Twice SuperBowl and MVP winner for the New York Giants Eli Manning to retire Friday at the NFL
- Eli Manning puts an end to a 16-year career week
- The quarterback won the SuperBowl in 2008 and 2012 with the Giants
- Manning signed off with two touchdowns in his last career game
- The 39-year-old also won two MVP prizes during his long career in the NFL
who won two Super Bowls with the Giants in 2008 and 2012, also won the prize of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) competition in those years.
His club confirmed the news that he will end his 16-year career in a statement on the club's website.
"Eli is our only dual Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in the history of our franchise. He represented our franchise as a perfect professional with dignity and responsibility.
" It meant something for Eli to be the Giants quarterback and it meant even more to us. We are more than grateful for his contributions to our organization and look forward to celebrating his introduction to the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future. "
Manning's best years as a quarterback came under the stewardship of head coach Tom Coughlin, who was in charge of the Giants between 2004 and 2015.
Coughlin said: "It was an honor and privilege to coach Eli and to continue the wonderful and wonderful moments that he and his teammates have offered for all of us in the world championship & # 39; 07 – & # 39; 08 and & # 39; 11 – & # 39; 12 seasons. "
] Manning says goodbye to a 16-year career that also has won two MVP prizes
Manning ended his career in style during his last game, threw 283 yards and registered two touchdowns in a 36-20 Win the Miami Dolphins.
Despite this success was the victory of the Dolphins only his fourth appearance of the season.
can take over The biggest player in the history of the NFL is in a gym in North London trying to decide whether to be memories are his friends or his enemies. Nostalgia engulfs Jerry Rice while the San Francisco 49ers, the team he adorned for 16 years, came closer to winning their first Super Bowl since 1995, when Rice was in its splendor, but nostalgia comes with a price.
Rice, who won the Super Bowlthree times with the big 49ers side that was first drafted by Joe Montana and then Steve Young, holds a shame of records in the sport.
He has scored more touchdowns than any other player, played more games than any other non-kicking player and caught more passes than any other player. The records go on and on. He has more than 100 in total.
His extraordinary career is again in the spotlight because the 49ers who play the Green Bay Packers this afternoon in the NFC Divisional Championship at Levi's Stadium, finally bringing back the glory days they last experienced 25 years ago when broad receiver Rice and quarterback Montana were so often an unstoppable combination.
He is here in England at Barnet Southgate College and helps with the NFL Academy, which gives young American football players and athletes the chance to develop their skills and knowledge of the game. He is now 57, but he still enjoys running routes with the students. Most of them knew who he was because his legend preceded him. Those who didn't Google him.
Rice loves the recognition. His Twitter feed is full of references to him as the G.O.A.T (Greatest of all time) and not much recklessness. He and the former Cleveland Browns routinely run Jim Brown's top lists of the best NFL players ever. But there are times when the recognition hurts him because it reminds him of what he used to be.
& # 39; You will never be able to replace that phase & # 39 ;, Rice says about his playing days. "There is nothing higher than that. I still miss that. Sometimes I wake up and I think I can still do it. Then the reality comes.
"I don't go to games that much. It is a bit frustrating. They start singing my name and it makes me back on the soccer field. It's like when you walk into the stadium, the fans go crazy. That was something I was used to. I liked that. It was very nice. It is a bit difficult. I go to certain competitions and I always root for the team.
"I have always considered football a sport for gladiators. Before Super Bowl XXIII played against the Bengal, our coach Bill Walsh played a clip from the movie Gladiator in which the character of Russell Crowe says something about "the only way we survive this is if we stay together". Coach said nothing else. He just played that clip and he took the coaches and they all walked outside.
"After they had played that clip, the players just wanted to run through the wall. It was great. So it feels different when I go back and I don't play and I'm not a gladiator. It's like going back into the arena, man. I mean, this arena has brought you so much glory, so much excitement, so it's a little hard when you start singing my name, because I really want to put on that uniform again. & # 39;
For a man like Rice, a man who was proud that he could play through pain to the point where he was even disrupted On the other hand, the competitive urge never goes away, but he has retained a sense of humility through all this. He was absurdly talented, but when asked what made him great, he will not deviate from the mantra that it was hard work.
