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Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:13 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 10:05 am
 

2012 NFL Wild Card/Divisional Playoff Schedule

By Will Brinson

The NFL announced the schedule for the first two rounds of the 2012 playoffs on Sunday night.

Here's all you need to know:

NFL Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, January 7
AFC: 4:30 PM (ET) -- Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans (NBC)
NFC: 8:00 PM (ET) -- Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints (NBC)

Sunday, January 8
NFC: 1:00 PM (ET) -- Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (FOX)
AFC: 4:30 PM (ET) -- Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos (CBS)

NFL Divisional Playoffs

Saturday, January 14
NFC: 4:30 PM (ET) -- New Orleans/Dallas-N.Y. Giants/Atlanta at San Francisco (FOX)
AFC: 8:00 PM (ET) -- Denver/Pittsburgh/Cincinnati at New England (CBS)

Sunday, January 15
AFC: 1:00 PM (ET) -- Houston/Denver/Pittsburgh at Baltimore (CBS)
NFC: 4:30 PM (ET) -- Dallas-N.Y. Giants/Atlanta/Detroit at Green Bay (FOX)

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Posted on: January 1, 2012 5:08 pm
 

Video: Titans vs. Texans recap


Tennessee Titans' QB, Matt Hasselbeck, completed 22 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown in a 23-22 victory over the Houston Texans. Join CBS Sports' Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker for a recap of all the action. 

Posted by Ryan Wilson


Follow all the Week 17 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard

1 p.m. ET games:
DET-GB | TEN-HOU | IND-JAC | NYJ-MIA | CHI-MIN | BUF-NE | CAR-NO | WAS-PHI | SF-STL

4 p.m. ET games:
TB-ATL | BAL-CIN | PIT-CLE | SEA-ARI | KC-DEN | SD-OAK



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Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:22 pm
 

At the half: Yates out, Titans lead Texans, 13-10

Tennessee needs a lot of things to fall into place to earn the No. 6 seed in the AFC. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The Texans headed into Week 17 with the No. 3 seed in the AFC and no matter what happens elsewhere around the league, come Monday morning … they'll still be the No. 3 seed. Which means that next weekend they'll face the Bengals, Titans or Jets. So it only made since that they'd treat Sunday's matchup against Tennessee like a bye week. Houston declared Arian Foster, Owen Daniels, and Johnathan Joseph inactive even though all were healthy.

At the half, Tennessee leads Houston 13-10. More pressing news: Texans third-string quarterback, rookie T.J. Yates, left the game with what looked like a head injury. Yates is done for the day and replaced by ageless wonder, Jake Delhomme.  That works fine for an afternoon in a meaningless get-together, but creates all sorts of issues going forward.

In theory, the Texans' decision to sit their best players is bad news for the Jets who need Cincy and Tennessee to lose in order to have a chance at the No. 6 seed. The Titans, meanwhile, need to beat Houston and then hope for one of the following:

1) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + OAK loss or tie
2) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + DEN loss or tie
3) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ loss or tie + OAK win + DEN win

The Bengals, Raiders and Broncos all have 4pm starts.


Follow all the Week 17 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard

1 p.m. ET games:
DET-GB | TEN-HOU | IND-JAC | NYJ-MIA | CHI-MIN | BUF-NE | CAR-NO | WAS-PHI | SF-STL

4 p.m. ET games:
TB-ATL | BAL-CIN | PIT-CLE | SEA-ARI | KC-DEN | SD-OAK



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Posted on: January 1, 2012 1:52 pm
Edited on: January 1, 2012 1:58 pm
 

Jake Delhomme in for Texans, Yates done for day

It's Delhomme time in Houston. (US Presswire)
By Will Brinson

With the Texans locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC and Jeff Garcia inactive, we were all but guaranteed to see some Jake Delhomme action for Houston in Week 17's matchup against Tennessee. But there's no way Gary Kubiak wanted Delhomme to come in because of a T.J. Yates injury, which is what happened against the Titans.

Though the team hasn't officially announced what the injury is, it's believed that Yates took a blow to the head and may have suffered a concussion.

Yates is currently walking on the Texans sideline without his helmet and Delhomme's under center. (Delhomme went 2/4 for a whopping six yards on his first two series in for Houston.)

Oddly enough, the Texans tweeted that Yates "is back on the sideline and is fine, but QB Jake Delhomme is still playing in the game." In other words, it sounds like Yates injury has been diagnosed but they're just not releasing it yet.

