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Referee Ed Hochuli first marked the ball at the 23. Then he picked it up and placed it at the 27. Dixon’s right knee had touched the ground at the 27 when he stumbled, as an ESPN replay later showed.

According to the NFL rulebook, the replay official — or senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino and his staff in New York — is permitted to “consult” with the referee to ensure the correct application of rules and other administrative matters.

Dixon’s catch was never officially put under review.

Matthew Stafford, Lions: Look, there’s only so much future President Jim Bob Cooter can do. I have no idea whether Stafford’s injured finger will affect him, and the Giants’ defense is playing as well as any in the league right now, giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs and having allowed more than one touchdown pass just once in the past eight games.

Forsett and Derby are the newest faces and yet could have plenty to say about how the Broncos finish things out. Forsett is expected to get plenty of work against the Patriots because of his familiarity with the offense — he has played for Broncos coach Gary Kubiak for two seasons on two other teams — as well as his relative freshness given the Ravens and Lions didn’t use him much this season before releasing him.

After a slow ramp-up — he was a game-day inactive for his first game and targeted once in his second outing with the Broncos — Derby has been the most-targeted tight end over the last four games and has turned 14 targets into 12 receptions.

Harry Douglas Kids Jersey “You come to a new place, you want to show you belong, that you can help,” Derby said. “Especially a team like this one that’s been to the playoffs, been to the Super Bowl. Like New England, there’s an expectation here you do your job and you never want to let people down. You want to execute so they trust you in different situations.”

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Dominique Wilkins Youth Jersey Good kickers were tough to come by during the 2015 NFL season with a record amount of misses on extra points after new rules pushed the line of scrimmage from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line. Kickers missed a combined 71 extra points in 2015 after missing just 37 in the five years prior combined.

While no kicker has declared early for the NFL Draft since Janikowski, a few punters have. Last year, Bradley Pinion of the San Francisco 49ers was the only punter drafted after he declared early from Clemson for the 2015 NFL Draft. Two years earlier, Brad Wing left LSU early, although he wasn’t drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft and has since found a role with the New York Giants.

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How much money should Cam Newton have made this week?

Cam Newton stuck around in garbage time of the Panthers 38-10 to pad his stats and cement his case for league MVP (a individual award traditonally given to the QB who wont win the superbowl). Throwing TDs in the second half of a week 17 blowout is the equivlant of signing up to bring napkins and paper towels to your company office party, but Newton should of stepped aside and let Derek Anderson handle mop up duty. Id like to of seen a bit more leadership out of Newton and set a good example for fellow QB/former theif James Winston by showing him that sometimes the best way to lead is to let someone else have a turn.

Other thing about Newton is he dosen’t take numbing shots or opiates, yet his teammates are paying for a insurance policy for him that covers pain medicaton and just literaly throwing there money down the toilet. He also just welcomed the birth of his first child named Chosen, so he obvously hasnt been using his Health Savings Account for condoms either folks because with a name like that, youd think the kid would of ended up in a Resevoir tip. So he’s wasting his teamates time ,money, and healthcare, and smiling all the way to the bank.

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Authentic Youth Adreian Payne Jersey For much of this season, the Seattle Seahawks have been waiting on wide receiver Tyler Lockett to get healthy and put his imprint on the offense.
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He did just that Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, and his signature play was a 75-yard touchdown run on a fly sweep.

“I think I finally got to hit that extra gear that I’ve been waiting on and some of my teammates have been waiting on,” Lockett said. “Because Doug [Baldwin] thinks he’s faster than me. He said after that play that he doesn’t think he can run with me anymore.”

The touchdown put the Seahawks up 30-7 just seconds into the third quarter. A week after managing just one field goal in a 14-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the offense exploded for a season-high 40 points.

What proved to be key for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was the way in which he set up explosive plays.

He is so genuine, so real, that when he sits at his locker and explains why he’s glad that he wasn’t traded, why he wants to be in Cleveland, you wind up believing him, even though he’s about to get crushed again.

“I’m a Clevelander,” he says. “I’ve spent the majority of my adult life here. Every day when I come to work, it’s ‘Let’s turn this team into a consistent winner.’ Because it would be such a special story. It would be like when the Cubs won the World Series. Everybody in the country has probably been cheering for them for so long because they’ve been suffering for so long. And you want to cheer for teams like the Browns.