That's what he teaches the children in Southgate, he says. There is no shortcut. He never took anything so why should they. He even gets irritated when I point out that many players work hard, but nobody makes songs like his. He thinks I'm trying to suggest that he thinks he's a lot better than the rest. Time and again he says that his gifts were effort and perseverance. "If I can teach the kids something here on the soccer field that will benefit them and also talk about things outside the soccer field, then I'll do it," Rice says.
& # 39; They ask me how you deal with setbacks and I am one of those guys who believes you are going through some obstacles, but you have to think of some answers and you have to get up and start to swing.
I think that hard work is everything. If you don't spend that time, you don't have a chance. You have to fully commit yourself. It's about the love for the game, your commitment and your attention to detail. I was not the most gifted but I looked at my opponents and I said "I am going to surpass you". That was the motivating advantage that I needed to try to be successful.
& # 39; Staying after training, catching balls when other players have entered. It's the bet. I could tolerate much more pain than other players and I think it had a lot to do with my condition.
"You are not going to get healthy in football. You'll never get that. And you still have to be able to perform at a very high level and not endanger the team if you are injured. My endurance and pain tolerance have helped me to become the person I am today. "
Rice feels nostalgic, sometimes because of the way the game used to be. He is not a fan of instant replay, the NFL version of VAR. "I hate it," he says. "It slows down the game. It takes the momentum away. I enjoyed it when you had that momentum and you leave it to the officials. You make things complicated now. & # 39;
He favors improved protection for players in an era where there is so much more awareness of the long-term damage that can be repeatedly caused to the head. cause.
& # 39; Previously it was totally different & # 39 ;, Rice says. "When I played, if you could answer what you had for breakfast, you could go back into the field, but it is now completely different, which is good.
& # 39; You can no longer use your helmet as a weapon. It is a completely different game now. "Rice continues to work. He promotes an energy drink called GOAT Fuel. He works for the NFL. He does some television work. He travels a lot. He is appreciated as a sports ambassador, and he knows that the time has come for San Francisco to be desperate for one new generation heroes to take over from him and Montana.
The 49ers are favorites to defeat the Packers and advance to the Super Bowlin Miami in a fourteen day period when they meet the Tennessee Titans or the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rice believes that a team whose defense is healthy after weeks of struggling with an injury can follow the success that his 49ers have ever achieved.
& # 39; When I first entered the competition, I noticed that you won defense championships & # 39 ;, he says. "If you can stop someone, you know you have a chance where the crime can yield points. This 49ers team is at a good point. They control their own destiny and they must continue to improve.
"You are now looking at the stadium and it is full and there is energy. It would be a big win for the city. The players are a young group of boys and it's all about winning championships. Our legacy began in Candlestick Park. These guys can do the same at Levi & # 39; s Stadium. & # 39;
Jerry Rice is an ambassador for the NFL Academy, offering life-changing opportunities through education and American football.
He did it again! Former rugby star Christian Wade AGAIN enlightens the NFL with another sensational game as he comes on a roster with the Buffalo Bills
- Christian Wade produced another sensational piece in his NFL career on Friday
- The former rugby star walked through five defenders towards a 45-meter win
- He was taken down from the end zone, showing his speed and dexterity
- Wade is in the NFL International Player Pathway Program and is looking for a deal
- Wolf wing Adama Traore has been in impressive form so far this season
- As a teenager he was approached about switching sport to American football
- The Spaniard rejected the approach and got stuck playing football
- Adama Traore was sensational with his strength and pace for Wolves this term
- During his time in Barcelona the winger was contacted by teams in the NFL
- Roman Saisses Americans thought Traore was explosive enough to switch
- Harry Kane has been open in his desire to accidentally arm his arm with the NFL in the future
- The striker in England is an NFL fan and sees himself as a kicker
- Clive Allen played NFL experience for London Monarchs in the 1990s
- Allen supported Kane to be successful in the pursuit of an NFL career
Former England rugby star Christian Wade continued his sublime start in the NFL by scoring almost a sensational touchdown in a preseason game for the Buffalo Bills.
