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Episode 17

Mark Chapman, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell with highlights of the clash between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers, with top spot in the AFC up for grabs.


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Hello, and welcome to this Christmas

edition of The NFL Show.

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My choristers this evening are Jason

"Jingle" Bell and OC

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"Nutcracker" Umenyiora.

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You are looking great!

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Like any other Christmas party I'm

sure we will end the show

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with name-calling and squabbling,

but first we are all getting

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on with each other so I have

presents for you both!

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Wow!

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Yeah, Jason...

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OK, do I really open this?

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That's the idea, it would be

a rubbish start to the show

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if I gave you them and you open

them in private!

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OK...

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LAUGHTER

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Wow!

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Ballin'!

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A Ballin' Blake Bortles cushion...

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My man!

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He is ballin'!

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He is your man!

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Really?

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No way!

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I like this, I do!

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Good!

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I'm not sure the gratitude

is going to be quite

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the same from this one...

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He can sit right there.

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It feels heavy, though.

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I like that!

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I like that, man.

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Plenty of words of wisdom.

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But this is fresh!

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Lets see what you've got

for me, Mark Chapman...

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Let's see what we've got...

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See what it is?

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Oh, gosh!

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It is Tom Brady's book.

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LAUGHTER

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Look at that face!

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What does it say in

the bottom left-hand corner?

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It doesn't even matter what it says.

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What does it say on the bottom

left-hand corner?

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"How To achieve a lifetime

of sustained peak

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performance with Tom Brady".

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Yes, it's designed to help

the ageing athlete still...

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Really?

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Really?!

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..Still stay fit

mentally and physically!

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Yeah, happy?

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Yes, OK, thank you.

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Over the course of the next...

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You know you are going

to pay for this, right?

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You are going to pay for this!

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Over the course of the next few

weeks, we will discover some

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of the tips in there.

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We will see if it will help you!

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Right, on with the show.

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One happier than the other...

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Tonight, we will bring you the best

of the last week of action.

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We will be redefining

the word "Catch".

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Next week there are those fixtures

to look at and one of these two

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will be enjoying a 50

press up forfeit.

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Oh, dude...

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What more do you want to do?

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This is the best job in the world!

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Do you guys get

nervous before games?

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I get the butterflies going.

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Man.

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You?

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Terrible!

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Do you get nervous?

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Hell, no!

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Well, this is penultimate weekend

of the regular season

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which means in eight days' time

we will know which 12 teams

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will be in the playoffs,

and therefore still in the running

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for the Super Bowl.

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To get to those playoffs you either

need to win in your division

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or sneak into one of the two wild

card spots of your conference

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by having one of the best

win loss records.

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There's no better example

of this playoff race then

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what is going on in the NFC West.

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The LA Rams travel to Seattle

to play the Seahawks,

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hoping to shore up that top spot

and therefore automatic

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qualification.

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As far as the Seahawks

are concerned, they were in danger

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of getting a lump of coal

in their stocking!

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COMMENTATOR: If you do not sneak it

right away, here with Gough,

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you come right at him with Gurley...

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That is what they do!

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Gurley!

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Touchdown!

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You will see an easy wedge here

by the offensive line, look at that.

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Sullivan, 65.

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Brown, 68, they create great space.

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And he manages what they do!

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Touchdown!

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And he manages to waltz in.

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Gurley, again and again.

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Touchdown, number 15!

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It is a dominating first half

for the Los Angeles Rams.

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Todd Gurley making things happen,

even if he does not get great

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blocks, they've got a nice

combination and an excellent

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mesh of offensive line

and running back right now.

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This has been impressive.

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You do not see Seattle

at home in December getting

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manhandled like this...

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Here is Wilson...

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Quinn coming in...

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He dropped the football!

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It is loose.

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The LA Rams have it!

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Watch Quinn here.

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Playing as outside linebacker,

coming off the edge.

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It gets to Wayne Brown.

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It gets up the field

and forces play.

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Gough will throw it.

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Wide open, touchdown!

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It is Woods.

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Watch him come out.

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They come quickly to

the line of scrimmage.

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Two here, three here,

and Gough has his pick.

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Third and 25, I'm not

sure what you could call

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here against a Rams defense that

has been stout.

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A four man rush...

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Wilson, in trouble.

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Wilson is going to tuck it and run.

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Throwing over the line.

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He is just trying to make something

happen, you nailed it right away.

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Over the line of scrimmage.

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He has clearly passed

it as he lets it go.

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Look at the official right there.

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Right on it.

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REFEREE:

An illegal forward pass,

a offense number three

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was beyond the line

when he threw the ball.

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A 5-yard penalty from the spot

of the foul and the loss.

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They need to take away

and stop these Rams.

