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NFL, Week 16: Bengals, Steelers, Giants, Redskins trying keep playoff hopes alive

The NFL season is winding down, and the playoff picture is taking shape.

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With three first-year quarterbacks helping carry their teams to the playoffs, it's easy to forget these guys haven't actually been here before.

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Takeaways: Never satisfied

In this edition of Takeaways, Robert Wheel recaps every game from Week 16 and explains why you are always allowed to complain about your team, even when they've had recent success.

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Limping toward the playoffs

The Week 16 injury report includes some headline names from teams ticketed for the playoffs. Will those players be back in time for a postseason run?

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Understanding the NFC playoff picture

Four teams have clinched playoff spots in the NFC, and six more are battling to get in or stay in the picture.

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AFC playoff picture: Denver could take top seed

We know which six teams are going to the postseason in the AFC. The final seeding still requires some guessing.

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Seahawks assert home-field dominance

The Seattle Seahawks handled the San Francisco 49ers at home, claiming a lopsided victory to continue their four-game hot streak.

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Pete Carroll troll face

The Seahawks head coach has a message for the non-believers.

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Vernon Davis out with concussion after hit

Seahawks safety Cam Chancellor's hard hit has sidelined Vernon Davis for the night.

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Doug Baldwin makes it look easy

The Seahawks receivers have been making astonishing catches all season. Doug Baldwin's first quarter grab was just the latest.

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Why Tebow didn't play

Tim Tebow decided not to participate in Sunday's game against the Chargers. He had some good reasons.

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NFC spots still up for grabs

Three of the NFC's six playoff spots are still unclaimed heading into Sunday Night Football in Week 16.

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Ravens clinch AFC North title

A 33-14 win over the Giants snapped a three-game skid, clinched the AFC North title and ensured the Ravens a home playoff game in the first week of January.

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Tommy Kelly admits gunning for Cam Newton

Raiders' defensive tackle Tommy Kelly was looking to take out Cam Newton on Sunday.

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Bears take care of Cardinals

The Chicago Bears stayed in the playoff picture on Sunday with an impressive 15-point win over the Arizona Cardinals.

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Trent Richardson leaves with leg injury

Trent Richardson was carted off on the last play of the game.

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Broncos win tenth straight, down Browns 34-12

After a little help from the Vikings and a fairly easy win over the Browns, the Broncos find themselves tied atop the AFC standings.

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Anquan Boldin leaves with shoulder injury

Ravens' WR Anquan Boldin has left the game with a shoulder injury.

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The Cardinals are really, really bad

The Cardinals' offense is shameful: just ask Cardinals fans.

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Matt Forte out with ankle injury

Matt Forte left the Bears' game against the Cardinals with an ankle injury and won't return

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Brandon Weeden questionable to return

The rookie starter has a shoulder injury and Colt McCoy is in.

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Von Miller breaks Broncos sack record

The outside linebacker adds another accolade.

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Trent Richardson breaks Browns' record

Cleveland's first round rookie has one record under his belt.

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Jacoby Jones' dance was good, his TD wasn't

Jacoby Jones' touchdown dance was pretty cool. The touchdown didn't count, though.

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Wild Card spots, seeding up for grabs in NFC

The Atlanta Falcons are the only team in the NFC that knows where they'll be when the playoffs begin, and there are still a group of teams in the hunt for Wild Card spots.

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Peyton Manning leads Broncos to halftime lead

Peyton Manning has the Broncos up to a 14-3 lead at halftime.

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AFC playoff field set

The six playoff teams in the AFC have all been locked in, but the seeding still has to play out.

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Chiefs best rushing team in NFL history (in loss)!

Kansas City fans take solace in 2012 team ranking first on a list. Then are reminded of Bill Polian rumors.

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Arian Foster had an irregular heartbeat

Arian Foster left Sunday's game early with an irregular heartbeat.

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Texans loss opens door for Broncos

The Houston Texans had the opportunity to lock up a first round bye and home field advantage on Sunday, but failed to do that in a 23-6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

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Colts lock up playoff spot with win over Chiefs

The Indianapolis Colts complete their amazing turnaround by securing a playoff spot in the AFC playoffs.

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Torrey Smith is just hangin' out

The Ravens will hope to end their current football slump by playing basketball.

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Saints knock off Cowboys in overtime

The New Orleans Saints dealt a big blow to the Cowboys' postseason hopes by coming into Dallas and winning an overtime thriller.

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Redskins control playoff destiny after win

Once staring at a 3-6 record, the Redskins now control their own postseason destiny going into a Week 17 match-up against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Jason Witten has record-setting day

Jason Witten now has the record for most receptions by a tight end in one season.