The bills ran against the Carolina Panthers 24-6 in the fourth quarter on Friday night when Wade collected quarterback Tyree Jackson's ball just inside half of the opponent and ran 45 yards.
Wade, 28, who played for Wasps before quitting rugby to pursue an American football career, then avoided the first defender with a neat side step.
Wade was then confronted with three Panthers defenders but somehow exploded through their tackles when they all fell to the ground.
He then showed his raw pace to shoot through space before avoiding another diving gear from the defense that was just not fast enough.
] Wade was eventually only a few meters away from the end zone, but the accounts failed to convert the touchdown because they had 27-14 winners at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
The game again led to wild partying among his Bills teammates on the sidelines, while coach Sean McDermott later greeted his performance.
& Great. Great, & he said. & # 39; I felt the sidelines like a tidal wave coming over me. Another special moment for him and for this team. & # 39;
Wade joined the Bills in April as part of the International Player Pathway Program of the NFL and remains to be seen whether he secures a long-term future in the US
The seven players this year the International Player Pathway program hopes to be signed as a free agent or selected for a exhibition squad for the coming season.
Wade has more chances to impress the horizon while trying to win a contract with the bills. The Detroit Lions play on August 24 before completing the preseason at home on the Vikings on August 30.
Adama Traore has a challenging message for the men of Premier League – words he can deliver in one of the six languages.
In all competitions, 26 players were booked for mistakes on the exciting Wolves winger, who probably could have worked as an interpreter if he had decided against a career in top sport.
At the age of only 23, Traore, born in the neighborhood of Barcelona from Malian parents can communicate in Spanish, Bambara (a national language of Mali), French, English, Catalan and Portuguese – the vital quality in the international world of the dressing room of the Premier League.
& # 39; I use them all a lot and people tell me I could be a translator, & # 39; he jo to Sportsmail. "I just have to learn Chinese and that's it, I'm done."
Traore has certainly left rivals speechless for a sizzling three months ahead of his club, which has led Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo to say his player is risking serious injury if he is no longer protected by referrals. Not that it disturbs Traore. When he is knocked down, there are none of the loud complaints or expansive gestures that other players make when they are knocked down.
& # 39; I don't need to be stressed about it, & # 39; he said. & # 39; [If you get stressed] it can usually be against you [used] in different games. When people watch video & # 39; s of teams, they might see a certain player and think: & # 39; If we kick him a bit, he might get angry, he might get a booking. & # 39;
& # 39; So it's not a problem for me. If you kick me now, I have another chance. I will go again and again and again. I usually don't go down when they kick me. I try to stay up so that the referee knows that if I go down, it's because they kick me badly.
& # 39; If the opponent makes a mistake close to his own goal, this is an opportunity for us. I take it that way. Most players say & # 39; sorry & # 39; [when they foul me]. That is the truth. I say & # 39; Yes, it's good. & # 39; They don't want to let me pass. & # 39;
With a top speed of nearly 22 mph (he clocked 21.73 mph for Middlesbrough against West Brom in January 2017) and an incredibly powerful physique, Traore revealed that he sounded for a career in NFL during his NFL career younger days in Barcelona.
He revealed: & # 39; Yes, that happened. When I was in Barcelona, my personal trainer from the team told me he had a friend from the US. He said why could I not go there and try the tests they do [NFL teams].
& # 39; I wasn't thinking about it. I thought it was funny. My dream was to become a soccer player.
& # 39; It's hard to believe, but I don't do the weights. It is genetic. I practice, but I gain mass very quickly.
& # 39; You never know if anyone is faster than me, but I know my speed and I usually use it forever, but I don't know if anyone is faster. & # 39;
Traore & # 39; s golden run started with the double in Manchester City on October 6, giving Wolves a 2-0 win over the champions.
He has five goals and four assists in all competitions, with his spectacular strike against City in the reverse game at Molineux on December 27 and inspired Wolves to a 3-2 victory after being trailed by two goals.
However, there is much more than pace and power for a man who finally begins to fulfill the promise he has shown as a youth player in Barcelona, where he played from the age of seven.
