Super Bowl week is upon us, and in order to prepare ourselves mentally for the big game ahead, it often helps to look back upon the season that was, to remember how exactly we got here in the first place.
Fortunately for those with attention deficit disorder, the folks at ESPN put together highlights from the 2013 NFL season in just 2 minutes and 40 seconds, so you don’t have to waste any of your valuable time with a more in-depth analysis.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers is one of the more petulant players in the NFL, and during yesterday’s playoff loss to the Broncos, Rivers turned in one of the brattiest performances of his career.
Rivers threw tantrum after tantrum while being continuously frustrated by the crowd noise in Denver, and after burning yet another timeout in the 2nd half, Broncos DE Robert Ayers brilliantly mocked young Philip’s latest hissy-fit, kicking and stomping at the dirt like a child:
Well played, Robert. Well played.
It was a rough day for Packers fans. In the midst of today’s NFC Wild Card loss to the 49ers, fullback John Kuhn executed perhaps the worst rendition of the Lambeau Leap in history.
After giving Green Bay the lead in the 4th Quarter, Kuhn ran toward the crowd looking to celebrate with the Packers faithful in the traditional fashion, but his vertical leap seemed to suddenly fail him miserably:
It looks as though Kuhn may have slipped on the net used to catch field goal kicks, which was laying on the ground, but still … not a good look.
During the Saints’ 17-13 victory over the Falcons last night, TE Jimmy Graham scored on a 44-yard touchdown catch, and decided to celebrate with a two-handed dunk on the goal post:
As you can see, the 6’7″, 265 lb beast decided to hang on the rim — er, crossbar — for extra effect, and then even gave the padding around the base of the goal post a beating for good measure. This was the result of the vicious Graham slam:
And despite the fact that Graham didn’t draw a flag for excessive celebration, there was a brief delay in the game so the stadium grounds crew could straighten out the goal post before the extra point.
Maybe tone it down a notch next time, huh Jimmy?
In case you missed it last night, Bengals rookie sensation Giovani Bernard scored the most impressive TD run of the year, with his remarkable Barry Sanders-esque 35-yard scamper.
On the play, Bernard took the pitch from Andy Dalton, then reversed field after being seemingly trapped by two defenders in the backfield, and somehow evaded everyone in a Dolphins uniform on his way to the endzone.
It was pretty incredible, and is worth watching over and over, in glorious GIF format:
Here’s the video of the play, and below is another GIF, from a different angle:
In case you missed it, Eli Manning had a rough opener last night in Dallas. Peyton’s younger brother threw two interceptions in the Giants’ first three possessions, setting an ugly tone for the rest of the game, in which New York finished with SIX total turnovers.
Despite all that, the Giants somehow found themselves within one score late in the game, largely due to Manning’s ability to bounce back for 4 touchdown passes (including 3 to Victor Cruz). But with the Giants attempting a game-winning drive with less than two minutes remaining, Manning’s short pass to Da’Rel Scott bounced off the backup RB’s hands and into the awaiting arms of CB Brandon Carr, who took it nearly 50 yards to the house, sealing the win for the Cowboys.
As if right on cue, Manning unleashed his first hangdog Manningface of the season, along with plenty of terrible, whiny body language to go with it:
At this point in his career, it’s just Eli being Eli.
It’s opening Sunday in the NFL, and Troy Polamalu is back to his old tricks with this perfectly-timed blitz against the Titans. Watch Polamalu (and his hair) anticipate the snap and launch into the backfield to take down Jake Locker, who never had a chance.
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As we prepare for the start of the 2013 NFL Season – which is just THIRTEEN days away!!! – we thought it would be fun to look behind the curtain of last season, with the help of the ever-awesome NFL Films team, and their Sound FX series. It’s over 8-1/2 minutes of pure unadulterated NFL goodness, from the mouths of the players and coaches themselves – from trash talking and joke cracking to ref-baiting, pure nonsense, and everything in between.
It’s pretty awesome, and includes our favorite from last year – JJ Watt telling Ray Rice that he had “eaten burritos bigger than you” (Mmmmm … burritos) — and a lot more. If you’re not already, his should help get you fired up for the upcoming season. Enjoy!
During one remarkable stretch in the second quarter of Thursday’s 49-19 beatdown of the Jets, the Patriots reeled off 21 unanswered points in 52 seconds, punctuated by one remarkable play that encapsulates the entire Jets experience this season.
Watch as Mark Sanchez tries to hand the ball off to nobody, then elects to take off running before getting taken out by his own lineman’s rear end. As if that weren’t enough, the impact of Brandon Moore’s buttocks on Sanchez is so great that forces a fumble that gets returned 32-yards for a touchdown:
Ouch. After this most recent embarrassing display, even Fireman Ed is giving up his post as the Jets’ unofficial mascot. This might be a new low for Jets fans everywhere.
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Houston defensive end J.J. Watt has been a dominant force for the Texans defense so far this season.
With a league-leading 9-1/2 sacks and 10 passes defended, Watt has clearly made his presence felt among opposing quarterbacks … and his 34 tackles indicate he’s also gotten up close and personal with some of the league’s best running backs.
And when Watt was mic’d up by NFL Films on Sunday during Houston’s 43-13 beat down of the Ravens, he delivered one of the best trash talk lines of all time to all-pro RB Ray Rice.
After the 5′-8″ Rice took a shot at the 6′-5″ beast, Watt told the diminutive back, “I’ve eaten burritos bigger than you”:
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