NFL News and Rumors: Three false starts was one too many
NFL postseason hopes are on the line. With four games remaining on the schedule, only one team has clinched their division: the Los Angeles Rams (11-1) in the NFC West. This is a tight race to the finish and some teams are already looking at the fresh faces coming into the upcoming draft.
It was a weekend of upsets, false starts, comebacks, and a new sheriff in town. Scroll through to find the latest NFL news and rumors through week 13 of NFL action…
- Dak and the Boys down the Saints
- Super Mariota is the Comeback King
- Seattle 98-yard pick six
- Steelers three false starts to end game
- Green Bay Mike McCarthy
Cowboys defeat Saints on TNF
If you would have seen this matchup one month ago, one would think this would have been a cakewalk for the New Orleans Saints. The Cowboys were struggling to find answers, traded for wide receiver Amari Cooper, Zeke is eating once again, and the Cowboys look like a completely different team now. On the other side of the field, after losing their first game of the season, the Saints were on cloud 9 and rolling over teams on any given Sunday.
But this was different. The Saints offense looked completely lost, meanwhile the Cowboys defense, lead by rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, looked stellar.
The Cowboys (7-5) defeated the Saints (10-2) 13-10 in an all-out defensive battle in Dallas, Texas.
This was a huge win for the Cowboys because the NFC East division is still up for grabs with three teams within reach of clinching the division still: Dallas, Philadelphia (6-6) and Washington (6-6).
Read more on Dallas’s playoff odds HERE.
Marcus Mariota leads another comeback
Marcus Mariota, the Mustached Comeback King, does it again on Sunday vs. the New York Jets. Under two minutes left in the game and a whole lot of green real estate to go, Mariota absolutely shined both through the air and on the ground. Down 22-19, Mariota opened up the drive with a 26-yard scamper followed by a few chunk-yard plays through the air before finding his favorite wide receiver Corey Davis for the game-winning touchdown.
Over the last two seasons, Mariota leads the NFL in game-winning drives.
The Titans (6-6) currently sit in third in the AFC South division but kept their playoff hopes alive with a 26-22 win over the Jets.
Look out, here comes Seattle
No Legion of Boom, no problem. Bobby Wagner, the Seattle Seahawks’ Pro Bowl linebacker, showed former Seahawks and now San Francisco 49ers corner Richard Sherman how it’s done on the defensive end. Wagner baited 49ers rookie quarterback Nick Mullens into a throw turned 98-yard pick six last Sunday in Seattle’s 43-16 rout over S.F. While running down the 49ers sideline, Wagner said that he tried to make eye contact with Sherman…
Granted, the Seahawks did give up over 400 passing yards to the rookie Mullens: Dante Pettis sprung free on a deep crossing route for a 75- yard touchdown amongst other shorter routes to get the ball out of Mullens' hands quicker. This they will need to clean up.
With four games remaining and three of which at home in Seattle, keep an eye on these Seahawks to clinch an NFC Wildcard spot (the Los Angeles Rams clinched the division).
Chargers big win over Steelers
Third times the charm, right? Well in the case for the Los Angeles Chargers (9-3) it took three field goal attempts on three chances to seal the victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4-1). Why this win is huge? Because the AFC playoff race is CLOSE. What started as a 36-yard kick missed left, turned into a 26-yard field goal attempt thanks to two false start penalties on the Steelers (the third false start coming on the third attempt but the kick was good).
The Chargers are sitting just behind the Kansas City Chiefs (10-2) in the AFC West while Pittsburgh (7-4-1) is barely hanging onto the lead in the AFC North.
Green Bay fires Mike McCarthy
A disappointing season for the Green Bay Packers, especially when you have a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers on the field. The Packers should be in playoff contention year after year with that kind of arm talent, but the time has run its course for head coach Mike McCarthy.
Green Bay has fired 13-year head coach Mike McCarthy following the Packers’ (4-7-1) loss to the Arizona Cardinals (3-9).
What’s next for the Packers? Interim coach Joe Philbin will take over head coach responsibilities temporarily while the search for a new head coach begins.
Read more on the situation in Green Bay HERE.