The shape of Traore has received praise from Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho – and he has worked with a star of similar status, who is quite familiar with being contaminated.
Four first made team appearances and spent countless training sessions with the chief, Traore saw from close up exactly what L ionel Messi tick. Traore studied players such as Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol and Sergio Busquets and learned how champions behave on and off the field. Encouraging for Wolves, he sees certain personality traits within the Nuno & # 39; s squad that he noticed when he was in Barca.
& # 39; Players such as Messi and Xavi are always hungry, & # 39; Traore remembers. & # 39; Whatever the game or competition – even if it is table tennis – they want to win. We used to play two-touch football matches after training and they would always be desperate to win. It has taught you about both life and football.
& # 39; You look at Messi, everything he has won, it is talked about every day in the media, but he is still hungry. Usually some players don't have that quality. They win something and then they relax. Not everyone is hungry, and maybe that's why these players are at the top.
& # 39; Do we have those qualities at Wolves? Yes for sure. Look at Joao Moutinho: he has won many things and played for big clubs, but he always wants to participate, always wants to win, even when we play head tennis. This is the mentality of the team and this is also my mentality.
Can wolves reach the Champions League? Why not? We will see how the season goes, but everything is possible. First we have to focus on Newcastle. & # 39;
Traore played for Spain at any level below 21 and was first called up for seniors in November, although injury excluded him. He is also wanted by Mali and has yet to make a final decision about the country he will represent. He says he feels a strong affinity with both countries, not least because of the sacrifices his family has made to move to Europe.
& # 39; I was born in Spain, I know the culture there and lived most of my life there, but I also have Malian origins & # 39 ;, he says. & # 39; For me it is something nice that I can have both. I can be in both countries, speak the language, blend into two cultures.
& # 39; I openly told Spain that if they would call me, I would go with them, but of course I didn't go in November because I had a little injury. I have to respect Mali, so I listen to them, talk to them and I appreciate that they have pressed hard to be there. At the moment I have not played for a senior international team and the most important thing for me is to be one of the best in England and to help the team win. & # 39;
When Traore came to Aston Villa for £ 7 million in the summer of 2015, he had a hard time – & # 39; I didn't speak English fluently, there wasn't too much sun, it was freezing sorry, I had a few injuries & # 39; – but worked under Tony Pulis in Middlesbrough in the 2017-18 championship, Traore began to realize his potential.
The move to Wolves followed 18 months ago and Traore is on another upward trajectory, but a childhood journey to Mali ensures that he will always have perspective preserve.
& # 39; My parents and uncles had a difficult life and they always told me how hard they had to work in order to [Traine]. "One moment my way of thinking changed was the first time I went to Mali when I was six.
" Shortly after that trip, Barcelona signed me, but when I was there I saw children like me, six years old, who had no shoes, while I had the chance to fulfill my dream. It shocked me. I was six and did not understand. We were not a wealthy family, but I always had shoes, clothes and food on the table. Why didn't I have those things and others?
& # 39; To go to Mali and see the children there like me, but in a different situation I made it clear that I had to work hard and give back one day. & # 39;
This is a powerful message – in any language.
& # 39; I thought it was funny: & # 39; Wolf star Adama Traore confirms that he was asked to try out for the NFL – but has never considered stopping football
Adama Traore has been asked to try his test luck as an NFL player during his time in Barcelona
Traore was not interested in this, but there were people who thought that his speed and powerful physique would be perfectly suitable for the NFL.
Wolf teammate Romain Saiss said that Traore had told him the story and the 23-year-old confirmed to Sportsmail : & yes, that happened. When I was in Barcelona, my personal trainer with the team told me he had a friend from the US
& He said why I couldn't go there and try the tests she (NFL) teams).
I didn't think about it. I thought it was funny.
& # 39; My dream was to become a soccer player.
"And it goes well. It can be better – always. But it goes well."
Traore has been excellent since he was used to the right of the attack in the 3-4-3 system of Nuno Espirito Santo in Molineux and has earned praise from Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho in recent weeks.
