"I was supposed to block for Jordy Nelson, who was right behind me. We had practiced this dozens if not hundreds of times before. But when the ball appeared in front of me, just floating in the air, my mind went blank." » 2/26/15 11:28am 2/26/15 11:28am

The NFL Wants Monday Playoff Games

NFL playoff expansion is coming, and probably within the next couple of years—there's too much money in it for it not to happen, once the league and the union can figure out how to split up the take. But more playoff teams means more games, and that means the weekends simply won't be big enough to contain them all. » 1/26/15 4:01pm 1/26/15 4:01pm

Jon Ryan Doing "The Belt" Is A Truly Great Moment In Punter History

After Seattle's batshit overtime victory over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game, we learned that Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, immediately after throwing a touchdown pass to backup tackle Garry Gilliam on a fake field goal, did Aaron Rodgers's belt move right at Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. Now, we finally… » 1/21/15 12:58pm 1/21/15 12:58pm

The Patriots' Ballghazi Scandal Cannot Be Overblown Enough

If you've been struggling to care about the Patriots being accused of deflating footballs, and have been hoping the whole thing would just blow over so we could get to talking about a truly excellent and fascinating Super Bowl matchup, you, my friend, are shit out of luck. Ballghazi is real, and it is just the thing… » 1/21/15 9:42am 1/21/15 9:42am

This Fan-Shot Video Is The Best Way To Relive Jermaine Kearse's TD Catch

As far as in-stadium, fan-shot highlights go, this one is hard to top. It's shot from the best possible angle, it is crystal-clear in quality, and it features just enough of the Blair Witch-style screaming and shaking that makes this particular genre of highlight so enjoyable. If you're a Seahawks fan, just go ahead… » 1/20/15 4:32pm 1/20/15 4:32pm

Woman Goes Bonkers At Opportunity To Buy Patriots "AFC Champion" Shirt

If you're like me, you assumed those "conference champion" shirts and hats exist for players and coaches to wear in the moments after cashing their ticket to the Super Bowl. It turns out people actually buy these things, and one woman is really, really excited that her local Modell's is stocking Patriots AFC… » 1/19/15 7:21pm 1/19/15 7:21pm

This Is How Close The Seahawks Came To Never Even Starting A Comeback

At The MMQB, Robert Klemko has a fascinating breakdown of the Seahawks' fake field goal that got them on the board and set the stage for their historic comeback. And it's incredible just how specific a scenario the Seahawks required to even give the green light for punter Jon Ryan to loft that touchdown pass to… » 1/19/15 3:07pm 1/19/15 3:07pm

Tom Brady Calls Ball-Tampering Allegations "Ridiculous"

Tom Brady, fresh off absolutely destroying the Colts, flying to Indianapolis to beat up their children, then salting the Indiana earth so that nothing will ever grow again, addressed the NFL's pending investigation into whether the Patriots illegally deflated footballs, and just as quickly dismissed it. » 1/19/15 10:12am 1/19/15 10:12am

Brandon Bostick Wasn't Supposed To Try To Catch That Onside Kick

On the other side of the Seahawks' disbelieving delirium is, necessarily, a whole lot of Packers feeling individually shitty about something they did, or failed to do, any one of which might have been enough to ice this game for good. Settling for a pair of field goals from the 1-yard line comes to mind, as does… » 1/19/15 9:08am 1/19/15 9:08am

Patriots Under NFL Investigation For Deflating Footballs [Update]

WTHR's Bob Kravitz is reporting the NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots illegally deflated footballs during the team's AFC Championship game against the Colts Sunday night. » 1/19/15 1:54am 1/19/15 1:54am

Michael Bennett Rode A Police Bike Around The Field

After a game like that, I don't think it's possible for anything to seem weird. A Seahawks DE commandeering a police bicycle, and pedaling triumphantly down the sideline and across the CenturyLink turf, feels entirely normal! » 1/18/15 6:51pm 1/18/15 6:51pm

Richard Sherman Still In Game After Apparent Hyperextended Elbow

It's never good to get armbar'd by your own teammate, but that happened in the fourth quarter to Seattle's Richard Sherman, who has yet to tap out; despite being in visible pain, he's remained in the game. » 1/18/15 5:31pm 1/18/15 5:31pm

NFL Playoff Bonuses Are A Fucking Disgrace

Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we're covering weird TV people, jock strap games, chapped lips, boner grinding, and more. » 1/13/15 2:29am 1/13/15 2:29am

The NFL's Rules Are Dumb

The thing we have to establish to be able to talk about this with the same frame of reference is that Dez Bryant didn't catch that football. Oh sure, maybe he had the ball firmly in his grasp, maybe he was confident enough in his possession to turn and lunge for the end zone, wheeling his feet under him the entire… » 1/12/15 9:12am 1/12/15 9:12am

T.J. Lang's Block On Nick Hayden Sparks Cowboys-Packers Shove-Fest

Green Bay offensive lineman T.J. Lang shoved Dallas defensive tackle Nick Hayden to the ground as officials blew their whistle on a Davante Adams catch, and that enough to start a big pushing match between some Packers and Cowboys. » 1/11/15 3:28pm 1/11/15 3:28pm

The Patriots Annoyed John Harbaugh By Having Fun With Eligible Receivers

The Patriots needed creativity to beat the Ravens last night. Julian Edelman showed he could throw a deep ball better than Tom Brady on a trick-play touchdown bomb to Danny Amendola, but New England also ran a few plays that mixed up eligible receivers. Those formations were totally legal, but Baltimore coach John… » 1/11/15 12:22pm 1/11/15 12:22pm