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It’s a much bigger game for the Giants, who lost handily to the Steelers last week and have the league’s fourth-toughest schedule in the final quarter of the season, according to Football Outsiders. At 8-4, the Giants can all but clinch a wild-card spot by going 2-2 over their remaining four games. A loss here would drop their playoff chances from 76 percent to 63 percent, with one remaining home game against the surging Lions before back-to-back road tilts against the Eagles and Washington to end their season. Big Blue might have handed Dallas its only loss of the season in a 20-19 thriller in Week 1, but that’s one of only two games the Giants have won over teams .500 or better this year — their only other win was a three-point victory over Baltimore in Week 6.

I have always been a good student and at one point, even at the height of my addiction, I had straight A’s throughout nursing school. Thank god I was unable to graduate, as my addiction took such a hold on my life that I ended up in jail and had to drop out of school and lose my job.

Game Mens Wes Horton Jersey Any list of the season’s best remaining games starts with what’s on Thursday night. Something has to give in this battle for the AFC West, given that both of these teams have been lucky to win a disproportionate number of their close games this season. The 10-2 Raiders are 7-1 in games decided by seven points or fewer this year, and the 9-3 Chiefs are 6-2 in those circumstances.

While the Cowboys aren’t going to bench all of their starters and give them three consecutive bye weeks before returning in the postseason, wrapping up the conference early would allow them to echo what Jerry Jones suggested and start giving those players who do need rest time to prepare for the postseason. It could be the difference, for example, between giving Ezekiel Elliott 10 carries or 25 in Week 16. (Sorry, Ezekiel Elliott fantasy owners.)

Game Youth Javorius Allen Jersey This is as close to a pure playoff game as we’ll see before Week 17. These teams have a combined 99 percent chance of winning the AFC North, and neither of them are likely to win a wild-card berth; the Ravens have only a 4 percent chance of doing so, and the Steelers are up at 6 percent. The winner of this game will be the comprehensive favorite to win the division.

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The Packers completed an improbable and amazing Hail Mary to force overtime against the Cardinals. Larry Fitzgerald was going to make sure Green Bay’s luck ran out there.

He did all the work on his own in overtime, starting with the very first play.
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That is a very good play by Carson Palmer and Fitzgerald did the rest. Cutting and weaving and stiff-arming his way through the Green Bay defense all the way to the 5-yard line. Nothing like a 75-yard incredible play to get things moving in the right direction.

The Cardinals threw to Fitzgerald on the next play, but it went incomplete. That was just to let him catch his breath before scoring the game-winning touchdown.

Maclin was injured in Kansas City’s Wild Card victory over the Houston Texans and had to be carted to the locker room from the sideline. The team initially feared Maclin had torn his ACL. Further tests confirmed Maclin is suffering from a high ankle sprain, and the Chiefs said Sunday that Maclin’s status was considered day-to-day.
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However, the Chiefs upset the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 25, signaling that Andy Reid and his team had not given up on the year. They haven’t lost since, securing victories in their past 11 games, including a 30-0 shutout against the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round.

Or maybe — just maybe — this goes deeper than we think? What if the Chiefs are forcing themselves to not challenge a play. If they win, they’ll win without question. We’re through the looking glass here, people.

Between 2001-14, Wayne played in a franchise-record 211 games for the Colts and also set a record with 143 wins. In both cases, he broke the marks set by the man he was linked with for most of his career: Peyton Manning.

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson arrived at the winter meetings with much of his heavy lifting for the offseason already done. Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes has re-signed for $110 million over four years, and second baseman Neil Walker already accepted a qualifying offer worth $17.2 million for 2017.

¡°The nice thing is we¡¯ve filled a couple of our holes, and we don¡¯t have a huge amount to do,¡± Alderson said Sunday night. ¡°But that doesn¡¯t mean we can be any less prepared or less active. Just taking a look at our roster, from the bullpen to the bench, there are things we need to flesh out. We¡¯ll see where we go over the next three days.¡±

Sandy Alderson said he doesn’t expect to sign one of the top-tier closers, instead looking at midrange and/or internal options to boost the Mets bullpen.

Kids Yasmani Grandal Jersey That is why it was always hard to imagine Edwin Encarnacion ending up in pinstripes. While Holliday received a one-year, $13 million contract, Encarnacion will probably end up with four or five seasons. By the end of that contract, Encarnacion, 33, could very well be ineffective, like Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira were at the conclusions of their long contracts. The Yankees have been there, done that.

