By Danny Cox
The NFL playoffs are almost set in stone, but there are a few seeding positions that still need to be determined. Well, the AFC knows which teams are going, but not where to put them all. Over in the NFC, there are at least two more spots to be determined including a “win-and-you’re-in” that is now in prime time.
Cowboys and Redskins’ crucial season finale moved to prime time
In the 2012 NFL season finale, the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins will face off to determine who wins the NFC East. Win, and you’re in. It’s just that simple. Only now, one of those teams will have to win that playoff spot and division title in prime time as the league flexed the game to “Sunday Night Football” on NBC.
This marks only the second time this season that the NFL has taken advantage of the flexing policy. It allows the league to take a more appealing game to the prime time slot on Sunday night.
A few other moves for this coming Sunday include other playoff implications. The Green Bay Packers versus Minnesota Vikings game is now at 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox. Looking over into the AFC, the Miami Dolphins versus New England Patriots game (on CBS) has had its start delayed to the 4:25 p.m. ET time as well.
Andrew Luck and Drew Brees both set records on Sunday
Drew Brees knows what it is like to set records, and he did just that again on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. The New Orleans Saints quarterback topped 4,500 passing yards for the year which makes him the first quarterback in NFL history to reach that mark three seasons in a row.
Rookie Andrew Luck, on the other hand, is just getting started on his trek to record-setting.
On Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback had 123 passing yards in the first half. That total alone helped him pass Cam Newton’s record for passing yards in a season by a rookie. By the end of the game, Luck had 4,183 passing yards for the year, but there is still one game to go.
The comeback victory also got the Colts into the playoffs, and marked Luck‘s seventh fourth quarter comeback this season. That mark is also a rookie record for a season.
Tebow ix-nays the “Wildcat” package for the Jets
The main offensive set that Tim Tebow was brought to New York for, is the one that he reportedly refused to take part in. It appears as if Tebow was so aggravated at having Greg McElroy promoted to starter over him that he told coaches he didn’t want to be in any “Wildcat” packages against the San Diego Chargers.
After promoting McElroy, Jets coach Rex Ryan said that Tebow would still be a part of the offensive scheme, but that didn’t happen at all.
When the game was over, Ryan told reporters that it was a “coach’s decision” to have wide receiver Jeremy Kerley in the “Wildcat” position instead of Tebow for the element of surprise. Upon being asked about that bout of circumstance, Tebow merely told reporters, “It just kind of happens.”
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