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NFL morning after: Return of Rodgers a magical moment

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You couldn’t have scripted it any better.

The great thing about sport is that it’s the ultimate drama because even the players don’t know the ending. But sometimes a football season gives us that perfect ending that would have seemed contrived if it came from a Hollywood screenwriter. And that’s what happened with the Green Bay Packers this year.

After the Packers’ star quarterback got hurt against the rival Bears, after the Packers went to their second-string quarterback and then their third-string quarterback and their fourth-string quarterback in an effort to save the season, the star came back and — after shaking off some rust — threw the incredible touchdown pass in the game’s final minute to deliver his team the division title.

Aaron Rodgers‘ return to the Packers wasn’t perfect. He had two early interceptions and the Packers’ offense struggled to get into a rhythm. But the best moments in an athlete’s career are the ones in which he overcomes adversity, and when Rodgers shook off the rust of missing two months with a broken collarbone and made his biggest play at the biggest time, that’s what made this one of the great moments in NFL history.

It was heartbreaking for Bears fans, exhilarating for Packers fans, and a perfect culmination of a wonderful NFL season.

Now we bring on the playoffs. But first, some final thoughts on the final Sunday of the regular season:

Nice touch. The Falcons sent Tony Gonzalez to midfield alone, as the only captain representing the team for the pregame coin toss. It was a great way to give Gonzalez a moment of recognition before the final game of his Hall of Fame career. Gonzalez finished his career with 1,325 catches for 15,127 yards and 111 touchdowns.

Sheldon Richardson joins Refrigerator Perry. Richardson, the Jets’ rookie defensive tackle, ran for a one-yard touchdown on Sunday against the Dolphins. Richardson and Perry, the former Bears defensive tackle, are the only players in NFL history to have three sacks and two rushing touchdowns in the same season. Perry played under Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan when he did it in 1985, and perhaps Jets coach Rex Ryan is paying tribute to his dad by using Richardson on offense.

Eli Manning concluded a miserable season. Manning completed 10 of 24 passes for 152 yards, a touchdown and an interception before leaving Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. That gave Manning a whopping 27 interceptions on the season. Only Brett Favre, who threw 29 interceptions in 2005, had more interceptions in any season in the 21st Century. In the same year that his big brother Peyton clinched his fifth MVP award, Eli had a year to forget.

Cordarrelle Patterson is something special. Patterson had a two-touchdown game in Sunday’s win over the Lions and became the first player in NFL history to have four receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns and two kickoff-return touchdowns in NFL history. Patterson also became the first player in NFL history to have a 100-yard kickoff-return touchdown, 75-yard receiving touchdown and 50-yard rushing touchdown in a season. Patterson had a whopping 2,020 all-purpose yards in his rookie year. What a weapon this guy is going to be in Minnesota for years to come.

Anquan Boldin will have a major impact on the playoffs. Boldin had an outstanding game in the 49ers’ win over the Cardinals on Sunday, catching nine passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. And Boldin also had a huge game in the 49ers’ Week One win over the Packers. Now that the 49ers are preparing for a playoff rematch against the Packers, I fully expect Boldin to have another big game. Even though there were salary-cap issues, if the Ravens had it to do all over again, I think they would have made the necessary roster moves elsewhere to keep Boldin under the cap, rather than ship him to San Francisco. That trade made the 49ers better and the Ravens worse.

Drew Brees had a great game to cap a brilliant season. Brees threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints clinched a playoff berth on Sunday, and I can’t help but think that Brees didn’t get enough credit for his great season simply because everyone was so in awe of the season Peyton Manning was having. This was Brees’s third straight year with more than 5,000 yards passing. Overall, there have been eight 5,000-yard seasons in NFL history, and Brees has four of them. That’s incredible.

