|12-19-2008, 01:14 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Florence, Colorado
All of them.
Sundays of Our Lives, Week 16...
Frankly this is BS, but the National Media can never be wrong about the greatest team EVAR...
All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray,
We'd be in the playoffs, except for one play.
December is a time for wistful longing for what might have been. For a handful of teams, missing the playoffs will be a matter of one botched play or blown call. Or, in San Diego's case, one botched play and two blown calls.
What if Hochuli hadn't chokulied in Week 2? What if Sage had lived up to his name in Week 5? What if Lovie had gone with his team's Forte in Week 3 or 4? What if someone on the Patriots had covered Dustin Keller on 3rd-and-15 in OT of Week 11? What if the Ravens had been given one shot at a goal-line stand against the Steelers in Week 15?
So close. Looking back with regret, these are the rueful Sundays of Our Lives.
Stripes Doom Bolts
After going 14-2 in 2006 and coming within a game of the Super Bowl last year, the Bolts looked primed to get over the hump this season.
But three plays turned the Chargers' season upside down. Instead of 9-5, atop the AFC West and readying for another playoff run, San Diego needs help from the last-place Bills if they're to have any shot at catching the Broncos in their Week 17 showdown.
1. A 14-yard TD pass is not supposed to be a Hail Mary, but when Jake Delhomme fired the ball toward tight end Dante Rosario on the final play in Week 1 against the Chargers it looked like a prayer. But Rosario brought the ball down — his only touchdown of the year — and the Panthers stunned the Bolts as time expired. Turns out losing on the game's final play in Week 1 was something of an omen for the star-crossed Bolts.
2. The game was over. Jay Cutler had fumbled and the Chargers had recovered to secure a win over the Broncos. But despite seeing the ball fly backward right in front of his face, Ed Hochuli incorrectly ruled the fumble a forward pass and could not remedy his mistake after blowing his whistle. We all know how that one ended.
3. Maybe because it happened in London nobody stateside said much about the second unconscionable call that might have cost the Chargers a game this season. Early in the fourth quarter in Week 8 against the Saints, a phantom pass interference call in the end zone on Cletis Gordon gave New Orleans the ball at the 1 instead of 3rd-and-10 at the 20. The Saints punched it in for a 37-20 lead in a game San Diego ended up losing 37-32. For the game the Chargers had 14 penalties for 134 yards, including another dubious pass interference call on Quentin Jammer on 3rd-and-long.
How bad has the Chargers' luck been compared to the first-place Broncos? The Bolts have a plus-44 point differential and trail Denver (which has given up 40 more points than it's scored) by two games. If there were a Bill James of football he could come up with a formula to explain precisely how preposterous this is.
The Texans are sitting at 7-7, but could easily be 9-5 and in the thick of the playoff chase.
Houston led the Colts 27-17 and was in the process of putting the game away in Indy territory when Sage Rosenfels made a very unwise decision. Rosenfels went airborne in an attempt to gain a first down, exposing himself to a big hit, which led to a fumble, a Gary Brackett 68-yard fumble return for a TD and, ultimately, a 31-27 Indy victory.
Rosenfels cited John Elway's Super Bowl helicopter first down in the aftermath of his disaster that led directly to the Texan loss. But there was an obvious difference: Elway and the Broncos were tied at the time, not trying to salt away a double-figure lead. Oh, and the other obvious difference: Rosenfels isn't Elway.
The Indy defeat came on the heels of a Week 3 loss on a coin flip. On the Texans' last three possessions of their Week 3 game against the Jaguars they went a total of 218 yards on 31 plays, an average of over seven yards a play, and scored 17 points. So you can imagine their disappointment when the Jags won the toss in OT and the Texans never saw the ball.
Forgetting the Bear Necessities
NFL Week 16
Week 16 actionColts 31, Jaguars 24 -- Recap | Box
Ravens-Cowboys -- Slant: BAL | DAL
Cardinals-Patriots -- Slant: ARI | NE
Saints-Lions -- Slant: NO | DET
Steelers-Titans -- Slant: PIT | TEN
49ers-Rams -- Slant: SF | STL
Chargers-Bucs -- Slant: SD | TB
Dolphins-Chiefs -- Slant: MIA | KC
Bengals-Browns -- Slant: CIN | CLE
Bills-Broncos -- Slant: BUF | DEN
Jets-Seahawks -- Slant: NYJ | SEA
Texans-Raiders -- Slant: HOU | OAK
Falcons-Vikings -- Slant: ATL | MIN
Eagles-Redskins -- Slant: PHI | WSH
Panthers-Giants -- Slant: CAR | NYG
Packers-Bears -- Slant: GB | CHI
AnalysisMarvez: Manning outrageous vs. Jags
Schrager: Who's gets coal for X-Mas?
Marvez: Will developmental league flop?
VideoOnline OT: Complete NFL coverage
Marvez: Plaxico done in New York?
