2010 NFL Week 17 Remix

Seattle QB Charlie “Serpico” Whitehurst is Week 17’s Game Ball winner for leading the Seahawks to a 16-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams as his team became the NFL’s first losing team to win a division title (NFC West) and make the playoffs

Week 17 Games

49ers (6-10) over Cardinals (5-11), 38-7…Niners interim head coach Jim Tomsula his team to an end of season win as they pounded the hapless Cardinals.  Look for a new HC (insert Jim Harbaugh) and GM (insert Trent Baalke) in San Fran

Buccaneers (10-6) over Saints (11-5), 23-13 — Too bad a fulfilling season for the young Bucs led by QB Josh Freeman and Coach of the Year candidate Raheem Morris had to end….After the Champs learned of the Falcons dominating win over the Panthers, they started resting players.  Sean Payton’s team is a dangerous 11-win group with playoff experience as they head to Seattle in the Wildcard Round….Bucs went 10-6 this season after finishing 3-13 last season, the best one-season turnaround  in franchise history and best in the NFL this season.  Bucs rookies Mike Williams (964 receiving yards) and LeGarrette Blount (1,007 rushing yards) had big games and seasons.

Chargers (9-7) over Broncos (4-12), 33-28 — Former Broncos star John Elway has a lot of clean-up to do in 2011 in his new role as the team’s Exec. VP of Football Operations…Chargers put up big numbers, but injuries and a slow start doomed them…Surprisingly it looks like AJ Smith and Norv Turner are coming back for SD.

Colts (10-6) over Titans (6-10), 23-20 — Never count out Peyton Manning and Colts.  Indy won a hard-fought game on a Vinnateri FG to win the AFC South as Manning threw for over 4500 yards again (2nd time in a row)…The Colts advanced to the postseason in the 9th consecutive season, tying the Cowboys (1975-83) for the longest such streak in NFL…Caldwell’s team also grabbed their 9th consecutive 10-win season, 2nd only to the Niners(16, San Francisco, 1983-98). …Indianapolis will host the NY Jets in the Wildcard Round in a rematch of last season’s  AFC Championship Game

Cowboys (6-10) over Eagles (10-6), 14-13 — This was the game I attended in the pressbox…A snooze-fest ends as Cowboys 3rd stringer Stephen McGee threw the game winner to TE Jason Witten…Eagles rested almost everyone as they already were the No. 3 seed in the NFC…Birds backup Kevin Kolb did not look ready for primetime as he struggled in relief of a resting Michael Vick…Eagles face-off against the Packers at the Linc on 4:30 PM on Sunday (Week 1 Rematch)

Falcons (13-3) over Panthers (2-14), 31-10 — The Falcons left no doubt as they pounded the already re-tooling Panthers to claim the 2010 NFC South title, NFC’s No. 1 Seed and homefield advantage…Atlanta QB Matt Ryan now is 33-13 in his career as a starter, tying Dan Marino for most wins by a starting QB in his first three  seasons since 1970…Falcons will rest and get ready for the Saints-Seahawks winner.

Giants (10-6) over Redskins (6-10), 17-14 — Sorry Coughlin “haters”, he is coming back in 2011….The G-Men closed the season by out-physicalling the Redskins…No McNabb again and he looks like he is 1-and-done in DC…Giants were the NFL’s 6th 10-win non-playoff since 1996

Jets (11-5) over Bills (4-12), 38-7  — Maybe the J-E-T-S are ready for the playoffs after all…NYJ pounded the hapless Bills into submission early as backup rookie RB Joe McKnight led the way…The win could serve as a springboard for QB Mark Sanchez and HC Rex “Feets” Ryan with the playoff starting next week.  The Colts will host the NY Jets in a playoff rematch in the Wildcard Round

Lions (6-10) over Vikings (6-10), 20-13 — The Lions closed their season with a four-game winning streak (first time since 1999 under head coach Bobby Ross)….Rookie DT Ndamukong Suh wrapped-up the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award by collecting his 10th sack of the season (2nd-most by a rookie DT behind Dana Stubblefield’s 10.5 sacks in 1993)…The game also “seemed” like the last one for future HOF Brett Favre as the gunslinger watched from the sidelines (2nd losing season of career — 2005 was the other)…Despite loss, Leslie Frazier is Minnesota’s new HC.