Robert Mathis wraps up his best year. The 32-year-old Mathis spent most of his career as the “other” pass rusher in Indianapolis, generally overshadowed by Dwight Freeney. But this year Mathis led the league with 19.5 sacks and played the best he’s ever played. I actually think Mathis is an even better fit in the 3-4 scheme of Colts coach Chuck Pagano than he was in the 4-3 scheme when he played for Tony Dungy — and Mathis was plenty good in that scheme, too. Mathis is my choice for defensive player of the year.

Joe Flacco was this season’s biggest disappointment. After his outstanding postseason run that culminated in a Super Bowl MVP 11 months ago, the Ravens rewarded Flacco with a six-year, $120 million contract. And Flacco did not reward the Ravens with a year worthy of that kind of money. Flacco finished his season completing just 59.0 percent of his passes, with 19 touchdowns, 22 interceptions and eight fumbles, and the Ravens missed the playoffs. If Flacco isn’t a whole lot better next year, that contract is going to start to look like a millstone around the Ravens’ necks.

It felt like the postseason started a week early. Wasn’t that a thrilling NFL Sunday? Packers-Bears and Eagles-Cowboys were essentially playoff games, and several more games had a playoff feel to them. It’s been a great NFL season. Let the playoffs begin.

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  1. floratiotime says: Dec 30, 2013 6:58 AM

    Many criticized Flacco’s cap killing contract and were unjustly berated by Raven fans. Guess what … they were right.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 30, 2013 6:59 AM

    DID YOU KNOW???

    82 of “ELITE” joe flacco’s 192 yards came on the last drive while Cincinnati played PREVENT with a 17 point lead.

    So…. 110 yards total… UNTIL… the final drive with Cincinnati playing PREVENT with a 17 point lead.

    DESTROYED ! ! !

  3. huthuthaiku says: Dec 30, 2013 7:07 AM

    Rodgers and Flacco
    Both get paid twenty million
    Only one is worth it

  4. ravenswhat says: Dec 30, 2013 7:07 AM

    Flacco has crap for weapons and a terrible Oline. I’m curious who you think could be successful under those contributing factors? When an undrafted rookie leads your team in tds you’re prob in trouble.

  5. dirtdawg54 says: Dec 30, 2013 7:11 AM

    Flacco was a disappointment only if you buy into the media hype of “SB stars” and the line that the toss to Jacoby Jones was brilliance as opposed to luck. I don’t think anyone who actually cares to do some level of rudimentary analysis is shocked.

    Take the ball out of Ray Rice’s hands and put it into Flacco’s and this is what you get. Yeah, he won a SB. So did Doug Williams, Mark Rypien, Trent Dilfer, Jeff Hostetler and Brad Johnson. Big whoop.

  6. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 30, 2013 7:19 AM

    Yeah and Flacco has a bit of a defense. So he just has to keep his team in it, but he can’t do that. The guy is a joke of a franchise QB. ( i.e. Cutler, Bob Griffin 3, Palmer, and whoever the Jags, Vikings, and Texans want to call their franchise). The difference though is all these other teams aren’t paying their “Franchise QB 20 mil. a year)

  7. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 30, 2013 7:22 AM

    All Ravens fans need to watch that pass from Rodgers to Cobb to win the game. That is what 20 million gets you. It also gets you a fumble for a TD. Both of which are still considered Touchdowns!!!! Both of which contributed to a Win of the NFC North division and a win in the greatest rivalry in the NFL. Dont worry Ravens fans though. I just watched the 30 for 30 of the Baltimore Colts band. It was pretty good. Check that out. It may make you feel better in the off season knowing your team isn’t just going to up and leave you again. I hope…….

    To soon?

  8. billh1947 says: Dec 30, 2013 7:24 AM

    If anyone has paid attention the Packers have been in playoff mode for the last three weeks and the Lions and Bears just kept keeping their hopes alive by losing when they should have clinched.the Packers will most likely get shelled next week vs SF but the fact they made the playoffs at all is a testiment to playing hard with what little you have left after injuries decimated what was once a top five team.

