The Unexpected (and expected) for week 15: No-show Sunday

It was “Statement Sunday,” which meant a slate full of fantastic games between playoff contenders. Or so we thought. Three of the six games turned out to be duds. Instead, it was just another week in the NFL where another unsuspecting man got hit in the face with a football.

Let’s get to the unexpected (and expected) for week 15.

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Spiked!

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How unlucky was this guy? Receiving the business end of a spiked football to the face was probably not on his agenda for the game.

Even worse than Danny Amendola celebrating a fourth quarter touchdown while down by 19 was his attempt to make amends… with the wrong person.

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Best surprise of the year

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Even though it wasn’t football related, one of the best surprises of the NFL season happened at Reliant Stadium before the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts squared off.

Pure awesome.

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A very un-merry Brandon Marshall Christmas

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Earlier this week, Brandon Marshall railed his division rival Green Bay Packers in a press conference, and compared the Chicago Bears season to a Charlie Brown-esque tree.

Marshall was singing a different tune in his post-game presser after losing 21-13 to the Packers on Sunday, as he teared up and abruptly left the podium. I respect the man’s commitment to the game, but come on! There’s no crying in football! Or was that baseball? Either way, get it together Brandon. You’re not out of the playoffs… yet.

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Have another go at it

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Sunday was also a day full of big catches by receivers that had multiple chances at the ball. Check out these two from Andre Johnson  and  Leonard Hankerson.

Both guys made the play, but they certainly didn’t make it easy on themselves.

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Equipment malfunction

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On a third quarter run Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray became a tad exposed while being tackled by Troy Polamalu. And not in the typical football sense. We’ve heard rumblings that Murray’s grandmother is filing an official complaint with the league for exposing her grandson’s tookus on national television, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

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Game of the day

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In what was dubbed “Statement Sunday,” most of the said “statement” games failed to live up to the hype. That was not true in the classic that went down in Foxborough on Sunday night between the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots. Down by 28 at one point, Tom Brady rallied the Patriots to tie the game at 31, and it looked as if the 49ers would be yet another victim of a Brady comeback. But the 49ers responded with a quick touchdown of their own, on their way to a 41-34 victory.

Not only was the game highly entertaining, but it could have big implications for both teams come January.

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