“We kind of felt like we did two offseasons’ worth of shopping in one offseason last year,” general manager Jed Hoyer said Wednesday on a conference call. “With that in mind, I don’t expect nearly the activity we did a year ago.”

Jadeveon Clowney Game Jersey The Cubs have asked about Kenley Jansen, who will likely come at a high price. But with the bulk of their shopping done last offseason, they are also exploring other bullpen options.

So does that rule out re-signing closer Aroldis Chapman, or adding Mark Melancon or Kenley Jansen? Probably, though industry sources say the Cubs are kicking the tires on all types of relievers, from free agents to potential trade targets. They’ve asked about Jansen, but it’s unknown if the price tag will be too high. There’s a good chance it will be, so names such as Greg Holland, Wade Davis, Alex Colome and A.J. Ramos are being explored.

Alderson said he has engaged only in preliminary discussions with respect to parting with an outfielder. Still, he speculated that he may benefit from the Houston Astros acting quickly in signing free-agent outfielders Carlos Beltran and Josh Reddick.

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“It’s an unfortunate thing that goes on in this profession. We all know about it when we sign up for [this], but when it happens, you’re still kind of taken aback by it.”

Game Kids Justin Houston Jersey As the coach of an NFL team in the midst of a 10-game losing streak — and who enjoyed his greatest coaching success in Eugene — Kelly has been connected by many to the Oregon job for the past couple of months.

Kelly welcomed Phil Knight, Nike’s co-founder and the most prominent Oregon booster, as a guest to a game earlier this season, which further fueled speculation.

“When it comes to football, nobody judges you on your past,” says teammate Walter Powell.

IN LARGE GROUPS, common goals are often vague and unsatisfying. In small groups, like a 53-man football team, they’re precise and attainable. The offensive guard has to get to the linebacker, seal the double-team, pick up the blitz. The running back has to read the blocks, carry out the fake, pick up the blitz. The communal nature of the work lends itself to a tight focus.

Comparisons between football and battle are an insult to those who engage in true combat, but it’s understandable, and maybe even advantageous, for a football team to cast itself and its goals in military terms. There’s an undeniable psychological benefit for a group to believe that it’s fighting for its own preservation.

Through this prism, it shouldn’t be surprising that Incognito — the Bills’ nominee for this year’s USAA Salute to Service Award, incidentally — is valued by teammates for his loyalty and intensity. Reformed bully? Same guy? In the locker room, it doesn’t really matter. We’re hardwired to accept those with whom we share the pursuit of a goal.

Kirk Hinrich Kids Jersey It’s the tribal way. The Iroquois Nation elected civil leaders to conduct affairs during peacetime. When war broke out, however, wartime leaders took control to ensure the survival of the tribe. In the tribal world of the NFL, Incognito would be a wartime leader. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say this: Richie Incognito would not be trusted with peace.

