49ers Crush Packers to Highlight Week 12 in NFL
The San Francisco 49ers went a long way toward securing the top spot in the NFC with a 37-8 crushing of the Green Bay Packers, but this was not the only contest that has helped to make the playoff focus a lot clearer. The New England Patriots seem destined to reach the Super Bowl for the fourth straight year and the Dallas Cowboys may win the NFC East simply based on attrition.
49ers Crush Packers
A forced fumble on the Packers opening possession which turned into a 49ers touchdown one play later should tell you all you need to know about this game. There was a lot of hype about matchup of teacher (Kyle Shanahan) vs. student (Matt LaFleur), but the teacher proved to be the master as Shanahan’s San Francisco team absolutely crushed LaFleurs’ Green Bay squad.
Aaron Rodgers threw for just 104 yards and Aaron Jones recorded 38 yards on the ground. This was as dominating of a performance as any this season, and clearly showed that the San Francisco 49ers are the top dogs in the NFC.
Patriots Dampen Cowboys Hopes
The New England Patriots overcame a torrential downpour to defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 13-9. Dallas outplayed New England in many ways, but the big difference were turnovers and special teams. The Patriots recorded a blocked punt that turned into a touchdown and an interception thrown by Dak Prescott that lead to a New England field goal were the differences in the game.
New England moved to 10-1 and looks like a lock to earn the top spot in the AFC. Dallas is still in first in the NFC East, but solely because this division stinks.
Rams Devoured by Ravens
While one team from last year’s Super Bowl was taking care of business, the Los Angeles Rams looked like anything but a playoff team, as they were absolutely crushed by the Baltimore Ravens, 45-6. The Ravens put up 480 yards of total offense, led by Mark Ingram, who rushed for 111 yards, and Lamar Jackson, who threw for 169 yards and five TDs and ran for 95 more.
This contest was so lopsided that Robert Griffin III actually made an appearance. This put to rest the question “What ever happened to Robert Griffin III?”
Playoff Picture Coming into Focus
While the loss was a big one for Green Bay, they still are in the driver’s seat in the NFC North. Green Bay is tied with the Minnesota Vikings at 8-3, and currently holds the tie breaker by defeating Minnesota earlier this season. These two teams meet again in Week 16.
New Orleans (9-2) and San Francisco (10-1) look like they will win their divisions, earning a first round bye. The Saints will have to win just one more game to win the NFC South, but San Francisco has a very pesky Seattle Seahawks (9-2) team breathing down their necks.
Dallas (6-5) is leading the NFC East over Philadelphia (5-6). Whoever wins this division is the only team making the playoffs as the NFC North and West will deliver the two wild card spots.
The Patriots and Ravens look like locks to win their divisions. Houston (7-4) is in a three team race with Indianapolis and Tennessee (both 6-5) and Kansas City (7-4) is looking to hold off Oakland (6-5) in the West. The Buffalo Bills look to be one of the Wild Card teams.
Big Games in Week 13
Week 13 has six huge games on tap, with each of those contests featuring likely playoff teams. The biggest will be Monday night when two second place teams, the Vikings and Seahawks, square off. Should neither of these teams win their division, the loser of this contest likely becomes the No. 6 team in the conference come playoff time.
With Philadelphia visiting Miami, the Cowboys are in the difficult position of having to beat the Bills at home on Thanksgiving. The Titans and Colts square off in a battle that could all but eliminate the loser. The 49ers go to Baltimore in a game that could leave the Seahawks atop the NFC West with a victory over the Vikings. Plus, first place will be on the line in Kansas City when the Chiefs host the Raiders. Add to it the Patriots at the Texans in a battle of first place teams and this has the makings of a great weekend.
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