I guess maybe less of a botch and more of Belichick just overthinking the overtime coin toss. You never, EVER, choose to kickoff in overtime. I get that the statistics say the receiving team wins in overtime a little less than 60% of the time but why take that risk? Doing it cost the Patriots the win, period. He should have took the ball and his chances. If they end up playing the Jets in the playoffs it could be a big batch of stupid karma being thrust their way.
Week 16 Short Recap
It was kind of a sloppy Monday nighter in Denver. The Broncos pulled out the win in overtime but it wasn’t the best performance for anyone involved. Plus, AJ McCarron is nursing an injury after that fumble in overtime that ended the game. Finally, I am sure I could have been closer on that kick than Brandon McManus was at the end of the 4th quarter. It’s been a long time since I have seen a clean kick missed that badly. Luckily he got the chance to redeem himself in overtime.
See? What did I tell you. Seattle would be the 6th seed in the playoffs. I honestly figured it would be a loss to Arizona that knocked them down there but this works too.
The Panthers are no longer undefeated. It’s the first time Atlanta has played really well in a couple of months. Talk about a fall from grace inside one season. They are the Bizarro Kansas City Chiefs.
Speaking of the Chiefs, they didn’t make it easy but they beat the Browns to clinch a playoff spot and can now clinch the AFC West this coming Sunday. How insane is that? If you had put down $100 back in early October for the Chiefs to win the AFC West, I am sure you would have got 5000-1 odds (meaning you would have won $500,000).
Washington clinched the NFC East with their win over Philly. I repeat, WASHINGTON has won the NFC East. It’s almost like an accident that they are now in the playoffs. God, the NFC East is so bad. Also, Chip Kelly was just recently fired as head coach. He looks to be heading to either Cleveland or Tennessee where he will get his patience tested much more than he had with the Eagles.
Week 17 TV Schedule
Alright, here’s the TV schedule:
|1:00||New Orleans at Atlanta||No TV|
|1:00||NY Jets at Buffalo||CBS (all of Canada (except Cornwall, Quebec, & Eastern Canada))/CTV (Vancouver, Alberta, Winnipeg, Northern Ontario, Kitchener, Toronto, Ottawa)|
|1:00||Washington at Dallas||FOX (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario)|
|1:00||Tennessee at Indianapolis||No TV|
|1:00||Detroit at Chicago||FOX (Western Ontario, K/W-Cambridge, Guelph, Ottawa-Gatineau)|
|1:00||Pittsburgh at Cleveland||No TV|
|1:00||New England at Miami||CBS (Cornwall, Quebec, Eastern Canada)/CTV (Montreal, Atlantic)|
|1:00||Philadelphia at NY Giants||FOX (Northern Ontario, Golden Horseshoe, GTA, Peterborough, Kingston, Belleville, Cornwall, Quebec)|
|1:00||Baltimore at Cincinnati||FOX (Eastern Canada)/CTV (Saskatchewan)/TSN2|
|1:00||Jacksonville at Houston||No TV|
|4:25||Tampa Bay at Carolina||No TV|
|4:25||Oakland at Kansas City||FOX (Cornwall, Quebec, Eastern Canada)/TSN2|
|4:25||Seattle at Arizona||FOX (all of Canada (except Cornwall, Quebec, & Eastern Canada))/CTV (Vancouver, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg)|
|4:25||San Diego at Denver||CBS (all of Canada)/CTV (Northern Ontario, Kitchener, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Atlantic)|
|4:25||St. Louis at San Francisco||No TV|
|8:30||Minnesota at Green Bay||NBC/TSN1/TSN4/TSN5|
CTV in Saskatchewan, Northern Ontario, and Atlantic Canada have not officially set their games for this Sunday but these seem to be the most educated guesses. UPDATE: All games on CTV have been set. Slight change as CTV viewers in Saskatchewan receive Baltimore at Cincinnati. Let’s look at the games that actually have some sort of meaning this weekend (and no, there is no reason to watch St. Louis play San Francisco):
NY Jets at Buffalo – If the Jets win or the Steelers lose, the Jets are in the playoffs. The Fighting Rex Ryans are hoping to play spoiler and perhaps keep ol’ Rex off the hot seat heading into next season.
Tennessee at Indianapolis – The Colts would need a miracle to win the AFC South. Let’s put it this way: I have a better chance at landing a model girlfriend, winning the lottery, and all of a sudden having six-pack abs by next week than Indy has at making the playoffs. Here’s how this works: First they have to win. Then they need the following to happen:
- Houston loss
- Baltimore wins
- Atlanta wins
- Buffalo wins
- Denver wins
- Miami wins
- Oakland or Pittsburgh win or tie (but both cannot tie)
- Tiebreaker after this would involve point differential which, unless Indy gets a point differential of 84 points or more compared to Houston, the Texans would qualify
So yeah, they aren’t making it. But they still hold out hope I guess. Also, if Tennessee loses they clinch the top spot in the draft.
Pittsburgh at Cleveland – First off, the Browns need to lose and have the Titans win to clinch the #1 pick of the draft. As for the Steelers, they get in if they win and have the Jets lose to the Bills.
New England at Miami – The Patriots clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if they win or if the Broncos lose.
Baltimore at Cincinnati – The Bengals clinch a first-round bye with a win and a Denver loss. They can also clinch if the Broncos lose, they lose, but the Chiefs win (since KC would then clinch the AFC West). Cincy cannot get home-field advantage.
Jacksonville at Houston – I am not going through this whole AFC South scenario again. If the Texans win they make it very easy. If they lose and the Colts win, then we get into the silliness.
Tampa Bay at Carolina – A Carolina win or a Cardinals loss gives the Panthers home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Oakland at Kansas City – For the Chiefs it’s easy. If they win and the Broncos lose, the Chiefs will win the AFC West. Otherwise they are one of the Wild-Card teams.
Seattle at Arizona – The Cardinals need a win and a Carolina loss to clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Seattle can move into the coveted #5 seed but they need to win and have the Packers win.
San Diego at Denver – So much can happen here with Denver. They can clinch the AFC West title with a win or a KC loss. If they win they also clinch a first-round bye. They can also be off for the first round if they tie and Cincinnati loses, or even if KC loses and Cincy loses. Finally, the Broncos can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if they win and the Patriots lose. The Chargers have already almost clinched a move to Los Angeles.
Minnesota at Green Bay – This one is simple. The winner gets the NFC North and the #3 seed. If there is a tie, the Packers would clinch the division in the most anticlimactic fashion.
This is it. The final week of the regular season. Still we have some drama this Sunday which is good to see from a fan’s perspective. Right now, I believe Carolina and New England are going towards a head-on collision at the Super Bowl. FOX executives have to be salivating at the thought of a Carolina-Arizona NFC Championship since those two teams are arguably the best two teams this year.
For you college football fans out there, the College Football Playoff starts tomorrow at 4:00 with the Orange Bowl and continues at 8:00 with the Cotton Bowl. There’s also the Peach Bowl at noon. Enjoy the games everyone!