Jaguars put the nail in the Steelers’ coffin with everyone’s favorite

red_wings_003The Jacksonville Jaguars are putting on an offensive clinic against the Steelers — something nobody really thought they’d be saying coming into Sunday.

Manning has become a Jersey guy, and he’s not a particularly emotional sort, so I doubt he thinks right now it’s definitely over for him in New Jersey. He used to split the year between Jersey and his southern home. Now he’s mostly a suburban Jersey guy, his kids in a great school, his life in total order. He’s invested in the area. I’ve always thought he’d never want to leave. This obviously could change things. But we’re all guessing about the future.

“I don’t care about the Pro Bowl,” he says, referring to Pittsburgh’s disrespectful dearth of defensive representation. (Shazier was voted in, no one else; Heyward was named All-Pro last week, the only Steelers defender on the list.) “I care about Ryan and his health.”

The penalty puts Ramsey one away from an ejection now. It was a bad missed call by the officials, who already helped the Steelers by not ejecting Maurkice Pouncey in the first quarter after he pushed an official.

The Falcons ended up getting a first down anyway after Ryan found Julio Jones down the middle of the field:

It appeared that Sanu could have possibly regained possession after pressing the ball against the back of his fingers, but there was too much movement for the officials to stick with the call on the field.

Even before they lost their house, the Fitzpatricks never had it easy. Minkah Sr. and Melissa met at an ice cream parlor after an eighth-grade dance and had two kids by the time they were 19. (Minkah Jr. and his older sister, Destiny, shared a bedroom in a tiny railroad apartment until they were six and seven. Their otherwise close friendship was occasionally interrupted by table-flipping fights usually brought on by Minkah’s neatness and Destiny’s refusal to make her bed.) “We had to grow up with them,” says Melissa.

“Completely different backgrounds, upbringings, all that,” Thielen summarizes. “But we’ve both been doubted. We both have that chip on our shoulder. I think we have a lot of connections.”

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