January 1, 2012

Who Says Week 17 is Boring?

Week 17 normally translates to “operation shutdown” for many folks. The playoff field is more or less set and only a few games solve anything without a domino effect in motion.

Well, Week 17 of the 2011 season certainly had its fair share of twists and turns … and “operation shutdown” for a few teams and individual players.

1. Santonio Holmes was pulled from the Jets’ season-ending defeat to the Dolphins, and several teammates, including LaDainian Tomlinson, cited his attitude and “lack of fire” as the reason. This story is just getting started.
2. Matt Flynn blew up the scoreboard in the Packers’ win over Detroit. He passed for 480 yards with six touchdowns to set team records. Jordy Nelson caught three touchdown passes (nine receptions for 162 yards overall) to complete the season with at least one touchdown reception in each of the Packers’ eight home games.
3. Matthew Stafford loaded up and passed for 520 yards with five touchdowns. Calvin Johnson logged 11 receptions for 244 yards with a touchdown.
4. Jimmy Graham & Rob Gronkowski set new bars for tight ends.
5. Drew Brees dominated – go figure.
6. The Bears snapped their losing streak.
7. Indianapolis clinched the #1 draft pick.
8. Tampa Bay didn’t bother to show up ….

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1,001 observations to come as the regular season closes. Now, let’s get that final 1/2-minute of DEN-KC.