Atlanta Falcons will NOT suffer Super Bowl hangover in 2017

The Super Bowl hangover isn’t a myth. It’s real. History and the eyeball test in the salary cap era tell you it is the truth: Losing on the game’s biggest stage can have repercussions that last long after Super Sunday.

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Since 2000, half of the Super Bowl losers failed to even make the postseason in the following campaign. Just two got back to the conference title game — none returned to the Super Bowl.

The most recent hangover victim? Carolina. The Panthers went from an NFL-best 15-1 in 2015 to 6-10 and dead last in the NFC South last fall. Cam Newton followed up his league MVP campaign with the worst statistical season of his professional life.

So, given this preamble, it’s easy to foresee Atlanta suffering a Super Bowl hangover of epic proportions, right? After all, this team blew a 25-point, second-half lead in Super Bowl LI, handing the Patriots their fifth Lombardi Trophy. Can you imagine the figurative pounding headache that comes from that kind of choke job?

But here’s the thing: I believe in the 2017 Falcons. I think Atlanta’s only gotten better this offseason. I think February’s unthinkable heartbreak is going to fuel this prideful bunch. I think the experience has only made these Falcons stronger.

I can easily see Atlanta getting right back to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis next February.

These Falcons, under general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn, are spectacularly built. The roster oozes talent, starting on the offensive side of the ball.

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Matt Ryan is a star and now has an MVP trophy to prove it. Having just turned 32, Ryan’s squarely in his prime, fresh off a season where he put up some crazy numbers, including a 69.9 percent completion rate, a 9.3 yards-per-attempt figure and a 117.1 quarterback rating. Now, Ryan did lose his offensive coordinator when Kyle Shanahan took the head-coaching gig in San Francisco. That’s a blow, no doubt. But I loved the Steve Sarkisian hiring. And Ryan still has quite a set of toys at his disposal.

Julio Jones might be the best receiver in the game today. The guy’s an absolute beast who can single-handedly take over a game. (Just ask the Packers.) And Atlanta boasts strong pass-catching depth beyond Jones. Mohamed Sanu’s a quintessential professional, while Taylor Gabriel’s a speed merchant last seen embarrassing Pats stud Malcolm Butler. Tight end Austin Hooper showed plenty of promise in his rookie season, bringing some more speed up the seam.

The Falcons’ $1.4 billion new home, which is set to open August 26, will rise to 30 stories high, feature a retractable roof that can open and close in seven minutes and many amazing views of Atlanta’s skyline.

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However, all of that will be overshadowed — figuratively and possibly literally — by this gigantic stainless steel bird. The statue is 41.5 feet tall and weighs 73,000 pounds. It was created by Gabor Miklos Szoke, who has a thing for nightmarish birds, having constructed the largest bird monument in Europe for the Hungarian football club FTC.

One Twitter user noticed its resemblance to another intimidating bird figure here in the U.S.

The man with the self-proclaimed “best motor” in the 2017 NFL Draft class now has a contract.

The Atlanta Falcons announced Thursday they have agreed to terms with first-round pick Takkarist McKinley, who was selected No. 26 overall last month.

A two-year starter at UCLA, McKinley logged 99 total tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, six forced fumbles and 10 passes defensed in his three years in Westwood. Atlanta traded up five spots to select him last month.

The Falcons also announced Thursday they have agreed to terms with three other draft picks: linebacker Duke Riley, running back Brian Hill and tight end Eric Saubert.

International players added to four practice squads

Four NFC South teams are adding some international flavor to their rosters.

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The NFL announced Thursday, the four teams — Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — will each carry an additional overseas player on their practice squads during the 2017 season as part of a new International Player Pathway program.

The NFC South teams are granted an exemption for an 11th practice squad member to accommodate the program. These players cannot be activated during the season.

The league said it chose the division to receive the international players in a random.

The players include three players from the United Kingdom and one from Germany:

Atlanta Falcons: Alex Gray jersey, tight end, a former England Sevens star rugby player. He is the first English rugby union pro to quit to take up American football.