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37 seconds to go in the half.

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Third & 20 now.

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Running to Todd Gurley...

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He has a monster hold.

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Todd Gurley, all the way!

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57 yards on third & 20.

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Remember, they love

to run to the left side.

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Look at that job by Sullivan, 65.

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Look downfield here.

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Whitworth 77 made great play

but Rodger Saffold had got

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downfield with a key block,

as did Sullivan.

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But that call was not designed

to go to the end zone,

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that was a call for third down

to set up a punt and end up

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breaking the whole thing,

and getting a touchdown.

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Third down and ten.

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Around the backfield,

Gurley is going walking!

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Todd Gurley with his

fourth touchdown today.

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It is 40-0.

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And throw, step in...

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End zone!

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He gets the touchdown.

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Luke Willson, and Seattle

is off the board!

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Russell Wilson making it happen,

trying to inspire his team to show

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some fight here before this

one is over.

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As bad as this is looking

for Seattle, the reality

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is their chances to make

the playoffs have taken a hit

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but they have a shot here.

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There is a late flag.

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I wonder if it is a safety here?

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REFEREE:

A foul occurred

in the end zone, first safety.

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If that doesn't fit exactly what has

gone on today for Seattle,

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I don't know what does.

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That is the bottom line.

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An impressive win for the LA Rams.

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42-7, for the Seahawks to take

control in the NFC West here today.

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STUDIO: Well, it is difficult

to think of a more defining

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performance, really,

in a season than that.

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Really making a statement, the Rams?

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No question about that,

the LA Rams put their foot

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on the neck of the Seattle Seahawks

with an outstanding performance.

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They dominated every facet

of the football game.

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It's impressive to see a young

team perform this way

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when it really counted.

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Does that lay a marker down

for the coming seasons

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as well as this one?

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Or do you only focus

on what is happening this season?

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No, when it comes to the divisional

games you always have

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to think of the next year,

and how the division is shaping up.

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It's going to be an

interesting division.

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You have great quarterback play

and these people need

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to continue to face each other.

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They do not forget

a beating like that!

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98% chance of winning

the division, now.

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You wouldn't put it anything...

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Nothing is going to stop

them doing that, surely?

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When playing like that,

nothing is going to stop them.

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They have the entire package.

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Offense, defense, special teams,

great coaching, every single thing

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you would want from a football team,

the Los Angeles Rams have it.

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I'm trying to focus

but this picture here...

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LAUGHTER

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It is killing me!

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You can't focus?

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I can't focus!

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If we had to put a Rams player

on there, should we go Jared Goff,

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Donald, Todd Gurley?

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Todd Gurley has been,

to use the term...

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Ballin', hasn't he?

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You would have to go

with Donald, wouldn't you?

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Of course I am, because I am

a defensive player, but this guy

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is the most special football player

on that team.

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Why?

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Well, he does everything.

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He missed the first couple

of weeks and he came back

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like nothing happened.

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They are talking about this guy

as being the defensive MVP

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because of what he does.

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He makes impact plays

in the run and in the past,

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special football player.

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I would have to agree with that.

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But, Todd Gurley, man.

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He is special right now.

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You can see what Sean

McVay is doing for him.

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It's like he trusts

the play calling.

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Not like we saw last year.

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He knows those holes will be

there and they will be open.

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If you go delving on the Internet

at the moment you can find

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American football-based

Christmas cracker jokes.

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You look delighted!

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Show us what you've got!

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One of them is "What does

Todd Gurley and a magician

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have in common?"

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All right.

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"They both do hat tricks".

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OK.

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OK.

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Cool, cool, cool.

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LAUGHTER Umm...

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"Why don't the Cleveland

Browns have a website?"

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Ooh...

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"They can't string

three Ws together."

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That's, that's...

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That is so mean, man.

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Why are you guys so mean?

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That sucks!

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Third time lucky coming up!

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"What do you call 53

millionaires around a TV

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watching the Super Bowl?"

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"The New York Giant".

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Ooh!

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LAUGHTER Yes?

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Yay!

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There we go.

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You might be ballin' now!

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You might be!

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Do I need to take this off?

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One final thing on the Rams.

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A lot of other teams have lost

a crucial player at some point

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in the season due to injury.

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It doesn't feel, you might

correct me, it doesn't feel that has

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really happened with the Rams

so that must be a benefit for them.

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How far do you think

they could go in the playoffs?

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Health is wealth, and as long

as this team keeps healthy

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and all of the other teams keep

on losing players in

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the ways that we have seen,

the Los Angeles Rams can go

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all the way to the Super Bowl.

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Will that happen?

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I don't think so but it could happen

if they stay healthy.

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I don't think they will

beat the Vikings...

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Of course!

