From Comcast SportsNetENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Peyton Manning tied yet another NFL record Thursday when he won his sixth career Offensive Player of the Month award.Manning joined Kurt Warner (2001) as the only players with 10 TDs, 1,300 yards, a 70 percent completion percentage and five wins in December as the Broncos (13-3) captured the top seed in the AFC playoffs.He did it while wearing a glove on his throwing hand, testing it in home games against the Browns and Chiefs in preparation for cold weather games in January. Manning never bothered with a glove while playing indoors in Indianapolis."You know, for wearing it for the first time in my entire football career, I guess you could say it's been OK the past two weeks," Manning said.He's been more than OK:his completion percentage was 5.8 points higher and his QB rating was 19.2 points better that it was without the glove."Yeah, he can throw with a glove, he can throw without a glove; he can play a lot of different ways," tight end Jacob Tamme said. "It's been pretty impressive to see him throw with a glove on and it's like it's not even there. It's working great."Manning completed 123 of 174 passes (70.7 percent) for 1,399 yards with 11 touchdowns with three interceptions and a 108.4 passer rating in December. In the regular season finale, he broke Brett Favre's record with his 73rd career game with three or more TD passes.Manning also won the honor in October, making this the first season he's won it twice in one season. He's one of seven players to win the honor six times since the award was instituted in 1986, a list that includes active QBs Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.
The Blackhawks finally got on the board for the season and did so in front of the 500th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center.
Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the impressive performance by the Blackhawks against the undefeated Edmonton Oilers and discuss how Jeremy Colliton’s message got through to Alex Nylander and the rest of the team.
Plus, after an impressive performance in net, should Corey Crawford get the next game vs. the Blue Jackets? And what does the future have in store for Kirby Dach? Jamal makes a bold prediction.
0:54 – Blackhawks finally show urgency in 2nd period
2:47 – Penalty kill starting to show some life
5:00 – Thoughts on the Shaw/Strome/Kane line
6:43 – Blackhawks eliminating some defensive breakdowns
9:23 – Big rebound performance from Corey Crawford
11:36 – Colliton’s message to Alex Nylander got through
15:21 – Brandon Saad has been a pleasant surprise early on
17:15 – Dominik Kubalik’s impressive performance
18:31 – Will Kirby Dach be with the Blackhawks all season?
22:42 – Does Crawford or Lehner start vs. the Blue Jackets?
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Blackhawks Talk Podcast
The Green Bay Packers managed to pull off a dramatic comeback victory on Monday night, defeating the Detroit Lions 23-22 on a last-second field goal from Mason Crosby. But after the game, it wasn't Aaron Rodgers usual clutch ways that people were talking about, it was the officiating crew, who had two controversial hands to the face penalty calls against the Lions that all but killed any momentum they had going.
As you can see in the clip above, both hands to the face calls seemed questionable at best, and downright ludicrous at worst. What makes the calls so tough is the timing. The first hands to the face penalty on Lions DE Trey Flowers came after he sacked Rodgers on third-and-10 and the penalty both took away the sack and provided the Pack with an automatic first down. Later in the drive, Rodgers dropped in a great 35-yard touchdown pass to bring Green Bay within two points
The second questionable hands to the face call came on third-and-4 and it was the most costly call of the game. The Packers received another automatic first down and ran down the clock—Detroit was out of timeouts—to set up the eventual game-winning, walk-off field goal from Crosby.
And it didn't take long for many people, everyone from former NFL greats to NFL reporters, to chime in on social media with their thoughts on the officiating that seemingly cost Detroit a crucial win.
Embarrassing— Olin kreutz (@olin_kreutz) October 15, 2019
That complete whiff by the officials took it from punt/Lions ball to long Rodgers touchdown in the blink of an eye.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 15, 2019
NFL refs have never impacted the outcomes of games more negatively than they do now.
In my 11 years involved with the NFL, I’ve never seen worse officiating than this year and it’s not even close.— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) October 15, 2019
The refs called Trey Flowers for hands to the face twice. Neither were correct.— BroBible (@BroBible) October 15, 2019
One gave the Packers a touchdown and the other gave them the game. pic.twitter.com/eGq01y32ra
Oh my god. Booger McFarland destroying the refs for another penalty for hands to the face on Flowers. Incredible. He’d never been called for one in his career. Two tonight. Black swans everywhere as Lions truly get screwed— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) October 15, 2019
The referees are destroying the NFL game by game. It’s a shame because of how much work is put in and to have games literally won or loss by bad calls in crucial situations. #sendembacktofootlocker #MNF #NFL— Matt Forte (@MattForte22) October 15, 2019
With the Green Bay win, the Lions moved to last-place in the NFC North, while the Bears now sit 2.5 games back of first place heading into their Week 7 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.