Packers (10-6) over Bears (11-5), 10-3 — What a great old-fashioned football game played in the cold…The Bears chose to “Go For It” despite already knowing they were the NFC’s No. 2 Seed…Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw the game’s only TD…Bears QB Jay Cutler was knocked around in the loss…Bears KR Devin Hester finished the season averaging 17.1 yards per punt return (NFL single-season record)…These two rivals could meet again in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs, but first the Packers must travel to Philly to face the Eagles.

Patriots (14-2) over Dolphins (7-9), 38-7 — If this game was a fight, it would have been a K.O….Tom Brardy and the starters played a long time as the Pats won their 8th straight game with 30-plus points (3rd ongest streak in NFL history)… The Patriots won their 14th game in dominating fashion, but they did lose their NFL record 7-straight games non-turnover streak (Woodhead fumble)…Brady extended his three current NFL records: 28 consecutive home wins as starter, 335 consecutive pass attempts without an INT and nine straight games with 2 or more   passing TDs and no INTs….Look for Sparano to be out in Miami…The Patriots will now rest up for the Divisional Round.

Raiders (8-8) over Chiefs (10-6), 31-10 — The Raiders win to go 6-0 in AFC West this season…But it looks like Tom Cable maybe out as Oakland HC after a promising 8-8 season…The Chiefs better pull it together as the 2010 AFC West Champs will host the tough Baltimore Ravens in the Wildcard Round.

Ravens (12-4) over Bengals (4-12), 13-7 — A tough gritty game that was not over until a late Ravens’ redzone stand….The star for Baltimore was future HOF safety Ed Reed who had 2 INTs for the second game in a row… The physical Ravens will face the Chiefs in the Wildcard Round.

Seahawks (7-9) over Rams (7-9), 16-6 — The NFC West (least) is finally settled as the Seahawks won at home by field-goaling their way past the young Rams…Whitehurst, kicker Olindo Mare,  and receiver Mike Williams were the stars for the 7-9 NFC West Champs (first losing record division winner)…Next-up the Seahawks host the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints

Steelers (12-4) over Browns (5-11), 41-9 — Wowwww…This game was over in the first quarter as the Steelers mangled the Browns to claim the AFC North title and the conference’s No. 2 Seed…Big Ben, WR Mike Wallace, RB Rashard Mendenhall, and safety Troy Polamulu had big games for the Steelers….Mangini out for Cleveland…Next the Steelers will rest up for Divisional RD

Texans (6-10) over Jaguars (8-8), 34-17 — Texans put up more big numbers, but this win ended a disappointing season…Houston fired their DC Frank Bush after the game…Foster led the NFL with 1,616 rushing yards this season.

Standings Breakdown

1 team — (14-2) Patriots
1 team — (13-3) Falcons
2 teams — (12-4) Steelers, Ravens
3 teams — (11-5) Bears, Saints, NY Jets
6 teams — (10-6) Eagles, Chiefs, Packers, Bucs, NY Giants, Colts
1 team — (9-7) Chargers
2 teams — (8-8) Jags, Raiders
3 teams — (7-9) Rams, Dolphins, Seahawks
7 teams — (6-10) Redskins, Titans, Vikings, Texans, Cowboys, Lions, Niners
2 teams — (5-11) Cardinals, Browns
3 teams — (4-12) Bengals, Broncos, Bills
1 team —  (2-14) Panthers

Only 14 teams had a winning records in 2010

Division/Playoff Races

NFC

Falcons (NFC South Champs — 1 game ahead of NO),
Bears (NFC North Champs — 1 game ahead of GB)
Eagles (NFC East Champs — 1 game ahead of NYG)
Seahawks (NFC West Champs — won tiebreaker over STL)
Saints (Won NFC 1st wildcard — 1 game ahead of GB, NYG, and TB)
Packers (Won NFC 2nd wildcard — tiebreaker over NYG and TB)

AFC

Patriots (AFC East Champs — 3 games ahead of NYJ)
Steelers (AFC North Champs — won by tiebreaker over BAL)
Colts (AFC South Champs — 2 games ahead of JAX)
Chiefs (AFC West Champs — 1 game ahead of SD)
Ravens (Won AFC 1st Wildcard — 1 game ahead of NYJ)
NY Jets (Won AFC 2nd Wildcard — 2 games ahead of SD)

