December 2014

Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Baltimore will kick off the AFC wild-card playoffs next Saturday and Sunday, while Arizona is at Carolina and Detroit at Dallas in the NFC next weekend.
Going into the playoffs, the injuries are piling up for the Indianapolis Colts.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles can only wonder what might have been this season. They led the NFC East with four games to go and blew it.
The New York Giants have had yet another atrociously awful season, finishing 6-10 and needing three wins in their final five games to manage even that. And yet there's something hopeful about New York, something that keeps you from writing them off like their divisional brethren the Redskins or their stadium-mates the Jets. That something is Odell Beckham Jr., the rookie who could pull an eagle out of the sky. He did exactly that on Sunday with another gravity-defying, sticky-fingered Cirque-du-Soleil-worthy grab that you can see above. He also scored a 63-yard touchdown that ended with him running backward into the end zone. No big deal. Beckham has the circus skills, yes, but he's become one of the most reliable go-to receivers in the game in just his first season. He totaled 91 catches and 1,305 yards in just 12 games, both NFL records. So while he may or may not ever match the beauty from earlier this season against Dallas , there's always the chance that he could. He's also given the Giants a new rallying cry: if you're gonna stink, at least look good doing it. ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at or find him on Twitter. Follow @jaybusbee And keep up with Jay over on Facebook , too.
Eli Manning had a huge day throwing the ball, but it wasn't enough to avoid a loss for the Giants against the Eagles, 34-26, at home.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants have had two safeties injured in the first quarter of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Nolan Carroll II is starting at cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles in their season-ending game against the New York Giants.
Some NFL coaches go into Week 17 with hopes of grabbing a playoff spot and extending their season. Other coaches wonder if Week 17 might be their last game before getting fired. For Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith, it’s probably both. The disappointing Falcons are still alive to win the NFC South, because the entire division has been bad. The 6-9 Falcons play the 6-8-1 Carolina Panthers, and the winner takes the NFC South crown. So Smith could be preparing for a playoff game on Monday, or cleaning out his office. There has been plenty of speculation that he’ll be fired if he doesn’t win, and ESPN reported that the Falcons have already hired the search firm Korn Ferry to identify possible head coaching candidates. No pressure, Mike. In fact, Smith might need to win a playoff game to save his job. [ Join's $2.5M Week 17 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 21,840 teams paid ] Black Monday, the day after the regular season that usually sees a number of head-coaching changes, might not be that busy this year. But a few coaches are probably anticipating getting bad news. San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh almost certainly appears to be on his way out, and the only question is where he will coach next. John U. Bacon of the New York Times said Harbaugh to the University of Michigan is “done” and his friends are flying into Michigan on Monday for the news.  If Harbaugh goes back to coach college, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan might be the hottest former coach on the market. Nobody expects Ryan will keep his job in New York, and general manager John Idzik might be fired too. Ryan has already cleaned out his office, a report said . Ryan won’t be out of work long. Even if he doesn’t land as a head coach, he’ll be a highly paid defensive coordinator somewhere if he wants to coach in 2015. Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman also appears like he might get fired as well. ESPN Chicago reported Sunday morning that multiple Bears coaches fear they will be fired as part of sweeping changes. Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis will start looking for a permanent head coach in the next few days, the San Jose Mercury News said , and interim coach Tony Sparano could be a candidate there. If Harbaugh is in fact off to Michigan, that takes the biggest name off the board for the Raiders. Reports have said coaches like Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants, Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins and Joe Philbin of the Miami Dolphins are safe for 2015 (Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said publicly Philbin will be back), so there might not be too many openings for hot candidates like Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Seattle Seahawks coordinators Darrell Bevell and Dan Quinn and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. But there will be openings. At least a few coaches will finish coaching in Week 17 and then wait for their phone to ring on Black Monday. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
Evan Silva focuses on 1-2 critical fantasy Matchups in each of Sunday's Week 17 games.
The Seattle Seahawks hardly looked capable of repeating as Super Bowl champions following an October loss in St. Louis that dropped them to 3-3.

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