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I don't think they can

because the Vikings will attack

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the quarterback and they will

shut that down...

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It's a whole other

conversation, Osi!

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But ultimately, like Osi says,

later on in the year,

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it's all about being healthy, right?

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And they've had that luck.

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And the Vikings are his friends!

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Getting into the playoffs is one

thing but it isn't the whole story.

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Once in, teams get seeded

by their win loss record.

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The top two escape the first

round of playoffs while the other

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four battle it out and the top seed

overall will get the home advantage

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all the way to the Super Bowl.

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Seeding matters, and that is why

the AFC matchup between

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the New England Patriots

and the Pittsburgh Steelers had such

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significance, but not only that -

we had our first gentleman's wager

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last week as to who

would win the game.

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The forfeit?

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50 press ups!

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Osi chose the Patriots,

Jason picked the Steelers.

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If only Tom Brady and Big Ben had

known what was really on the line?

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We will join the game

with two minutes left

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in the fourth quarter...

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New England had the

ball with Tom Brady.

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They are trailing by five

points at this stage.

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He finds Rob Gronkowski

for a 26 yard game.

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Then, immediately, the two

of them pair up and do

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exactly the same thing.

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Brady to Gronkowski

for a 26 yard game.

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In fact, with both of these

quarterbacks, Jason,

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you know that they can manage drives

going deep into the

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fourth, don't you?

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Two of the best, that is

what makes them dangerous.

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Whenever they have the ball in hand,

they can make plays happen

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and you see that going

down right now!

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I mean, that is an amazing catch.

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Even if you were a small man, Osi.

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But Gronkowski is massive!

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So, that one was for 17 yards.

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They match up a third time, and then

they switched to the run game.

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Dion Lewis goes in,

from eight yards.

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It gives them a 25-24 lead and now

they need to go for two points,

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rather than just the point after,

so if Pittsburgh got a field goal,

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it would tie the game.

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Exactly.

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This is what a really good

Head Coach, well actually,

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all Head Coaches in the NFL

would make that call and Rob

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Gronkowski got it done for them.

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Sean Davis is having

a tough, tough day!

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Look at the celebration!

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That left Big Ben 52

seconds on the clock to try

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and get this win for Pittsburgh.

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He finds Smith-Schuster

for 69 yards, another

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example that we have seen.

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We have seen a few recently, Jason,

of people getting way down

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the sideline and not being put out?

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It shows such a lack

of awareness by defenders.

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They know the sideline

is there but they are not closing

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out players and trying

to avoid penalties.

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69 yards.

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It gets them to the 10-yard line.

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Look at his face!

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I would have made the phone

call by then, Mark!

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LAUGHTER

call by then, Mark!

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Yeah, you don't see that face

in his book, I tell you!

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It's all smiles in that book!

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Anyhow, so, Big Ben

finds Jesse James.

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Everybody thinks that

is the go-ahead score.

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However, they review,

as they do, every touchdown.

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They judge that he didn't

complete the catch, Osi.

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As we talked about a lot

on Tuesday night as well,

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because the ball hits the ground.

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It does hit the ground.

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You see his elbow hit the ground,

he did not have full

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control over the football.

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It hit the ground.

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No way is that a catch.

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So, that is the rule.

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They are devastated.

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Just under 30 seconds on the clock.

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Roethlisberger hits

Darrius Heyward-Bey.

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They are just three yards.

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The clock is winding down.

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They are out of time-outs.

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So, you could spike it and kick

a field goal to tie the game.

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What they actually do

is fake the spike...

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Fake a spike...

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..To try and confuse the Patriots.

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They go for the throw

and he throws the interception!

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Ended up confusing themselves!

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Ooh!

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Let's see what you've

got there, J Bell!

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Do you think they

confuse themselves?

0:13:500:13:52

I think so.

0:13:520:13:53

He actually wanted to go

in but he said he heard the call

0:13:530:13:56

coming in from the sideline.

0:13:560:13:57

"Don't spike it, don't spike it".

0:13:570:13:59

So now...

0:13:590:14:00

I hate this!

0:14:000:14:01

..They had to go and make a throw,

they were not prepared for that

0:14:010:14:04

throw and it resulted

in an interception.

0:14:040:14:06

This sucks!

0:14:060:14:07

Mike Tomlin said that they played

to win, and that is why

0:14:070:14:10

they did what they did.

0:14:100:14:11

Do you find that admirable?

0:14:110:14:12

Well, absolutely.

0:14:120:14:13

In a game like this,

you never know when you are going

0:14:130:14:16

to see these guys again.

0:14:160:14:17

You always have to go

for the jugular.

0:14:170:14:19

The Pittsburgh Steelers went for it,

they did not play for the tie,

0:14:190:14:22

they went for the win.

