At the Water Cooler : Week 17

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(Guess who forgot that there are actually 17 weeks in the season, not 16, when making these headers at the beginning of the season? This girl. Whoops!)

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (Panther won, 21-20)

This was the last game of legendary tight end Tony Gonzalez’s 17-year NFL career. He will be walking into the Hall of Fame in 5 years, for sure.

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (Bengals won, 34-17)

The reigning Super Bowl champs have officially been knocked out of playoff contention, making them among the masses of Super Bowl winners who don’t make the playoffs the following year. It’s an odd phenomena.

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (Titans won, 16-10)

The Texans won their first two games. Then they lost the remaining 14. The good news is that they did win the best losing season consolation prize: first pick in the 2014 Draft.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts (Colts won, 30-10)

The Colts aren’t slowing down in preparation for the playoffs. They looked great against the Jags on Sunday.

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (Steelers won, 20-7)

The Steelers were so close to nabbing that last AFC playoff spot. They needed a win and losses by the Ravens, Dolphins, and Chargers to get in. They got 3 out of 4.

NY Jets at Miami Dolphins (Jets won, 20-7)

A serving of season-ending redemption for the Jets: Geno Smith played about 8,000 times better than he did during the Jets first game against the Dolphins, and Rex Ryan is reportedly keeping his job as head coach (in my opinion, deservedly so). And a serving of plain old season-ending for the Dolphins, who had a chance to get into the playoffs with a win.

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (Vikings won, 14-13)

In a fitting end to their season, the Lions lost by one point after a Vikings touchdown in the 4th quarter. Also, goodbye Metrodome.

Washington Redskins at NY Giants (Giants won, 20-6)

This game was the epitome of miserable. Metlife was subjected to an onslaught of rain/slush, and an onslaught of ugly play. Eli Manning added injury to insult with a high ankle sprain at the end of the first half, which is such an unfortunate way for his season to end.

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (PACKERS WON, 33-38)

Mr. Rodgers is back, and the NFC North is his neighborhood. The only thing I can say about this game is: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (Patriots won, 34-20)

On 3rd and 32, Tom Brady punted. Because why not?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (Saints won, 42-17)

And that’s a wrap in the NFC South. The Saints are in; the Bucs are glad it ended slightly better than anticipated at the halfway point of the season.

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (Broncos won, 34-14)

Peyton Manning threw 4 touchdowns. In the first half. Someone should just cut to the chase and overnight the 2013 MVP trophy to his house.

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (49ers won, 23-20)

The Cardinals are probably one of the best 10-6 teams to ever miss the playoffs. Watch out for them next year, NFC.

St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks (Seahawks won, 27-9)

The road to the NFC Championship will go through Seattle. That should strike fear into all the hearts.

Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers (Chargers won, 27-24 OY)

This is unreal: 3 out of the 6 AFC playoff teams are AFC West teams: the Broncos, Chiefs, and Chargers.

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Eagles won, 24-22)

For what feels like the zillionth year in a row, the Cowboys finish 8-8. Which means the Eagles, who at one point this season were in the midst of a 10-game home losing streak, are the winners of the NFC East.

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