  9. flash1283 says: Dec 30, 2013 7:25 AM

    Joe Flacco was this season’s biggest disappointment. After his outstanding postseason run that culminated in a Super Bowl MVP 11 months ago, the Ravens rewarded Flacco with a six-year, $120 million contract. And Flacco did not reward the Ravens with a year worthy of that kind of money. Flacco finished his season completing just 59.0 percent of his passes, with 19 touchdowns, 22 interceptions and eight fumbles, and the Ravens missed the playoffs. If Flacco isn’t a whole lot better next year, that contract is going to start to look like a millstone around the Ravens’ necks.

    Over paid and WAY WAY WAY over rated…

    JUMP BALL JOE!!!!!

    Said it all year, ‘oh how reality will slap JUMP BALL JOE and the Ravens fans in the face!!! Not as easy when you don’t have Bolden to bail you out!!

    Sorry a$$ QB!!!!!

  10. bostonian13 says: Dec 30, 2013 7:25 AM

    “ravenswhat says:
    Dec 30, 2013 7:07 AM
    Flacco has crap for weapons and a terrible Oline. I’m curious who you think could be successful under those contributing factors? When an undrafted rookie leads your team in tds you’re prob in trouble.”

    Lol, crap weapons? Whatever happened to Fiddle Riddle Ray Rice? Overrated. Torrey Smith? Overrated. Jacoby Jones and Pitta comeback and Flacco still bums it. And wasn’t Bernard Pierce supposed to be the next best thing?? Please. It all caps off with overrated, just average, JOE FLACCO. Have fun for the years to come raven fans.

  11. iikanji says: Dec 30, 2013 7:33 AM

    Ozzie (who I do think is a brilliant GM) MADE a GIGANTIC mistake ponying up to Flacco. Yes, he did have a great run last year during the playoffs, but the defining plays were to Boldin … Boldin made him look good, just as he is doing now for Kaep …

    You only pay 20 million to QBs who make the receivers better, cover the cracks on a bad/average OLine and a not up to par defence …

    Rodgers, Brady, Peyton, Brees … Yes!
    Flacco, Stafford, Ryan … Just NO!

    Luck & Wilson are developing nicely to be worth 20 …

  12. 12strikes says: Dec 30, 2013 7:33 AM

    “[Flacco]…that contract is going to start to look like a millstone around the Ravens’ necks.”

    START???????

  13. golforepar says: Dec 30, 2013 7:40 AM

    If you watched the Packers – Bears game you would know Aaron Rodgers is well on his way to Canton!

  14. bmore44 says: Dec 30, 2013 7:42 AM

    Flacco has been god awful all year. This is the first year we ran 3 WR spread all year. Not the 2 back set with ray rice and leech. BS you see where that got us. In spread teams were stacking 7 in box with 1 high safety, because teams are scared of ray rice not Flacoo. no cover 2. Flacco can’t hit a in or slant pass at all. Everything is a seam route or out pass to sideline. It’s pathetic !! Don’t blame line. Manning throws passes with 1.20 seconds. Flacco is Atleast 3 seconds.

  15. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues... says: Dec 30, 2013 7:45 AM

    Meanwhile, the Steelers are busy getting screwed by Rigger Goodell and his goons. Good work.

  16. wilforkeyeout says: Dec 30, 2013 7:47 AM

    Rodgers and Flacco should pey attention in PFM’s qb camp next spring!

  17. wnstonchill says: Dec 30, 2013 7:51 AM

    Rodgers return should’ve been magical! Playing against a defense that was pretty much non existent all season long. The Packers need to send Chris Conte a late xmas gift for this one!

  18. oldtw says: Dec 30, 2013 7:54 AM

    I wish some of you would look into flaccos pay for the next 3 years before posting.
    He does not make 20 mil a year.

  19. bigdicebuddha says: Dec 30, 2013 7:55 AM

    Wonderful NFL Season? This has been the worst played season that I can remember, across the board.