0:14:220:14:24

It ended up costing them the game.

0:14:240:14:25

And if we go back over

this catch, then...

0:14:250:14:27

Forget about your friend down here!

0:14:270:14:29

Take it first time.

0:14:290:14:30

Yeah, well, it's complicated.

0:14:300:14:31

It needs a lot of discussing,

really, to be honest with you.

0:14:310:14:34

Umm...

0:14:340:14:35

The anger must come

from Pittsburgh fans, or...

0:14:350:14:37

What are you doing?

0:14:370:14:38

Was that 50?

0:14:380:14:39

LAUGHTER Hang on, hang on,

where is the pause?

0:14:390:14:41

That was 50.

0:14:410:14:42

Was it?

0:14:420:14:43

Yeah.

0:14:430:14:44

Didn't notice myself!

0:14:440:14:45

So, the anger comes more

at the rule, doesn't it, rather

0:14:450:14:48

than the individuals involved?

0:14:480:14:49

They say don't hate

the player, hate the game!

0:14:490:14:51

Or, if you are going to hate

the game, I mean, the rule states

0:14:510:14:54

that you've got to maintain control

all the way through.

0:14:540:14:57

He did not do that.

0:14:570:14:58

He dropped the ball,

I mean, it's not a catch.

0:14:580:15:00

But he catches it first of all!

0:15:000:15:02

And brings it in.

0:15:020:15:03

My chest is sore right now.

0:15:030:15:04

I can't really...

0:15:040:15:06

I don't know.

0:15:060:15:07

Why, what have you been doing?

0:15:070:15:08

I've been down here working out,

trying to get strong,

0:15:080:15:10

you know, for the holidays.

0:15:100:15:12

Let me ask you, there.

0:15:120:15:13

He catches it originally?

0:15:130:15:15

Yeah, he caught it but he has

two maintain possession

0:15:150:15:17

all the way through.

0:15:170:15:19

His elbow hit the ground,

he lost possession.

0:15:190:15:23

Are you happy with that as a rule?

0:15:230:15:25

I'm not happy with that

but I'm happy it happened

0:15:250:15:28

in this particular game,

because otherwise I would

0:15:280:15:29

have been the one down

on the floor doing push-ups!

0:15:290:15:32

So I'm very happy with that.

0:15:320:15:33

When you were watching that at home,

you were dancing around the room!

0:15:330:15:36

Oh, I was so excited, man.

0:15:360:15:38

I was sick!

0:15:380:15:39

I'm guessing that you think

that the rule is an ass?

0:15:390:15:42

Oh, man.

0:15:420:15:43

We need to re-look at everything

in the NFL rule book!

0:15:430:15:45

Right, it's time now for a round-up

of what else happened in week 15...

0:15:450:15:50

Don't let them down!

0:15:510:16:01

The LA Chargers at

the Kansas City Chiefs.

0:16:020:16:06

This to take control

of the AFC West, not

0:16:060:16:08

the easiest day for Rivers...

0:16:080:16:09

Intercepted by Marcus Peters.

0:16:090:16:12

Philip Rivers has

thrown three pics...

0:16:120:16:14

You got two!

0:16:140:16:15

You got two by yourself!

0:16:150:16:17

Hey, let's get out and play.

0:16:170:16:19

Alex Smith, though,

finding his H-men - Hill and Hunt.

0:16:190:16:24

Touchdown!

0:16:240:16:25

Kansas City!

0:16:250:16:35

The Chiefs still top

of the AFC West.

0:16:350:16:37

The Green Bay Packers

and the Carolina Panthers.

0:16:370:16:39

The Packers chasing

a wild card spot.

0:16:390:16:40

The Panthers chasing that, too.

0:16:400:16:42

Or, the divisional title.

0:16:420:16:43

Aaron Rodgers, his collarbone

not perfect, but back.

0:16:430:16:45

The old master against Cam Newton.

0:16:450:16:49

We got them right

where we want them.

0:16:490:16:51

The Panthers now ten and four.

0:16:510:16:55

The Tennessee Titans

at the San Francisco 49ers.

0:16:550:16:57

The 49ers on a little roll...

0:16:570:17:04

Six out of six on the day,

three out of three for the 49ers.

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We finished there, man.

0:17:100:17:11

We finished!

0:17:110:17:13

The Dallas Cowboys at

the Oakland Raiders.

0:17:130:17:17

The scramble to be a wild card

as close as a sheet of paper.

0:17:170:17:23

As close as a Derek Carr

plunge for the pylon.

0:17:230:17:27

The Philadelphia Eagles

at the New York Giants.

0:17:270:17:31

Nick Foles in at quarterback

for the injured for

0:17:310:17:34

the injured Carson Wentz.

