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    The reason I ask is this -- some NFL GMs reportedly prefer Robert Griffin III to Stanford's Andrew Luck.

    That's pretty surprising news considering the success Luck's had, and the general consensus that he's the best quarterback to come out of college since John Elway.

    And while RG3's stock might be flying in a northerly direction, it's not likely to change what the Colts are going to do provided they end up with the top overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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  • Robert Griffin III stops by The NFL Today
    2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III, stopped by The NFL Today to discuss his award winning season, the possibility he leaves Baylor early for the NFL as well as his now famous Superman socks.


    Graham suffering back spasms; limited for rest of day

    In warmups for the New Orleans-Tennessee game today, tight end Jimmy Graham seemed to be hobbling around and having a tough time getting loose.

    It’s because he’s suffering from back spasms, and after catching two passes for 14 yards early in the first quarter, reports have surfaced that say he’ll be limited the rest of the day.

    Though the Saints should have enough firepower to beat the Titans, but without Graham, quarterback Drew Brees will lose his favorite receiver target. And sadly, we probably won’t get to see him dunk the football over the goalposts.


    Hasselbeck suffers calf injury, Locker in for Titans

    With playoff implications on the line, the Titans are hanging tough with the Saints, trailing just 3-0 midway through the second quarter. At 7-5, they come into Week 14 two games out of the final wild-card spot behind the Bengals and Raiders.

    But Tennessee's mountain might've just gotten tougher to climb: on what looked like a routine pass play, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck suffered a calf injury even though he was untouched on the play.

    Rookie first-round pick Jake Locker is now in the game for the Titans. Coming into Sunday, Locker had completed 10 of 21 passes this season for 152 yards, including two touchdowns and no interceptions.

    Hasselbeck's return is questionable.

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    Gronkowski sets TE TD record

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Top Ten second-year players of today, and much to the chagrin of some in the New Orleans area, I declared Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to be the No. 1 player from the 2010 NFL draft.

    Gronkowski helped prove it today. With an 11-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady, Gronkowski set the scoring record for a tight end with his 14th touchdown of the season, breaking his tie with Antonio Gates.

    Like usual, Gronkowski performed his big Gronk spike, only to realize a second later that the ball was something he’d probably like to keep.

  • Jabar Gaffney should probably only jump where fans are.


    Leonhard carted off field after apparent leg injury

    While intercepting a Tyler Palko pass that led to a Jets touchdown in the second quarter, New York safety Jim Leonhard injured his right leg and had to be helped off the field and to the locker room.

    It’s the same right leg which he broke late last season during a Jets practice, and after he had to be escorted from the field -- he couldn’t put any weight on his right leg -- he had to use a cart to get to the locker room.

  • This was probably not worth a personal foul penalty.


    Ponder yanked, Joe Webb takes over

    Christian Ponder has had a horrendous day, g
    oing 11 for 21 for 115 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s also fumbled twice, losing one, and as a result of his struggles, the Vikings fell behind by three touchdowns in the first quarter to the Lions.

    But in the third quarter, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier yanked Ponder from the game and inserted backup Joe Webb. The impact was immediate, as he broke loose for a 65-yard touchdown to draw within 10 points of the Lions with about 20 minutes to play.

    Already, Webb has 77 yards on three carries, making him the team’s leading rusher for the day. He’s also easily out-rushing the entire Detroit squad, and you have to wonder if he can avoid turning the ball over for the rest of the day, perhaps the Vikings could have a chance at a big comeback on Detroit.

  • Worst onside kick in NFL history by the Chiefs here.


    Losman replaces injured Moore for Dolphins
    We have Losman. That's right: J.P. Losman, former first-round pick of the Bills in 2004, is again playing quarterback in the NFL. Miami signed him on October 25, to replace Sage Rosenfels as Matt Moore's backup.

    Late in Sunday's game against the Eagles, with the Dolphins trailing, 24-10, Losman took the field for Moore, who left after suffering a head injury. He completed a pass to tight end Anthony Fasano with 1:47 to go in the game, the first time he'd thrown a completion since the 2008 season, his last with the Bills.

    Miami, meanwhile, looks like it will drop to 4-9. They had won four of their last five games after starting the season 0-7.

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    Yates pulls of game-winning comeback, Texans clinch playoffs

    After losing to the Ravens and Steelers, their two toughest opponents this season, the Bengals had to find a way to turn around their latest fortunes when playing host to the Texans at home.

    And sure, without Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson in the lineup, Houston isn’t as potent a team as earlier this season. But the Texans still have a tough defense and one of the better running games in the NFL, and Cincinnati needed a win to keep pace with the Steelers (who won Thursday) and the Ravens (who easily dispatched the Colts on Sunday) and keep themselves in the AFC’s second wild card spot.

    Rookie quarterback T.J. Yates ruined all those plans.

    Despite falling behind by 13 points at halftime, the Texans slowly crept up on the Bengals, behind the passing of Yates (26 of 44 for 300 yards, two touchdowns and an interception), who put together a fantastic last-minute drive in the fourth quarter pull out the 20-19 win and an unprecedented playoff berth.

    The end came with two seconds to play when Yates found a wide-open Kevin Walter for the 6-yard touchdown with two seconds to play. Neil Rackers kicked the point after to win it, and the hysteria left Yates’ mom sobbing in the stands at Paul Brown Stadium.

    With the win and combined with the Titans loss to the Saints, the Texans have clinched their first-ever playoff berth by virtue of an AFC South title. When Matt Schaub went down three weeks ago -- and especially when Matt Leinart was lost a week later -- you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody who believed Yates would so easily lead the Texans to the playoffs.

    But he’s done it. And he’s done it impressively.


    Kolb out of game after knee to the helmet

    After missing four-straight games, Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb returned last week to lead his team to a surprising victory against the Cowboys. But it looks like in order for Arizona to upset the 49ers, it might have to do so without him.

    Midway through the first quarter, the 49ers sacked Kolb, but on his way to the turf, San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks inadvertently kneed Kolb on the head while running by him. As a result, Kolb returned to the locker room, though he has since returned to the sideline.

    He’s questionable to return to the game. John Skelton (50.4 completion percentage with four touchdowns and seven interceptions this season) has replaced him.

  • If playoffs started before 4 p.m. games

    Here’s the latest graphic for which squads would make the playoffs if they started right after the 1 p.m. games were completed.

    A few takeaways via Denny Burkholder

    -- Houston clinched the AFC South title
    -- Carolina, Washington, Miami and Tampa Bay are now eliminated
    -- Buffalo will also be eliminated if they lose to San Diego (game in progress)
    -- If Oakland and Denver both lose, Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth
    -- If Chicago loses, New Orleans clinches a playoff berth
    -- If Green Bay wins, they clinch a first-round bye
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