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Tony Romo executes comeback

Tony Romo has silenced his critics for a little while.

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The Bengals are headed to the playoffs

For the first time in 30 years, the Cincinnati Bengals will go to the playoffs in two seasons in a row with a 13-10 win over the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

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Blair Walsh sets kicking record

The rookie kicker has been sensational this season.

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Rivers, Chargers surge past Jets

The Jets were in control in the first half, but the Chargers turned it around to pick up their sixth win of the year.

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Jags don't wish their fans a merry christmas

Apparently the weather in Jacksonville is frightful and the Jags aren't so delightful.

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RG3 returns with crucial victory over Eagles

Thee Washington Redskins beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20, to stay in first place in the NFC East and set up a Week 17 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys for a playoff spot. Robert Griffin III returned from injury to lead the Redskins with two touchdown passes.

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Rams defense has huge game in win over Bucs

Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman threw four interceptions against the Rams on Sunday.

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Vikings improve to 9-6 with 23-6 win over Texans

The Minnesota Vikings remain in the race to the postseason after a 23-6 win over the Houston Texans.

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Eagles lose as only the Eagles can

Dream Team, baby.

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Vikings win means Bears must win out

The Minnesota Vikings upset the Houston Texans and makes the Chicago Bears on the outside looking in. The Bears must defeat the Arizona Cardinals Sunday to remain in playoff contention.

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Patriots claw back to beat Jaguars

The Jaguars were in the game in the final seconds, but the Patriots closed it out for their 11th win of the season.

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Adrian Peterson's quest just got tougher

Adrian Peterson is still in the hunt, but it's a lot more unlikely he'll set the rushing record.

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J.J. Watt gets closer to Strahan with 1 game left

Can he break the single-season sacks record next week?

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Cowboys' Ware injures shoulder

Ware came into the game nursing other injuries including an elbow injury.

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Cam Newton bumps ref

Carolina's second-year quarterback has kept himself in check in recent weeks, but on Sunday his emotions got away from him.

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Texans' Foster leaves game with illness

While the Houston Texans are headed for the playoffs, they have lost running back Arian Foster, possibly for the rest of the day, due to an illness.

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Robert Griffin III stats: RG3 is good

Does anything else really need to be said?

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Bears without Brian Urlacher against Cards

The Chicago Bears will be without the services of Brian Urlacher against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Tuck among inactives for Giants-Ravens clash

Justin Tuck is among those listed as inactive for today's game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens.

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Randall Cobb leaves with ankle injury

Green Bay's leading receiver has left the field in the second half.

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Browns shorthanded against Broncos

The Cleveland Browns have the tough task ahead of them of trying to stop the Denver Broncos and being shorthanded on both sides won't help matters.

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Steelers in trouble?

With so many games with huge playoff implications, here's a halftime update for teams that are hoping to keep their playoff teams alive.

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Shhh, Danny Woodhead is juggling

Shhhh, you'll throw off his concentration.

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CBS thought Raiders had 3rd and 61

Still might be in Sebastian Janikowski's range though.

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Jake Locker not so perfect

If passer rating was a breathalyzer test, Locker would be free to go.

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Andrew Luck breaks rookie passing record

In his 15th career game, Andrew Luck has made history.

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Moose and Goose rock the Xmas sweaters

Fox's broadcast crew at the Saints vs. Cowboys game today had a festive look.

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Kai Forbath has an NFL kicking record

Way to go, buddy!

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Chris Johnson questionable to return

The Titans could be without their leading running back for the rest of the game against the Packers.

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Raiders lose S Branch to foot injury

The Oakland Raiders are down a touchdown to the Carolina Panthers, and now they've lost safety Tyvon Branch to a foot injury. His return is questionable.

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Janoris Jenkins has a pick-six early

St. Louis Rams second-round pick Janoris Jenkins is making an impact.

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Tim Tebow now fighting for snaps with Kerley

The Jets former second-string quarterback is now fourth in passing yards. Get ready, Jags fans!

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Kyle Rudolph does the lawnmower

The Vikings tight end gets the lawnmower started after scoring a touchdown against the Texans.

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Obligatory Sanchez clipboard GIF

The Jets are unlikely to trade Mark Sanchez in the offseason, but at least he's coping well with his future.

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Andre Johnson reaches career milestone

The other Johnson receiver is pretty good too.

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Geno Atkins sacks Ben Roethlisberger

Bengals sack leader Geno Atkins sacked Ben Roethlisberger on his first pass attempt of their Week 16 game.

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Mark Sanchez, DPoY?

The former New York Jets starting quarterback at least did a good job cleaning up his own mess.

