The most amazing play ever
There have been amazing catches. Long touchdown runs. And bone jarring hits. But there hasn't been a play like the one in Cincinnati made by Bengals WR Jerome Simpson. My mind was blown. I had never seen a more spectacular play. I'm not going to say that this was the greatest play of all time. It wasn't in a playoff game or the Super Bowl, but it's now in my top 10. Simpson caught a pass from QB Andy Dalton over the middle of the field. He proceeded towards the endzone where he decided the only way to get into the endzone was to leap over the defender. He made it into the endzone but he was going to be in for a rough landing, or so I thought. All of a sudden he begins to turn himself upright in the middle of the air and sticks the landing in the endzone. Touchdown Bengals. I'm sure it's all over youtube right now. Either way you have to see it again and again. It was a once in a lifetime kind of a play.
Showdown for the NFC East
It has come down to the final game of the season for the NFC East. Who could have seen this coming? The New York Giants weren't going to let the New York Jets beat them. But the Dallas Cowboys laid a goose egg in their stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles. Nearly being shutout. Now with Cowboys QB Tony Romo nursing a bruised throwing hand, the question all week will be about his health. I would expect the New York Giants to win this game since it is being played in New York. The Giants did beat the Cowboys a few weeks ago in Dallas. But I don't trust either one of these teams. Just when you think they've figured it out, they fall flat on their faces. Which Eli Manning will show up? Will the Giants pass rush live up to their potential. Will the Dallas Cowboys actually play defense for an entire game? Can the Cowboys run the ball consistently? Those are the most important questions for both teams. Whichever team can successfully quell those questions they will have a NFC East title and host a playoff game.
A new record
Probably the one thing that most people love about football is that you don't have to know a lot about it. And that's okay. Some folks could care less about the historical records and statistical achievements of the games greats. What Saints QB Drew Brees did on Monday Night Football was one for the ages though. Hall of Fame QB Dan Fouts held the record for most passing yards in a single season with 4,802 yards. That record lasted for only 3 years until another Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino shattered that record with 5,084 yards. That record has stood for 27 years. No one has come close to getting 5,000 yards passing since. That is until QB Drew Brees arrived in New Orleans. He came close to breaking it in 2008 when on the last pass play of the season it was an incomplete pass. This year though he broke the record with one game to spare. Chances are that this record will never be broken, but with the way the league is heading towards an offensive explosion. It might not last as long as Marino's record. Either way it is quite an accomplishment. To be only the second person to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season and do it twice is something to be proud of.