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And it will be time for these two

teams to settle it...

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He's going to fire it

towards the end zone.

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Montana throws!

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Looking downfield...

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The one-man wrecking crew!

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Unbelievable!

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How did he do that?

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For the win!

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Hello and welcome to NFL This Week

in a week when many of us took time

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out to enjoy the Christmas holidays.

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Bill Belichick had a message

to anyone thinking of

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taking some time off.

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No days off!

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No days off!

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Speaking of somebody

who's not here today!

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He's clearly all about

the business, Belichick.

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Joining me to work through the pick

of the action, two men

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who are strictly business.

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Two-time Super Bowl

winner, Osi Umenyiora.

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And alongside him, the former NFL

cornerback, Jason Bell.

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Now, then.

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Let's start by looking

at the playoff picture.

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Coming into Week 15,

with just two rounds to go.

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In the AFC, New England

and Pittsburgh rule the roost.

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Jacksonville had an outside chance

of securing that valuable by-week

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that comes with finishing as one

of the two top seeds.

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Their divisional rivals, Tennessee,

needed a win to keep

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up their playoff hopes and prevent

the Jaguars from

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winning the AFC South.

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Behind them, Kansas City

have a chance to put

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their mid-season woes behind them

and secure the AFC West

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and a playoff spot.

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Buffalo held a wildcard spot coming

into the week but had a tough

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game against England.

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Other teams no doubt sensing

an opportunity, there.

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Over in the NFC, a win

for Philadelphia would secure

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them the number one seed

and a home-field advantage.

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Behind them, the Rams already

had playoff football

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locked out but with a win

they could collect their first

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divisional title in 14 years.

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The NFC South still had three teams

in the playoff picture.

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A victory for Atlanta over

New Orleans could clinch

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their playoff spot and end any hopes

for the three remaining

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teams in the mix.

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What a turnaround this season

has been for Carolina.

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Bottom of the NFC South

last time around.

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They have looked a different

beast this year.

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A win over divisional rivals

Tampa Bay would secure them a place

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in the playoffs and a chance to bury

the demons of Super Bowl 50.

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To get within touching distance.

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To be there and to fail on the day.

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To take a tumble in the season

after the oh-so-close.

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Tumble to rock bottom.

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And to recover, to rise again

and to reach the moment again.

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The place.

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You have to keep pounding!

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The gateway to the postseason.

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Hammering on the door.

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Coming through.

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The Panthers.

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Davis following his suspension.

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The Panthers last week,

2nd down and 15.

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He throws, the ball comes close

and it is recovered by the Panthers.

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Junior on the recovery.

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Graham Gedo kicked a 25 yard field

goal to put the Panthers

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into an early 3-0 lead.

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Patrick Murray converted a 31 yard

field goal to tie the game at three

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apiece with just over two minutes

left in the first quarter.

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Second down and six.

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Rogers in the backfield.

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Trouble with the snap.

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The Panthers have recovered.

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It is the second Tampa Bay turnover.

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This to take away or give

away by the Buccaneers,

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it is all on Winston, there.

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You can see the snap is perfect,

his hands were just closing before.

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The wide receiver set.

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From the 46 in the box.

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Breaking free.

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Inside the 20.

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Out of bounds.

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And the 15-yard line.

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31 yard catch and run.

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Gedo was successful

again from 28 yards.

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The Panthers led 6-3.

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Winston's pass is caught.

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Still going is Godwin.

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Inside the 40, 30, the 20.

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And he is finally chased

down by Luke Keatley.

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Chris Godwin, gets a chance

to strike today and is showcasing

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what he could be for this

Tampa Bay office.

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And James Vincent has told us this

guy could be a superstar.

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Patrick Murray levelled it with a 41

yard with less than three minutes

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left in the first half.

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On the return.

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Still on his feet, across midfield!

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Byrd will take it all the way.

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103 yards!

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A new Panthers record.

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103 yards, you just need

a couple of blocks.

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Miss tackle.

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Miss tackle by the kicker.

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And the rest is all him.

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Speed, quickness, determination,

everything you want

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out of a returner.

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Touchdown, Carolina.

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Third-down and eight.

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Fires downfield.

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Picked off by Alexander.

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It bounced away.

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And Alexander will be

tackled across midfield.

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2nd down and seven.

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Barber in the backfield.

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Winston on 2nd down,

looking for Evans.

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He makes the catch.

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Three field goals out of turnover.

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First and ten from the 18.

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Winston.

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Throws to the end zone!

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Touchdown.

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Winston connects.

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Wilson, his first NFL TD.

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Look at him buy time right here.

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Able to climb the pocket,

run into the pocket.

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Really deliver accurately.

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That is a nice through.

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Finally convert and a red zone

opportunity into a touchdown,

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and they take the lead.

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Third-down and 12.

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Winston fires downfield.

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Mike Evans makes the catch

at the 35-yard line.

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30 yards from Winston to Evans.

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They are playing a deep cover.

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And I hate to point out

Luke Keatley being wrong,

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but this is Tampa and he has to be

in the middle of the field.

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That is exactly

where that ball goes.

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Patrick Murray missed

the field goal from 51 yards,

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leaving the door open

for Cam Newton, with

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three minutes left.

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The Panthers trailing by four.

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They start from the 41.

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Wide open!

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Making the catch in Buccaneers

territory is Bersin.

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A 23 yard pass play.

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3rd & 10.

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Newton, near side.

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Clay.

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Clay will pick up

a Panthers first down.

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It comes down to this.

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4th down and three.

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Wow!

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There's Baker.

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With no time-outs, McCaffrey lined

up to the right of Cam Newton.

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He lost the football

and then takes it in for

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the Panthers touchdown!

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Wow!

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I can't believe that happened.

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Birthday candle for his son, today

is Cam Newton's son's birthday.

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This was almost

disastrous for Carolina.

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His body is just so big, he ploughs

straight through his offensive line.

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One time out.

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They look to get it

to field goal range.

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35 seconds remaining.

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Down goes Winston,

the ball goes loose.

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And that will clinch

a spot in the post season

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for the Carolina Panthers.

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Winston is fired up!

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Winston sacked for the sixth time.

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This is what he is upset about.

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He is claiming that he has the ball

but they had already awarded

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possession to Carolina.

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Such an emotional guy and he had

a terrific game once again.

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I understand his frustration.

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Cam Newton with the

game-winning touchdown.

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The Panthers headed

to the postseason.

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I'm just proud of this

team's resilience.

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Yeah.

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I am proud of this

team's resilience.

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They just threw everything.

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It was trying for us today.

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Tampa is a great team.

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I fumbled but I recovered.

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It was like, I recovered it.

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It's OK.

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It's not OK but everyone has bad

things happen to them.

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And things you can't control.

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Some things we can control.

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But it's over with, now.

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We have got one more game at home.

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We have got to get a win,

we're focused on that.

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I kind of figure to...

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CHILD LAUGHS.

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That's not funny.

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I kind of found that it is going

to be coming down to the last...

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And I wanted to put my team

in the best situation

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to win football games.

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It is not necessarily about

individual accolades or statistics.

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Especially when trying

to win a football game.

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I was happy that the guys honed

in and locked in to get

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a much-needed win for us.

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It's a high bar, fellows,

but I think that might

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be my favourite Cam Newton

press conference ever.

