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10 Things We Learned From Week 17


1. Coaching Changes

Chip Kelly

There are a number of teams that are currently looking for new head coaches: Eagles, Giants, 49ers, Browns, Titans, and Dolphins. The Saints also seem open to trading their coach, Sean Payton, for a second round draft pick.


2. Murray First Score Of The Day

The first score of the day was DeMarco Murray taking his first carry 54 yards for the touchdown. This could have just been good blocking, but it seemed more like a big middle finger to Chip Kelly.


3. Most Receptions Over Two Seasons

Antonio Brown has set a new record for most receptions over a two-year span. He has an unbelievable 265 catches! He has also finished with 100+ receptions in three straight seasons, and if we gave him one more yard in 2013, he also would have three straight seasons of 1,500+ receiving yards.


4. Marshall Breaks One More Record

I talked about Marshall’s record-breaking season here, and I mentioned he was close to having the franchise’s single season receiving record. Well, now he has it! Brandon Marshall finished the season with 109 catches for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns.


5. Freeman’s First TD Since 2013

Josh Freeman was given the start for the Colts this week. Yes, it has been that type of season for the Colts. Freeman threw for 149 yards with both a touchdown and an interception in their 30-24 victory over the Titans. This was Freeman’s first touchdown pass in 840 days.


6. Manning Is NOT A Backup

Denver Broncos vs New England Patriots AFC Championship at Sports Authority Field

Peyton Manning entered this game as a backup for the first time since he was a Freshman at Tennessee. After the Broncos’ offense turned the ball over five times and was trailing 13-7, Manning took the reins and helped lead his team to victory and possession of the top seed.


7. Wilson’s Historic Season

This season Russell Wilson became the first player in NFL history to record 4,000 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, and 500 rushing yards in the same season. I must also add that he did this while completing 68.1% of his passes, which is the third-best in the league. Wilson should be getting more MVP consideration than he has so far.


8. Missed PATs

Most people thought that moving the PAT back for this season was pointless. It is still a short field goal, so the chances of this new rule affecting the kicking seemed to be small. We now have the numbers! In all of last season, there were five kickers that missed a total of six PATs. Well, this season there were 64 of them missed! Only six kickers were perfect on the season. One of the six kickers who were 100%, Mason Crosby, was surprisingly the worst last year by missing two PATs. The worst kicker this year was Jason Myers who finished 32/39.


9. You Like That Redskins’ Fans?!

Kirk Cousins has no doubt has been impressive this season, but how impressive has be really been? He now has the single season passing record for the Redskins, and he also finished the regular season with the best completion percentage in the league at 69.8%! You like that?!


10. Playoff Seeding And Schedule


The regular season has come to a close and the playoff seeds and schedule is officially set! The Broncos, Patriots, Panthers, and Cardinals all earned first round byes. The two AFC games will be played on Saturday the 9th with the Chiefs and Texans playing first at 4:35 p.m. ET. The NFC games will be on Sunday with the Seahawks and Vikings starting things off at 1:05 p.m. ET.

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