Current Streaks

Winning: Patriots (8); Ravens (4); Colts (4); Lions (4), Packers (2), Bucs (2), Steelers (2)
Losing: Browns (4), Jaguars (3), Dolphins (3), Eagles (2), Titans (2), Bills (2)

2010-11 Playoff Seeds
NFC — 1. ATL, 2. CHI, 3. PHI, 4. SEA, 5. NO, 6. GB
AFC — 1. NE, 2. PIT, 3. IND, 4. KC, 5. BAL, 6. NYJ

How 2009 Playoff teams are fared in 2010

Saints (11-5, Playoffs), Eagles (10-6, Playoffs), Packers (10-6, Playoffs),  Vikings (6-10), Cowboys (6-10), Cardinals (5-11),Patriots (14-2, Playoffs), Ravens (12-4, Playoffs), NY Jets (11-5, Playoffs), Colts (10-6, Playoffs), Chargers (9-7), Bengals (5-11)

Notable Numbers from 2010 NFL Regular Season

  • 22 different quarterbacks passed for at least 3,000 yards this season, the most in a single season in NFL history.  The previous record was 19 set in 2001 and 2009.
  • For the 8th straight season an NFL Division Winner went from worst to first (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • For the 15th straight season there were 5 or more new teams in the playoffs that missed them the year before (KC, SEA, CHI, PIT, ATL)

2011 NFL Draft Selection Order  (aka The Andrew Luck Sweepstakes) as of the end of regular season

1. Carolina Panthers (2-14)
2. Denver Broncos (4-12)
3. Buffalo Bills (4-12)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-12)
5. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)
7. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
8. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
9. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
10. Washington Redskins (6-10)
11. Houston Texans (6-10)
12. Minnesota Vikings (6-10)
13. Detroit Lions (6-10)
14. St. Louis Rams (7-9)
15. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8)
17. Oakland Raiders (8-8)
18. San Diego Chargers (9-7)
19. New York Giants (10-6)
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6)
21. Seattle Seahawks ((7-9)*
22. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)*
23. Green Bay Packers (10-6)*
24. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)*
25. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)*
26. New York Jets (11-5)*
27. New Orleans Saints (11-5)*
28. Chicago Bears (11-5)*
29. Baltimore Ravens (12-4)*
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)*
31. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)*
32. New England Patriots (14-2)*

  • January 15th deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft
  • Even if there is an NFL lockout, the 2011 NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30 in New York City

Wildcard Round Playoff Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 8
4:30 p.m. ET — New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (NBC – Mayock/Hammond)
8:20 p.m. ET — New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (NBC – Michaels/Collinsworth)

Sunday, Jan. 9
1 p.m. ET — Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs  (CBS – Nance/Simms)
4:30 p.m. ET — Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX – Buck/Aikman/Oliver)

Saturday, Jan. 15
4:30 p.m. ET — Colts/Chiefs/Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
8 p.m. ET — Seahawks/Saints/Packers at Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, Jan. 16
1 p.m. ET– Seahawks/Eagles/Saints at Chicago Bears
4:30 p.m. ET — Chiefs/Ravens/Jets at New England Patriots

Sunday, Jan. 23
3:00 p.m. ET — NFC championship
6:30 p.m. ET — AFC championship

Sunday, Feb. 6
6:30 p.m. ET — Super Bowl XLV
 
Upcoming Key Dates
• January 8-9 — Wild Card Weekend (NBC, CBS, and FOX)
• January 15 — Deadline for Underclassen to Declare for 2011 NFL Draft
• January 15 -16 — Divisional Playoffs (CBS and FOX)
• January 23 — AFC and NFC Championship Games (CBS and FOX)
• January 29 – College Football’s Top Senior football players culminate a week of training by playing in the 2011 Senior Bowl at 3PM on NFL Network (Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL)
• January 30  — NFL Pro Bowl with AFC All-Stars vs. NFC All-Stars in Honolulu, Hawaii (FOX)
• February 6  — Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas (FOX)

Lloyd Vance is an NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) 

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