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That had to be the best

one I've seen.

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Usually he is speaking

complete nonsense!

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I think the baby, the kid just

expressed what we all feel

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when he's up there talking.

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Wow!

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It doesn't mask or do too much

to mask their troubles

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in the air at the moment.

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Whatever he's doing on the ground,

140 passing yards in that game.

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Are they going to regret

stealing Kelvin Benjamin

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early on in the season?

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I don't think so.

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Ultimately, you don't want him to be

throwing a tonne of passes.

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It is based upon the run game.

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And his ability to run.

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He needs to make a couple of plays

down the field but I think they knew

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to get rid of Benjamin

because they had two big body

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receivers, they didn't need that.

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They needed a speed separation guy

and I think it was a good trade.

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There's no possible way they can

continue to win with this

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guy throwing 440 yards.

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Calvin Benjamin may not have been

one of the most dynamic

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players in the NFL but he's

a big body receiver.

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Cam Newton, we know he likes

to throw the ball high.

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And he's the guy who can go

up and get it for him.

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They definitely need

that guy with them.

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They are not going to go anywhere

with the guy throwing 440 yards.

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Particularly at this stage

of proceedings as well.

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The Head Coach said the special

teams are often the unsung heroes.

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They saved us!

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That is not what he was to be saying

at this stage of proceedings.

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Your special teams have to win

at least two games a year for you.

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You need that, that is why

the guys are important.

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Especially, as you see

in this kick-off return,

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this play changed the game for them

and you need this, you need

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an explosive player

and because they got rid

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of Benjamin, he's playing more.

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Though he got hurt.

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But anyway, this is the kind of

stuff you get from a guy like him.

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You need special guys on special

teams to make special place.

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You have to take your eye off

the ball and look at the help

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he got from his friends.

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Down the field.

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A great touchdown but he

is injured, of course.

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Which adds extra pressure

on that passing offense.

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Are they hopefully relying

on the fact that when you have

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a quarterback like Cam Newton,

who is so capable on the ground,

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when they get to the playoffs,

he can compensate for the lack

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of weapons around them in terms

of receiving anything?

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If that is what they are relying

on then they are in even bigger

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trouble than we initially thought.

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Because we have seen

the Carolina Panthers try this exact

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same blueprint before and they ran

into a team with the Denver Broncos

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who were completely prepared

for the run and they shut down

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a passing attack.

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So now they're trying to do

the exact same thing

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this particular year.

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They are not even going

to make it past the first

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round of the playoffs,

let alone get to the Super Bowl.

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McCaffrey has done

a lot for that team.

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He is catching a tremendous amount

of passes at the backfield.

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I like the way he is running

the ball because with Cam Newton

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back there, you have got a big guy

and a small guy in the backfield.

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I think they'll be all right.

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Greg Olsen also needs to play well.

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Relying on McCaffrey more on special

teams, too, I'm guessing.

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Let's look at Cam Newton's

counterpart, Winston.

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The franchise quarterback,

supposedly for the

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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A very disappointing season

for him and for the team,

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given that a lot of people had high

hopes for them this season.

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I was one of those people

who had high hopes!

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And I think everyone who watched

them on Hard Knocks thought this

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was going to be the team that

ascends this year but they have been

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flat-out disappointing.

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They haven't been able

to get anything going.

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They were just talking

earlier about Jackson.

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One of the most explosive wide

receivers in football.

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Is this guy injured?

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Where has he been?

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He just completely disappeared.

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Mike Kevin is alongside him...

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I do not understand

what is going on there.

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You can see by some of his antics

and the things he is doing,

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we talk about this all the time...

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You don't want to see your

quarterback do those kind of things

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and that is telling a tale of things

that maybe are going

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on in the locker room and the fact

that he cannot get to Jackson

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with the ball.

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I don't know what is

happening at all.

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At least he is keeping

his cool, right?

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LAUGHTER.

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Don't forget, the NFL

Show on Saturday,

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right after Match of the Day.

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We will take a look back at week 16

and preview the final leg

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of the season before we head

into the playoffs, all

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from 11:55pm on BBC One.

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A reminder, also, all of our shows

are available on the iPlayer.

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Right, then.

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Let's take a look at some

of the week 16 games that

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impacted the NFC picture.

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We start with the Atlanta Falcons

and the New Orleans Saints.

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Another huge NFC South battle

for the Falcons as they headed

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to New Orleans and Drew Brees

and Ted Ginn struck early on.

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What a comeback season for him.

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Atlanta produced a late flurry.

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Coleman's touchdown in the fourth

quarter wasn't enough.

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New Orleans want to stay on top

of the NFC South and Atlanta must

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beat Carolina next week to get

into the playoffs.

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Look at that bling!

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He got that big chain on!

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Big chain!

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This was a win or bust match

between Dallas and Seattle.

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No playoffs...

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Who picked Dallas, raise your hands?

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Justin Coleman's pick for Seattle

in the third quarter.

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He enjoyed that one!

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Baldwin sealing the

deal in the fourth.

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I hate when 33s get beat like that.

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It hurts my heart.

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It seems to happen quite often!

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The Seahawks staying

alive for the final week

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of the regular season.

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Unlike the Detroit Lions.

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They took on the Cincinnati Bengals,

they wanted to keep their playoff

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hopes alive and that was a tight

game, no doubt about that.

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Going into the fourth quarter...

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Green broke this up and Bernard

crushing the Lions' hopes as he ran

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in to win it for Cincinnati.

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And that is the end of the Lions.

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Cincinnati are going to be

all right next year.

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Do you think so?

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Without Marvin?

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Yeah, I think it's a good team.

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A bad day for Green Bay.

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No Aaron Rodgers,

on the sidelines once again.

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Which meant that Brett Hundley...

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UCLA!

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Stefon Diggs, what a season he has

had, the only touchdown

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of the game for Minnesota.

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And the Vikings,

believe it or not...

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They shut the Packers out.

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Harrison Smith, more on him later.

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The defensive player

of the week, no less.

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Breaking Bad!

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With the glasses on!

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Finally, the Eagles.

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Carson and Nick Foles continuing

to keep their train on the tracks.

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They welcomed the Raiders,

flying ahead with this touchdown.

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The Raiders did hit back.

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Cooper...

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This 63 yarder.

0:15:460:15:48

But Derek Barnett's fumbled return

helped secure the Eagles' NFC top

0:15:480:15:51

seeding right at the death.

0:15:510:15:55

This was a closer game

than it looked because of

0:15:550:15:57

this play right here...

0:15:570:15:58

The Eagles didn't play that well.

0:15:580:16:02

No, they didn't.

0:16:020:16:03

Despite that defeat,

Atlanta still very much

0:16:030:16:05

in a position to make the playoffs.

0:16:050:16:06

Destiny in their own hands.

0:16:060:16:19

But they are far from the act

that we saw last season

0:16:190:16:22

last time around, Jason.

0:16:220:16:23

Yeah, they are not the same team.

0:16:230:16:24

We've been waiting for

that offence to click.

0:16:240:16:26

We've been saying this week,

this week it's going to

0:16:260:16:29

happen, and it just hasn't happened.

0:16:290:16:30

I mean they've been off all year.

0:16:300:16:32

As you see in this play right now.

0:16:320:16:34

A chance to score.

0:16:340:16:35

You've got a hold on the ball.