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Carolina Panthers: Efe Obada, defensive end, raised in London after moving from the Netherlands at age 10, was signed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 but never made it off a practice squad.

New Orleans Saints: Alex Jenkins, defensive end, from the U.K. and played college football at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Eric Nzeocha, linebacker, from Germany, played three years at the University of Wyoming.

The quartet has been training for the past three months in Florida under the tutelage of Osi Umenyiora and NFLUK head of football development Aden Durde.

The Tampa Bay Police report Martin’s BMW was hit Thursday afternoon by a car that ran a stop sign. During the crash, Martin’s vehicle was pushed off the road before it collided with an air-conditioning unit outside a local business.

Martin sustained minor cuts and bruises as a result of the crash, according to the police. Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reported Martin is “fine” after the accident, but needed stitches for a cut on his chin.

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Martin later confirmed on Twitter he was fine.

“Doug was the unfortunate victim in an auto accident earlier today after leaving our team facility,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “While Doug’s vehicle sustained a large amount of damage, we are pleased to report that he received only minor cuts and bruises. He has been evaluated by our medical staff and has headed home.”

Nike Buccaneers #40 Mike Alstott Black Men's Stitched NFL Limited Gold Salute To Service JerseyThe driver of the other car was cited for committing a stop sign violation before hitting Martin’s vehicle.

Martin, who is taking part in the Bucs’ offseason program, was suspended at the end of the 2016 season violating the NFL’s drug policy. He still has three games to serve on the four-game ban.

The suspension voided the guaranteed money in Martin’s contract, which could allow the Bucs to jettison the running back without penalty.

“I mean, how old is he?” Bucs wideout Adam Humphries told Pewter Report. “He runs so smooth, take the ball he caught [deep ball over Vernon Hargreaves last week], he makes it look so easy. It is a blessing what he has, the way he runs. It is just fun to watch.”

According to Next Gen Stats, Jackson’s top-end speed actually improved last year, as did his average yards per reception — a stunning 17.9 on 56 catches.

He is exactly the type of boom-or-bust player that can set a team’s offseason hype train on a runaway course — and alongside O.J. Howard and Mike Evans, Jackson has done just that.

Jackson will be turning heads in practice all summer, but it will be quarterback Jameis Winston’s ability to use him in practical moments that will actually cement the hype.

As a Bucs fan, this summer will be a steadily increasing tease. Between nuggets like this from Humphries, the inevitable Hard Knocks bump and the steady stream of positive vibes coming from coach Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay is becoming harder and harder to ignore within the NFC South. Jackson will either define their rise or their disappointment in 2017.

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan the favorite for 49ers’ job

The Atlanta Falcons remain alive on the Road to Houston, but their talented offensive coordinator might wind up somewhere else.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Kyle Shanahan has emerged as the favorite for San Francisco’s head coaching job, per sources informed of the team’s thinking.

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The 49ers have made that known privately, per Rapoport, but now must wait until Shanahan’s season is over before offering him the job. If anyone understands this sequence of events, it’s Falcons coach Dan Quinn, the former Seahawks defensive coordinator who wasn’t hired by Atlanta until after Seattle’s loss to New England in Super Bowl XLIX.

In a related development, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Monday took his name out of the running, telling reporters: “At this time, it’s best for my family and myself to remain here.”

Rapoport reported that Shanahan and McDaniels were considered “co-favorites” for the Niners job heading into this week. Seahawks assistant Tom Cable has decided to reaffirm his commitment to Seattle, according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson. Rapoport reported that Cable was well regarded and had a legitimate chance to land the job.

Falcons fans will watch this process closely after Shanahan, the son of Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan, turned Atlanta’s offense into a pure whirlwind in 2016.

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The connections make a lot of sense, similar to lines being drawn this offseason between Browns head coach Hue Jackson and potentially soon-to-be-traded quarterback AJ McCarron. Cousins knows Shanahan’s system and, depending on what happens to Tony Romo, would be the best quarterback prospect to hit the open market since Peyton Manning became a free agent in 2012.

