Another wild NFL Sunday has come and gone and The Stack is here with reaction from all of Sunday's games but I'd be remissed if I didn't mention the unspeakable tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut. The deaths of twenty six people, twenty of them six and seven year olds is so sad and we need to keep the families of the victims, the community and everyone affected in our thoughts and prayers. It is nice to see the sports world pay their resepcts and honor the victims, but it would be an even bigger gesture if the leagues would raise and or donate money to give to the victim's families and to the community. We need to remember everyone during this holiday season and in the coming days, weeks, months and year(s). But now to some reaction from Sunday's games in "the stack" for today, Monday, December 17:
Atlanta 34 New York Giants 0
The Falcons said all week that they had revenge on their minds for the whooping they received in the playoffs last year from the Giants. They absolutely returned the favor. They squelched the doubts raised by a lot of people following their loss last week to the Panthers with this win...at least for now. For the Giants, they may have been a little distracted with the events that took place on Friday in Newtown, hitting close to home, but that is no excuse for the performance they gave yesterday. They are in serious trouble of missing the playoffs.
Denver 34 Baltimore 17
I think most people thought that Denver would come in Baltimore and beat the Ravens, but that badly? The Ravens were absolutely pathetic on offense. They are in a big slump and the AFC North is still very much up for grabs. The Broncos continue to show that they are one of the top two teams in the AFC and maybe the NFL.
Green Bay 21 Chicago 13
Two teams heading in opposite directions. The Packers are starting to get healthy while the Bears can't stay healthy which is the reason that they are on the outside looking in to make the playoffs while the Packers have won the NFC North and this may be one of the most gratifying division titles they've won in recent memory given all of the injuries that they've suffered this yeear. And it was in large part thanks to James Jones and his three receiving touchdowns.
Washington 38 Cleveland 21
Who needs RGIII when you have Kirk Cousins? The rookie quarterback starting for RGIII played very well, throwing for 327 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Redskins may be able to get a pick or two from a quarterback needy team for Cousins thanks to this performance. And coupled with the Giants loss, the Redskins are in a tie for first in the NFC East.
Houston 29 Indianapolis 17
Big bounce-back win for the Texans after their embarrassing loss to the Patriots Monday night. They left a lot of points on the field, but that was a strong defensive performance against Andrew Luck and when you get big games from Andre Johnson (11 catches for 151 yards and a TD) and Arian Foster (27 rushes for 165 yards), you're not going to lose very often.
Miami 24 Jacksonville 3
Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne did not have a happy homecoming as the Dolphins won the battle of Florida.
New Orleans 41 Tampa Bay 0
The Saints decided to celebrate their bounty-gate victory earlier in the week by trouncing the Bucs. Drew Brees was phenominal throwing four touchdowns. Too bad they can't make the playoffs.
Minnesota 36 St. Louis 22
Eric Dickerson better be nervous. Adrian Peterson had another amazing day, running for 212 yards and a TD in the Vikings win. He is now 293 yards away from tying Dickerson's single season rushing record of 2,105 yards. He had help in the Vikings win from Everson Griffin (pick six) and Blair Walsh who booted five field goals, three of them over fifty yards. Who would have ever thought that the Vikings would be in the playoff race with two weeks left? I certainly didn't.
Arizona 38 Detroit 10
Speaking of performances you didn't see coming, what about the egg the Lions laid in the desert? Sure they're out of the playoff race, but that was a bad effort. The Cardinals were out for redemption from their 58-0 loss to the Seahawks a week ago, but still. Didn't expect two pick sixes and the Lions to look like, well, the Lions from a couple of years ago.
Seattle 50 Buffalo 17
Ouch! Buffalo has a lot of work to do in the offseason. Seattle took it to them. Russell Wilson scored three rushing touchdowns! Seattle has looked great the last month and a big showdown with the 49ers looms ahead next week in Seattle. They look like a team that no one will want to face in the playoffs.
Carolina 31 San Diego 7
Cam Newton had another solid game and the Panthers found a running game out in San Diego. Ryan Mathews got hurt again (shocker!) and the Chargers looked like the quit. Panthers have reason to look at the positives for next year.
Dallas 27 Pittsburgh 24
This game totally changed when Antonio Brown fumbled a punt with the Steelers up seven. Cowboys scored a touchdown to tie the game and they had the momentum. Cowboys won up winning the game in overtime after they picked off Ben Roethlisberger. Cowboys tied for first now in the NFC East while the Steelers are left on the outside looking in. They have not looked like the Steelers of old all year.
Oakland 15 Kansas City 0
The Chiefs keep inching close to that number one overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Just over 100 net yards of offense, not good at all. Raiders aren't much better, but they got the W here.
San Francisco 41 New England 34
Game of the day, hands down! The 49ers popped the Patriots in the mouth in the first half and most of the third quarter only and built a 28 point lead only to see Tom Brady and the Pats mount a comeback to tie the game. The QB who made the big plays though on this night was young Colin Kaepernick. Four touchdowns in the game and the go-ahead touchdown after a good kick return with the game tied. What a huge win for the 49ers. Not a good loss for the Pats.
New York Jets @ Tennessee Titans 8:30 PM ET ESPN
Believe it or not, the Jets still have a shot at the playoffs. It's shocking considering how bad they've looked this year. The Titans have been worse this year, but they have a chance on the national stage to stick a fork in the Jets' playoff hopes once and for all. I think they'll do it.
Prediction: Titans 24 Jets 17
10-5 so far on the week.
Coming up Tuesday: MNF reaction, thoughts from the weekend and NFL power rankings