1. Panthers fall in Atlanta– For the second time ever in a 16 game schedule, the Panthers were looking to become just the second team every to start 15-0. It’s been a season to remember for Carolina and everything has been clinched but the one seed in the playoff picture. With a win over the Falcons, they would have that in their hands and go forward. It didn’t quite work out that way. After being embarrassed by the Panthers two weeks ago, the Falcons had revenge on the mind. The Panthers were vulnerable in pass coverage a lot last week against the Giants and it showed in the Georgia Dome. The Falcons got their quality win of the season and finally handed the Panthers their first loss of the year. This is a blessing in disguise for Carolina because now an enormous amount of pressure has been lifted off their shoulders.
2. Jets defeat Patriots in OT– The last time they played, the Jets hurt themselves with costly penalties and Gronkowski just had his way with that Jets secondary. It was a much different game on Sunday. The Patriots were looking to beat the Jets for the fifth straight time in the series and the Jets had other plans. They collapsed Brady’s pocket all game long and their defense was terrible especially when it came to pass defense. There was a very questionable decision on the coin toss. Belichick elected to kick the football in OT which I strongly disagree with because when you have one of the greatest quarterbacks ever and the best tight end in football, you have a chance to score no matter how poorly your offense may have been moving the ball down the field. The Jets got a big win and as of now, they are in the playoffs but nothing has been clinched.
3. Steelers shocked in Baltimore– It hasn’t been the greatest season for the Ravens especially with all of the injuries they’ve dealt with. Nobody gave them a chance in this game with the red-hot Steelers coming to town with that prolific offense. The Ravens dominated the Steelers pretty much the whole game. A ton of pressure on Ben, Antonio Brown was kept out the endzone and they were just outplayed, plain and simple. The Steelers really dropped the ball here and now need a lot of help in week 17 just to get into the playoffs.
4. Cardinals destroy Packers– It was the game of the day with a lot on the line in the NFC. The winner would have a bye in the NFC playoffs. The Cardinals have been on a roll and didn’t look to slow it down. You talk about looking terrible, that was the Packers all game long. Aaron Rodgers was sacked nine times and their offense only scored eight points. The Cardinals are simply dominating in every phase of the game and continue to show why they are the most complete team in football.
5. Redskins clinch NFC East– Someone had to win this awful division, right? Here’s how the scenario looked: If the Redskins won on Saturday in Philly, they would win the NFC East and the Giants and Eagles would eliminated from playoff contention. The Eagles defense didn’t bother to show up and the Redskins won the NFC East for the first time since 2012, RGIII’s rookie season.