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Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) lies on he ground after getting injured by a Cleveland Browns player during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Remember when the Jaguars & Bucs were 0-8? Since then, they’ve improved to 4-9 on the season, and are better than four of the 2012 playoff teams. Sucks to be a fan of the Vikings, Falcons, Redskins, and Texans

400 Yard Passer Club: Peyton Manning (418)

In case you missed it, there was a ruling in the Colts-Bengals game that for sure looked like Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis was stopped short of the goal line, being down by contact. Upon further review, it was overturned and ruled a touchdown because ‘no one touched him down’. Just watch the play. I’ve never seen something so ridiculously called since the replacement refs in Seattle last season on Monday Night Football.

Broncos kicker Matt Prater set an NFL record for the longest field goal in league history against the Titans. Prater would boot a 64-yard field goal through with ease, breaking the original 43-year old record set by Saints kicker Tom Dempsey. I’m sure they don’t put in the records a footnote that Dempsey didn’t do it in Mile High Stadium (where all of the other four tying field goals & record was set), and that he had half a foot.

Whether you find it funny, coincidence, or just downright annoying. The dreaded stat curse came into play in the Browns-Patriots game. The CBS team went on to show highlights of the January 1, 1995 playoff game between the Patriots & Browns (yes, Browns in the playoffs), which was the last time the Patriots recovered an onside kick. Guess who was coaching the Browns? Bill Belichick. Guess it was a great time to break a nearly 19-year old drought.

The Lions may have only lost three fumbles on the stat sheet Sunday, but they fumbled seven times total. Ouch.

Speaking of the Lions, Calvin Megatron Johnson became the franchise leader in all-time receiving yards. Congrats!

AFC Playoff Picture:

First Round Byes
#1 – Denver (11-2) ***Clinched Playoff Berth***
#2 – New England (10-3)

Wild Card Round
#3 – Cincinnati (9-4) vs. #6 – Baltimore (7-6)
#4 – Indianapolis (8-5) vs. #5 – Kansas City (10-3)

Indianapolis has clinched the AFC South

In The Hunt
Miami (7-6), San Diego (6-7), NY Jets (6-7), Tennessee (5-8), Pittsburgh (5-8)

NFC Playoff Picture:

First Round Byes
#1 – Seattle (11-2) ***Clinched Playoff Berth***
#2 – New Orleans (10-3)

Wild Card Round
#3 – Philadelphia (8-5) vs. #6 – San Francisco (9-4)
#4 – Detroit (7-6) vs. #5 – Carolina (9-4)

In The Hunt
Arizona (8-5), Dallas (7-6), Chicago (7-6), Green Bay (6-6-1)

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