2008 was the year of perfection. Almost. A miracle catch in Super Bowl XLII by an otherwise unknown New York Giant, David Tyree, helped thwart the 19-0 quest by the New England Patriots, preventing their enshrinement as the greatest team to ever grace the turf. Three seasons removed, Tom Brady and co. finally got their shot for a little revenge on Sunday at Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Playing at home this time, the Pats came into the game looking to bounce back from their trouncing at the hands of Pittsburgh, while the Giants were attempting to extend their two game winning streak to take control of the NFC East. Of course, both outcomes were naturally impossible and the game wound up very eerily similar to that Super Bowl outing. New England found themselves nursing a late lead, but their porous defense once again proved to be the Achilles Heal of the team, allowing Eli Manning to march down the field and score the game-winning touchdown in the waning seconds once again and leading the Giants to a 24-20 win.
On the other side of the country, Aaron Rodgers brought his passing clinic and 7-0 record to San Diego, where he put on yet another offensive showcase. A-Rod threw 21-26 for 247 yards and a mere 4 touchdowns. But thanks to Philip Rivers’ two pick-sixes, that was only about half of Green Bay’s points. The Chargers’ QB is officially not having an off game or two, but rather an off season. He’s thrown at least two interceptions in the last three games, all losses. Something isn’t clicking for him and if the problem isn’t solved sooner or later, their chances of making the postseason are about to plummet thanks to the emerging Oakland Raiders.
This week’s Baltimore-Pittsburgh rematch proved to be every bit the nail-biter it was hyped up to be. After a week of quotables from Terrell Suggs, the Steelers were sure to come at their archrival swinging hard. After a month spent recovering from a fractured orbital bone, James Harrison was back and ravaging Joe Flacco for much of the night,and with the game hanging on threads Torrey Smith dropped the would-be game winner. Opportunities like that don’t come more than once against Pittsburgh, or do they?
Four plays later Flacco tossed one more up to Smith who had the mental toughness to put his mistake behind him and clinch the W for his team, completing the season sweep and shit-talking rights for the rest of the regular season.
— For those of you putting an asterisk by the 49ers 7-1 record, they’ve only played one division game and are 4-0 on the road so far and have more wins than all three other NFC West teams combined. And with three games left against .500 or better teams, the road to the number two seed is looking pretty smooth.
— The Colts now stand alone in the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes and it’s full steam ahead after Sunday’s 31-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons — coupled with Miami’s 31-3 win over Kansas City — Indianapolis stands alone as the league’s only winless team. Indy’s lone bright spot against ATL was a pick-six, saving a complete shutout.
— Welcome to the NFL touchdown club, Julio Jones, and way to do it in incredible fashion.
— Thanks to their stellar rookies, the bumbling bunch of ex-felons aka the Cincinnati Bengals are also putting together a surprisingly solid season. I’m sure owner Mike Brown is sleeping comfortably under a Raiders snuggie as a show of gratitude for donating two first round draft picks in exchange for an otherwise useless Carson Palmer.
— After Drayton Florence shook Mark Sanchez like bullied child, what are the odds the Jets QB went back to the huddle muttering “there ain’t no such thing as half-way crooks?”