Nuttiest Moments of the Week  


Wild Card Weekend presents its share of wackiness

  • By Jim Reineking
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Take a look at each in-depth breakdown and then vote for your favorite nuttiest play of Wild Card Weekend at the bottom of the right column.

Real heads-up play by Giants' center

Game: Giants 24, Falcons 2

The situation: The Giants, leading 17-2 with 14:23 left in the fourth quarter, face a first-and-10 from their own 30-yard line.

Things got a bit nutty when ... Eli Manning's pass for Hakeem Nicks is broken up by David Baas. Problem is, Baas plays for the Giants. Adding to the fun was that the ball struck Bass in the head, deflecting the pass off its intended course of action.

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That's Watt's up

Game: Texans 31, Bengals 10

The situation: With the score tied 10-10 with a minute left in the first half, the Bengals have a first-and-10 situation at their own 34-yard line.

Things got a bit nutty when ... Texans rookie defensive end J.J. Watt elevates to break up an Andy Dalton pass, but in the course of the play intercepts the pass. Watt takes his gift 29 yards for the go-ahead score. The play sent the Texans to their first playoff victory in team history.

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Brees fumble sets off frenzy

Game: Saints 45, Lions 28

The situation: The Saints have a second-and-6 situation at the Lions' 37-yard line in the second quarter.

Things got a bit nutty when ... Drew Brees has the ball punched away by Lions defensive end Willie Young for a fumble. While the Lions recover the loose ball, a referee blows a quick whistle to mark the play over. The Lions earned possession but missed an opportunity to score or gain a large chunk of yardage on the fumble return.

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Oh, snap!

Game: Broncos 29, Steelers 23 (OT)

The situation: The Steelers are already in field goal range when they encounter a third-and-4 play from the Broncos' 32-yard line with just 39 seconds remaining in the first half.

Things got a bit nutty when ... The snap of center Doug Legursky -- playing in place of injured starter Maurkice Pouncey -- goes awry. The ball gets by Ben Roethlisberger. The fumble is recovered by Heath Miller, but the result is a 24-yard loss that eliminates a chance at a field goal try for the Steelers, who resort to a punt instead.

Safety first

Game: Giants 24, Falcons 2

The situation: There's no score when the Giants face a second-and-22 from their own 12-yard line with a bit less than 14 minutes left in the second quarter.

Things got a bit nutty when ... Eli Manning is chased down by the Falcons' James Sanders, whose effort forces Manning to throw the ball away while in the end zone. An intentional grounding penalty is issued on Manning, which results in a safety. The two-pointer was the only score the Falcons could muster on a forgettable afternoon at MetLife Stadium. The safety also earned the Falcons a curious place in NFL playoff history: This was the first playoff in which a team finished with two points.

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