The Unexpected (and expected) for week 17: Hide that flag!

It’s week 17, and the NFL regular season is in the books. Let’s take a look at the unexpected (and expected) for week 17.

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History was made! In the Jaguars vs. Titans game?

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Just when you thought there was no reason to watch the bout between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans, the players went and made this game relevant. It was the first time in NFL history that two players on the same team each had multiple return touchdowns in same game.

To say that this sort of record happening in a Jaguars/Titans game is unexpected is an understatement for the ages.

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Oh, so the New York Giants do remember how to play football

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Granted, it was against the Eagles but the New York Giants gave everyone in the NFC a minor heart attack when they looked eerily similar to their typical playoff form in their win today.

It proved too little too late, however, as the Bears also won, ruining the Giants strategy of playing terrible football until the end of December and going on a Super Bowl run.

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Monkeys riding dogs… that is all

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Although nothing could overshadow Chuck Pagano’s return to Indianapolis, this little spectacle in between quarters almost was able to pull  off the upset of the day.

Almost.

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And with the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the Kansas City Chiefs select…

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Fortunately for Chiefs fans, their team played like they wanted to clinch the number one pick today, as they let the Broncos steamroll them 38-3.

Unfortunately for Chiefs fans, there’s no one named Andrew Luck or RG3 at the top of this year’s draft.

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Nothing to see here ref, move along

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Loved Jordy Nelson trying to hide Mike McArthy’s errant challenge flag. Thankfully for McCarthy he didn’t Jim Schwartz his team, and only made the Packers take a 15-yard penalty. Which was really irrelevant since Adrian Peterson ran all over the Green Bay defense for 60 minutes to punch the Vikings ticket to the playoffs.

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Game of the day

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The NFL made a great decision in flexing the Green Bay vs. Minnesota game to the afternoon timeslot. A playoff appearance, Eric Dickerson’s rushing record, and a first round bye were on the line between the two teams, and after a 37-34 thriller, the Vikings punched their ticket to the playoffs. Adrian Peterson fell just nine yards short of Eric Dickerson’s record, and the Packers now have to face the Vikings again at Lambeau Field next week in the Wild Card round. Whew, what a game.

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