0:16:350:16:39

Come on, Freeman,

you're better than that.

0:16:390:16:40

That was his take

on the infamous Mark

0:16:400:16:42

Sanchez fumble.

0:16:420:16:45

Can't forget about it.

0:16:450:16:49

This goal-line stands

right here is...

0:16:490:16:54

New Orleans have never been

known for their defence.

0:16:540:16:56

They are changing things right now.

0:16:560:16:58

This is a big play.

0:16:580:17:02

That is a tone setter right there.

0:17:020:17:04

Probably that wasn't the only butt

based play from this

0:17:040:17:07

game, believe it or not.

0:17:070:17:08

If you thought that was

good, wait till you

0:17:080:17:10

see this one involving

I think one of the best

0:17:100:17:12

defensive players of

the

0:17:120:17:13

year, no doubt about that,

the Saints rookie corner,

0:17:130:17:16

Marshall to more.

0:17:160:17:26

That kid is living right!

0:17:420:17:46

He's been saying all his prayers.

0:17:460:17:52

Eating all the food

he supposed to be eating.

0:17:520:18:02

I mentioned we talk

about Harrison Smith a little bit

0:18:020:18:05

more.

0:18:050:18:06

What a game he had

this week, two picks.

0:18:060:18:08

Dream of a hometown Super Bowl

appearance is still very much

0:18:080:18:11

on.

0:18:110:18:12

Surprised pretty much everyone

in the game initially by being

0:18:120:18:14

snubbed by the pro bowl committee.

0:18:140:18:15

Didn't get the nod and everybody

went into melts down.

0:18:150:18:18

I'm sick about this

because we've been praising

0:18:180:18:20

him, not only us,

everybody, about his play

0:18:200:18:22

the whole year, look

at

0:18:220:18:23

this play right here.

0:18:230:18:24

He baited the guy on the right.

0:18:240:18:26

This is what you call

beating the quarterback.

0:18:260:18:27

Ultimately, you see him

making a run play here.

0:18:270:18:30

Supposed to be in that hole.

0:18:300:18:31

What he's done well he's great

versus the running pass.

0:18:310:18:33

Most safeties are good at either or.

0:18:330:18:35

Another play where

he baited the throw.

0:18:350:18:37

He's coming up with big plays,

game after game, and

0:18:370:18:39

ultimately you think this guy,

there's an argument for defensive

0:18:390:18:42

MVP.

0:18:420:18:43

Doesn't make the pro bowl?

0:18:430:18:44

As you see, I'm very

emotional about this.

0:18:440:18:46

Realistically you should be

because that man has been balling

0:18:460:18:48

this year.

0:18:480:18:49

For him not to be in the pro bowl

is a travesty, it's a

0:18:490:18:53

mockery, it's a trave-sham-mockery!

0:18:530:19:00

I'm glad you said that,

because you played

0:19:000:19:02

under the head coach.

0:19:020:19:03

Mike Zimmer.

0:19:030:19:04

Said, this kid is instinctive,

tough, physical, there

0:19:040:19:06

are so many adjectives

you could say about him.

0:19:060:19:08

I wanted a few more

and you delivered on that.

0:19:080:19:11

We'll e-mail those to

Mike Zimmer and that should

0:19:110:19:13

seal the deal.

0:19:130:19:14

The LA Rams going from four

and 12 last season to a

0:19:140:19:17

team entering the week with ten wins

and only four losses has been pretty

0:19:170:19:20

much the story of the season.

0:19:200:19:22

Only their second year

back in LA with a

0:19:220:19:24

makeshift training

facility, a stadium,

0:19:240:19:25

and rookie head coach,

not

0:19:250:19:26

many predicted this

year's meteoric rise.

0:19:260:19:28

A win against Tennessee and the Rams

are not only securing a

0:19:280:19:30

place in the playoffs, but winning

the NFC West for the first time

0:19:300:19:34

since 2003.

0:19:340:19:35

For Tennessee a win was required

to prevent Jacksonville

0:19:350:19:37

from securing the AFC

South and to keep them

0:19:370:19:39

in the playoff hunt.

0:19:390:19:44

Mariota to throw.

0:19:540:19:55

Lofting one, that intercepted.

0:19:550:19:57

A takeaway from Cory Littleton,

starting at linebacker today for the

0:19:570:19:59

inactive Mark Byron.

0:19:590:20:00

Not really sure what he's

seeing from the pocket but

0:20:000:20:10

you watch this, he's trying to float

this up over the top, no

0:20:120:20:15

way that's going to get there.

0:20:150:20:16

Cory Littleton as an

opportunity for the

0:20:160:20:18

pick.

0:20:180:20:19

He had the defender behind him,

Troy Hill, who could have got

0:20:190:20:22

the pick.

0:20:220:20:23

One foot...

0:20:230:20:24

The other one...

0:20:240:20:25

Yes, says the official.

0:20:250:20:26

The rookie has been terrific.

0:20:260:20:27

Possession, one foot

down, two foot down.

0:20:270:20:29

He goes to the ground,

survives the ground, maintains

0:20:290:20:31

possession.

0:20:310:20:32

There is Dick LeBeau, his defense

against the run only five

0:20:320:20:35

touchdowns allowed on the ground.

Todd Gurley touchdown.

0:20:350:20:37

The Rams take the lead.

0:20:370:20:38

Greg Zuerlein, the pro Bowler.

0:20:380:20:45

Out with a back injury.

0:20:450:20:54

Ficken's first NFL game

and he misses the extra point.

0:20:540:20:56

Blitz coming.

0:20:560:20:57

Time for Mariota...

0:20:570:20:58

The catch is made by Corey Davis.

0:20:580:21:00

The Rams lead was cut to three

with just over a minute

0:21:000:21:03

left in the first quarter.

0:21:030:21:05

Another catch by Todd Gurley.

0:21:050:21:07

He's got a 1st down inside the 10.

0:21:070:21:09

Now this story.

0:21:090:21:12

Missed the extra point.

0:21:120:21:15

Tried out on Wednesday

with a dozen other

0:21:150:21:17

kickers from Penn State,

the

0:21:170:21:18

25-year-old, Sam Ficken.

0:21:180:21:28

1st down.

0:21:380:21:39

It out and it's a touchdown

Tennessee Titans.

0:21:390:21:47

Wesley scoops and scores.

0:21:470:21:49

It's the hit right there, he just

comes Scott free as Jared Goff

0:21:490:21:52

is going back to make the handoff.

0:21:520:21:54

It looks like Brown

went the wrong way.

0:21:540:21:56

Down tight, looks like he stepped

to the left when the play

0:21:560:21:59

was moving to the right.

0:21:590:22:00

And turned Casey loose.

0:22:000:22:02

The pressure on Gough.

0:22:020:22:03

The blitz was on.

0:22:030:22:04

Todd Gurley is running

through the middle of the

0:22:040:22:06

field.

0:22:060:22:07

Can he go the distance?

0:22:070:22:08

Todd Gurley, touchdown

Los Angeles Rams.

0:22:080:22:18

Here they come, you've got guys

coming this way, then Todd Gurley

0:22:210:22:24

cross formation, get

into the screen, perfect.

0:22:240:22:26

You've got to have guys

working downfield.

0:22:260:22:27

I'm still blown away

by the breakaway speed of

0:22:270:22:29

Todd Gurley, he just

outruns everybody.