Nike 49ers Men's Ugly Sweater_2Cousins threw for 9,083 yards, 54 touchdowns and just 23 interceptions over his last two seasons. In that time, the Redskins went 17-14-1. He’s completed nearly 70 percent of his passes; an incredibly high total on par with some of the game’s best quarterbacks.

While Shanahan’s father, Mike Shanahan, is not expected to join the 49ers in a personnel role, as Mike Silver reported on NFL GameDay Morning, Kyle will have a heavy hand in finding his quarterback — something the new general manager needs to understand.

Shanahan has had success with different types of quarterbacks, from Ryan to Robert Griffin III to Brian Hoyer, but will want to eliminate any margin for error when he finally takes over his own team. As Chip Kelly found out a season ago, the duo of Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert is a relative death sentence for a head coach.

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Former Jaguars coach Gus Bradley wanted to go to San Francisco as Cable’s defensive coordinator. The Niners called Tuesday to try to get him to come anyway and Bradley said no, according to Silver.

It’s clear that the job is Shanahan’s to take, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. In fact, the 49ers are expected to arrange a meeting with Shanahan and the top candidates for the general manager position next week, sources informed of the decision told Rapoport.

Once Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels bowed out of the picture, it became clear that San Francisco was willing to wait until after the NFC Championship Game to receive an answer from Shanahan.

While the Seahawks welcome Cable back with open arms, the Chargers are also poised to benefit from a domino effect. Former Jaguars coach Gus Bradley was reportedly holding out for a position on Cable’s staff in San Francisco. Now it’s more likely that he will join new coach Anthony Lynn as the defensive coordinator in Los Angeles.

Deflategate comes full circle as Patriots near another title

The seasons have a way of blending into one another in New England, the AFC Championship Game being the thread that binds the years together. These are so routine here — this was the sixth in a row for the Patriots — that getting to one is no longer considered much of an accomplishment. Those four Lombardi Trophies, after all, cast quite a shadow over everything else, even being one of the top four teams in football, moments that would be signal achievements for other teams.

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It was a few hours after another one of these games two years ago — that was a Patriots win, too, of course — that word first came about underinflated footballs and a league investigation.

The New England Patriots have never been quite the same since, stained by the suspicion of scandal, furious about an investigation and penalties they thought were unfair and unbelievable. They won the Super Bowl immediately after Deflategate first erupted, long before anybody knew much about cheap jerseys from China and the Ideal Gas Law and pressure gauges and the toll it would all take on the league and the team that was one of its model franchises. But the thread that began with an email from the Indianapolis Colts general manager in the days before that game, alerting the league to the suspicion of football tampering, is wrapped still around the Patriots and this weekend; it felt like it was tied in a neat bow.

Little more than 24 hours after Ryan Grigson, author of that fateful email, was fired by the Colts, the Patriots won another AFC Championship, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-17. They are headed to their seventh Super Bowl in the Belichick-Brady era, a remarkable accomplishment under any circumstances, but particularly staggering considering Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games of the season for what the league believes was his role in those footballs being underinflated in that other AFC Championship Game. Brady has put a mostly sunny veneer on his season since he returned — he turned a question from CBS’ Jim Nantz about his personal satisfaction after the season he had into an ode to how many people help the team perform during the season — and outwardly, there has been little to be unhappy about. The Patriots, after all, have lost just one game on Brady’s watch in the 14 games he’s played this season, and he’s thrown 33 touchdowns and four interceptions.

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We’ll assume Tom Brady plays the role of Daenerys Targaryen in this particular dragon quest.

The Patriots are 16-3 at home in the playoffs under Bill Belichick. Brady has completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 256.7 yards per game and 37 TDs to 18 INTs in those 19 contests. The Pats’ last playoff loss at Gillette Stadium came in 2012 versus the Baltimore Ravens. Overall, New England is 33-4 at home since 2013.