    Completely, watered down, garbage football.

    20 NFL teams finished .500 or worse. 6 finished right at .500, 14 finished under .500.

    Horrible officiating in multiple games that could, or did, affect outcomes.

    Record high injuries.

    Sloppy play.

    Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 NFL product. Completely and perfect parity.

    Garbage.

  20. kremis says: Dec 30, 2013 7:59 AM

    And the Steelers had another magical season of their own! Haha

  21. hescominsoon says: Dec 30, 2013 8:00 AM

    Ozzie Newsome blew this one big time. Joe was a playoff and Super Bowl quarterback because of his receivers. QB’s like Rodgers, Brees, and Brady make the receivers around them better by their own play. Flacco is a great guy but he isn’t a 120 million dollar QB something I’ve been saying for years now.

  22. flash1283 says: Dec 30, 2013 8:01 AM

    JUMP BALL JOE cant throw an in or a slant, all he does is throw up punts and hope his guy comes down with it!

    All that money spent on JUMP BALL JOE and he finished the season 32 in passer rating, DEAD LAST!!

    Money well spent!

  23. pastabelly says: Dec 30, 2013 8:06 AM

    I agree with Packers fans that Rodgers gets in the discussion with Brady and Manning. That was a fun finish. The same goes for San Diego’s improbable day. It’s pretty clear that only five teams in the AFC even belong in the playoffs. Yesterday was the best argument against expanding the playoffs.

  24. fatsolio says: Dec 30, 2013 8:08 AM

    How dare you say Flacco was a disappointment! Don’t you know that he is the best QB in the NFL simply because the Ravens won the superbowl? Clearly that is the key and it is why Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson were the game’s best after they won the superbowl.

  25. packerbackernj says: Dec 30, 2013 8:11 AM

    Welcome to the off season, Vikings fans, Bears fans, and Lions fans.

  26. southpaw2k says: Dec 30, 2013 8:12 AM

    Is it just me, or has the luster of a QB throwing for 5000 yards gone away now? Brees has done it for three straight years, and Peyton set a new single season record this year. Is it really that crazy to wonder if a QB could reach 6000 yards in a season?

  27. steelerben says: Dec 30, 2013 8:12 AM

    ravenswhat says:
    Dec 30, 2013 7:07 AM
    Flacco has crap for weapons and a terrible Oline. I’m curious who you think could be successful under those contributing factors? When an undrafted rookie leads your team in tds you’re prob in trouble.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Ask Tom Brady how he felt about his “weapons” this year.

  28. hscorpio says: Dec 30, 2013 8:14 AM

    I’ve seen a lot of talk that the Packers are a bad team and will get bounced quickly.

    They are 6-2 in games Rodgers starts and finishes. He’ll play this weekend. They are playing a California team in conditions that will likely be accurately described as frigid. Anytime the thermometer dips below 25, football games are just different. It is more about surviving the conditions than which team is more talented. The Packers have a clear advantage in that regard having just had a dress rehearsal and living in such conditions for 5 weeks now. Anyone that thinks the 49ers won’t be fighting 2 opponents (Packers and bitter cold weather) is fooling themselves. I wouldn’t write that obit on their season just yet.

  29. sweetzinger says: Dec 30, 2013 8:30 AM

    Regarding Anquan Boldin:

    The guy has 2, maybe 3, good games all season, and he’s invisible for the other 12 games of the year.

    Boldin is the dreaded “possession” receiver. In other words, he’s slow.

    If Boldin has a good game, it’s because the opposing defense is brutal. The guy can’t get separation downfield. And if he has a big yardage game, it’s because of his run after the catch. And if a pedestrian like Anquan Boldin is beating you with the run after the catch, then your defense is pathetic.

    I swear, all of these media guys just read the stat line after the game and say “he had a great game”. How many games did Boldin have with with 6 receptions or less all season? 13. How many 100+ yard games did Boldin have? 2.