0:22:290:22:38

Mariota gets rid of it.

0:22:380:22:39

Walker.

0:22:390:22:49

He's got 1st down.

0:22:510:22:56

Out of bounds to stop the clock.

0:22:560:23:01

Ryan Succop went over

again for 37 yards to tie

0:23:010:23:03

the game 13-13 with just 19 seconds

left in the first half.

0:23:030:23:06

After a pick-up of nine,

Todd Gurley with a

0:23:060:23:08

lot of room for a 1st down.

0:23:080:23:10

Todd Gurley sprinted

down the sideline.

0:23:100:23:11

All the way inside

the 25 of Tennessee.

0:23:110:23:13

Gough, end zone.

0:23:130:23:14

Sammy Watkins touchdown, LA Rams.

0:23:140:23:16

Jackson going across the field.

0:23:160:23:17

Tackle.

0:23:170:23:18

Johnson.

0:23:180:23:21

Can he turn the corner?

0:23:210:23:22

Up the sideline

he goes and into Rams

0:23:220:23:24

territory.

0:23:240:23:29

Great field position for the Titans.

0:23:290:23:30

3rd down, extra pressure coming.

0:23:300:23:31

Mariota has a moment

and delivers it.

0:23:310:23:33

1st down blitz for Matthews.

0:23:330:23:43

How do the Titans run

the football in this style?

0:23:480:23:51

You don't have your big

body tight ends out

0:23:510:23:53

there, this is a three

wide receiver set.

0:23:530:23:55

They need a yard.

0:23:550:23:56

Murray.

0:23:560:23:57

Touchdown Tennessee.

0:23:570:23:58

DeMarco Murray.

0:23:580:23:59

That answers that question.

0:23:590:24:00

Ryan Succop opened

the final quarter with

0:24:000:24:02

a 27 yard field goal to edge

the Titans into a 3-point lead.

0:24:020:24:05

2nd down one.

0:24:050:24:06

The throw.

0:24:060:24:14

There needs to be a flag.

0:24:140:24:16

There comes another one.

0:24:160:24:25

Pass interference number 23.

0:24:250:24:26

Defense.

0:24:260:24:27

1st down.

0:24:270:24:28

This offense needs to get

in there and score a touchdown right

0:24:280:24:31

here, take that pressure off.

0:24:310:24:32

Todd Gurley back in.

0:24:320:24:33

Gough.

0:24:330:24:34

End zone for Cooper Kupp.

0:24:340:24:35

He has the catch.

0:24:350:24:36

He's in for a touchdown.

0:24:360:24:37

That is the ruling.

0:24:370:24:38

If he held onto that and kept his

feet in, that was amazing.

0:24:380:24:41

The big thing in today's game.

0:24:410:24:43

Surviving the ground.

0:24:430:24:46

You're going to the ground,

there is the one

0:24:460:24:48

knee, he's inbounds.

0:24:480:24:49

Survive the ground as

you finish the process.

0:24:490:24:51

Well done, Cooper Kupp.

0:24:510:24:56

Fourth-quarter, Mariota

with eight-game winning drives.

0:24:560:24:58

We saw what earlier

this year against the

0:24:580:24:59

Colts.

0:24:590:25:07

Mariota to Walker, who gets the 1st

down through midfield.

0:25:070:25:10

Here on 4th down and four.

0:25:100:25:11

Mariota hesitates.

0:25:110:25:16

Fleet of foot.

0:25:160:25:17

He can't outrun Connor.

0:25:170:25:25

The Rams catching

Mariota on 4th & 4.

0:25:250:25:27

The Rams will the West,

clinching the division,

0:25:270:25:29

first time since 2003.

0:25:290:25:32

I'll tell you what,

when you find a way to come on

0:25:320:25:36

the road, finish up your road

record, seven and one, and win a

0:25:360:25:39

division, there's only one

thing you can say...

0:25:390:25:43

Woo!

0:25:430:25:44

One more...

0:25:440:25:48

Woo!

0:25:480:25:52

I got another one for you, guys.

0:25:520:25:54

What a great holidays,

Merry Christmas,

0:25:540:25:56

see you Wednesday.

0:25:560:25:58

CHEERING I think I like

the Rams even more

0:25:580:26:00

now they are channelling Ric Flair.

0:26:000:26:05

It's always a good sign.

0:26:050:26:10

Cam Newton's son

demonstrated earlier

0:26:100:26:11

on, it's all about timing.

0:26:110:26:12

The Rams heading to

the playoffs, seem to be

0:26:120:26:15

timing it just right.

0:26:150:26:16

Are they the most dangerous

side in the NFL right

0:26:160:26:18

now Osi?

0:26:180:26:19

No, I wouldn't say

the most dangerous.

0:26:190:26:21

They are a young football team.

0:26:210:26:23

A good, aggressive football team.

0:26:230:26:24

But the most dangerous?

0:26:240:26:25

Still not sold on the quarterback.

0:26:250:26:27

They have an outstanding

running game,

0:26:270:26:28

outstanding defense,

not sold on their

0:26:280:26:30

quarterback to call them

the

0:26:300:26:31

most dangerous side

in the NFL right now.

0:26:310:26:33

Incredibly close and have to be

in the reckoning with a player like

0:26:330:26:36

Todd Gurley.

0:26:360:26:43

What a comeback season he's had

when you consider where he

0:26:430:26:46

was this time last year.

0:26:460:26:47

The best 19 touchdowns more

than 2000 yards from

0:26:470:26:49

scrimmage.

0:26:490:26:50

They are using him so right.

0:26:500:26:52

This was brilliant play calling,

they threw the screen into

0:26:520:26:54

the oncoming blitz and

they did this all day.

0:26:540:26:56

I mean, Todd Gurley looks

like the old LaDainian Tomlinson.

0:26:560:26:58

Used to flex him out,

screen him, getting

0:26:580:27:00

the ball, when he had

the

0:27:000:27:02

ball and space he was so dynamic.

0:27:020:27:03

That's what you see out of him.

0:27:030:27:05

And what makes him

so dangerous, as you

0:27:050:27:07

see now, is a breakaway speed.

0:27:070:27:08

Can you outrun the defense?

0:27:080:27:10

That's what he's doing well.

0:27:100:27:11

I mean, right here you see

this, he's making things

0:27:110:27:13

happen on his own, he's

nimble, he's strong.

0:27:130:27:15

The thing about him is he's making

everybody play better because

0:27:150:27:18

ultimately they're throwing the best

passers they have out of play

0:27:180:27:20

action, so him being able to run

like that is opening everything else

0:27:200:27:23

up.

0:27:230:27:25

Protecting Jared Goff a bit,

who's definitely had a great year,

0:27:250:27:27

year on year, when we wrote him off,

many of us did, after his rookie

0:27:270:27:31

year.

0:27:310:27:32

Jeff Fisher is taking a lot

of credit for this round's research.

0:27:320:27:35

Former head coach.

0:27:350:27:39

He's stepped up, looking

for a gig, I think, being

0:27:390:27:41

quite conspicuous in the media.

0:27:410:27:42

How much credit should

Jeff Fisher get

0:27:420:27:44

for this?

0:27:440:27:45

Everybody loves a win, right?

0:27:450:27:47

Everybody wants to put their grubby

little fingers into a winner.