0:17:340:17:37

Standard-bearers all

season of excellence.

0:17:370:17:39

Caught up in the fury

of the old NFC East derby.

0:17:390:17:46

The Atlanta Falcons

at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

0:17:460:17:50

The Buccaneers the one team

in the NFC South that

0:17:500:17:52

cannot make the playoffs.

0:17:520:17:54

Devonta Freeman, outstanding

for the Falcons...

0:17:540:17:58

And he took out the sound guy...

0:17:580:18:02

Ooh!

0:18:020:18:03

Patrick Murray with his

chance to tie the scores.

0:18:030:18:05

It's got the leg.

0:18:050:18:06

It's got the leg!

0:18:060:18:08

It is...

0:18:080:18:09

No good!

0:18:090:18:13

And here are some of the other

notable results from week 15.

0:18:130:18:23

Detroit, Buffalo, and Baltimore

still hanging in the playoff race,

0:18:300:18:33

with important wins.

0:18:330:18:34

Minnesota clinging to the division

by beating Cincinnati.

0:18:340:18:36

What?

0:18:360:18:37

Yeah yeah!

0:18:370:18:38

Yeah yeah!

0:18:380:18:39

New Orleans continuing to make

the NFC South so competitive,

0:18:390:18:41

a big win against the Jets but not

as big as Jacksonville

0:18:410:18:44

who thrashed Houston by 45-7.

0:18:440:18:45

Let's have a look at the AFC here.

0:18:450:18:47

And the standings.

0:18:470:18:50

The New England Patriots

and the Pittsburgh Steelers have

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taken their divisions.

0:18:520:18:53

Jacksonville have guaranteed

themselves a playoff

0:18:530:18:55

spot too in the South.

0:18:550:19:01

It is still very tight in the AFC

West, the Kansas City Chiefs

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got that important win

over the Chargers.

0:19:040:19:07

That means those are the four

divisional winners, as things stand.

0:19:070:19:10

Tennessee and Buffalo

in the playoffs but it is tight.

0:19:100:19:14

Baltimore are very close to getting

in there and still come

0:19:140:19:16

at the moment, the Chargers,

the Raiders and the Dolphins

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are not out of it yet.

0:19:190:19:22

That was a vital win for the Chiefs,

wasn't it, over the Chargers.

0:19:220:19:25

Not many predicted it?

0:19:250:19:26

Yeah, not this guy you

are talking to, either!

0:19:260:19:29

They've really found a way

to turn things around.

0:19:290:19:31

You thought they were going

in the wrong direction

0:19:310:19:34

but they bounced back,

they made some adjustments.

0:19:340:19:35

That was a huge win for them.

0:19:350:19:37

Coaching, coaching, coaching.

0:19:370:19:38

I keep on saying this.

0:19:380:19:40

When you have a superior coach

in the National Football League,

0:19:400:19:43

he's going to be able to overcome.

0:19:430:19:45

Especially later on in the season,

when the going really gets tough

0:19:450:19:47

and Andy Reid is a superior coach.

0:19:470:19:49

Now, more than ever,

it's really important to look

0:19:490:19:53

at the fixtures coming up for both

sets of teams, really, in this race.

0:19:530:19:56

The Chiefs have Miami at home,

and then they go to Denver.

0:19:560:20:00

The Chargers go to the Jets,

and then they welcome Oakland.

0:20:000:20:04

You'd see both teams winning

both games, would you?

0:20:040:20:07

It depends, it depends

on which Jay Cutler shows up

0:20:070:20:09

for the Miami Dolphins, man.

0:20:090:20:12

The thing that goes skibbidy bop,

or the one who cannot

0:20:120:20:14

make a complete pass!

0:20:140:20:16

It all depends on which

Jay Cutler shows up.

0:20:160:20:18

Hang on...

0:20:180:20:19

"Why can't Jay Cutler

used the phone?"

0:20:190:20:21

Why?

0:20:210:20:23

"Because he can't

find the receiver!".

0:20:230:20:24

Now...

0:20:240:20:25

Admittedly...

0:20:250:20:26

I like that one!

0:20:260:20:27

That was kind of a 1980s joke, as...

0:20:270:20:29

You know.

0:20:290:20:30

Who uses receivers?

0:20:300:20:31

Who uses receivers now?

0:20:310:20:32

But that's another cracker joke!

0:20:320:20:34

So it does depend on which

Jay Cutler turns up.

0:20:340:20:36

It definitely depends on that, man.

0:20:360:20:37

But the Kansas City Chiefs

absolutely have the ability

0:20:370:20:40

to run the table here.

0:20:400:20:41

Have a word on Jacksonville, then,

who will be in the playoffs.

