiola finished up a play in Sunday's Bears-Lions game by stomping on the outstretched ankle of Chicago defensive tackle Ego Ferguson. No doubt about it; he saw the ankle and stomped down hard.
This isn't the first time this season Raiola has stirred up trouble. Earlier this year, he charged at the knees of several New England Patriots defenders on a victory-formation play. This was much, much worse.
Sizable fine coming for Dominic Raiola
Raiola got hit with a $10,000 fine for the New England incident. Expect the NFL to come down a lot harder this time around.
And keep up with Jay over on Facebook, too.Sun, Dec 21New England17 - 16NY JetsGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
Running back Arian Foster has done everything else for the Houston Texans' offense this year, so why not ask him to throw a touchdown pass?
Foster, who has more than 1,000 yards rushing this season, the fourth time he has reached that mark, had never thrown an NFL pass in his career. His first one was right on the money.
Foster ran to his right, drew the Baltimore Ravens defense in and lofted a pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz in the end zone for the score. Foster had his first career passing touchdown, and the rookie Fiedorowicz had his first NFL touchdown catch. That gave Houston a surprising 16-0 lead.
Considering that the Texans have gone through four quarterbacks this season, maybe they can do worse than have Foster keep throwing it every now and then.
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