“They’re the best in the world, they’re the gold standard if you will, so you want to have that opportunity to go play the best. It’ll be an awesome challenge for us,” Roethlisberger said.

When asked if he is in the same standard as Brady, Big Ben replied:

“No, not yet, look at all the Super Bowls and wholesale jerseys he has.”

Brady owns four rings. Roethlisberger, two. Brady is playing in his 11th championship game — the next closest is Joe Montana with seven. Big Ben is playing in his fourth (3-1). Brady is 7-7 against Super Bowl-winning QBs in the playoffs.

A lot of ink and TV time this week will be used comparing Brady and Big Ben, but Roethlisberger noted that quarterback’s don’t go head-to-head.

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“We’re not playing tennis, we’re going out there to play a football game with 11 guys at the time,” he said.

“Very explosive,” Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich raved. “That’s a word I’m going to say over and over about New England Patriots jersey again.”

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Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder gave his dynamic duo the highest of compliments, calling them “every lineman’s dream” because they can make the front line look good even when the play isn’t blocked right.

“It’s amazing because when they run their mentality is they’re so tough you never see those guys get knocked around,” Schraeder added. “As an offensive lineman, that pumps you up because you know that any play they can hit for a touchown.”

It’s that threat of turning a short pass into a game-altering play that will make defensive coordinator Matt Patricia think twice about devoting unbalanced coverage to NFC Championship Game hero Julio Jones. The Patriots understand they can’t short-circuit Ryan’s high-octane offense through Belichick’s legendary penchant for erasing an opponent’s greatest strength.

“They are great running backs,” Belichick gushed at Wednesday’s news conference. “They can get outside. They can run inside. They do a great job of breaking tackles. They make people miss in space. They run over guys. They run through them. They dodge them. They don’t fumble.

“They run with good toughness. They get tough yards around the goal line, short yard situations, digging out that extra yard or two for a first down. These backs are really, really good. Ryan knows how to use them. Coach Shanahan knows how to use them. … They are very hard to defend.”

As Belichick knows all too well, the NFC champion’s greatness goes beyond the consensus MVP favorite and football’s most dominant talent at wide receiver. The Falcons also bedevil defenses with a pair of top-10 running backs.

Matt Jones jersey ready for new role in Washington Redskins’ attack

Josh Norman and Jordan Reed both did individual drills in practice for the Washington Redskins on Wednesday in a potentially promising sign both players will be available to play Sunday against the Bengals in London.

Norman suffered a concussion during the Redskins’ loss to the Lions on Sunday and remains in concussion protocol. Reed, who practiced in limited fashion last week, also remains in concussion protocol after missing last week’s game. They were both officially limited Wednesday.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he hopes Norman and Reed will be cleared to play by Thursday when the team flies to London. He added the Redskins jerseys will assess if Norman and Reed should travel to London if they haven’t cleared concussion protocol by then. Although each player was limited, having them both back on the field bodes well for a Redskins squad that certainly could use their star power.

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Matt Jones is getting used to more than just the poor conditions — he’s also adjusting to life as Washington’s starting running back. The 2015 third-round pick bent his fingernail back in Washington’s first practice in the pouring rain, which forced him to take his gloves off and miss a few plays.

Those types of nicks and bruises will become the norm for Jones as he takes the reins in the Redskins’ ground attack. The Florida product acknowledged that this bigger role has come with a distinctive change.

“Yeah, very different. It’s a different approach you got to take,” Jones admitted to Around The NFL on Monday, when asked about being the team’s starter. “The ownership you got to take, the liability you got to take. You got to do everything. You got to be a leader.”

In his inaugural NFL season, Jones rushed for just 490 yards on 144 carries while splitting time with veteran Alfred Morris. With Morris having signed in Dallas, Jones will assume a more prominent place in the offense, which comes with both added leadership duties and greater accountability. These are burdens that could be considered a bit much for a second-year pro, but Jones gladly accepts the challenge and is not afraid to lean on others for guidance.