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DETROIT — The wheels on the Detroit Lions bus are coming off. The Minnesota Vikings have surged out front, 25, after outscoring the Lions 10 the third quarter. Minnesota drove 78 yards for a touchdown on their opening possession of the half. The Lions appeared to come up with a stop following a Jones sack, but rookie cornerback Quandre Diggs was flagged for a hold the secondary. Three plays later, quarterback Bridgewater connected with Stefon Diggs for a 36-yard touchdown after the rookie receiver burned cornerback Rashean Mathis on a double move. After the Lions went three-and-out, the Vikings struck again. Running back Peterson bounced outside for a 75-yard gain, only to be tracked down from behind by Ansah. The Lions were able to limit Minnesota to a field-goal on the drive. After Andrew Hawkins Jersey another wasted offensive series for the Lions, the Vikings are on the move again. They’ll open the final quarter up eight with a second-and-goal from the 4-yard line. LIVE: Scoring summary Vikings 25, Lions 17 : Vikings offense keeps chugging away. Walsh kicks his fourth field goal of the game, this time from 35 yards, to cap a 61-yard drive that took five plays and lasted 2. Big play was Peterson’s 75-yard run up the right sideline. Vikings 22, Lions 17 : much for the Lions’ great start. Vikings go 78 yards eight plays and 4 to score on a 36-yard pass from Bridgewater to Stefon Diggs. To say he was wide open wouldn’t adequately describe that play. Diggs was eight yards behind Rashean Mathis when he made a fantastic diving catch.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Brewer, third from left, scoops up a loose ball against Nuggets forwards Faried and Chandler as Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov backs up the play during the first quarter of basketball game, Friday, Nov. 15. Chandler made pivotal shots down the stretch for the Nuggets – and bailed him out when he made a key. Chandler scored 19 points, including a 3-pointer and three free throws late the game, and the Nuggets held off the Minnesota Timberwolves 117 Friday night for their third straight win. helped the Nuggets keep the ball away from the Timberwolves the waning seconds by rebounding Chandler’s missed free throw. I was happy when he got it. I just knew that last free throw good, Chandler said. Minnesota got within 115 on a 3-pointer by with 18 seconds remaining. Rubio then fouled Chandler with 15 seconds left. He made the first of two free throws, and swooped from outside the key to grab the rebound for the Nuggets. was fouled and Andy Lee Jersey made one of two at the line to rebuild ‘s lead to four points. The Timberwolves’ final shot the last seconds was blocked by Faried. Timberwolves coach Adelman complained that left the 3-point line, where he was positioned, before Chandler took the free throw. It makes no sense why the league allows that to happen, Adelman said. It’s the only shot basketball you can’t box out on. You can’t box him out. He’s at the 3-point line. They let him run there, there’s a wrestling match there. It’s just one of those things you have to deal with, but for all the stuff we change, we never look at that situation. Somebody lose a big game the playoffs and they’ll change something. said the Timberwolves gave him a clear shot at the rebound by failing to cut him off. We found a way to get extra possessions, said. We talk about those things practice, and blocking out on our side. They didn’t do it. They kind of had their hands on their knees and I just kind of snuck there just case. Faried added 16 points and 10 rebounds for, and Ty Lawson had 14 points and 10 assists. Lawson left with 32 seconds remaining when Brewer inadvertently hit him the right eye with his hand as he was defending the guard on a drive into the lane. The Nuggets said Lawson had a cornea abrasion and was probable for Saturday night’s game at Houston. I should be ready. It looked a lot worse than it was, said Lawson, whose eye was almost swollen shut after the game. led the Timberwolves with 28 points and, who missed Wednesday’s game against because of illness, added 27. A little bit unlucky, said. It was our defense all game. Our rotations weren’t there. We needed to help the helper, ball screen rotations, they were off all night but we were still right there at the end. We feel as if we can get a lot better with this team. It’s still mid-November and we’re going to get a lot better. Trailing by four at the half, the Nuggets opened the third with 11 run, fueled by Jordan Hamilton’s 3-pointer. They carried 86 lead into the fourth and stretched their advantage to 105 with 5 left when had a 3-pointer and Faried jammed home a successive possessions. The Timberwolves led 60 at halftime after trailing by as many as 14 points. NOTES: Timberwolves C Turiaf has missed eight games since he hurt his right elbow. There’s no timetable for his return…. The Nuggets were playing the front end of a back to back. They play at Houston on Saturday…. The Nuggets are 14 against the Timberwolves at the Pepsi Center since 2005 season.

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Menu Memphis, TN – James Harden had 32 points, including a tying layup late regulation, and the Rockets scored eight of their 13 points overtime at the foul line to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 117 on Friday night. Smith had 21 points and eight rebounds his Rockets debut after being signed earlier the day and Elias Lindholm Jersey Harden added 10 assists. It feels great to play for the Rockets, Smith said. It’s a big opportunity for me. I have newfound brothers this locker room. Harden’s layup with 15 seconds remaining regulation tied the score and came after had made two go-ahead 3-pointers for the Grizzlies. took a half-game lead over Memphis the Southwest Division, handing the Grizzlies their first four-game losing streak more than a year. Corey Brewer added 13 points for, Trevor Ariza scored 15 with 10 rebounds and Patrick had 12 points the win.

Marc Gasol scored 29 points to lead Memphis and Beno Udrih had 17 off the bench. Zach remained out for the Grizzlies while returned to score 10 points 26 minutes. Good game, exciting game, said Grizzlies coach Joerger. didn’t execute defensively well enough. ‘s first go-ahead 3 capped a 13 run that turned a 10-point Eric Staal Jersey Grizzlies deficit with 4 2 minutes left into a one-point lead with 1 remaining. After Smith’s layup at the other end gave the lead back, buried a 3 from several feet behind the line. But Harden beat Tayshaun Prince on a driving layup to tie the score with 15 ticks remaining and lost control of the ball at the other end after stepping on Harden’s foot driving through the lane.

