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That was just the second pick-six thrown by Rodgers in his career, with the other coming all the way back in 2009. You can follow along with all the action here.
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Although we don’t know if the injury has hindered Brady’s throwing ability, Patriots fans will be happy to hear that that everything actually seems fine in that department. According to NFL.com, Brady was able to zing the ball pretty well in practice on Friday, which seems to indicate that he hasn’t lost any zip on his passes.
There is one giant downside Reggie Jackson Jersey to the injury, though. According to Tom Curran of NBC Boston, Brady has only been taking shotgun snaps because the team doesn’t want to risk aggravating the injury. If that’s the case, it wouldn’t be crazy to see the Patriots go nearly all shotgun on Sunday, because there’s no way they’d want to risk Brady re-injuring his thumb or having his stitches rip open on national television and potentially turning into a bloody mess.
There have been 20 different times since 1970 that a team has swept a division rival in the regular season and then faced them again in the playoffs, according to Elias Sports Bureau. That team completed the three-game sweep 13 of those 20 times. So history is on the Saints’ side in this one.
Panic index: Cam Newton’s coming off a three-interception performance and the worst quarterback rating of his career against the Falcons in Week 17. He’s got a career 7-7 record against New Orleans. If anyone should be panicking, it’s Panthers fans.
The Raiders officially named Jon Gruden their 22nd coach in franchise history. He will get the longest coaching deal in NFL history — a 10-year contract likely approaching $100 million — sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The team held an introductory news conference Jan. 9. Gruden, who coached Oakland from 1998 to 2001 and has been working as an ESPN analyst, is returning to the Raiders to replace Jack Del Rio, who was fired after the regular-season finale.