0:27:470:27:49

I'm not going to say

he deserves no credit

0:27:490:27:51

but obviously he might

have

0:27:510:27:53

something to do with

the picking of these players.

0:27:530:27:55

The general manager is the one

responsible for picking

0:27:550:27:57

players.

0:27:570:27:58

This man had those players

on his team last year, did

0:27:580:28:00

absolutely nothing with them.

0:28:000:28:02

You seen what this young 19-year-old

head coach is doing with them right

0:28:020:28:05

now.

0:28:050:28:11

He's just had his birthday.

0:28:110:28:12

For Jeff Fisher to be

saying, you know,

0:28:120:28:14

he has something to do

with this, he needs to go sit

0:28:140:28:17

down somewhere, man.

0:28:170:28:18

What I like about the 19-year-old

coach, Phil McVeigh, is how he

0:28:180:28:21

brought Wade Phillips,

a wily old veteran,

0:28:210:28:23

to cancel the balance.

0:28:230:28:24

The youthful exuberance.

0:28:240:28:27

It's a great tag team, isn't it?

0:28:270:28:28

Absolutely, the one thing

hard about being a head

0:28:280:28:33

coach is all the administrative

stuff you have to deal with.

0:28:330:28:41

You just want to coach

football but you

0:28:410:28:43

have to handle so many other things.

0:28:430:28:45

Now you have a veteran guy you can

say, how did you handle this?

0:28:450:28:48

How do I approach that?

0:28:480:28:49

Who is also a great

defensive coordinator?

0:28:490:28:51

Great call by him, that

made, really made that

0:28:510:28:53

team.

0:28:530:28:54

He's been head coach before

for a number of years in the NFL.

0:28:540:28:57

He was a pretty good head coach

even though he got fired at Dallas.

0:28:570:29:01

Outstanding man, outstanding coach,

everything's going right for them.

0:29:010:29:03

Well said.

0:29:030:29:04

Speaking of the Tennessee Titans

next opponents, Jacksonville,

0:29:040:29:06

they had the field in San Francisco

as AFC South champions for the first

0:29:060:29:09

time in their history.

0:29:090:29:10

Having last won a divisional

title way back in

0:29:100:29:12

1999 before Sean McVay was born.

0:29:120:29:14

In the AFC Central.

0:29:140:29:15

The top performing defensive

team in the NFL have

0:29:150:29:17

bulldozed opponents on their journey

to the playoffs and with momentum

0:29:170:29:19

key going into post-season,

they look likely to be

0:29:190:29:22

challenged by San Francisco,

on a three-game winning

0:29:220:29:23

Such are the systems,

so essential is the

0:29:230:29:25

coordinated team effort,

so complex the moves on many fronts,

0:29:250:29:28

that this is all beyond the measure

of one

0:29:280:29:30

man.

0:29:300:29:33

This is a team sport.

0:29:330:29:36

But one man, what a

difference one man can

0:29:360:29:38

make.

0:29:380:29:42

Jimmy Garoppolo, he crossed

the states from New England to San

0:29:420:29:45

Francisco and the 49ers

are transformed.

0:29:450:29:46

But beware, he's up

against a defense that hunts as a

0:29:460:29:49

pack, a team against the one-man

who's made a difference.

0:29:490:29:59

Garoppolo has not lost

yet as a starter.

0:30:060:30:08

We have yet to see a bad

day for Jimmy Duke.

0:30:080:30:14

Third and seven.

0:30:140:30:15

Over the middle.

0:30:150:30:19

Goodwin has another catch!

0:30:190:30:22

With that great speed,

to the 31-yard

0:30:220:30:24

line.

0:30:240:30:25

He is brought down.

0:30:250:30:26

But again, a 24 for Goodwin.

0:30:260:30:30

Garoppolo himself up the middle!

0:30:300:30:32

Touchdown, San Francisco.

0:30:320:30:35

The first career rushing touchdown

for Jimmy G and what a

0:30:350:30:37

start, here in Santa Clara.

0:30:370:30:41

Jackson, number 97,

and Aaron Colvin, number

0:30:410:30:44

22, having some heated words

on the Jacksonville sidelined.

0:30:440:30:48

They had to be separated

by their team-mates.

0:30:480:30:54

Bortles steps up.

0:31:000:31:01

Intercepted!

0:31:010:31:02

It is Dante Johnson on the return.

0:31:020:31:03

See you later!

0:31:030:31:04

Touchdown, San Francisco!

0:31:040:31:13

12th pick six, his

first this season.

0:31:130:31:17

Eric Reed on this side stops

Keelan Cole as he is running.

0:31:170:31:21

Watch him put the brakes

on because Eric Reed

0:31:210:31:24

is coming to do danger

to him and once he doesn't

0:31:240:31:26

continue to run that route,

the ball goes right into

0:31:260:31:29

Johnson's hands and a stroll

down the sidelines.

0:31:290:31:31

Johnson's first

interception since 2014.

0:31:310:31:32

How about this?

0:31:320:31:33

Aaron Colvin.

0:31:330:31:34

Scoops it up.

0:31:340:31:36

High-fiving.

0:31:370:31:44

5.25 to go in the second quarter.

0:31:440:31:47

To the end zone for Westbrook.

0:31:470:31:53

Makes the adjustment,

the catch and he is down at the one.

0:31:530:31:56

What a grab by Westbrook.

0:31:560:31:57

It is 1st & goal.

0:31:570:31:58

Westbrook is not a big receiver

but he elevates, he points

0:31:580:32:01

the ball and he is on that pylon.

0:32:010:32:05

They want Shanahan to take

another look at this one.

0:32:050:32:10

They take the hand off.

0:32:100:32:12

He is in, touchdown, Jaguars!

0:32:120:32:18

Garoppolo, to the end zone,

deflected and picked off.

0:32:180:32:24

Interception by Barry Church.

0:32:240:32:27

Steps up.

0:32:270:32:33

And it was caught.

0:32:330:32:35

Strong!

0:32:350:32:36

Touchdown!

0:32:360:32:37

A miraculous play.

0:32:370:32:40

Strong reactivated

from the practice squad.

0:32:400:32:41

Just this week.

0:32:410:32:43

But being alert and hustling.

0:32:430:32:49

It is a third-down and seven

for Blake Bortles and Jacksonville.

0:32:490:32:56

Bortles steps into

a throw, intercepted!

0:32:560:32:59

Picked off by Williams.

0:32:590:33:06

Williams at the 30 and

hit down from behind.

0:33:060:33:08

The second interception

today by Blake Bortles.

0:33:080:33:10

And the first of Williams' career.

0:33:100:33:16

There is nothing that holds

Williams underneath,

0:33:160:33:18

he is just able to drift back and do

exactly what he is supposed to do.

0:33:180:33:22

It is 3rd & 3.

0:33:220:33:26

Garoppolo, quick pass, caught.

0:33:260:33:28

He dives and he in!

0:33:280:33:30

Touchdown, 49ers.

0:33:300:33:36

Goodwin at the top of your

screen, he has three

0:33:360:33:39

catches today.

0:33:390:33:41

Garoppolo in the middle

and that is caught at the 20

0:33:410:33:48

by Taylor and it is

good for a 1st down.

0:33:480:33:50

The running back, next to Garoppolo.

0:33:500:33:51

Garoppolo.

