Antonio Brown hasn’t played since being sidelined with a calf injury in Week 15, and the Pittsburgh Steelers hoped he would be ready for the postseason. Luckily for them, Brown will play in the Divisional Round against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The six-time Pro Bowler was reportedly a game-time decision heading into this matchup.
What happened? Brown suffered a partially torn calf against the New England Patriots, ending his 2017 regular season. As the No. 2 seed in the AFC, the Steelers had a bye last week.
Newton’s third-down pass was a high-arcing deep pass to his top wideout in the end zone. Funchess put himself in great position to grab the under thrown ball, then couldn’t properly spot it as it fell inches out of his grasp.
Every one of those stories could lead this column, and until about 6:55 on the East Coast Sunday night, the sudden mortality of Goodell was my choice. But not up here. Instead: Seattle 41, Houston 38.
I’m not sure if it was the Arena-Football-like 952 passing-rushing yards between Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson … or the cumulative effect in the second half of this game of tie, Texans lead, tie, Seahawks lead, Texans lead, Seahawks lead, Texans lead, Seahawks lead, Seahawks win … or Jimmy Graham and Wilson meeting on the sidelines after the game-winning pass and the boom mike catching them making this collective sound at their top of their lungs: “AHHHHHHHHHHOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!” … or maybe the seven or eight heartfelt seconds Richard Sherman embraced Watson, the new great lion among NFL quarterbacks after only six starts, a sign of true respect by a cornerback who does not give respect easily.
George Johnson and Taysom Hill (a quarterback!) got pressure on Ryan Quigley, with Johnson getting a hand on the football for the block with five and a half minutes left in the game:
It took them just four plays to get in the end zone, with Alvin Kamara making this spectacular catch over Eric Kendricks to put the Saints up 21-20 with three minutes to go:
The Vikings would get the ball back, and Adam Thielen what might have been the catch of the postseason.
A week earlier in Seattle, on the first stop of the Eagles’ eight-day road trip, they hit their biggest bump of the season, a 14-point loss—only their second of the year—in a notoriously difficult stadium. The MMQB spent the week following the Eagles, chronicling a stretch of the season that would serve to measure just how good this young team really is. The Eagles emerged 11-2, sitting alone atop the NFC—but, as the news broke on Monday that Wentz had indeed torn his ACL and was gone for the year, they now face their greatest challenge of all.