NFL Week 16 Wrapup
Holy Christo, what a weekend in the NFL, capped off by that Packers-Bears game on MNF. I had a decent amount riding on it - my fantasy football Super Bowl (which I won), this weekly pool - which I didn't, and it turned out to be a hell of a game.
The Bears had to win in order to stay in the playoff hunt, and they looked terrible in the first half, but rallied in the second when it finally occured to them to use their best player, Matt Forte when it mattered. (Seriously, why did they wait that long?) Then, the Packers couldn't seal up a gimme win after Adrian Peterson committed a terrible penalty because the Bears blocked the field goal - insane. Both Peterson and QB Kyle Orton need to get a gift for Alex Brown, who blocked that kick.
There were many crazy games - the Patriots absolutely humiliating the Cardinals in New England (and Matt Leinart looking hilariously bad in relieving Kurt Warner) and the Raiders managing to beat the Texans, who had just recently beaten the Titans. That's a sequence you really have to be suprised by.
Of course, living here in the Bay Area, I didn't see any of the Raiders game (not that I really would have wanted to). Blacked out because Raider Nation once again failed to sell out their team (making them a terrible, terrible fan base even minus the violence). Just thought that worth mentioning.
My 49ers managed to win, despite looking embarassingly bad throughout the game. But, a win is a win, and Mike Singletary is doing a good enough job to warrant strong consideration for next year. Let's just hope he keeps his pants on.
The Chargers managed to keep themselves in the playoff hunt, which is insane, by beating the Bucs, who are a pretty inconsistent team themselves.
And the Giants-Panthers game was almost as exciting as the MNF game, with Carolina looking like they actually might be for real. DeAngelo Williams is probably the biggest suprise of the year.
In any case, congrats to Matty Rozen for securing the win this week, notching 11 for his team Touch Me Down There. Yes, that's his team name.
And the yearly totals are neck and neck. Michael Lang's sucker bet likely has the #1 slot sewn up, but stranger things have happened. And 2nd and 3rd place are literally up for grabs from at least seven teams, maybe more.
It's been a great regular NFL season, and I'd bet the playoffs are going to be just as fun! Congrats once again to Matty, and let's see how the season wraps up!