0:20:410:20:44

And how the much maligned

Blake Bortles has turned things

0:20:440:20:46

round, really, this month.

0:20:460:20:49

We spoken all season about what

a great defense Jacksonville have,

0:20:490:20:52

but he is getting them points?

0:20:520:20:54

You've man a lot of credit, right?

0:20:540:20:56

He is ballin', and the reason is

he didn't give up on himself, right?

0:20:560:20:59

He was the focal point of,

this guy has to play well

0:20:590:21:02

for us to have success.

0:21:020:21:04

He didn't let it get to him.

0:21:040:21:05

He got his skill set together

within the confines of the team.

0:21:050:21:08

He is playing well.

0:21:080:21:09

Tennessee still have to play

the Rams and they still had

0:21:090:21:12

to play Jacksonville.

0:21:120:21:13

Buffalo, also in that playoff race,

have to play New England and Miami,

0:21:130:21:18

whereas Baltimore, the other team

in this mix, really have

0:21:180:21:20

Indianapolis and Cincinnati.

0:21:200:21:21

Baltimore have the easiest run.

0:21:210:21:23

No question about that.

0:21:230:21:24

Indianapolis is going to lay

down and Cincinnati

0:21:240:21:26

is a shell of themselves.

0:21:260:21:29

They absolutely, Baltimore

is going to be the team

0:21:290:21:31

that is going to be able to get in.

0:21:310:21:33

Given their strength this schedule.

0:21:330:21:35

Let me show you the NFC standings

after the results from this week.

0:21:350:21:39

Philadelphia and Minnesota have

clinched their divisions.

0:21:390:21:44

Confirmation, if any were needed,

of just how tight the NFC South is.

0:21:440:21:47

The Saints and the

Panthers, ten and four.

0:21:470:21:49

The Falcons, nine and five.

0:21:490:21:52

In the West, the Rams have that two

game gap after thrashing

0:21:520:21:55

the Seattle Seahawks.

0:21:550:21:57

As far as the playoffs

are concerned, Philadelphia,

0:21:570:21:59

Minnesota, the Rams and the Saints,

as things stand, are

0:21:590:22:02

divisional winners.

0:22:020:22:03

The Panthers and the Falcons

are the wild cards, with the Lions,

0:22:030:22:07

the Seahawks and the Cowboys

still very much in the hunt.

0:22:070:22:12

Was that a statement win

for the Panthers over Green Bay?

0:22:120:22:15

Without a doubt.

0:22:150:22:17

Now, Aaron Rodgers wasn't himself,

but that is no excuse.

0:22:170:22:19

I was talking to Osi

about this earlier.

0:22:190:22:22

Man, they look scary!

0:22:220:22:23

Carolina looks really

scary right now.

0:22:230:22:27

They play as Cam Newton goes

and he is playing very well by now.

0:22:270:22:30

Defensively, they are outstanding.

0:22:300:22:31

Cam Newton, running the football

and finding it easy.

0:22:310:22:33

Christian McCaffrey,

these guys are making plays

0:22:330:22:35

all over the football field.

0:22:350:22:37

They look to be a really

dangerous football team

0:22:370:22:39

going into the playoffs.

0:22:390:22:41

Does too much depend on the mood

and the form that Cam is in,

0:22:410:22:44

or could you say that

about most teams?

0:22:440:22:47

Like you just said,

about their quarterback,

0:22:470:22:54

you can say that about most teams

but the way that Carolina is built,

0:22:540:22:58

if they are able to continue to run

the ball and play defense,

0:22:580:23:01

they are going to be in every single

game that they play.

0:23:010:23:04

That was an important win

for Minnesota as well?

0:23:040:23:06

Yes.

0:23:060:23:07

Yes.

0:23:070:23:08

Minnesota needed that.

0:23:080:23:09

Speaking of Minnesota...

0:23:090:23:10

Ooh?

0:23:100:23:11

I have something for you, man.

0:23:110:23:12

What's that, bro?

0:23:120:23:13

Well, you're a Minnesota guy...

0:23:130:23:15

And I wanted to give

you something, man.

0:23:150:23:17

Check that out.

0:23:170:23:18

Is this really going down?

0:23:180:23:19

Yeah.

0:23:190:23:20

I think we may have

got two for one...

0:23:200:23:22

LAUGHTER A Case Keenum

"Goat" cushion!

0:23:220:23:23

There you go!

0:23:230:23:25

Man, I feel very

comfortable over here!

0:23:250:23:26

That's all I'm saying!

0:23:260:23:27

Cincinnati are struggling.

0:23:270:23:28

And they are really out of form.

0:23:280:23:31

Going back to the point,

it should not take anything away

0:23:310:23:33

from them bouncing back?

0:23:330:23:34

No, they are playing well.