Teammate Romain Saiss first revealed Traore's brush with a other sports
Wolf powerhouse Adama Traore was approached by NFL teams & # 39; reveals teammate Roman Saiss
Wolves powerhouse Adama Traore was approached by teams in the NFL to switch sports.
The winger has terrorized the defense with his pace and explosive physicality this season and is not built like a conventional football player.
& # 39; I remember saying to him: & # 39; You run as an American football player & # 39 ;.
& # 39; He responded to me that when he played in Barcelona, NFL teams tried to make him play American football instead, which is how explosive he was.
& # 39; There are people who say that it is not possible, that it cannot be football. & # 39;
Patriots of New England 13-20 Tennessee Titans: NFL Superbowl Champions BUNNED from the playoffs in the final match of quarterback legend Tom Brady for six-fold winners
When the creepy Foxborough fog erupted, it became clearly that the New England regime ended on top of the NFL.
Derrick Henry ensured that with the kind of dominant play-off performance usually reserved for Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Henry hurried 182 meters and a touchdown while the defense of Tennessee obstructed Brady and perhaps ended his championship-filled career in New England with a 20-13 wildcard victory Saturday night.
Brady promises to be back on an NFL field next season, but his contract with the Patriots has ended.
I Love the Patriots & # 39 ;, 42-year-old Brady said about leaving the game after 20 seasons: & # 39; I would say it's pretty unlikely, hopefully unlikely . I like to play football. I don't know what it looks like to improve. & # 39;
The most progressive Saturday night was Henry, who had rushed a total of 184 yards in two play-off games two years ago. He almost got that against the best defense of the competition in stimulating the Titans (10-7) in the division round at number 1 seed Baltimore.
& # 39; It's a great win against a great team in hostile environments, & said Henry on his 26th birthday. Thanks to my team. I'm just glad we could continue.
& # 39; We were just locked up. That was our way of thinking, just coming in here and doing what we had to do in all three phases, staying locked up in whatever happens in the game, and I feel like we did. & # 39;
While that dense fog that disguised Gillette Stadium for the first half disappeared, the Patriots, who made the last three Super Bowls and won two, disappeared repeatedly with the ball. They were no longer bullies on the block – Henry was.
Regarding this defeat, the fourth of the Patriots as a wildcard, Brady remarked: & They stopped our species in the first half and the second half and we couldn't get the job done. & # 39;
No score was made in the second half when All-Pro Brett Kern rolled down the New England 1-58 point that took 10 of the last 25 seconds 1 Brady was then chosen by former Patriot Logan Ryan for a 9 meter touchdown to complete the Patriots (12-5), which at a given moment were 8-0.
The first three possessions of the game move up like three long scoring discs. The 29-meter pass to James White set up the 36-meter goal of Nick Folk, but Tennessee responded with a 75-meter tour around Henry. He had no role in the touchdown, the pass from Tannehill to a Harvard man, tight Anthony Firkser who made it 7-3.
Firkser is the first player from Harvard to score a TD playoff. New England struck with its own 75-yard drive and took temporary control of the game by beating the defense of Tennessee on the outside. The Titans seemed slow to protect the flanks while Sony Michel broke a 25-meter run and White had a 14-yarder.
Julian Edelman finished with the first hasty touchdown of his 11 pro-seasons, 5 yard dash to the unprotected left side of the Tennessee D.
New England seemed ready for a new touchdown after the 14-meter return from Mohamed Sanu had set up the Patriots at the Titans 47, and they steadily drove to the first and goal at the 1.
All they got was Folk & # 39; s 21-yard field goal because three points failed. It was the 13th time that the Patriots were the first and target of the 1st in a playoff match in the Brady and the first time they did not receive a TD on the stage.
Tannehill led the NFL with a career-best 117.5 passer rating and by an average of 9.6 meters per pass attempt. But he didn't do much Saturday night in his first & # 39; postseason & # 39; match: 8 of 15 for 72 yards. His terrible decision to lay hold of the ball during the first game of the fourth quarter ended in the interception of Duron Harmon
But the spotty attack of New England never flopped and revived. That has not been unusual during the second half of the schedule.
