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Sunday’s snow was a fun setting for football, but it didn’t exactly ground NFL offenses. A total of 88 touchdowns were scored for a new single-day league record.
One area where it did have an impact, however, was the legs of Philadelphia Eagles kicker Alex Henery and Detroit Lions kicker David Akers. Neither kicked a single point as the two teams opted instead to try for seven two-point conversions (succeeding on three). Akers did attempt an extra point after one Lions score, but it was blocked by the Eagles in their 34-20 victory at Lincoln Financial Field.
According to Chase Stuart of Football Perspective, the scoring kick-free game marked the first time in 56 years that a NFL game was played without an extra point or field goal sailing through the uprights. It’s only happened four other times since 1940, but all four of those games were shutouts.
We cover that statistical oddity and more in this week’s NFL in 90 — the recap reel that brings you all of the action you might have missed on Sunday.
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Jason Horowitz, Pete Prisco, Chad Johnson and Jamey Eisenberg have the recap and analysis from Gilette Stadium where the Patriots beat the Browns 27-26.
Pete Prisco, Pat Kirwan and Will Brinson share their thoughts on the Week 14 Dolphins-Steelers showdown in Pittsburgh.
Pete Prisco, Pat Kirwan and Will Brinson share their thoughts on the Week 14 Cowboys-Bears Monday night showdown at Soldier Field.
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy officially ruled out Aaron Rodgers playing Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, and it’s at the point now where we must ask if Rodgers’ season is done, too. Because, what’s the point of playing Rodgers in Week 15 or beyond, exposing his broken collarbone to further injury?
The Packers must pass four teams just to get into the crowded NFC playoff picture, which likely would require the team winning out. Although there might not be a fearsome defense left on the team’s schedule, you can’t risk further injury for Rodgers.
There is such a massive gap between Rodgers and any other quarterback the Packers currently have or could possibly acquire as a backup next season, and the last thing you want is Rodgers — who turned 30 this week — going into an offseason rehabbing and not spending as much time preparing for 2014.
McCarthy does not want to undermine the locker room by sitting Rodgers if he has a chance to play, and a few more Matt Flynn or Scott Tolzien appearances could do just that. Plus, Rodgers will not take to sitting favorably, and the failure to land a quality Plan B has been more of a failure of general manager Ted Thompson than it has of McCarthy. But Rodgers has not been cleared medically yet, there’s no guarantee he will next week, either, and there’s little value in sending him out there to the dogs in a game that might not vault the Packers into the playoff dance.
Let’s say Rodgers did ride in on his white horse and managed to help the Packers qualify for the postseason. Is there evidence they could do much damage, other than perhaps a first-round win over a shaky Dallas Cowboys or Detroit Lions team? The Packers’ problems were cloaked by Rodgers’ amazing skills before the injury, but it would be asking the moon for him to suddenly return and do just as good a job of it.
The smart move would be to shut him down for this season and live to fight another battle. The Packers could be NFC favorites next year with a few shrewd moves this offseason. But they can’t do it without a healthy — and highly motivated, if he’s forced to sit — Rodgers at the helm.
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We only just got a whiff of a smaller version of ASUS’ odd Padfone series as it passed through certification, and now serial leaker @evleaks can show us what it looks like. As its name indicates, the ASUS Padfone Mini 4.3 shrinks the phone part of …
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Whether or not you buy into T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s UnCarrier strategy, we can’t dispute the fact that it’s at least making waves in the US wireless industry. Some of the network’s biggest competitors are responding with new strategies of their …
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