0:23:340:23:36

They are the most

balanced team in the NFC.

0:23:360:23:38

I don't think anyone can beat them.

0:23:380:23:42

They have great players on every

level of their team.

0:23:420:23:45

Look how happy he is, with his

cushions either side of him!

0:23:450:23:48

After those push-ups...

0:23:480:23:49

Let's just show you the fixtures

that are coming up over

0:23:490:23:52

the course of this week.

0:23:520:23:53

The week 16 fixtures.

0:23:530:23:54

We will try and pick

a few out for you.

0:23:540:23:57

As I say, Minnesota have clinched

the division and Green Bay are out.

0:23:570:24:00

There's nothing on that fixture.

0:24:000:24:01

Some really interesting ones around.

0:24:010:24:04

Take the divisional match-ups

lower down that page.

0:24:040:24:08

The Buccaneers at the Panthers,

but the Falcons at the Saints.

0:24:080:24:12

The reverse fixture of the one that

we were at a couple of weeks ago.

0:24:120:24:15

That's the game, right?

0:24:150:24:16

I'm not betting you either, Osi,

but that is the game

0:24:160:24:19

that is going to be the battle.

0:24:190:24:20

Everybody better tune in.

0:24:200:24:21

OK, shall I ask him how

he sees it going first?

0:24:210:24:24

Please, please start with him.

0:24:240:24:25

OK.

0:24:250:24:26

How do you see that one going?

0:24:260:24:28

The Atlanta Falcons have just

defeated the New Orleans Saints.

0:24:280:24:31

I do not think the Falcons will be

able to go into New Orleans,

0:24:310:24:34

which we like to call

the Bermuda Triangle,

0:24:340:24:36

and win a game in New Orleans.

0:24:360:24:38

I don't see it.

0:24:380:24:39

I want them to win but I don't think

that is going to happen.

0:24:390:24:48

I wanted a chance to beat him

in a bet but I agree with him.

0:24:480:24:51

I would have went in

this direction anyway.

0:24:510:24:53

So, you'll go for the Saints?

0:24:530:24:55

Some other big games

around in week 16...

0:24:550:24:56

Let's have a look at

a couple of them here.

0:24:560:24:59

The Seahawks are at the Cowboys.

0:24:590:25:00

Whoever loses that is out

of the playoff race.

0:25:000:25:02

Do you want me to go to him first?

0:25:020:25:05

I will jump off the deep end.

0:25:050:25:06

I'm going with Dallas.

0:25:060:25:08

The Seahawks are a shell

of themselves right now.

0:25:080:25:10

Too many injuries on defense.

0:25:100:25:11

I don't see it.

0:25:110:25:12

And psychologically,

that pummelling against the Rams has

0:25:120:25:14

surely got to have an effect?

0:25:140:25:15

It has.

0:25:150:25:16

If they had their regular players

I would say that they would bounce

0:25:160:25:19

back but they got some weaknesses.

0:25:190:25:21

We saw some conversations back

and forth between two

0:25:210:25:23

of their defensive players that

lets me know that there is some

0:25:230:25:26

chitter chatter in the locker room.

0:25:260:25:28

Definitely going with

the Seattle Seahawks.

0:25:280:25:29

The Dallas Cowboys have

been playing well.

0:25:290:25:31

They have, no question of that.

0:25:310:25:32

But going off the Seattle Seahawks,

getting throttled the way they did,

0:25:320:25:36

I think they are going to come out

with a bunch of intensity.

0:25:360:25:39

They are going to go

and try and win this game.

0:25:390:25:42

Because if they do win,

they have a chance to

0:25:420:25:44

get to the playoffs.

0:25:440:25:45

They can stop the run?

0:25:450:25:46

I think they are going

to win this game.

0:25:460:25:48

Oh, my God!

0:25:480:25:50

Do you want another 25?

0:25:500:25:51

My chest is sore.

0:25:510:25:52

I'm chilling out.

0:25:520:25:54

That's what I thought.

0:25:540:25:55

Do you want to change your mind?

0:25:550:25:57

No, I'm sticking with it.

0:25:570:25:58

All right.

0:25:580:25:59

Another interesting one.

0:25:590:26:00

The 49ers are completely out

of it but Jacksonville

0:26:000:26:02

are playing the 49ers.

0:26:020:26:03

They are on a very good run.

0:26:030:26:05

You kind of think this must be

the worst time to be

0:26:050:26:07

taking on San Francisco?

0:26:070:26:09

No, not...

0:26:090:26:11

Listen, I love Jimmy,

I love what he's done.

0:26:110:26:15

He is playing outstanding in that

position but the Jacksonville

0:26:150:26:18

Jaguars are just too tough.

