Kicker Sebastian Janikowsk (11) of the Oakland Raiders misses this long field goal at the end of the game against the Detroit Lions at O.co Coliseum on December 18, 2011 in Oakland, California. The Lions Won the game 28-27. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
We have talked a lot already, and will continue to discuss the failures of the New York Giants and New York Jets this weekend. We know the Giants lost control of the NFC East with a 23-10 loss to the Washington Redskins. We know the Jets were humbled by the Philadelphia Eagles, 45-19, meaning the Jets have to win both of their remaining games to guarantee a playoff berth.
Let's look a couple of other games that affected the New York teams, however.
Detroit Lions 28, Oakland Raiders 27: The Lions overcame a 27-14 deficit in the final 7:27, making it impossible for the Giants to earn a wild-card berth. See Pride of Detroit for the Lions viewpoint, and Silver And Black Pride for the Oakland perspective.
Cincinnati Bengals 20, St. Louis Rams 13: The Bengals defeated the Rams to remain 8-6, keeping pressure on the Jets. If both teams win out the Jets have the tie-breaker advantage. One Jets loss in their final two games opens the door for Cincinnati, though, if the Bengals can run the table. Of note here is that former Jet Kellen Clemens started at quarterback for the Rams and completed 25-of-36 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown. See Cincy Jungle for the Bengals viewpoint and Turf Show Times for the St. Louis perspective.
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