Ouch. The Stack is 6-9 in picks this week. Starting to wonder just how much about football I actually know. There were some close outcomes that could have helped change the record, but such as it was, it wasn't meant to be in week 16. Playoffs have yet to be decided yet. Can't wait for week 17. Before that though, time to get some recap and reaction to all of week 16's NFL action in "the stack" for today, Monday, December 23:
Carolina 17 New Orleans 13
You know what the sign of a really good team is? Coming through in the clutch in crunch time. That is exactly what the Panthers did in this game. Their defense played fantastic throughout and when they trailed with just a couple of minutes left in the fourth quarter, Cam Newton led them down the field for the game-winning touchdown. The Panthers are in control of the NFC South. A win and they win the division. The Saints meanwhile are in a lot of trouble.
Cincinnati 42 Minnesota 14
You want to to talk about an uncompetitive game, this one certainly fit the bill. The Bengals were great right from the start. If Andy Dalton plays like that in the playoffs, the Bengals will make a big run in the playoffs. Then again, they won't be playing teams like the Vikings in the playoffs.
Denver 37 Houston 13
History was made in Houston Sunday as Peyton Manning set an NFL record with his 51st touchdown pass of the season, the last touchdown Manning threw on the day. What a remarkable year he and the Broncos have had. Texans hung tight with them for two and half quarters, but in the end the superior team pulled through.
Tennessee 20 Jacksonville 16
As Titans head coach Mike Munchak fights for his job, this win certainly should help him. Would have been nice to see the Jaguars win, but it simply wasn't meant to be.
Indianapolis 23 Kansas City 7
One of the surprises of the day. The Colts went into Arrowhead Stadium and punched the Chiefs in the mouth. Donald Brown was great running the football and their defense let Jamaal Charles get his touches, but refused to let Alex Smith do anything. These two teams seem destined to meet in the playoffs. The rematch I imagine will go a little differently.
New York Jets 24 Cleveland 13
Not sure if it was the report that Rex Ryan will be fired or what, but the Jets played one of their best games of the year. Geno Smith didn't turn the ball over at all and played really well. Wonder if a game like this can save his job.
St. Louis 23 Tampa Bay 13
In a rematch of the 2000 NFC Championship game classic, the Rams won slightly more convincing. Zac Stacy rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown. He is the future at the running back position for the Rams.
Dallas 24 Washington 23
Normally in the clutch, Tony Romo and the Cowboys don't pull through, but yesterday in DC was different. 4th and 10, season on the line, Romo found DeMarco Murray for the game-winning touchdown. They didn't play great offensively for much of the game, but when they had to make a play, they made it. Kirk Cousins didn't have a great game at all. Not what you thought would happen against the worst defense in football.
New York Giants 23 Detroit 20
Same old sorry Lions. The Lions had every reason to go out and play spectacular while the Giants looked last week like they were ready for the offseason, but yesterday was different. Matthew Stafford threw two interceptions, Reggie Bush fumbled and the defense gave up a drive in overtime that set up the game-winning field goal. Now the Lions are eliminated from playoff contention and head coach Jim Schwartz is likely gone. Not the way you thought the Lions season would end.
Arizona 17 Seattle 10
Perhaps the surprise of the day! The Arizona Cardinals went into Seattle and ended the Seahawks fourteen game home winning streak. It's the first home loss of the Russell Wilson era. Both defenses played really well. The Cardinals remembered the 58-0 embarrassment from last year and wanted to do something about it. Now they play San Francisco next week for a shot at the playoffs. Can't believe they have a chance to do it.
New England 41 Baltimore 7
When your kicker, who won the game for you the week before with a 61-yard field goal, slips on his first field goal attempt of the game and misses it, snapping a streak of 33 consecutive made field goals, you know it's not going to be your day. That's exactly what happened in Baltimore. The New England Patriots punched the Ravens in the mouth, putting Baltimore's playoff chances in doubt. The Patriots are AFC East champions. Given their cast of characters this year, this has to be especially rewarding.
Pittsburgh 38 Green Bay Packers 31
Said if Aaron Rodgers didn't play the Packers would lose. Matt Flynn played very well and they had a chance at the end, but couldn't come through. Fortunately, they can still win the NFC North with a win at Chicago next week. Won't be shocked if Rodgers makes it back for that one. It will take some help, but the Steelers can still make the playoffs. Shocking considering how this season has gone for them.
San Diego Chargers 26 Oakland 13
Chargers took care of business and won a game to keep them in playoff contention. A big game against Kansas City awaits them next week.
Philadelphia 54 Chicago 11
Nothing to play for huh? The Eagles took it to the Bears right from the get-go. LeSean McCoy was amazing and carried the Eagles offense. Now they have to go to Dallas for a win and you're in scenario. With that offense, I like their chances. If the Bears want to win the NFC North, I suggest they go back to Josh McCown. Jay Cutler is not the answer.
Atlanta Falcons @ San Francisco 49ers 8:40 PM ET ESPN
The last ever game at Candlestick Park barring some miracle that gives the 49ers homefield advantage in the playoffs. Lots of memories there. The catch. Terrell Owens' playoff TD against the Packers. It will be an emotional night. No reason the 49ers should slip up against a bad Falcons team.
Prediction: 49ers 34 Falcons 10
If there is no blog tomorrow, Chirsmas Eve, have a very Merry Christmas! Have a great day with your family and friends. The Stack will be back later this week though we'll try to have a post tomorrow.