The passing yards of Tannehill were the least for a starter since Joe Flacco of the Ravens had 34 in a wild-card victory against the Patriots 10 years ago.
Tannehill now has five wins over Brady, the second only for the six from Peyton Manning for most by resisting QB since 2001, including play-offs.
The arrival of the festive period means only one thing in American Football: the NFL play- offs are just around the corner.
After 16 weeks of regular season action, 32 teams will be reduced to just 12 this week before they then fight for a place in the Super Bowl in Miami on February 2.
So, with one more round of games to play, Sportsmail looks at who has already booked a place in the play-off photo and places the crazy race to tie up those last few.
Lamar Jackson is a revelation for the Ravens this year on quarterback for the Ravens and his stunning performance has helped John Harbaugh's team to number 1 in the AFC.
They won first place with a win over the Cleveland Browns in week 16, even if they lose in week 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens are the bookmakers' favorite to lift the Lombardi trophy.
New England Patriots
The NFL playoffs would not be the same as the Brady-Belichick -as not involved. They will definitely be that again this season and after beating the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, they have guaranteed either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed. round, the Pats must defeat the Miami Dolphins in week 17 or hope that the Kansas City Chiefs lose against the Los Angeles Chargers. Defeat by the dolphins and a victory for the Chiefs would push Brady and Co into the seed of number 3, which means they don't have a day.
Kansas City Chiefs
Last season's MVP Patrick Mahomes did not meet expectations this year, but the Chiefs are in play again -off-hunt They have the assault weapons to hurt every team.
Their victory over the Chicago Bears in week 16 kept them in third place and they must defeat the Chargers and hope that the Patriots slide down against the dolphins. Mahomes and Co may even fall to the fourth seed if they are defeated by the Chargers and the Houston Texans beat the Tennessee Titans in week 17.
Deshaun Watson led the Texans to the AFC South title in week 16 with a win over the wounded Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Texans can finish as high as third if they beat the Titans and the Chiefs glide against the Chargers.
Finally a team that knows where they stand. The defeat by the Patriots in week 16 ensured that the bills were set in fifth place, starting in the last week of the season, regardless of what happens in their match against the New York Jets in the last weekend of the season.
Despite the loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Titans crept in the play-off places thanks to the huge upset victory of the Jets over the Pittsburgh Steelers . The Titans, who starred Derrick Henry back in week 16, can hold on to last place if they beat the Texans in the final round of competitions.
Who else can make it?
There are two more teams looking for a berth-play-off, but their chances to say the least are the least.
The Oakland Raiders can qualify if they manage to win at the Denver Broncos, the Steelers lose at Baltimore, the Titans lose against the Texans and the Indianapolis Colts overcome the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Steelers are still on the hunt but need a similar miracle in the late season. They qualify if they defeat the Ravens, the possibility of Jackson and Co resting and the Titans losing to the Texans.
A draw with the Ravens is also sufficient if the Titans are defeated by the Texans or the Steelers can lose the Ravens if the Titans lose the Texans, the Colts defeat the Jaguars and the Raiders lose or draw with de Broncos
The 49ers are sublime in the regular season. The rise of Jimmy Garoppolo to a number 1 quarterback has been a big help, but their reliable rungame and a watertight defense have made them Super Bowl contenders.
The men of Kyle Shanahan can pack the best seed in the NFC if they defeat the equally impressive Seattle Seahawks in week 17. However, a defeat would make the 49ers fall to the fifth, which would be a huge dent for their ambitions.
Green Bay Packers
A dominant defensive performance against the Minnesota Vikings helped the Saint Orleans in New Orleans and went to second place in the final round of matches. The victory gave them the NFC North title and should give them a bye.
The Packers now only have to beat the Detroit Lions to unlock a week and a home game in the next round. If the 49ers lose, the Packers can go first over them. The Packers are now Super Bowl contenders after Monday night's performance.
New Orleans Saints
The riotous defeat of the Rams in Los Angeles during the semifinal of the past year has no sign of harm to the Saints This year, despite Alvin Kamara's worrying decline, Drew Brees has led the Saints to the playoffs and there are a whole host of options for them to enter the last week of the season.