0:33:510:33:52

On the move.

0:33:520:33:53

He throws and it is caught.

0:33:530:33:55

Touchdown!

0:33:550:33:56

Taylor!

0:33:560:33:59

His first touchdown since week

three against the Rams.

0:33:590:34:03

It is safe to say that

Christmas arrived

0:34:030:34:05

on Halloween this

year for the 49ers.

0:34:050:34:09

That is when they acquired

Garoppolo from the England.

0:34:090:34:13

Jacksonville has not been in a lot.

0:34:130:34:23

They haven't had to play from behind

0:34:250:34:27

a lot this year.

0:34:270:34:28

Certainly, Bortles,

there is a lot of questions about

0:34:280:34:30

how he would play with his back

to the wall in the fourth quarter.

0:34:300:34:33

There is your answer.

0:34:330:34:34

Witherspoon with the pick.

0:34:340:34:35

Third of the day by Bortles.

0:34:350:34:37

1st & goal.

0:34:370:34:38

Nice cutback in the touchdown.

0:34:380:34:39

His sixth rushing

touchdown of the season.

0:34:390:34:41

It is third-down and

five with 6.04 to go.

0:34:410:34:51

Bortles, over the middle, wide open

is Westbrook for the first time.

0:34:510:34:54

And Westbrook is still

moving his feet.

0:34:540:34:56

Through the 43-yard line.

0:34:560:34:58

A gain of 23 from Westbrook.

0:34:580:35:04

And there is the completion

of the first down by

0:35:040:35:07

Strong.

0:35:070:35:11

Yeldin is in.

0:35:110:35:16

The second rushing

touchdown of the season for

0:35:160:35:18

Yeldin.

0:35:180:35:19

And Doug will go for two.

0:35:190:35:29

Great extra effort by Ben Koyak.

0:35:320:35:36

Jacksonville has not recovered

an onside kick since

0:35:360:35:38

December of 2014.

0:35:380:35:39

They are zero for their last ten.

0:35:390:35:41

And this one is loose

and the Jaguars have it!

0:35:410:35:46

See what happens with all three

time-outs and 2.13 on the clock.

0:35:460:35:56

Bortles, steps up, fires

to the wide open Strong.

0:35:560:35:58

He has got the 1st

down to the 27-yard

0:35:580:36:01

line.

0:36:010:36:02

Bortles to the end zone, caught,

touchdown, Joe Shaughnessy!

0:36:020:36:06

The first touchdown of his career.

0:36:060:36:09

And now a 4-point game

with the extra point to come.

0:36:090:36:13

Blake Bortles with his eyes

made him plant there.

0:36:130:36:16

He throws over all

the outstretched arms.

0:36:160:36:21

Season-high 338 yards

passing for Blake Bortles.

0:36:210:36:24

The extra point is no good!

0:36:240:36:32

A big miss off the upright

and that means Jacksonville

0:36:320:36:34

will have to score a touchdown.

0:36:340:36:37

The 49ers expecting the onside kick.

0:36:370:36:39

That is what happens.

0:36:390:36:41

Lambeau.

0:36:410:36:42

And it is out of bounds.

0:36:420:36:47

Jacksonville will have

to play defense.

0:36:470:36:48

They have to get to

the 22 to pick up the

0:36:480:36:51

first.

0:36:510:36:52

He has got some room

on the left side.

0:36:520:36:54

And he is gone!

0:36:540:36:55

Ball game!

0:36:550:36:58

The icing on the cake

for San Francisco on Christmas

0:36:580:37:01

Eve!

0:37:010:37:03

Things are going good right now.

0:37:030:37:04

There is a buzz in the air.

0:37:040:37:06

You can feel it as

soon as you walk in

0:37:060:37:09

the stadium.

0:37:090:37:10

The crowd is going nuts

and that is just pre-game.

0:37:100:37:12

It is exciting.

0:37:120:37:13

I don't know, it is

a nice thing to be of.

0:37:130:37:16

We still won the division.

0:37:160:37:17

Despite what happened today.

0:37:170:37:19

But it wasn't our best

football game, we are better

0:37:190:37:25

football team than that,

we are a better offense than that.

0:37:250:37:30

We can't turn the ball over.

0:37:300:37:32

Put our defenses

in tough situations.

0:37:320:37:34

We have to be better.

0:37:340:37:35

The 49ers and Garoppolo

just put up 44 points

0:37:350:37:37

on the best defense

in the

0:37:370:37:39

league right now.

0:37:390:37:40

Does the Garoppolo for MVP start?

0:37:400:37:43

Definitely not, he hasn't

played enough games,

0:37:430:37:44

obviously.

0:37:440:37:48

This is a fantastic

young quarterback.

0:37:480:37:50

And they got this guy

for a second-round pick.

0:37:500:37:52

They have a franchise

quarterback for a

0:37:520:37:54

second-round pick.

0:37:540:37:57

This is the guy who is going

to lead the 49ers to

0:37:570:37:59

the promised land.

0:37:590:38:00

And he looks the part.

0:38:000:38:02

Did you see him standing

up on that podium?

0:38:020:38:04

Looking all good!

0:38:040:38:05

Wow!

0:38:050:38:10

You are so right, it is a league

where there aren't 32 good starters.

0:38:100:38:14

Were you surprised

that there were no more

0:38:140:38:16

suitors for him when it

was

0:38:160:38:18

clear that the Patriots

were going to deal him?

0:38:180:38:20

I think the Patriots had

all the chips in the hand when

0:38:200:38:23

they knew that they were going to

trade him and what they were going

0:38:230:38:26

to do.

0:38:260:38:27

They had control and they put him

in a good situation.

0:38:270:38:31

And you see with those

highlights, his poise

0:38:310:38:33

in the pocket, it looks

kind of like Tom Brady.

0:38:330:38:35

He is relaxed and making the throws.

0:38:350:38:39

That offense looked like Atlanta's

offense with him in

0:38:390:38:41

there.

0:38:410:38:42

Shanahan looked like he brought out

the whole playbook for

0:38:420:38:44

him.

0:38:440:38:45

Speaking of looking like Tom Brady,

do you know what I found out

0:38:450:38:49

this morning?

0:38:490:38:50

They are represented

by the same agent!

0:38:500:38:51

He represents both

of those quarterbacks.

0:38:510:38:53

So he orchestrated

exactly what he wanted

0:38:530:38:54

to happen and the New

England Patriots did it.

0:38:540:38:57

He has got the biggest smile

of all, by the look of

0:38:570:38:59

it!

0:38:590:39:00

A good day for Jimmy, not so much

for his counterpart, Blake

0:39:000:39:03

Bortles.

0:39:030:39:04

Reverting to type because he has had

a difficult record in

0:39:040:39:07

recent years, leading

the NFL in turnovers

0:39:070:39:09

with 31 between 2013

and

0:39:090:39:10

2016.

0:39:100:39:11

But he was looking good

in December up until this game.

0:39:110:39:14

Yes, and I have to

give him the excuse.

0:39:140:39:16

And the excuse is...

0:39:160:39:17

This was a bad matchup for him.

0:39:170:39:18

The San Francisco 49ers'

coordinator was the

0:39:180:39:20

linebackers coach at

the Jags for three weeks.

0:39:200:39:22

So he got a chance to really watch

Bortles and see what he

0:39:220:39:25

could and could not do.