“I think I’m becoming a great leader,” Jones said. “Just learning from [quarterback] Kirk [Cousins], learning from [defensive end] Chris Baker and learning from all these leaders out here on the team and all these old veterans on the team, how they do stuff with wholesale jerseys; there’s always room for learning. And I feel like I’ll become a great leader in the future.”

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It would prove to be his lone 100-yard rushing performance on the season. Jones proceeded to hit the proverbial rookie wall, topping 60 rushing yards just once and scoring only one more rushing touchdown the rest of the way. He played in just 13 games, missing time due to a toe and a hip injury, with the latter malady forcing him to skip the Redskins’ wild-card loss to the Green Bay Packers jerseys.

As Washington’s new feature back, Jones is preparing to be more than just a one-game wonder.

“Every day I come out here, I’m getting better, and the whole offense is getting better,” he said. “As a whole, we got so much chemistry right now. We feel better about going into the season.”

Notably, the Redskins are entering as the reigning NFC East champs for the first time since 2013. Outside of Washington’s locker room, most deemed the 2015 campaign a success. But Jones isn’t resting on his laurels after the surprise ascension to the top of the division.

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“Really, my No. 1 goal is that I want to win. I want to be a winner. Going off last year, going 9-7 and winning the [division] — it was big, but it wasn’t big enough,” Jones admitted. “It felt good to be a winner of something and going to the playoffs, but I want more. I want to win more and I want this organization to win more.”

Jones’ coach had positive things to say about him on Tuesday.

“He’s sticking his foot in the ground and making decisive cuts,” Gruden said. “Whether it’s cutting through the C-gap, B-gap, outside A-gap [and] really bouncing outside. We’ve seen him make decisive cuts and his cuts have been pretty darn good.”

The Redskins had initially planned — publicly, at least — to bring back Culliver for a second season, but the dynamic of the team changed when Josh Norman was signed to a massive free-agent deal on April 22. Culliver’s fate was sealed when Washington used a third-round pick on Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller on Friday.

McCloughan said Culliver got caught up in a “numbers game” following the arrival of Norman and Fuller. The GM did not close the door on a return for Culliver, though he acknowledged this will be a good opportunity for the veteran to test the open market. Fuller passed a team physical but is returning from microfracture knee surgery.

Assuming he can make it back from his injury, Culliver should be an enticing option for teams looking to add secondary depth. He’s just 27 and parlayed an extremely productive season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2014 into his big-money deal in Washington.

Cousins, Redskins’ offense surge past Packers in win

Wind? What wind? Kirk Cousins and the Redskins jerseys wideouts defied Mother Nature, executing big-play post and seam routes with ease against an undermanned Packers secondary. Pierre Garcon jersey and Jamison Crowder — who both went over 100-plus receiving yards — were the beneficiaries of two fourth-quarter Cousins missiles that sailed crisply through a thick head wind and went for at least 53 yards. Cousins (375 yards, 3 TDs) went over 300 yards in the air for the 16th time in his career, breaking Sonny Jurgenson’s franchise record. It goes without saying that Captain Kirk has a lucrative future ahead of him, and Washington will be the better for it.

It wasn’t just the passing game that lit Green Bay’s defense aflame. Rob Kelley jersey had his third consecutive monster outing, running for 137 yards and three touchdowns for his first career 100-plus-yard game. With Matt Jones sidelined, Kelley has taken the starting running back role by force. His head-down, straight-away running style makes him one of the league’s most difficult backs to bring down and puts the ‘Skins in easy down-and-distance situations on every drive.

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Jared Cook returned from his seven-week absence with a bang. The tight end, acquired by the Packers in the offseason, had by far his best game in the green and gold and his best since Week 1 of 2013. Cook finished with 105 yards on six catches and a team-high 10 targets, providing Aaron Rodgers with a consistent receiving threat in the middle of the field. His fourth-quarter fumble in Washington territory cemented Green Bay’s loss, but wasn’t enough to dampen a promising return.

