Green Bay quarterback
He did the
Rodgers, carted off in the first half with a calf injury, hobbled back in the second to lead the
"It's clearly an MVP performance — another MVP performance — by Aaron Rodgers," said Packers Coach
On a day of do-or-die finales, when San Francisco parted ways with Coach Jim Harbaugh, the
The true drama started with 2 minutes 24 seconds left in the second quarter and the Packers five yards away from scoring a touchdown to go up 14-0. Rodgers took the snap, ran to his right and began hopping in pain after a few steps. He threw a sidearm toss to
He was transported to the locker room, and while he was being treated, Detroit roared back. The
That's when Rodgers came back. With a week off and a home playoff game hanging in the balance, he directed his team on two touchdown drives — the second of which he capped with a quarterback sneak — to once again turn back the Lions. Detroit has not won at Lambeau Field since 1991, and
Well, maybe Rodgers did have some gaudy numbers after all. He finished the game with a 139.6 passer rating and a final season rating of 112.2, making him the only player in league history to register a passer rating of at least 100 in six consecutive seasons.
Both Green Bay and Detroit are headed for the postseason, with the Packers getting a week off as the No. 2 seed, and the Lions playing a wild-card game at Dallas.
A possible huge setback for the Lions: All-Pro defensive tackle
In next weekend's other NFC wild-card game, Arizona will play at Carolina, with the 7-8-1
The Chargers' defeat opened the door for Baltimore to get in, and the Ravens grabbed a wild-card berth by beating Cleveland.
Baltimore will play at Pittsburgh in the first round, after the
We're No. 1
For a bit Sunday, it looked as if Tampa Bay might win.
But ultimately, the 2-14
"My comments last week were, 'We're going to get a good pick.' Nothing's really changed," Buccaneers Coach
It marks the first time since 1987 the franchise has held the top spot. The Buccaneers took Vinny Testaverde then, and might take a quarterback again, with the top two candidates being Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston. They will face each other Thursday in the Rose Bowl.
Asked about the possibility of the Buccaneers taking a quarterback, current starter
Tennessee, which lost to Indianapolis to finish 2-14, will draft second.
Rounding out the top five picks are No. 3 Jacksonville, No. 4 Oakland, and No. 5 Washington.
Houston and Thomas are among 10 players in league history to rack up at least 20 sacks in a season. It's worth noting the NFL didn't start counting sacks until 1982.
Not to be outdone, Houston's
Paydirt at last
Although his team lost at San Francisco, Arizona's
Home away from home
With its 44-17 victory at Washington, Dallas not only picked up its fourth consecutive victory but also finished with a pristine road record of 8-0.
It's the second time in franchise history the
Well, at least one rookie quarterback worked out well for Cleveland this season.
The undrafted Connor Shaw, who spent the first 16 weeks on the practice squad, looked comfortable and poised against Baltimore on Sunday. He completed 14 of 28 for 177 yards, although he didn't throw a touchdown pass.
For the third consecutive year, the
Cleveland now faces a big quarterback question: whether to keep
On Sunday, the Browns were without suspended receiver Josh Gordon and first-round cornerback Justin Gilbert, who reportedly showed up late for a team meeting.
"I'm not going to address those guys," Coach Mike Pettine said. "To me, it's disrespectful to the guys who put the uniforms on today and played their hearts out for the Cleveland Browns. . . . There were guys who didn't need to go out there and play, who could have shut it down and didn't."
Chasing the dream
He has started two games in his five-year career — both against San Diego — but Kansas City's
The former Missouri standout was rock solid Sunday in directing the Chiefs' victory over San Diego, completing 16 of 27 for 157 yards. Those aren't eye-popping numbers, but Daniel was composed and controlled throughout. In his previous start, in Week 17 of last season, he completed 70% of his passes and ran for 59 yards against the Chargers, who posted a 27-24 victory in overtime.
Considering all the dubious starting quarterbacks in the league this season, Daniel, who spent his first three seasons learning behind
Sign of the times
A Harbaugh-related sign spotted at Levi's Stadium: "Who's got it better than us? Michigan!"