0:39:250:39:26

And by looking at the

film and what he was

0:39:260:39:29

doing successfully,

he decided to take

0:39:290:39:31

away, what he told

the

0:39:310:39:38

coaching staff, take this away,

put him in this position.

0:39:380:39:40

And he will throw interceptions.

0:39:400:39:41

That makes a lot of sense,

except for the four and a

0:39:410:39:44

half years prior to that

where Blake Bortles was not

0:39:440:39:47

playing well at all!

0:39:470:39:48

You are just going to pin all

of that on the three years that this

0:39:480:39:51

defensive coordinator...

0:39:510:39:52

He is a changed man!

0:39:520:39:54

This is what happened,

I had to find a little nugget in

0:39:540:39:57

there.

0:39:570:39:58

And I saw that!

0:39:580:39:59

He turned a corner in December!

0:39:590:40:01

There is no Jay Cutler!

0:40:010:40:03

It is a great defense,

a good running game.

0:40:030:40:08

Is that going to be enough

for the Jags in the

0:40:080:40:10

playoffs?

0:40:100:40:12

If Bortles can at least play

to the best of his ability and

0:40:120:40:15

not give up the ball?

0:40:150:40:16

Absolutely not.

0:40:160:40:18

There is no way that's going to be

enough in the playoffs.

0:40:180:40:21

Blake Bortles is going

to have to carry

0:40:210:40:23

this team at some point and he has

shown he is not able to do that

0:40:230:40:28

against an elite football team.

0:40:280:40:29

Let's take a look at the week 16

games that impacted the AFC picture.

0:40:290:40:37

And we start with the Buffalo Bills

and the New England Patriots.

0:40:370:40:40

The Bills took an early lead.

0:40:400:40:42

On Christmas Eve.

0:40:420:40:43

This was a tight game,

this could have went anywhere.

0:40:430:40:45

Don't make the Patriots angry!

0:40:450:40:46

They should know by now!

0:40:460:40:48

It started to change.

0:40:480:40:50

So much mobility for the big guy!

0:40:500:40:53

You cannot cover him one-on-one.

0:40:530:40:55

They have tried

and they have failed.

0:40:550:40:58

Dion Lewis is coming

at the right time as well.

0:40:580:41:00

Two touchdowns in this game.

0:41:000:41:01

Which really sealed it.

0:41:010:41:02

It was maybe closer

than the scoreline suggested.

0:41:020:41:05

The first round by for the Patriots

locked down for the

0:41:050:41:07

eighth year in a row..

0:41:070:41:09

How is that even possible?

0:41:090:41:10

I know.

0:41:100:41:14

The Chargers had to beat the Jets

to keep their playoff hopes alive,

0:41:140:41:17

Antonio Gates still going strongly.

0:41:170:41:19

Putting them on top.

0:41:190:41:21

Powell got the Jets back in it.

0:41:210:41:25

Seven yards, then.

0:41:250:41:27

Go on, get him on the ground.

0:41:270:41:28

Melvin Gordon sealed it for LA.

0:41:280:41:31

Leaving the Chargers very

much in the AFC wild

0:41:310:41:33

card race.

0:41:330:41:38

Kansas have had a mixed

time of it recently.

0:41:380:41:40

And they took on the Miami Dolphins.

0:41:400:41:47

Alex Smith back to

the Alex Smith we saw

0:41:470:41:50

at the start of the season,

on fire, this 56 yarder...

0:41:500:41:52

He scares me in my sleep!

0:41:520:41:54

Kelsey with his eighth

touchdown of the season.

0:41:540:41:56

That put the Chiefs ten points up.

0:41:560:41:57

Get on the ground!

0:41:570:42:01

That is how you get fired!

0:42:010:42:02

You have to have a better tackle

in defense than that!

0:42:020:42:05

It was not enough and the Chiefs

wrap up the AFC West

0:42:050:42:08

and that is the end

of the road for Miami.

0:42:080:42:15

Baltimore were against Indianapolis.

0:42:150:42:21

The Ravens getting

a helping hand there.

0:42:210:42:28

Michael's second-quarter touchdown

helped them take the lead.

0:42:280:42:33

And Williams' touchdown sealed it.

0:42:330:42:34

Baltimore is getting good.

0:42:340:42:35

One win away from the playoffs.

0:42:350:42:37

The Steelers are

the big rivals to the

0:42:370:42:39

Patriots all season long.

0:42:390:42:40

And they just brushed aside.

0:42:400:42:43

That was a ten yard.

0:42:430:42:44

Look at this.

0:42:440:42:45

Play of the week.

0:42:450:42:47

And there was some

competition for that.

0:42:470:42:49

Maybe the catch of the year!

0:42:490:42:50

DeAndre Hopkins.

0:42:500:42:55

He is one of the best

at going up and competing

0:42:550:42:57

for the ball.

0:42:570:42:58

Long Beach, California!

0:42:580:43:02

Unsurprisingly, officials

in the spotlight once

0:43:020:43:07

again.

0:43:070:43:09

We saw the Jesse James touchdown

a few weeks back and more

0:43:090:43:12

touchdowns overruled

this time around.

0:43:120:43:19

We saw a Hill touchdown taken away,

Kelvin Benjamin in that bulls

0:43:190:43:22

and Patriots game,

which was a critical time

0:43:220:43:24

of the game because this would have

put the Buffalo

0:43:240:43:27

Bills ahead?

0:43:270:43:28

This is why I said this game

was close and this is a kind of

0:43:280:43:33

play that they needed and right

here I don't know what happened.

0:43:330:43:36

And I am the first guy

to say the guy didn't

0:43:360:43:38

catch it.

0:43:380:43:40

I am all about the defense

but I don't know what you were

0:43:400:43:43

seeing here to overturn this.

0:43:430:43:44

This is amazing.

0:43:440:43:45

Everything I thought

was a catch rule?

0:43:450:43:49

I don't know what I'm talking

about because of this play.

0:43:490:43:52

I don't even have anything for you.

0:43:520:43:53

I wish I could tell you definitively

what the referees are looking at to

0:43:530:43:58

say this is or is not a touchdown.

0:43:580:43:59

Some of the things

we have seen, both of

0:43:590:44:02

his feet are down.

0:44:020:44:03

The explanation they gave

was his left foot was up

0:44:030:44:06

as he gained control

and then it bobbled again.

0:44:060:44:08

Replay is meant to fix

issues, not cause more

0:44:080:44:10

confusion, and that seems to be

what is happening at the moment.

0:44:100:44:13

A rule change in the offseason

is inevitable, right?

0:44:130:44:15

Yeah, because they have got

too much time to look

0:44:150:44:17

at that screen and figure stuff out.

0:44:170:44:19

It needs to be based

upon the on field officials,

0:44:190:44:21

if they have no clue what they're

doing, then you go

0:44:210:44:24

back and analyse it.

0:44:240:44:25

The Bills are holding on,

are they going to regret

0:44:250:44:28

the deals they made in the summer?

0:44:280:44:29

Sammy Watkins and Stephane Gilmore,

they were not expecting to be

0:44:290:44:32

contenders, where they?

0:44:320:44:33

They weren't and they

are definitely going to

0:44:330:44:35

regret that.

0:44:350:44:36

But what they are going to regret

most, I will let you give

0:44:360:44:39

it to them!