0:26:180:26:22

On defense, the defensive line,

secondary, linebackers,

0:26:220:26:24

and Blake Bortles...

0:26:240:26:25

Ballin'!

0:26:250:26:27

I mean, I just don't see

that the 49ers are going to be

0:26:270:26:30

able to overcome that.

0:26:300:26:31

I agree, but we are going to get

a chance to see Jimmy G

0:26:310:26:34

and what he can really do.

0:26:340:26:36

It's great for the 49ers

organisation to really check him out

0:26:360:26:38

as a top-level defense.

0:26:380:26:45

against a top-level defense.

0:26:450:26:46

At this time next year,

if we are still on...

0:26:460:26:48

LAUGHTER You never know!

0:26:480:26:49

Do you think you'll be

wanting a Jimmy G cushion?

0:26:490:26:51

Man, I'm all about Jimmy G!

0:26:510:26:53

His name is Jimmy G!

0:26:530:26:54

Like, that is fresh.

0:26:540:26:55

That's a fair point.

0:26:550:26:56

Yeah.

0:26:560:26:57

That's a fair point.

0:26:570:26:58

We've put the order in already!

0:26:580:27:00

Right, here are some of the highs

and lows from this week...

0:27:000:27:03

This was the best site of the week.

0:27:030:27:05

Steelers's Ryan Shazier back

at Heinz Field in good spirits,

0:27:050:27:07

after his successful spinal surgery.

0:27:070:27:08

Let's show you some

of the plays of the week...

0:27:080:27:11

Ooh, he lost him!

0:27:110:27:12

Marvin Jones...

0:27:120:27:13

That's my friend!

0:27:130:27:14

He's a West Coast guy.

0:27:140:27:15

Do you know, this is the first time

we've heard that this

0:27:150:27:18

is his friend...(!) Whenever

he makes a catch...

0:27:180:27:20

This guy, right?

0:27:200:27:21

He's unbelievable!

0:27:210:27:23

Za'Darius Smith, DeShone Kizer,

fumbling in the end zone.

0:27:230:27:25

You've got to be aware

in the end zone.

0:27:250:27:27

He did not have a good

day against Baltimore,

0:27:270:27:30

did DeShone Kizer...

0:27:300:27:31

Watch this!

0:27:310:27:32

From Dallas punter Chris Jones.

0:27:320:27:33

You know I like these

special players!

0:27:330:27:35

The punter outrun.

0:27:350:27:36

That doesn't happen often.

0:27:360:27:38

Your friends talk bad about you!

0:27:380:27:41

A fake punt, and he was away.

0:27:410:27:43

Forget the onside kick,

Arizona will take it deep

0:27:430:27:45

and still manage to recover

it against Washington.

0:27:450:27:48

That's the English, you know

what I'm talking about?

0:27:480:27:51

In snooker?

0:27:510:27:54

When you put English in it,

and the ball comes back in pool?

0:27:540:27:57

Yeah.

0:27:570:27:58

You've got no clue

what I'm talking about!

0:27:580:28:00

I mean, I've just watched this

official fall over...

0:28:000:28:02

And then I'll come back to it.

0:28:020:28:04

Watch this!

0:28:040:28:09

Man, he's got to check that.

0:28:090:28:10

That was illegal!

0:28:100:28:12

Did he pirouette?

0:28:120:28:12

Let's show you some

of the celebration!

0:28:120:28:16

Speed walking from the Packers.

0:28:160:28:23

And, the Lions showing

off the cancan.

0:28:230:28:25

Those boys are killing it, man!

0:28:250:28:26

That's it from us.

0:28:260:28:28

We will be back on Wednesday

the 27th next week, for a round-up

0:28:280:28:31

of all of the Christmas fixtures.

0:28:310:28:32

That's on BBC Two at 11:55pm.

0:28:320:28:34

Thanks for the pool

and the snooker lesson.

0:28:340:28:37

From myself, Prancer

and Blitzen, it's good night.

0:28:370:28:38

Have a Merry Christmas.

0:28:380:28:44

More names are added

to the Christmas list.

0:28:490:28:51

There will be no postseason for you.

0:28:510:28:52

Put your feet up and rest

your aching shoulders.

0:28:520:28:54

For those still in contention,

it is the time of year to be

0:28:540:28:58

as fired up as the old yuletide log.

0:28:580:29:02

Feel the heat, enjoy the glow

and get back out there!

0:29:020:29:05

There is work to do

yet in the fields.

0:29:050:29:09

What a game, baby.

0:29:090:29:10

What a game!

0:29:100:29:13

Mark Chapman, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell with highlights of the clash between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers, with top spot in the AFC up for grabs. They also look ahead to the rest of the fixtures coming up in week 16 in the lead up to the NFL playoffs.