The Minnesota Vikings made the NFL a little more interesting for the third week in a row; the league moved their contest against the Eagles to Tuesday, December 29 because of the East Coast blizzard.
Philadelphia’s solid receiver not named DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, did what he’s done all season and racked up substantial receiving yardage. Quarterback Michael Vick and Maclin did not connect for a score, as Minnesota rookie Joe Webb played more like 2010 Vick than the hobbled Vick did. Maclin did have one very pretty sideline grab for 28 yards in the first quarter.
St. Louis put Danario Alexander on the field for a season high 43 of 66 offensive snaps . The first year player racked up nearly 100 yards working against the 49ers defense, and appeared to score when he stood up and ran across the goal line untouched after snagging a 46 yard bomb from Sam Bradford. San Francisco head honcho Mike Singletary challenged the ruling, though, and the official rescinded the touchdown call.
Playing against the Bears in Chicago, New York Jets receiver Brad Smith had an opportunity to keep his New York team’s drive alive late in the game but the former MU quarterback let the ball bounce off his hands. Regardless, the Jets clinched a playoff berth thanks to a Jacksonville loss against a subpar Washington Redskins squad.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Gage had a similar problem on Sunday–he dropped a pass that would have allowed his team to convert on fourth down in the first quarter, and did not log a catch the rest of the day.
Defensively, Pittsburgh’s Ziggy Hood sacked Carolina Panther’s quarterback Jimmy Clausen during garbage time in the fourth quarter.
On Monday night in Atlanta, William Moore had five tackles yet again, two that kept the Saints out of the end zone in an eventual loss.
San Francisco veteran Justin Smith was named to the Pro Bowl as a back up. It will be Smith’s first Pro Bowl appearance.