Sunday, January 1, 2012

Week 17 Notes...

THE CLUTCH:

Down 41-38 with 2:39 remaining, Matt Flynn, starting in place of a resting Aaron Rodgers, drove the Packers 80 yards, capped by a 4 yard touchdown pass to Jermichael Finley. Flynn threw for 6 touchdowns, ensuring a 15-1 record for Green Bay, as well as a big day for Flynn this upcoming offseason.

Tied at 16 with under 5 minutes to go, Matt Hasselbeck threw a 23 yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington for the eventual Titans victory. However, Tennessee missed out on the last playoff spot due to tie-breakers, even though they finished a strong 9-7.

Down 23-16 with 1:49 remaining, backup Jake Delhomme drove the Texans 64 yards, capped by a 5 yard pass to Bryant Johnson. The Texans decided to go for the two point conversion and the victory, but after a 5 yard penalty, Delhomme received a bad snap for the 23-22 loss.

Tied at 20 in overtime, John Skelton led the Cardinals 71 yards, which led to a game-winning 28 yard field goal by Jay Feely. Skelton was 4 for 4 on the drive for 51 yards. Skelton finished the season strong, going 5-2, leading Arizona to a respectable 8-8 record.

THE non-CLUTCH:

Down 45-41 with 33 seconds on Green Bay's 37 yard line, Matthew Stafford threw the game-losing interception. The loss was important because Detroit will get the sixth seed instead of the fifth seed, and will face the 13-3 New Orleans Saints in round one.

Down 34-27 with less than 3 minutes to go on San Francisco's 40 yard line, rookie Tom Brandstater filling in for an injured Kellen Clemens, threw two straight incompletions for the loss of downs and loss of game for the Rams.

Down 16-10 on Miami's 10 yard line with under 3 minutes to go, Mark Sanchez threw an interception which ended any playoff hopes the Jets had.

Down 17-13 with 1:51 remaining from their own 6 yard line, backup Joe Webb drove Minnesota to their own 46 yard line before throwing the game-losing interception.

Down 24-16 with 1:05 remaining, Andy Dalton drove the Bengals 47 yards to get into range for a Hail-Mary, but his two attempts fell incomplete for the loss to Baltimore. The Bengals clinched a playoff spot nonetheless.

Down 13-9 with 1:46 remaining, Seneca Wallace drove the Browns 52 yards, but his last ditched Hail-Mary attempt fell incomplete for the loss to Pittsburgh.

Down 7-3 in the fourth quarter, Tim Tebow had four possessions which led to 3 punts and an interception for the Broncos loss. Tebow finished with only 60 yards passing, and only scored 3 points in what they thought was a must-win game. However, because of the Oakland loss, Denver still clinched the AFC West crown, despite an 8-8 record.

#4CR

BEST:
1. Matt Flynn: 480 yards, 6 touchdowns, 1 interception, 136.4 passer rating + clutch performance
2. Drew Brees: 389 yards, 5 touchdowns, 1 interception, 140.7 passer rating
3. Eli Manning: 346 yards, 3 touchdowns, 136.7 passer rating
4. Tom Brady: 338 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 113.8 passer rating
5. Philip Rivers: 310 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 135.1 passer rating

WORST:
28. Cam Newton: 158 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 75.1 passer rating
29. Seneca Wallace: 177 yards, 1 interception, 42.4 passer rating + non-clutch performance
30. TJ Yates: 47 yards, 115.6 passer rating + injured
31. Tim Tebow: 60 yards, 1 interception, 20.6 passer rating + non-clutch performance
32. Christian Ponder: 28 yards, 1 interception, 8.3 passer rating + injured again

QB RECORDS VS. SPREAD (actual records in parenthesis)

Elite QBs: 58-49 (76-31)

Very Good QBs: 32-47 (41-38)

Average QBs: 54-42 (47-45)

Unknown QBs: 39-41 (32-48)

Bad QBs: 20-17 (20-17)

Backups: 53-60 (39-75)

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