After the Packers & # 39; win the Vikings in the drawer Last week 16 competition, the Saints are now in third place. The Saints need both the Packers and the 49ers to lose in week 17 to jump above them and take a bye. Their record should be enough to guarantee a goodbye, but it seems that this is not the case.
The Eagles will achieve the No 4 sport in the NFC with a win at The last weekend of the season against a disappointing side of New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. They can also lose and finish fourth if the Dallas Cowboys tie or lose against the terrible Washington Redskins.
If the Eagles lose against the Giants and the Cowboys win, they are eliminated together from the post season.
Just as we entered the business end of the season, things could not unravel faster for the Seahawks. Star that runs back Chris Carson has been eliminated for the rest of the season with a hip problem and a faint defeat by the Arizona Cardinals has sucked all the speed out of their season.
A disrupted victory against the Saints in week 17 would hand the Seahawks the NFC West crown and a home game in the playoffs. But if the Packers and Saints both lose the Seahawks, they can even jump into a bye position, that's how tight the NFC is.
The Vikings are impressive this season, but the Monday night's humiliating defeat by the Packers has left an air of deflation in Minnesota. They are now locked in the sixth seed in the NFC and will be away from home in the wild card round.
Their only way to the Super Bowl in Miami are now three away games which, given their impressive season, are a big blow to their chances.
Who else can come?
The Cowboys can sneak into the playoffs if they defeat Washington in Dallas in week 17 and the Eagles lose to the Giants. If they don't make it, coach Jason Garrett will probably get the bag. No pressure then.
It's just over a year since Christian Wade, a wing in Premiership Rugby for Wasps who couldn't break in Eddie Jones & # 39; England squad, dumped everything in the pursuit of a brand new life in the NFL.
The 28-year-old, deployed as a receding, enlightened social media in early August with an incredible touchdown on his first game ever in the preseason for the Buffalo Bills – a start that goes beyond his wildest dreams. However, a place in the Buffalo roster for the regular season did not follow, and it has not played since the summer.
Far from a harmful blow, Wade is retained by the Bills as one of the 10 practice team members. Although it is not eligible to play in games, training with the main team alongside seasoned NFL professionals is a perfect baptism of fire, and Wade knows it. He is in it for the long term – a return to the safe haven of rugby has not even occurred to him.
The dose of realism after his glorious moment in the spotlight was inevitable. Raw talent is perhaps one thing, but a deeper understanding of a sport is technically complicated and complex is something completely different.
That can explain Wade's answer when asked what surprised him most in the past 12 months?
"The number of meetings they have!" He admitted.
"There is much more detail going on, much more preparation than I actually thought. Every game counts for something – if someone does not do what they should do, it can change the whole dynamic of the game.
& # 39; It's like a technical sport – but every day I love it even more. & # 39;
Signed to the International Player Pathway Program of the NFL in April, Wade was assigned a spot at the Bills pre-squadron.
Working, or rather learning, under declining coach Kelly Skipper, at one point he struggled with eight other contenders or the runaway place.
But despite his disappointment about not achieving the 53-man regular season roster, Wade still regards the past year as resounding success.
"I am still the weakest link in the room. I needed the extra attention and I have worked closely with him [Skipper] since I first entered the building, & Wade said.
& I started learning the playbook and understanding it, and now making sure I am at the highest level perform.
& # 39; As for me, this year has been a success. To come across, to learn the game, to practice, to score at my first touch – it's huge how much I've developed.
"A practice team player is like an academy player or reserve. I knew that if I went into this, there would be an element of going back in time.
& # 39; It's made more of a humble experience, but it gives me the opportunity to continue working on my craft and in a good position next year. & # 39;
Wade, who has been called running star, supports Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers) and Tarik Cohen (Chicago Bears) as the duo he looks up to, repeated in his pure dedication to the sport he now has & # 39; football & # 39;
Completely unconsciously and then dismissive of rumors connecting him to the new Super League side Toronto Wolfpack, Sonny Bill Williams, the once international American even struggled with watching the Rugby World Cup in Japan – time zones the primary reason.
