1. Packers clinch NFC North– This was the best game I saw all day. The oldest rivalry in football to decide the NFC North division. The hype leading into this game with Aaron coming back was at an all-time high. The Bears did exactly what I said they had to do and that was pressure Aaron and hit him a little bit. The Bears came out fired up. They were running the ball and spreading the ball around in the air. They just had one too many mental lapses in the fourth quarter which wound up in a Packers victory.
2. Eagles claim NFC East– For the third straight season, the Cowboys were in a situation where if they won, they’d be in the playoffs and if they lost they’d be eliminated from playoff contention. Nobody ever thought the Eagles would even be in this position because coming into the year, there was so much uncertainty surrounding them. The Eagles had to grind it out last night in JerryWorld to get a win and secure their first NFC East division title for the first time since 2010.
3. Panthers clinch NFC South– Now, this was definitely something we never thought we’d be saying after the regular season ended. The Panthers are NFC South champions. They were a 1-3 team after four games than reeled off eight straight victories including wins over the 49ers, Patriots and Saints. They will definitely be a force with a strong running game and a physical defense with an emerging star in Luke Kuechly.
4. Patriots clinch the AFC’s two seed– The Patriots had already won the division but they were still playing for much more, home-field advantage and a bye week in the playoffs. Everytime I see Buffalo play the Patriots, they always play the Patriots tough and that was shown yet again Sunday. The Patriots would cruise onto another victory to give them a first-round bye for the fourth straight season.
5. Chargers win to get into the playoffs– The one thing I’ll say about the Chargers is when their backs are against the wall, they always find a way to fight and get wins as a football team. Rivers has always had great numbers in December to get the Chargers to the playoffs but when he gets to January is another story. They beat Kansas City to take the sixth seed in the AFC and will face the Bengals on Sunday.