The controversial, ambiguous, no good, very bad catch rule nearly reared its ugly head again. Jordy Nelson’s game-tying second-quarter touchdown grab was nearly called back on a challenge because Nelson didn’t fully possess the ball in the end zone. Though the right call was eventually made, the play brought to mind Odell Beckham’s non-catch against the Patriots, one that was ruled incomplete upon review.

What’s a fumble in field of play is a TD in the end zone. But do that in a reach for the end zone and it’s not a catch. Silly and confusing.

There’s not much left to say about the sad state of the Packers’ offense, but let’s go to the numbers. It was a night of firsts for Rodgers. Sunday was the first time in his career that the Packers went three-and-out on their first three drives. In response, Rodgers led the first 17-play scoring drive of his career. With the loss, Green Bay secured its first four-game losing streak since Rodgers took the reins in 2008. #First.

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Here’s what we learned from their 27-27 showdown on Sunday…

1. Now we see why teams aren’t afraid to dole out good money to consistent kickers. The authentic Bengals-Redskins jerseys and game could have been over several times if it weren’t for a missed extra point by Cincinnati kicker Mike Nugent earlier in the game or a hooked game-winning attempt in overtime by Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins. It will be interesting to see if there were any hot takes about field conditions at Wembley Stadium. Otherwise, an eight-hour flight home is a long time to contemplate a missed kick from 33 or 34 yards out.

2. Cincinnati tried not to linger on the unfortunate offseason injury to Tyler Eifert’s ankle and did its best to construct an offense during his absence. But in his true season debut — Eifert played sparingly last week in an attempt to warm himself back up — we saw glimpses of the oft-dominant offense that helped the Bengals win the division a year ago. Eifert finished with nine catches for 102 yards and a beautiful, leaping 15-yard grab in the red zone. Cincinnati was bottoming out near the goal line this season but now has a massive target for opposing defenses to consider. Arrivals like this also sometimes break up the coordinator equivalent to writer’s block, as evidenced by a slick QB bootleg drawn up by Ken Zampese jersey in the third quarter.

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4. Jamison Crowder jersey is finally getting an opportunity in Washington’s offense — so look out. His progress and development seems to mirror the way the Giants utilized a young Victor Cruz five years ago. Crowder led all Redskins receivers with eight catches for 106 yards and a touchdown — his second straight week over the century mark. He is so much more than a burner, with a quick snap to his routes that makes him very difficult to cover on outs and come-backs.3. Josh Norman was a definite upgrade at cornerback for this defense, and while A.J. Green’s numbers suggest otherwise — nine catches for 121 yards — it was stunning to see how hard Cincinnati had to work to get Green the ball when Norman was in coverage. The Redskins corner was on and off the field Sunday with a few minor injury scares and in those brief moments, Andy Dalton would not look anywhere else. Norman was over-aggressive at times — three of the five penalties called on him were accepted — but his positioning and instincts were phenomenal. The Fox broadcasting team called it a poor game because he “dropped” a pair of interceptions, but the truth was that only a few corners could have gotten to those NFL jerseys in the first place.

Another week has come and almost gone, and the road teams have something to hang on their collective mantles, right above their stockings and wedged between framed photos of an awkward Eli Manning jersey face, Antonio Brown’s most memorable touchdown celebrations and shots of Bill Belichick’s sideline attire, arranged like your favorite seasonal catalog. Want to buy Belichick’s winter hat, cut from the oppressive clutches of elastic? Mail in the order form and a check, and you can pair it with your long-sleeved hoodie cut into a short-sleeved hoodie for the deal of the century at just $29.99 plus shipping.

But enough with your holiday wardrobe selections. As the road teams deck the halls with boughs of holly, they can gather for a family photo with big grins displaying their pride in their Week 14 performances. That’s right — this week, the squads away from home went 7-8 with Baltimore owning a Monday night chance to ship a gift of a .500 week back to road team headquarters. As gifts are wrapped, eggnog is sipped and candy canes unwrapped to be enjoyed, we take a look at the week’s stars on the road.