Saturday, January 07, 2012

:: Sizzlin Saturday :: NFL PLAYOFFS x Week 17 recap x HTHEMAN's EAGLES Journal x Playoff Schedule & brotherprime's #Pick4SixPICKS (Playoff Edition)

Whazzapenin WORLD!? Hope you enjoyed your week, as the weekend pulls in. We have a re-cap of all your Week 17 Scores & Highlights, @HTHEMANs EAGLES Journal, Playoff Schedule & @brotherprime's #Pick4SixPICKS (Playoff Edition). So pull up a chair and get ready to ROCK! Cause the playoffs have arrived!



WEEK 17
SCORES & HIGHLIGHTS

New Orleans 45, Carolina 17


New England 49, Buffalo 21


Chicago 17, Minnesota 13


Miami 19, NY Jets 17


San Francisco 34, St. Louis 27


Green Bay 45, Detroit 41


Jacksonville 19, Indianapolis 13



Tennessee 23, Houston 22



Arizona 23, Seattle 20 (OT)


Kansas City 7, Denver 3



Atlanta 45, Tampa Bay 24



Baltimore 24, Cincinnati 16



Pittsburgh 13, Cleveland 9



San Diego 38, Oakland 26



NY Giants 31, Dallas 14




@HTHEMAN's EAGLES JOURNAL (WEEK 17)

Michael Vick tosses 3 TD passes as Eagles trounce Redskins

Philadelphia 34, Washington 10


PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles played their best football too late.

Michael Vick threw for 335 yards and three touchdown passes, including a 62-yarder to DeSean Jackson, and the Eagles beat the Washington Redskins 34-10 Sunday for their fourth straight win.

But the Eagles (8-8) are going home despite the strong finish after failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and just the fourth time in coach Andy Reid's 13 seasons. They can't be satisfied after entering the year with Super Bowl aspirations"That's the unfortunate part," Vick said. "Everybody's jelling together, our team is getting closer as a unit, everybody's understanding their coaches and what they're trying to do and their philosophy. We know what needs to be done. We'll fly under the radar and try to shock people next year. Next year will be totally different. I promise you."

Reid refused to discuss anything about the future, including whether he wants to return or if defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will be back. Reid took plenty of criticism this season, and heard "Fire Andy!" chants during a loss to New England in November. Castillo was intensely scrutinized in his first season after serving as an offensive line coach for 13 years.

"We've got to get better all the way around, starting with me," Reid said. "This wasn't good enough."

The Redskins (5-11) finished last in the NFC East for a franchise-worst fourth straight year. It was Mike Shanahan's worst full season in 18 years as a coach.

"I think the last five, six games we've done some good things, run the football against some good teams, not as good as we need, though," Shanahan said. "We talked about adding a few pieces on offense, we need a few pieces on defense, a good draft, but we made some strides. Our football team is a lot different than a year ago, and that's a positive."

One of four NFL games on the final day that had no playoff ramifications, this had the feel of a preseason game. There were thousands of empty seats at the always sold-out Linc, and there was far more interest in the Mummer's Parade on Broad Street.

The Winter Classic alumni game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers across the street at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday generated more excitement.

Playing without NFC leading rusher LeSean McCoy, the Eagles relied mainly on their passing attack. Vick delivered, becoming the second player to have consecutive seasons with 3,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing.

Rex Grossman had 256 yards passing, one TD and one interception, and Evan Royster had 113 yards rushing for Washington.

"I really enjoy it here," said Grossman, who will be a free agent. "I really enjoy this offensive system and what they're building here. I'd love for this to be the place where I end up."

The Redskins were 3-1 and leading the NFC East when the teams met on Oct. 16. A 20-13 loss to Philadelphia started their six-game losing streak and knocked them out of the playoff picture.

The Eagles weren't eliminated from playoff contention until last week, and finished with the best record in the division at 5-1. But they're starting an early vacation while the winner of the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday night advances.

"You have to analyze everything that happened and figure out how not to let it happen again," Vick said. "We've got a lot of soul-searching to do, a lot of thinking to do. I think our opportunities will arise."

Vick's 7-yard TD pass to Chad Hall in the second quarter gave Philadelphia a 10-0 lead after Derek Landri blocked Graham Gano's 36-yard field-goal attempt.

Vick connected with Jackson to make it 20-10 in the fourth quarter. It could've been Jackson's last game with the Eagles. The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver played the final year of his rookie contract and never got the extension he wanted after holding out in training camp.

A 4-yard TD toss from Vick to Brent Celek made it 27-10.

Roy Helu turned a screen pass into a 47-yard TD to get Washington within 10-7 on the opening drive of the second half.

The Redskins turned the ball over on downs at the Eagles 35 in the final minute of the second quarter. They got the ball back when Brian Orakpo sacked Vick and forced a fumble. Perry Riley recovered at the 17, but the Redskins wasted the field position.

An unsportsmanlike penalty on Santana Moss for taking off his helmet and arguing a non-call for pass interference pushed the ball back, and the clock expired before Gano could attempt a field goal after Jabar Gaffney was tackled at the Eagles 7. Long snapper Nick Sundberg wasn't on the field as players scurried to the line of scrimmage.

"A little mix-up there relative to communication, coupled with not getting the play," Shanahan said, explaining that the headsets weren't working at the time.

Game notes:
The Eagles set a franchise record for total yards with 6,386. ... Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin had eight catches for 105 yards. ... Eagles rookie K Alex Henery finished the season 24 of 27 on field goals for the best percentage (88.9) in team history. ... Jackson became the fifth player in NFL history to have 900 yards receiving in each of his first four seasons. ... Grossman finished with 20 interceptions despite not starting three games. ... Shanahan's previous worst season was 6-10 last year and with Denver in 1999. ... Vick threw a career-high 14 interceptions. ... Orakpo left with a left shoulder injury. He'll have an MRI on Monday.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

SAT, JAN 7     TIME (ET)     TV     RESOURCES     LOCATION
Cincinnati at Houston     4:30 PM     NBC    Tickets     Reliant Stadium
Detroit at New Orleans     8:00 PM  NBC  Tickets  Mercedes-Benz Superdome
SUN, JAN 8     TIME (ET)     TV     RESOURCES     LOCATION
Atlanta at NY Giants     1:00 PM    FOX    Tickets     MetLife Stadium
Pittsburgh at Denver     4:30 PM     CBS    Tickets     Sports Authority Field at Mile High


@brotherprime's #PICK4SixPicks (PLAYOFF EDITION)

CIN @ HOU

First playoff game in franchise history. Houston for the WIN!

DET @ NO

I'm taking Detroit in New Orleans! I know, I know their in New Orleans, but fuck it! I like the Lions and no one in N.O.'s secondary is stopping Megatron!

ATL @ NYG
(**Upset Special**)

G-Men get it done in the cold! Atlanta won't be able to handle the weather, more less the storm!

PIT @ DEN

Big Ben on one ankle, an arm tied behind his back and eye patch couldn't lose to Denver in Mile High. Tebow time has been fun to watch but the joyride is over! 

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