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Rams, Buccaneers inactives

Inactives for the St. Louis Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the two teams are set to face off in Raymond James Stadium at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday.

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McElroy to manage Jets offense without TE Keller

Jets will host Chargers (1 p.m. on CBS) without tight end Dustin Keller and cornerback Aaron Berry.

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Anderson out again vs. Fish

Without much to play for, Buffalo and Miami will battle it out for bragging rights with most of the stars on the field Sunday.

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Patriots, Jaguars injury reports

Rob Gronkowski and Brandon Spikes are out for the Patriots while the Jaguars will be without Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings.

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Colts missing 5 starters vs. Chiefs

The Colts will be without five starters while fighting for a playoff berth against the lowly Chiefs on Sunday.

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Nelson, Woodson still inactive

Jordy Nelson and Charles Woodson among Green Bay's inactive stars.

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Demps, Robinson among Vikings-Texans inactives

Vikings defensive end Brian Robinson and Texans safety Quintin Demps are among the inactives for the teams' Week 16 showdown.

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Raiders missing defensive cogs against Panthers

Raiders and Panthers will go at it with pride (and NFL Draft positioning) on the line.

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Bengals-Steelers inactives

Mike Nugent and rookie Dre Kirkpatrick are out for the Bengals. Ike Taylor is still recovering from a leg injury and has been ruled out.

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RGIII active vs. Eagles

The Redskins and Eagles will rekindle an old rivalry on Sunday with a few key players missing from the game.

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Jay Ratliff inactive for Cowboys

Both New Orleans and Dallas are relatively healthy headed into their Week 16 contest.

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Marc Ross top candidate for Panthers' GM job

The Giants' director of college scouting is the top candidate for the Panthers' general manager job, according to reports.

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Browns vs. Broncos preview

The Browns bring a decent defense and inexperienced offense to Denver, where they'll face a juggernaut Broncos team that is nearly unbeatable right now -- at home, or anywhere else.

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Pack trying to beat Titans at home

Aaron Rodgers and company look to move toward a first-round bye against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

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49ers' Justin Smith out against Seahawks

Justin Smith's absence could have a ricochet effect on the effectiveness of the 49ers' defense.

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The Bengals and Steelers start the playoffs early

The Bengals and the Steelers face off on Sunday in what basically counts as a playoff game for both teams. Win and you're in; lose and better luck next year.

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49ers, Seahawks battle for NFC West

The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks are going to see if they can get an actual NFC West rivalry going on Sunday Night Football.

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Adrian Peterson continues quest for rushing record

Adrian Peterson's quest to set the NFL single-season rushing record will continue Sunday against the Houston Texans

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Strahan's sacks record likely to fall this year

Michael Strahan's record of 22.5 sacks set in 2001 has a good chance of falling to either 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith or Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

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Week 16 injury report

This week's injury report is a short one, but it's filled with big names that could impact the postseason.

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McElroy, Jets take on stumbling Chargers on Sunday

After growing tired of Mark Sanchez at quarterback, coach Rex Ryan has elected to go with Greg McElroy as his starting QB against the Chargers in Week 16. If McElroy struggles, could it be Tebow Time once again?

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Giants-Ravens: When two good teams become bad

The Giants and the Ravens look like the two shakiest teams previously thought to be Super Bowl contenders, and they'll clash Sunday afternoon in Baltimore in Week 16.

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Cardinals looking to spoil Bears' playoff dreams

The Chicago Bears are fighting for the NFL playoffs as they take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16.

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Preview: Rams meet Bucs

Steven Jackson needs just 91 yards in the last two games of the 2012 season to record an eighth consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season.

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Preview: Raiders vs. Panthers

Cam Newton might be saving his best for last this season, and he and the Panthers play host to the Raiders on Sunday afternoon.

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Adrian Peterson, Vikings visit AFC-best Texans

The Vikings, led by the amazing Adrian Peterson, are battling for a playoff spot. They'll travel to meet the Texans, who are playing to clinch home field advantage.

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Preview: Pats meet Jags

In their last meeting, Tom Brady finished with more touchdowns (4) than incompletions (3) in a 35-7 domination of the Jaguars.

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Bills vs. Dolphins 2012 game preview

Ryan Tannehill had one of his worst performances of his rookie season during a Thursday Night Football game against the Buffalo Bills.

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Philly looks to play spoiler for RG3's return

The Washington Redskins are in control of the NFC East, but the Philadelphia Eagles would love to play spoiler on Sunday as RG3 returns to the field.

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Colts try for playoff berth against Chiefs

Andrew Luck and the Colts can put themselves in the playoffs with a win against hapless Kansas City.

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Clinch scenarios

The playoff picture could get a little more focused this week.

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