The Unexpected (and expected) for week 14: Duck, Ref!

Not sure if you were paying attention, or taking an open-eyed snooze like some NFL referees, but it’s week 14. The playoff race is heating up as more teams drop out, and one pesky team hangs on for dear life. Let’s take a look at the Unexpected (and expected) for week 14.

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And the award for most attentive referee of the week goes to…
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Isn’t it this referee’s job to watch the plays happening not only on the field, but particularly those happening five feet in front of him? It seems as if he only knew the pass was incomplete after the football hit him in the face.

Somewhere, several replacement refs are having themselves a good laugh. Also laughing is Brady Quinn, who is thanking his lucky stars he hit a referee with his errant pass to distract everyone from just how terrible of a pass he actually threw.

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Contenders or Pretenders?
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Associated Press/US Presswire

Five teams with serious playoff hopes – Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh – lost games they realistically should have won on Sunday. The Falcons already have a playoff appearance clinched, but the rest are still fighting for the right to play in January. It might be time to start re-evaluating the viability of these teams in the post-season.

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“Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills!” – Napoleon Dynamite
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After being named the starter this week, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles showed his skills, throwing for 381 yards and leading an exhilarating last-minute drive to secure a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But are we the only ones that noticed Nick Foles‘ striking resemblance to Jon Heder, who played the iconic role of Napoleon Dynamite, and then disappeared from popular culture shortly thereafter? Eagles fans better hope Foles career doesn’t flame out as quickly as Heder’s, or 2013 could be a long year as well.

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Do not adjust your television set
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No, the scoreboard is not wrong. That is indeed a 58-burger the Seattle Seahawks dropped on the visiting Arizona Cardinals. Almost everyone on the Seattle roster made some sort of play. Even back-up quarterback Matt Flynn was rifling passes to the endzone in the fourth quarter with a 50+ point lead.

At least Pete Carroll apologized for that… oh wait.

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Down, but not out
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Despite their punching-bag status in the national media, with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday the New York Jets are now only one game out of the AFC wild-card picture. That’s right, Mark Sanchez and company could be playing for post-season glory while your team watches from home.

With the Jets remaining schedule looking about as difficult as a coloring book, they have a chance to win out and with a little help make it to the playoffs. They may have only beaten one team with a winning record this season, but none of that matters come January.

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