However, when he pressed it, he revealed an unlikely division of late-late connections between England and South Africa.
& # 39; The English boys were destroyed and it's a shame we couldn't resurrect 2003 & # 39 ;, said Wade, who's been lonely cap for more than six years recorded in Stuart Lancaster in Argentina.
& # 39; That said, some South African boys are also guys I know and I played with, so I was torn between the two.
& # 39; I am very proud of Siya Kolisi. He's one of my boys – we played against each other in 2008 when I traveled to South Africa for a tour under 18. We had the opportunity to play against each other, and we've been friends ever since. & # 39;
Did the global flagship show him all sentimental about his past life as a rugby player back then? Not one shock
always People always ask me: "Am I missing rugby?" but I don't have time to miss anything, because I'm so deeply immersed in football.
& # 39; It requires a lot of mental strength, you need a great attention span and you can concentrate hours and hours.
& # 39; It looks like climbing a mountain, but I copied it because I had a professional career of 10 years. I'm used to being disciplined. & # 39;
Although Wade on the edge supports his teammates on the sidelines during home games, he is completely immersed in the famous American dressing room culture, a subject he enthusiastically jumps into. .
& # 39; As far as I hear, our team is at the accounts like no other team in the NFL. We gel, we mix. It's all about love, responsibility and respect.
"It is a unique, special place. No matter where we come from or how much money we earn, we are all on the same level and trying to reach the W. It is proof of how we do it every week. & # 39;
And boy Flying the bills. Standing at 8-3 after a flogging of the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Buffalo are second in the AFC East division behind the indomitable New England Patriots.
With a play-off spot at your fingertips while the Thanksgiving season hits, the French chise and their supporters can be forgiven as they look forward to the late season, and perhaps even the February Super Bowl in Miami.
That is the highlight of the sport: the Everest summit to use the Wade mountain analogy. Although undoubtedly determined and determined, with a potential that is towering, Christian Wade has realistically only reached base camp.
I came in with an open mind, knowing that I had to climb a huge mountain. There have been days when I thought "this is really hard" but I still trust the process. It was a huge eye opener. & # 39;
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& # 39; I would not ignore that he was very successful at it & # 39 ;: Ex-Spurs star Clive Allen supports Harry Kane as an NFL hit in the post-football career
Harry Kane & # 39; s the desire to bring his arm to the NFL by chance has been in secret, with the English striker openly admitting that it is his ambition to be a kicker at the end of his football career.
The Tottenham and England ahead have been seen countless times when watching gridiron at home or at the brand new Spurs stadium, specially designed to cater to NFL games that are in the UK be played.
And former Spurs frontman Clive Allen has supported Kane to make the transition to the NFL when he decides to put on his football boots.
All are well aware of what it takes to join the NFL after he had played his arm in sport with the London Monarchs in the 1990s, the franchise of NFL Europe.
The former striker of Arsenal, Tottenham and Bordeaux are no reason why Kane cannot get into the NFL.
& # 39; Former attackers are the ones who can do it well, & # 39; he told the Daily Star. "Kane is very interested in it and I wouldn't be surprised if he kicks an NFL football in the coming years.
" Knowing Kane – and having worked with him – I know everything about his mentality and attitude.
& I am sure he could adapt his style to the course and I would not miss that he was very successful at i
& # 39; Nor does it have the physical demands of football – at least kicking – so small players can go on a little longer. & # 39;
Kane & # 39; s ambitions to try American Football have not been well received by some over the Atlantic, with the Englishman being heavily criticized for his lack of understanding of what is needed to become a successful kicker. to be.
And Allen said the technique of kicking the oval-shaped ball is very different from the round ball that Kane is used to.
He said: & # 39; The ball is not necessarily perfectly adjusted when it snarls at you, so you have to adjust – even in your run.
& # 39; It is a different technique, certainly kicking with a football. & # 39; The NFL ball is remarkably light and differs a lot. & # 39; The pedal technique is a straight leg, a locked knee and a pointed toe. And where you hit the ball is very important. "It took a lot of practice and work to improve the skill and make it work."