  30. 6ball says: Dec 30, 2013 8:35 AM

    .

    Patterson was taken with the 29th pick in the draft which originally belonged to the Patriots. The Patriots received four picks in return which were used to acquire LB Jaime Collins, CB Logan Ryan, WR Josh Boyce and the pick used in trade for Legarette Blount.

    It appears to be a trade that will pay dividends for both teams. Although Brady – Patterson would have been fun to watch.

    .

  31. partmachine says: Dec 30, 2013 8:46 AM

    Flacco was the best player on the team for most of the season. Sad but true. I’d keep his contract over Ray Rice’s, Haloti Hgata’s, Suggs’ if I had to choose. There aren’t any other QBs that get hit as much as he did and played every game. Nevermind the fact that with this upcoming season of new contracts, his money will be 7th or 8th in line where it should be.

  32. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Dec 30, 2013 8:49 AM

    NFL morning after: … a magical moment

    You couldn’t have scripted it any better.

    The great thing about sport is that it’s the ultimate drama because even the players don’t know the ending. But sometimes a football season gives us that perfect ending that would have seemed contrived if it came from a Hollywood screenwriter. And that’s what happened the Cowboys this year.

    Only 2 points down with a minute and a half on the clock, with the ball on their own 35. Less than 30 yards to go to get into range for their sure-footed kicker for the game winning field goal, but instead their QB throws the game clinching INT. The camera changes to show Jerrah losing it in his owner’s box.

    Three straight 8-8 seasons. Three straight seasons with losses in week 17 “win and you’re in” games, one to each of their 3 division rivals.

    Ah, it just doesn’t get any more magical than this.

  33. imthaschmidt says: Dec 30, 2013 8:58 AM

    mathis or luke k should be DPOTY

  34. yevrag3535 says: Dec 30, 2013 9:00 AM

    Rogers wasn’t that good, the bears suck! The loser backup QB could have won against those CUBS yesterday.

  35. wilforkeyeout says: Dec 30, 2013 9:07 AM

    If thompkins,dobson,edelman,amendola,and ridley had Rodgers they would all have been probowlers.

    Anyone else notice bradys accuracy is degrading at an advanced pace?

  36. flash1283 says: Dec 30, 2013 9:22 AM

    wilforkeyeout says: Dec 30, 2013 9:07 AM

    If thompkins,dobson,edelman,amendola,and ridley had Rodgers they would all have been probowlers.

    Anyone else notice bradys accuracy is degrading at an advanced pace?

    Wrong!

    First 8 games of the season comp% 55.7 ,pass yrds per game 228

    last 8 games of season comp % 66.8, pass yards per game 370

    You leave out a lot when throwing out a blanket statement.

    6 of the first 8 games he was playing with 2 rookie WR and a former QB as his # 1 target.

  37. thebigtexas says: Dec 30, 2013 9:30 AM

    “Joe Flacco was this season’s biggest disappointment. After his outstanding postseason run that culminated in a Super Bowl MVP 11 months ago, the Ravens rewarded Flacco with a six-year, $120 million contract. And Flacco did not reward the Ravens with a year worthy of that kind of money. ”

    What about Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons? They were 4-12 – And doesn’t Ryan make more money than Flacco? How about the Houston Texans?

    Yes, Flacco and the Ravens missed the playoffs at 8-8, but there were bigger disappointments out there.

  38. agentzero321 says: Dec 30, 2013 9:31 AM

    “ravenswhat says:
    Dec 30, 2013 7:07 AM
    Flacco has crap for weapons and a terrible Oline. I’m curious who you think could be successful under those contributing factors? When an undrafted rookie leads your team in tds you’re prob in trouble.”

    Yeah. Cuz it’s impossible to lose all your top playmakers on both sides of the ball to free agency and injuries and still earn a division title, 2-seed, and first-round bye.

  39. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 30, 2013 9:39 AM

    It’s nice to hear flacco lovers finally admit that flacco’s weapons were the reason for the team’s success last season.