Yates is on the sideline with a baseball cap and this game doesn't matter at all for Houston, so putting him back in would seem to be slightly, ahem, aggressive on the Texans part.

Per CBS Sports Charley Casserly, the Texans are saying that it's a "coach's decision" to keep Delhomme in the game and that it's not an injury sidelining Yates.

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Posted on: December 24, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: December 24, 2011 10:09 am
 

Kubiak sticking with T.J. Yates as Texans starter

Yates will keep on starting for Houston despite his struggles. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson


Follow all the Week 16 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard

1 p.m. ET games:
CLE-BAL | DEN-BUF | TB-CAR | ARI-CIN | OAK-KC | MIA-NE | NYG-NYJ | STL-PIT | JAC-TEN | MIN-WAS

4 p.m. ET games:
SD-DET | PHI-DAL | SF-SEA



T.J. Yates was a heck of a story -- a rookie quarterback, drafted in the fifth round, the only Carolina quarterback to start an NFL game -- for a few weeks when the Texans were winning. Now, after two straight losses to the Panthers and Colts, he's the chief concern for the people of Houston.

But Gary Kubiak is riding out the rookie and said Friday that he's going to continue to start Yates over either Jake Delhomme or Jeff Garcia, both of whom were signed when Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart went down.

"Oh yeah, he’s done a lot of good things," Kubiak said when asked point-blank if Yates was starting. "I think T.J. continues to do some good things. I think he continues to get better, and like I said, for where we're heading here, he needs to continue to get better, and we just got to trust him and move forward."

The issue isn't so much Yates as it is the defense, however. The Texans have scored just 29 points in the last two games, but they've allowed 47 points after a stretch of seven-straight games where they didn't allow a team to score more than 20 points.

It shouldn't be considered a coincidence that this happened right after defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took a leave of absence (hey, maybe we should vote him for MVP!).

Yates' decision making needs to improve -- he fumbled against the Colts -- but it's not like he's making a pile of mistakes. Two interceptions against the Panthers were quite costly, but the Texans were losing and he still completed well over 50 percent of his passes. Against the Colts, Yates was 13 of 16.

The offense is more limited because a rookie quarterback's under center, but that's a pretty basic fact of life when you plug a young guy like Yates in with just a few weeks left in the season. The Texans wouldn't become an aerial assault team just because Delhomme or Garcia started taking snaps.

A simpler solution that would've kept these issues from surfacing? Stopping Dan Orlavsky from driving 78 yards in less than two minutes.

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Posted on: December 23, 2011 9:12 am
Edited on: December 23, 2011 9:12 am
 

Pick-Six Podcast: Colts/Texans, Week 16 preview

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

The next-to-last week of the season is underway and after watching the Texans lose to the Colts, it promises to be a doozy. We break down what happened with the Texans, if they are in trouble, what this means for the Colts and Andrew Luck, and whether Reggie Wayne should stick around Indy.

Then we break down the Week 16 games, wondering whether Norv Turner can save his job with a win over the Lions on Saturday, if the Jets and Giants will ever shut up and just play football, if the Eagles fate is narrowly miss the playoff or if they're on a high-speed collision with the postseason, whether Chicago can use Kansas City's blueprint to beat the Packers and if Atlanta can upend New Orleans on Monday.

All that plus much, much more below.

Did we mention that you should subscribe to the podcast via iTunes?

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Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Rodgers tops Pro Bowl voting; Tebow third AFC QB

Aaron Rodgers led the way in all Pro Bowl voting.(Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

We've wondered whether or not Tim Tebow is a Pro-Bowl candidate before this year and the answer is probably "no." But that doesn't matter when it comes to Pro-Bowl voting, where Tebow was the third-highest vote getter among AFC quarterbacks.

Aaron Rodgers, named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, was the top vote-getter among all NFL players, pulling in 1,581,982 votes from fans. Tom Brady was second among all NFL players with 1,454,311 votes. Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker and tight end Rob Gronkowski joined Brady in the top 10, via NFL.com:

Top-10 Pro Bowl Vote Getters
Player Position Team Votes
Aaron Rodgers
QB Packers 1,581,982
Tom Brady
QB Patriots 1,454,311
Drew Brees
QB Saints 1,188,893
Calvin Johnson
WR Lions 1,180,777
Wes Welker
WR Patriots 1,133,787
LeSean McCoy
RB Eagles 962,824
Rob Gronkowski
TE Patriots 936,886
Ben Roethlisberger
QB Steelers 935,535
Adrian Peterson
RB Vikings 925,554
Mike Wallace
WR Steelers 923,073

So, yeah, breaking: the Patriots and Steelers are popular! Also popular? Tebow.

