Unexpected (and expected) for week 16: Everyone loves kickers

Welcome to week 16, where we saw several records be broken… by kickers! There was also a 50-burger dropped in Green Bay, a real record broken in Detroit, and a heart-warming moment as the cherry on top of a wild Sunday.

Let’s get to the unexpected (and expected) for week 16.

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Greg McElroy, tackler extraordanaire

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After “winning” the starting job from turnover machine Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy showed Rex Ryan what he learned while watching Sanchez from the bench.

And it certainly wasn’t how to tackle.

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A Pete Carroll sighting in Green Bay?

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With the score at one point being 55-0, casual fans had to be wondering if Pete Carroll decided to coach the Green Bay Packers today for funzies.

Instead, it was just Aaron Rodgers and company torching the Tennessee Titan’s excuse for a defense.

Again, and again, and again, and again.

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Kickers finally have their day!

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Kickers? Really, we’re talking about kickers?

Well, I suppose today was a shining moment for the NFL’s most maligned position, as Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh set the NFL record for most field goals of 50+ yards in a season with nine,  and Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath set the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career with 17 in a row.

A little piece of me just died for taking that much time to talk about kickers.

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Speaking of kicking…

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I’ve heard of playing with a chip on your shoulder, but kicking at an opponent and screaming in a refs face?

Come on Cam, lead by example… the Play 60 kid is watching.

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Megatron reigns supreme, surpasses Jerry Rice’s record

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Megatron is a beast.

That is all.

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Holy Roller part 2?

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On the 40th anniversary of “The Immaculate Reception,” Marques Colston had the ball punched out from behind, and it rumbled all the way down to the 2-yard line before Jimmy Graham jumped on it.  The play resembed the infamous “Holy Roller,” except this one didn’t end in a touchdown. It did setup the game-winning field goal for the Saints, however.

Strange stuff on the anniversary of one of the craziest plays in NFL history.

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Feel-good moment of the day

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Bruce Arians was caught dancing on camera after the Indianapolis Colts clinched a playoff berth by beating the Kansas City Chiefs.

Considering what this team has gone through, and that Chuck Pagano returns next week to help coach them into the playoffs, the entire team should take a queue from Van Halen and dance the night away.

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