  40. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 30, 2013 9:46 AM

    “ELITE” joe flacco CAREER Stats vs. Cincinnati Bengals:

    12 td – 15 int – 4 fumbles

  41. beedubyatoo says: Dec 30, 2013 9:53 AM

    If the 4 teams in the NFC North had a golf match, the Packers would finish absolutely last. The other 3 teams are always able to start their golf season earlier than the Pack.

  42. aldante66 says: Dec 30, 2013 9:57 AM

    Happy to see the Steelers miss the playoffs. There coach has a big mouth that spends money he doesn’t have.

    RGIII will be a huge problem for whomever takes over the skins. He just is an unmanageble child.

    Niether Flacco or Rogers deserve that kind of money. It destroys being able to buy a supporting casts. Especially in GB. The defense sucks because the most of those guys are players you never heard of from colleges you never heard of. No money in the pot to update. Frisco has a field day.

  43. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 30, 2013 10:05 AM

    madtownthrowdown says: Dec 30, 2013 7:22 AM

    All Ravens fans need to watch that pass from Rodgers to Cobb to win the game. That is what 20 million gets you.

    ————————————————

    All Packer fans need to be reminded is that pass from Rodgers to Cobb to win the game was a result of blown coverage by a terrible defense. Nothing magical about it.

    Regardless, congrats. But you will be blown out next week by SF. Bears would have been too.

  44. lambeauwest says: Dec 30, 2013 10:10 AM

    Wow the Packer-Bear game was a classic. Say what you will but that’s what makes rivalry games and winner takes all so dramatic. I know not that long ago people accused Rodgers of not being able to win the big one or lead his team back from a deficit. Hopefully that puts that issue to bed.

    As a long time Packer fan that suffered through tremendous losing droughts in the 70s and 80s, I’m surprised by all of the Joe Flacco haters on this thread. You guys won a SB last year. That is incredibly hard to do. You have to enjoy it because in this modern era of football, success is generally fleeting. Players come and go. Guys have peak years and then may not be able to replicate that again. You have to savor the moments while they last like I will be doing this week realizing there’s a good chance GBs season will come to an end next week. I’m hopeful but SF has had our number and its frankly a poor matchup for the Pack. But enjoying this week. Happy New Year to all of you.

  45. lambeauwest says: Dec 30, 2013 10:10 AM

    Wow the Packer-Bear game was a classic. Say what you will but that’s what makes rivalry games and winner takes all so dramatic. I know not that long ago people accused Rodgers of not being able to win the big one or lead his team back from a deficit. Hopefully that puts that issue to bed.

    As a long time Packer fan that suffered through tremendous losing droughts in the 70s and 80s, I’m surprised by all of the Joe Flacco haters on this thread. You guys won a SB last year. That is incredibly hard to do. You have to enjoy it because in this modern era of football, success is generally fleeting. Players come and go. Guys have peak years and then may not be able to replicate that again. You have to savor the moments while they last like I will be doing this week realizing there’s a good chance GBs season will come to an end next week. I’m hopeful but SF has had our number and its frankly a poor matchup for the Pack. But enjoying this week. Happy New Year to all of you.

  46. ravenswhat says: Dec 30, 2013 10:11 AM

    I see my comment regarding Flacco’s contract was deleted. Most people that comment here don’t even have a slight clue how his contract is structured. He has the lowest % of guranteed $ of ANY starting QB in the NFL.

    The more you know..

  47. imjinrat says: Dec 30, 2013 10:23 AM

    Converting three 4th downs on the possible end of season last minute drive, the last one for the winning TD! Yea I’d say that’s magical.

    As much as I hate the Bears, even I had to feel sorry for their fans after that. OUCH!!!

