Week 16 was filled with stunners — the injuries to Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota, the Cleveland Browns' first win — and the players and coaches had plenty to say.
Let's start in Seattle, where the Seahawks' kicker DID IT AGAIN against the Arizona Cardinals, then had this to say afterward ...
Hauschka pulls a Marshawn Lynch
He said: "I gotta do better." To every single question he was asked after the game.
We say: Richard Sherman's gonna tear this guy a new one, after the 'Hawks kicker had a field goal blocked and then missed a PAT for the lead in the final minutes against Arizona. (He and Cards kicker Chandler Catanzaro combined to miss six kicks in two games.) But really, Hauschka's missed PAT didn't matter, since Sherman and the Seahawks' defense allowed the Cards to march down the field and Catanzaro to kick the winner.
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A Christmas miracle for Joe Thomas
He said: "I was looking around for people to hug. There were a few tears in my eyes. I was really happy. There was a genuine feeling of joy. The Christmas spirit was amongst us, for sure."
We say: The Browns beating the Chargers certainly qualifies as a Christmas miracle. And if anyone deserved an end to that losing streak, it's Thomas, who has brought his lunch pail and hard hat to work each week throughout his career in Cleveland, and earned his 10th straight Pro Bowl selection even as the Browns were winless.
Speaking of bleeping kickers ... Josh Lambo
He said: "I let down my teammates, my organization, and I let down the fans. That is going to weigh heavy on me."
We say: The Chargers kicker gave the Browns their best Christmas gift ever late in the fourth quarter, getting a potential game-tying field goal blocked and then missing another kick at the end that would have forced OT. At least Lambo, who had to apologize earlier this season for acting like a fan boy with Sebastian Janikowski after a loss, got the postgame tone right this time.
We say: Or losing your franchise QB. Your Super Bowl hopes. Your chance at staying in Oakland. FOX Sports' Dieter Kurtenbach writes that the Raiders don't stand a chance in the postseason without Derek Carr, who needs surgery after breaking the fibula in his right leg.
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Matt Lengel's TD made him happy and merry
He said: "Definitely ranks as the best Christmas gift, and birthday gift I could ever have."
He said: "To all the fans, and everybody who came out today — we're appreciative and understand where we are. And we know they understand where we are. It's just hard. It's hard for all of them, it's hard for all of us. But I promise you guys it will get fixed. Everything in my heart and soul to get it all fixed."
We say: Well that's a relief. We were a little concerned after you passed for just 90 yards and lost to a 1-13 49ers team that has beaten your team twice now and lost to everyone else.
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Darrelle Revis calls out Jets after 41-3 loss
He said: "Guys are not executing and they're not doing what they're supposed to do, (which is) follow the game plan. That's been happening all year, though. It's just been a struggle for us. It is what it is at this point. We've got one more game left and hopefully we'll try to get a win and go into the offseason."
We say: Best of luck in retirement.
Kirk Cousins blames his wife
He said: "My wife always packs my suit and I just grab the bag. I opened it up just now and saw this. It comes with pants and a matching tie. I thought that was overkill."
We say: YOU LIKE THAT? Nope.
Aaron Rodgers loved his Lambeau leap
He said: “It’s been a long time since I got a Lambeau leap. And in the back of my mind I was thinking this is going to be on the highlight tape next week so make sure you get all the way up there. So I went to the Jordy Nelson school of Lambeau leaps and was able to get up there and the fans were great. They smelled a little bit like booze, which is great for our fans, and they were holding pretty tight. But you love it, man; you love that feeling.”
We say: Packers fans love that you didn't aggravate your injuries doing it, since you're kinda like the best player in the NFL right now, according to FOX Sports' Chris Chase.
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Xavier Rhodes wasn't worried about shadowing Jordy Nelson
He said: “To be honest, I really don’t want to answer that. A matter of fact, forget it. We felt as a team, as players, we came together and we felt like we’d never done that when we played against the Packers. Us, as DBs, felt like we could handle him. That’s how we felt as DBs that we could stay on our side and cover him. In the beginning, we’d always played against them and played our sides, we never followed, so that’s what we felt as DBs. That’s what we went with.”
We say: Welp, that didn't work. Nelson caught seven passes for 145 yards and two TDs in the first half before Vikings coach Mike Zimmer got the DBs on board with his plan. With Rhodes shadowing him in the second half, Nelson had just two catches for 9 yards. “That’s what he was supposed to do the whole game," Zimmer said of Rhodes. "Someone decided they wouldn’t do that.”