0:44:390:44:40

How do you bench Taylor?

0:44:400:44:41

When it happened we looked at each

other and we thought, what is he

0:44:410:44:45

doing?

0:44:450:44:46

They are in the playoff hunt!

0:44:460:44:47

Why would you change this?

0:44:470:44:48

Right now it is coming

back to bite him.

0:44:480:44:50

You think you are

the smart Head Coach

0:44:500:44:52

and it backfires.

0:44:520:44:53

That one game is all you need.

0:44:530:44:55

And you decide to go

in a different direction.

0:44:550:44:56

Inexperience showing, I guess.

0:44:560:44:57

Making that call.

0:44:570:44:58

It could come back to haunt him,

but they are still in

0:44:580:45:01

the mix.

0:45:010:45:02

The Chiefs are definitely over

the line, they've won the AFC

0:45:020:45:05

West despite nearly

throwing it all away.

0:45:050:45:06

Unsurprisingly, Andy Reid,

the head coach, was a very happy man

0:45:060:45:09

after that victory.

0:45:090:45:10

This is Andy Reid

celebrating their victory.

0:45:100:45:12

For the first time

ever, two time, two

0:45:120:45:14

time AFC West champ.

0:45:140:45:15

CHEERING

Merry Christmas everybody.

0:45:150:45:16

Is he the head coach that

would look most like

0:45:160:45:18

Santa without any make-up

costing did you think?

0:45:180:45:22

All he had to do literally

was just put on that beard

0:45:220:45:25

and the red thing

and his Santa Claus.

0:45:250:45:28

With the Bryan brothers out

of the NFL is definitely at the

0:45:280:45:31

front.

0:45:310:45:32

Since he gave up offensive play

calling a month or so ago,

0:45:320:45:35

they've been right back

on track, haven't they?

0:45:350:45:45

Yeah, they started

running the ball again.

0:45:450:45:47

He stopped, gave up play

calling, stopped being

0:45:470:45:49

all fancy and trying to be oriented

around the past game.

0:45:490:45:51

They started running

the ball, that's what made

0:45:510:45:53

them effective at the

beginning of the year.

0:45:530:45:55

One more big story

from the last week.

0:45:550:45:57

James Harrison, erstwhile

veteran, it spoke Steelers

0:45:570:45:59

legendary player, coming

to the end of his career.

0:45:590:46:01

Haven't seen much

action this season.

0:46:010:46:02

His left the Steelers,

they let him go.

0:46:020:46:04

Where has he ended up?

0:46:040:46:14

New England Patriots.

0:46:140:46:15

Of course.

0:46:150:46:16

We called this, right?

0:46:160:46:17

We knew this was going to happen.

0:46:170:46:19

This was his Instagram feed.

0:46:190:46:22

Interesting, JuJu Smith-Schuster

seems to have liked

0:46:220:46:23

the picture.

0:46:230:46:24

Not sure what that tells us.

0:46:240:46:26

Genius from Belichick once again.

0:46:260:46:27

When he was asked about Harrison's

career, "Good" is what he

0:46:270:46:30

said.

0:46:300:46:37

Yeah.

0:46:370:46:39

That means a lot, coming

from him it means a lot.

0:46:390:46:41

Is that going to come

back to haunt him do

0:46:410:46:44

you think?

0:46:440:46:45

Letting him go?

0:46:450:46:46

I don't think so,

I think, Harrison has

0:46:460:46:48

obviously had a fantastic football

career, but he's coming to the end

0:46:480:46:50

of his career.

0:46:500:46:51

He only played 40

snaps his entire year.

0:46:510:46:53

For a pass rusher...

0:46:530:46:54

Pass rushers are at

a premium in the NFL.

0:46:540:46:56

I don't think he's going to hold up.

0:46:560:46:58

I think it just might.

0:46:580:47:00

With one week to go,

all the divisional champions are

0:47:000:47:02

confirmed in the AFC,

we have just the wild

0:47:020:47:04

card spots to lockdown.

0:47:040:47:14

Currently Baltimore called the fifth

seed and Tennessee the sixth.

0:47:160:47:18

LA Chargers and Buffalo

will be keeping

0:47:180:47:20

a close eye on the Jacksonville game

in Tennessee where a loss for the

0:47:200:47:23

Titans could open up

some opportunities.

0:47:230:47:24

Baltimore simply need to win

at home to Cincinnati to

0:47:240:47:27

secure their post-season place.

0:47:270:47:28

New England and Pittsburgh

are confirmed

0:47:280:47:29

as the top two seeds,

there should be some movement

0:47:290:47:32

as to who secures home-field

advantage but New England

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would have to lose

to the Jets for that

0:47:340:47:36

to happen and that's not

going

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to happen.

0:47:370:47:39

The divisional title is up for grabs

here in the south, New

0:47:390:47:41

Orleans need to win in Tampa

to secure the division.

0:47:410:47:44

Behind them, Advanta

needs to beat Carolina to

0:47:440:47:46

cement their playoff place,

which would see three

0:47:460:47:48

teams from the south

through to the post-season.

0:47:480:47:50

Should I plan to lose,

Seattle have a chance

0:47:500:47:52

to sneak in through the back door

if they beat Arizona at home.

0:47:520:47:55

The playoffs start

over the weekend of

0:47:550:47:56

January 6-7th.

0:47:560:47:58

If we went tomorrow, New England-

Pittsburgh would be

0:47:580:48:00

sitting back as Tennessee face

Jacksonville and Baltimore head to

0:48:000:48:02

Kansas City in wild card weekend.

0:48:020:48:04

In the NFC, Philadelphia

and Minnesota

0:48:040:48:05

would have the week off and Atlanta

head to the LA Rams and Carolina

0:48:050:48:08

head to New Orleans.

0:48:080:48:09

Quick reminder we have

the NFL show again this

0:48:090:48:11

Saturday from 11:55pm on BBC One,

right after Match of the Day.

0:48:110:48:14

You can also catch

everything on the iPlayer.

0:48:140:48:16

I'm afraid that's all from us

to night, many thanks to Jason

0:48:160:48:19

and Osi, good to see you guys.

0:48:190:48:21

This time next week

we'll know precisely

0:48:210:48:22

which 12 teams have

made the playoffs.

0:48:220:48:24

Still plenty more to play for.

0:48:240:48:29

Good night.

0:48:290:48:30

Count from one to 12.

0:48:300:48:31

12 days of Christmas,

the 12 teams in the playoffs.

0:48:310:48:34

The high numbers are

known, the high rollers

0:48:340:48:36

are class acts.

0:48:360:48:37

Down in the double figures,

the scramble, the scrap

0:48:370:48:39

goes on.

0:48:390:48:40

Class act with flaws.

0:48:400:48:41

Pure drama to the very end.

0:48:410:48:43

Keeping the flame of hope

alive in the teeth of

0:48:430:48:46

the storm.

0:48:460:48:50

Dream on.

0:48:500:48:52

Only in the NFL.

0:48:520:49:00

Nat Coombs, two-time Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora and former NFL corner Jason Bell run through extended highlights from the festive period of NFL action. With the twelve playoff teams soon to be decided, it is make or break for teams across the AFC and NFC divisions. The pick of the games comes from Green Bay where the four-time Super Bowl winners take on their bitter divisional rivals Minnesota.