AFC Pro Bowl Leaders by Position
Offense Defense
Player Pos Team Votes Player Pos Team Votes
Tom Brady
QB Patriots 1,454,311 Andre Carter
DE Patriots 511,693
Arian Foster
RB Texans 896,804 Haloti Ngata
DT Ravens 592,603
Vonta Leach
FB Ravens 149,801 Terrell Suggs
OLB Ravens 546,851
Wes Welker
WR Patriots 1,133,787 Ray Lewis
MLB Ravens 413,222
Rob Gronkowski
TE Patriots 936,886 Darrelle Revis
CB Jets 561,986
Michael Oher
OT Ravens 327,644 Troy Polamalu
SS Steelers 230,649
Logan Mankins
G Patriots 337,844 Ed Reed
FS Ravens 198,075
Maurkice Pouncey
C Steelers 376,457 Shane Lechler
P Raiders 228,782
Sebastian Janikowski
K Raiders 244,512 Joe McKnight
KR Jets 140,926

Once again, I'll point out that the Ravens and Patriots are popular (and also good at what they do), along with the Steelers. Brendon Ayanbadejo was the leading "special teams" vote-getter, with 106,515. On the NFC side, well, I hope you like the Packers:

NFC Pro Bowl Leaders by Position
Offense Defense
Player Pos Team Votes Player Pos Team Votes
Aaron Rodgers
QB Packers 1,581,982 Jared Allen
DE Vikings 784,527
LeSean McCoy
RB Eagles 962,824 Justin Smith
DT 49ers 525,578
John Kuhn
FB Packers 322,260 DeMarcus Ware
OLB Cowboys 581,554
Calvin Johnson
WR Lions 1,180,777 Patrick Willis
MLB 49ers 581,554
Jimmy Graham
TE Saints 725,612 Charles Woodson
CB Packers 763,198
Chad Clifton
OT Packers 392,106 Roman Harper
SS Saints 147,542
T.J. Lang
G Packers 327,740 Morgan Burnett
FS Packers 223,292
Scott Wells
C Packers 436,693 Andy Lee
P 49ers 161,812
Mason Crosby
K Packers 184,665 Devin Hester
KR Bears 268,293

For the NFC, Jarrett Bush of the Packers received the most special teams votes with 134,696. (And yes, I suppose I could have kick returners on the offense side, but I'm not trying to have my tables be all uneven. Oh no I'm not.)

Naturally, none of this means any of these guys are guaranteed to make the Pro Bowl -- the fan vote only counts as one-third of the total. The players vote is worth two-thirds. But there's a good chance that many of these guys will end up in the Pro Bowl.

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Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Panthers trick play inspired by 'Little Giants'

By Will Brinson

On Sunday, the Panthers ran what's commonly referred to as a "Fumblerooski," with Richie Brockel scoring an unlikely touchdown after Cam Newton handed him the ball between his legs and faked like he was running right. I joked at the time that it would be awesome if Rod Chudzinski would dial up "the Annexation of Puerto Rico" -- a play made famous from the movie "Little Giants" -- in the second half.

There was never any chance of that happening though, because as it turns out, the play in question already was inspired by the movie.

"Just so you know, the unofficial name – I don't know if you guys have ever seen the "Little Giants" – it's called the Annexation of Puerto Rico," Rivera said on Monday when asked about the trick play. "I've seen the movie a hundred times with my kids. They're grown up now.

"So last night we were talking about and they called it everything from the Chud-a-rooskie to the Mauler to what have you. Somebody said, 'Well, it's from the 'Little Giants.'"

For those that haven't seen "Little Giants," well, we're not friends. But you can watch the clip here.


The primary difference is that the Panthers didn't run a double-fake reverse in order to set the play up. And that they didn't need to go 99 yards to score. And Brockel didn't run head-first into the goalpost either.

But you get the point. This isn't the first trick play "Chud" dialed up recently -- a pass from Legadu Naanee to Newton for a touchdown against the Buccaneers two weeks ago also scored a touchdown.

Though it might cheese off fantasy owners of Newton, DeAngelo Williams and/or Jonathan Stewart, the innovation worked, and it's precisely why Carolina's been enjoyable to watch this season, as well as why Chudzinski's name is getting mentioned with head-coaching vacancies.

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