  48. imjinrat says: Dec 30, 2013 10:26 AM

    ravenswhat says:
    Dec 30, 2013 10:11 AM

    I see my comment regarding Flacco’s contract was deleted. Most people that comment here don’t even have a slight clue how his contract is structured. He has the lowest % of guranteed $ of ANY starting QB in the NFL.
    ———————————————————-
    I’ve had many posts disappear for no apparent reason. Unless you posted something offensive it was probably technical. I wish they’d fix that, but you can’t even contact them.

  49. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 30, 2013 10:32 AM

    Magical moments are only possible when you don’t “embrace the suck”. These Packers have more lives than Morris the Cat.

  50. nyneal says: Dec 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    One thing you have to remember about Drew Brees — he plays half his games indoors where he and his team are sooooo much better than when they have to go outdooors. Guys like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have played their careers where it can be miserable weather. Peyton Manning played many years indoors, too. I am still anxious to see how he plays in the playoffs when it’s cold or maybe snowing. It’s not a knock on Manning or Brees, but it’s a fact. They have a huge advantage by playing all their home games indoors. It’s why a mediocre QB like Matthew Stafford can put up the crazy numbers he does every year. Having Megatron helps, too. But you get my point. If Drew Brees had to play outdoors in cold weather, he wouldn’t have nearly as good of stats every year.

  51. lambeauwest says: Dec 30, 2013 10:47 AM

    One of the great things (and bad things about the NFL), is that there is about a 50% turnover in teams that make the playoffs each year.

    You can have stories like KC that essentially go from worst to first in one season.

    For baseball fans, like my Brewers, you seem locked into a relatively permanent “caste system” where the big city, deep pocketed teams on average stay at the top of the pyramid while the MN, KC, Mil hope to sniff a playoff every 10 years only to lose those key developmental players once they are due for their first big money contract.

  52. nyneal says: Dec 30, 2013 10:54 AM

    Giving Flacco all that money was as foolish as the Jets extending Mark Sanchez’s contract.
    Still — the biggest disappointment at QB this year was easily Eli Manning, not Flacco. Manning has been an interception machine for two years running. Maybe he can’t handle his brother playing so well. If you’ve ever heard him interviewed, he stutters badly and he says, “you know” hundreds of times in a 7 minute interview. It’s like he is super introverted and it is painful for him to be in the spotlight. Give him his due — he has two rings. But that was as much due to the defense the Giants had, and Plaxico Burris playing like Jerry Rice, and a lucky catch by David Tyree as it was because of Eli.
    My vote for worst player in the NFL this season is Eli Manning. And it isn’t even close, given the money he’s making.

  53. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 30, 2013 11:00 AM

    madtownthrowdown says: Dec 30, 2013 7:22 AM

    All Ravens fans need to watch that pass from Rodgers to Cobb to win the game. That is what 20 million gets you.
    ******
    The guy was wide open. If your QB, and it doesn’t matter who he is, and how much he gets paid, if he cannot hit that receiver, the QB should be fired.

    It was a good game though.

  54. paythevig says: Dec 30, 2013 11:07 AM

    sweetzinger says:
    Dec 30, 2013 8:30 AM
    Regarding Anquan Boldin:

    The guy has 2, maybe 3, good games all season, and he’s invisible for the other 12 games of the year.

    Boldin is the dreaded “possession” receiver. In other words, he’s slow.

    If Boldin has a good game, it’s because the opposing defense is brutal. The guy can’t get separation downfield. And if he has a big yardage game, it’s because of his run after the catch. And if a pedestrian like Anquan Boldin is beating you with the run after the catch, then your defense is pathetic.

    I swear, all of these media guys just read the stat line after the game and say “he had a great game”. How many games did Boldin have with with 6 receptions or less all season? 13. How many 100+ yard games did Boldin have? 2.
    __________________

    ummmm – if it weren’t for Boldin, the niners may not even be in the playoffs. Yes he is a possession receiver, one that fights tooth and nail for the ball. He brings leadership, and toughness to a relatively soft position. He’s made a ton of spectacular catches this season that bailed out Kaep – much like he put the ravens on his back last season in the playoffs – every time the offense needed a big play – he’d be there – reliable. From all accounts this guy is a great team mate and leader on the field – and definitely makes the team better. 85 receptions for 1179 yards and 7 TD’s say otherwise. I’m glad he’s on the niners and he desreves every penny for an extension.