Colts take down Jags
Ranking the games
Of all the woulda-shoulda-couldas of 2008 the Bears (8-6) may enter the offseason with the most regret of any team in the league. They trail the Vikings by a game in the NFC North and will need help to get into the playoffs.
In the final two games of September they twice squandered double-digit second-half leads. In both games, opportunities to win slipped away when they went away from rookie stud running back Matt Forte in short yardage.
In Week 3, after blowing a 17-3 lead against the Panthers, the Bears still had a chance with the ball at midfield trailing by a field goal with just over two minutes to play. Forte had gained nine yards on first down, giving him 92 yards on 23 carries. But that was the last Forte would touch the ball.
Kyle Orton threw incomplete on 2nd-and-1 and 3rd-and-1 and then the Bears went with the fullback dive with Jason McKie on fourth down. McKie was stoned at the line. Ball game.
The Bears repeated their mistake in Week 4 against Tampa Bay. Needing a first down to secure a victory over the Buccaneers, the Bears faced 3rd-and-2 on their own 28. Forte had 155 yards from scrimmage on the day, but Chicago put the ball in Kyle Orton's hands on a play-action pass that ended with the QB scrambling for no gain. The Bucs scored to force OT.
(In OT — after the Bears had held on third down — Charles Tillman was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty, giving the Bucs a first down on their way to the game-winning field goal.)
Partly Cloudy Patriots
While most observers are stunned that the Patriots have won nine games after losing Tom Brady in the opener, the Patriots could easily be 11-3 and not in need of help to make the playoffs.
The Pats rallied from down 24-6 to tie the game at 31-31 with one second left and force overtime against the Jets in a Week 11 epic. The Jets defense was dead. Matt Cassel had shredded them for 400 yards passing. If New England won the coin toss, the game was almost certainly over.
But the Jets won the toss. After a sack and an incomplete pass, New York faced 3rd-and-15 on its own 15. The Pats were primed to get the ball in good field position and cap one of the great comebacks in franchise history.
Then the unthinkable happened. Bill Belichick's defense completely blew a coverage. Jets tight end Dustin Keller ran uncovered to the first down marker, turned around and collected a Brett Favre pass for the first down. Ten plays later, Jay Feely kicked the game-winning field goal.
Had the Pats come up with that stop on third down and put the Jets away, they'd be two games up on New York.
Moment of regret 1A: With just under five minutes left in Indianapolis the Patriots trailed 18-15 as they drove for a potential go-ahead score. A short BenJarvus Green-Ellis run gave New England a 3rd-and-1 at the Colts 31. But at the end of the play Pats tight end David Thomas was flagged for a ticky-tack unnecessary roughness penalty for a shove after the whistle. That made it 3rd-and-16 at the 46, the Pats failed to convert and Indy put the game away.
Yes, the Ravens still control their own destiny, but that may change Saturday night in Dallas.
Baltimore might not be facing a must-win if not for the innovative officiating of Walt Coleman. When he overturned the call on the field and awarded the Steelers a touchdown Sunday on Ben Roethlisberger's toss to Santonio Holmes at the goal-line Coleman blazed a new trail in under-the-hood interpretation.
While there was clearly no "conclusive visual evidence," a reasonable person could conclude that some molecule of the ball must have broken the edge of the goal-line plane. But replay is not supposed to fix calls that were probably wrong or might have been wrong — though it should — it is there to fix obvious mistakes. Not only did the head linesman not make an obvious mistake, his marking of the ball at the 3-inch line was pretty impressive given that he was partially screened by a Ravens defender.
Had Coleman applied the long-held league standard of conclusiveness, the Ravens would have been given one shot at stopping the Steelers — who have been atrocious in goal-line situations — and securing their playoff position.
This was the second heartrending loss for Baltimore to Pittsburgh this season. In the first matchup, in Week 4, the Ravens dominated most of the game but saw a 13-3 third-quarter lead turn into a 17-13 deficit in 14 seconds. Holmes got a short pass in tight coverage over the middle and broke free for a 38-yard TD to make it 13-10. On the Ravens' next play from scrimmage, James Harrison sacked Joe Flacco, forcing a fumble that LaMarr Woodley ran in for a TD. Baltimore would lose in OT.
Fourteen regrettable seconds and one overrule on molecular evidence and the Ravens are two games behind the Steelers instead of two games up.
|12-19-2008, 08:43 PM||#3|
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yes one blown call took them from possibly being 13-1 and made them 6-8.
such bull****. one call did not destroy their season. that call didn't even give Denver the win, it gave them another chance to win, and the Bolts had 2 chances to stop a TD pass and a 2point conversion pass.
Has anyone in the league ever thought maybe they were Norved and just suck now, or LT is getting old, Roids isn't on the field, they let the FB that opened holes for LT leave as well as the better RB on their roster.
****ty front office work doomed them, not a bad call.
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