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Week 13 Takeaways: NFL Unpredictable As Ever

Week 13 Takeaways: NFL Unpredictable As Ever

If the massively unpredictable Week 13 were any indication of what might be seen at this year’s Super Bowl, an upset is coming.  Two teams that should have won their contests lost, while other teams that had to turn up the heat to stay in the running for a playoff spot only turned to ice.  The season is almost over, with only a few games remaining for teams still fighting for a playoff berth, and it’s coming down to the wire.

Wow, Week 13 Was Unpredictable

The San Francisco 49ers were expected to win against the Baltimore Ravens, even though everyone knew it would be a tough game.  The match was fierce, physical and frantic, coming down to the final seconds before a winner could be named.  It all would be decided by the foot of Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, who put a 47-yard field goal through the uprights to give his team a 20-17 victory.

This moved the 49ers down to 10-2 in the NFC, but they’re still in great position at the top of the NFL division standings.  Depending on how the Seattle Seahawks perform against the Minnesota Vikings tonight, though, they might soon find themselves in second place.


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Only the die-hard New York Giants fans would have thought that their team had a chance against the Green Bay Packers, and even they probably had their doubts.  The Packers took control on both offense and defense – especially on defense – on their way to a 31-13 victory.  With that kind of performance, the Vikings have to bring everything they have tonight, or the Packers are going to threaten them in the division.

The New England Patriots beat themselves on an unpredictable week 13 this Sunday.  They should have been able to easily come out on top against the Houston Texans, but Tom Brady and Co. couldn’t get it together.  Brady bashed his wide receivers after the game, which goes to show you that his heart is no longer with the team.  The offseason is going to see some big changes for the Pats, but nothing will erase the 28-22 loss they took at the hands of the Texans.

Better late than never.  The Denver Broncos – finally – brought some pressure when they took on the LA Chargers.  It would be safe to say that the Broncos were never expected to win the game, but they fought all the way through until the end.  Quarterback Drew Lock helped keep the drives alive and overcome deficits, ultimately getting the score even at 20-20.  Just like with the 49ers-Ravens game, it all came down to a last-minute field goal for the win.  Unfortunately, it’s too late for the squad to claim any sort of real victory, as there’s no chance they’re headed to the playoffs.

The Tennessee Titans are still in there.  They overcame the Indianapolis Colts to keep their hopes of a chance at a playoff appearance alive and, provided QB Ryan Tannehill can keep performing like he did yesterday, the Titans might be worth keeping a close eye on for the next couple of weeks.  He went 17 for 22 and two touchdowns, and the Titans defense was determined to keep the Colts in the corral.  The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Titans are going to fight over the last wild card spot in the AFC and the race isn’t over yet.

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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