  55. leatherface2012 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:16 AM

    so the packers win . big deal. gas just went up again

  56. temikenthomas says: Dec 30, 2013 11:22 AM

    As a Packer fan, yesterday was pure bliss.

    Realistically, our defense is so awful that next week against the 49ers will be humuliating once again.

    However, it’s always better to get beat up in the playoffs than to not be there at all. Always.

    Thanks to the Bears game and the Cowboys game, this season had two of the most memorable regular season games of all time for Packer fans

  57. badgerbuck says: Dec 30, 2013 12:42 PM

    I disagree making the playoffs just to get beat in first round does nothing good for a team,it nay bring more money into a city that hosts that game but other then losing on national tv not good.

  58. blackbeard43 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:47 PM

    “Joe Flacco was this season’s biggest disappointment.”

    No way, the Texans take that title or the Redskins.

  59. deltaoracle says: Dec 30, 2013 3:52 PM

    Getting that Randall Cobb guy back again was nice too. He’s kinda good.

  60. micknangold says: Dec 30, 2013 5:18 PM

    Robert Mathis was born to play in a 3-4.

    Joe Flacco is an average to slightly above-average QB who just so happened to play very good in last year’s playoffs. He’s not even as good as Eli Manning, and Eli himself is in the good to very good category, notwithstanding this past season aka the worst season in NFL history for an NFL QB when factoring in the era in which is was played. Yuck.

    Speaking of this era of the passing game, it’s really turned into a joke. I couldn’t even put up Manning’s and Brees’ numbers in Madden. I know everybody likes touchdowns, particularly passing touchdowns, but enough is enough. The competition committee needs to find a way to balance the game. That’s their job, right?

    Nobody cares about Cordarrelle Patterson and his kickoffs.

    That was a great finish last night in the Packers-Bears game, but I’d pump my brakes before I called it one of the best moments in NFL history. You’re talking about a regular season game that decided the champion of the weakest division of the NFL in 2013. Thrilling, yes, but not something that will go down in NFL history as anything more than a small footnote.

    Sheldon Richardson is going to be the best defensive linemen in the NFL by the end of the 2015 season…unless Mo Wilkerson is. Boom. J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS.

  61. nyneal says: Dec 30, 2013 9:50 PM

    As long as the J-E-T-S have R-E-X as their HC and Woody Woodpecker Johnson as their owner, the only thing they’ll win is high draft slots.
    Rex is a jerk just like his old man. He thinks he’s a great coach, and so does his ugly twin brother. But the only thing they’re good at is running their mouths without ever having won anything.

  62. jimeejohnson says: Dec 31, 2013 12:56 PM

    Joe Flacco is a Super Bowl Champion. Are you?

  63. kbhoff says: Dec 31, 2013 2:10 PM

    It’s pretty easy to create “magical moments” when your teammates are allowed to break the rules with impunity.

    In 120:00 of game time against the Bears this years the Packers were called for a grand total of 1 penalty. That’s one penalty per 120 minutes of game time against Bears while the rest of the season they were called for one every ten minutes.

    And it’s not like there were not calls to be made. The refs missed huge calls on many big plays…obvious holding calls on both TD passes to Cobb, and delay of game on 4th and 1 on final drive.

    I know refs will miss calls now and then but only 1 penalty in an entire game is pretty ridiculous much less 1 penalty over two whole games.

    I know the Bears D sucks but when you know you can hold and not get called for it, it makes creating such “magical moments” pretty easy.

  64. nickynick04 says: Dec 31, 2013 2:29 PM

    It is better to make the playoffs and lose ,
    then
    To have never made them at all.

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