Week 17 was ... uh ... er ... umm ... crazy? Ridiculous? Fun?
Ah, heck, pick your descriptive word. How do you explain the Steelers having every possible thing fall their way -- including the Chiefs' backups balling out -- only to lose out on a playoff spot thanks to a makeable miss from Ryan Succop? Then to have the NFL admit officials erred on the play? Oh, boy.
While we have inevitably focused on the winners on NFL Network and NFL.com, let's consider some of the reactions from the losers ...
Let me think about this .... No.
If it's for University of Phoenix, do you actually have to go anywhere to turn it in? Always wondered about that.
Yep, the Bills, Browns and Cowboys will all retire to a long offseason. Of course, we know that doesn't really exist in the NFL. So where does everyone in that group rank in our final (at least, until the week after the Super Bowl) league-wide Power Rankings? See below. We'll give you a hint: None of them are No. 32. ... SPOILER ALERT. As always, feel free to share your take -- @Harrison_NFL is the place.
Let the dissension commence ...
Look, everyone knows the Chargers got lucky Sunday. Now that they're in, they just need to ball out like they did in Denver in Week 15. That starts with pounding the Bengals on the ground, which means Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead should have 30 carries combined. On the road and against that pass rush, San Diego should not put the game on Philip Rivers.
All that said, well, not to be Positive Perry, but here's the deal: How about the character of this football team in going from 0-4 to 8-8? The Steelers' defense stepped it up Sunday versus the Browns, ensuring there was no drama ... at least on the Pittsburgh side of things. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau -- all 76 years of him -- did his job. Talk about telling AARP to go to hell.
Say this about former coach Leslie Frazier: He handled himself with class all the way. He has an interesting story, with his promising playing career as a starting corner for perhaps the greatest defense in NFL history cut short in Super Bowl XX thanks to a freak injury. He's the real deal in terms of his overall NFL résumé; things just didn't work out in Minnesota.
Oh, but that snap! Tony Gonzalez deserved a better ending to his career, that much is certain. The Falcons have much to think about, starting with shoring up the defense -- at all three levels -- as well as the offensive line and running back position. This will be a "best player available" kind of draft for Atlanta.
Hey: Even if we all overrated the talent level here, getting the first overall pick in 2014 isn't exactly the worst thing ever.