A replay review determined the ball went out of bounds off Dwight, giving the Grizzlies the ball with 0 seconds left. Gasol got a good look off the inbounds pass, but missed off the rim from behind the foul line. then scored the first five points overtime on ‘s foul shots and Ariza’s 3 and never trailed. The Rockets announced earlier Friday that they signed Smith, who was released by the Detroit Pistons on Monday less than two years into a four-year, $54 million contract. Smith was reunited with, a close friend and former AAU teammate. He checked for the first time after picked up his second foul just 2 into the game and scored four points the first quarter, including two on a baseline dunk. But Gasol scored 11 points the quarter and Memphis led 31 going into the second. The spread remained seven at halftime, with the Grizzlies leading 57 despite Harden’s 14 points for. Gasol scored 13 points to keep the Grizzlies on top the third quarter, when shot 63 percent to pull within 81 going into the fourth. Game Notes The Grizzlies hadn’t lost four a row since a five-game slide from Dec. 11, 2013… Smith averaged 13 points for the Pistons this… The Rockets remain on the road to play San Antonio on Sunday… The Grizzlies play Miami on Saturday.

Wiltjer 2. Gonzaga – Different year, same Gonzaga? Maybe, but we’re not betting on it. This team–even more than the 2013 squad that earned a No. 1 seed and the ’06 version that was a blown lead away from a shot at the Final Four–this team has the look of a national title contender. The ‘Zags are as deep and talented as anyone the country who doesn’t play its home games at Rupp Arena. They’ve got a great player forward Wiltjer, who averages 16 points per game on 53% shooting and awesome 47% shooting from deep.. They’ve got a great point guard Pangos, who averages 11 points and 5 assists per game. And they’ve got skilled big men 7 Przemek Karnowski and freshman Domantas Sabonis, son of Basketball Hall of Famer Arvydas, who may end up being the best player on this roster a few years. And ‘t forget senior guard Jr., who has been through the wars and can get hot at any time. KEY STATS: 10th Points 6th Assists 1st Field Goal Percentage 15. North State – This isn’t your typical No. 15 seed. The Bison knocked off No. 5 Oklahoma last year’s Round of 64, and return leading scorer, a 6 senior guard who rips the nets for 18 points per game. NDSU is 12 its last 15 games and gutted out a 57 win over rival South State the Summit League championship. This team wins with defense, allowing just 61 points per game. KEY STATS: 53rd Points Allowed 60th Defensive Rebounding 247th Points per game PREDICTION: With a different matchup, this North State team could be a real threat to win a Round of 64 game. But not against the ‘Zags. They’re too big, too deep, and too good. Gonzaga moves on here, then beats Davidson and matches up with Iowa State the Sweet 16. And ‘t give us that the Zags never win the tournament junk. This team is good enough to beat anybody. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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The New York Yankees have already accomplished what looked impossible earlier this season: They have become interesting and exciting, and have given their fans hope.

Now, they can take it to the next level with four games against the last-place Tampa Bay Rays. If they sweep, and move 12 games above .500 with 20 games to go, they would have quite a story to tell.

Yes, there’s something fitting about Tebow making all kinds of headlines hours before his former team, the Broncos, would start defending its Super Bowl title. Make no mistake: This is not a Denver story. This is a New York, New York, story all the way.

Fred Wilpon’s Mets tried to be George Steinbrenner’s Yankees here, and knowledgeable locals understand why. Until recently the Mets cowered in the shadow of their big-budget neighbors, who were forever shaped by the advice a young Steinbrenner received from the Nederlanders, a prominent theater family, on how to survive around Broadway. “New York,” they told the wannabe Boss in the early 1970s, “is a star-vehicle town.”

But from Catfish to Reggie to Winfield to Henderson to Clemens to Giambi to Matsui to A-Rod, Steinbrenner made sure his recruiting trips weren’t always about box-office traffic and back-page buzz. He landed big names who could, you know, play a pretty mean game of baseball. That was the one non-negotiable part of his deals.

“He has demonstrated over his athletic career that he is a tremendous athlete, has got character, a competitive spirit. Aside from the age (29), this is a classic player-development opportunity for us. As an organization, we’re going to provide that development opportunity for Tim.”

The decision nonetheless was made at the highest levels of the organization — by Alderson and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon — and did not intimately involve the team’s baseball-operations personnel. The Mets were one of 28 teams to attend Tebow’s showcase last week in Los Angeles.

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