The final week of the 2016 NFL regular season was largely devoid of drama relevant to the playoff chase. Most of the playoff spots were locked up, so we only had about a handful of games with any sort of meaningful implications for postseason play, including the Giants sending Washington out of the playoffs, as well as the Packers sending the Lions to Seattle. We'll look back at all of those games in a special Enemy Reaction. Some of them will feature just one team’s reaction, others will have the usual side-by-side stuff. But first, there is one play from a meaningless game that definitely needed an Enemy Reaction...
Buffalo (Buffalo Rumblings) at New York Jets (Gang Green Nation)
Peak Bills (Who cares what the score was?)
New England (Pats Pulpit) at Miami (The Phinsider)
Patriots clinch the #1 seed, deny Miami any hope of getting a #5 seed, and Michael Floyd ruined Tony Lippett on the football field (35-14 NE Final)
Oakland (Silver and Black Pride) at Denver (Mile High Report)
With Derek Carr injured, Oakland needed to rely on its defe------ohhhh no (17-0 DEN, 24-6 DEN Final)
Chiefs fans react to Denver's lead, which would give them the AFC West title
Kansas City (Arrowhead Pride) at San Diego (Bolts From the Blue)
Tyreek Hill seals the AFC West and the #2 seed for Kansas City (34-17 KC, 37-27 KC Final)
New Orleans (Canal Street Chronicles) at Atlanta (The Falcoholic)
Devonta Freeman tears through Saints defense, Falcons clinch #2 seed over Seattle (14-3 ATL, 38-32 ATL Final)
NY Giants (Big Blue View) at Washington (Hogs Haven)
YOU LIKE THAT?! (10-10)
What, you don't like this? (13-10 NYG, 19-10 NYG Final)
Packers and Lions fans react to Washington's loss, which clinches a playoff spot for both teams
Green Bay (Acme Packing Company) at Detroit (Pride Of Detroit)
Golden Tate gives Detroit the lead right before halftime (14-7 DET)
Geronimoooooooooooooooooo (23-14 GB)
Did Micah Hyde commit pass interference on Golden Tate? It wasn’t called, and the INT sealed the NFC North for Green Bay (31-17 GB, 31-24 GB Final)
Fuller video of the play can be seen here.
The Detroit Lions are next for the Seahawks, in what is the first wild card home game for Seattle since a certain Beastquake happened. Detroit hasn’t won a road playoff game since 1957, while the Seahawks has lost only 1 playoff game at CenturyLink Field; a 27-20 loss to the St. Louis Rams in the dreaded 2004 season. It’s not been one of Seattle’s stronger 10-win teams under Pete Carroll, but it’s still playoff football, and I’m pretty excited about Saturday night.
Thanks for reading and go ‘Hawks!