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December 31, 2013
NFL Boilers: Orton starts; Week 17 notes
Aside from a throw, Kyle Orton played well enough to win on Sunday, although his efforts came up short in a 24-22 loss to Philadelphia.
The defeat kept the Cowboys from the playoffs, ended the Dallas season at 8-8 and prevented Orton from continuing as the starter this season.
But Cowboys' fans are used to late-game picks. That said, Orton had Dallas in position to win, with two touchdowns and nearly 370 yards of offense.
Mike Neal will continue to have a big role in Green Bay, helping to fill in for the injured Clay Matthews.
Neal has had a good season, with 50-plus tackles that rank him seventh on the Packers. And all that considering a position change to linebacker.
It will be a Westlake High rivalry when New Orleans travels to Philadelphia on Saturday, with the football team's two most famous alums - apologies to Kyle Adams - facing off in the Wildcard round of the playoffs.
Most of the Westlake community will be watching. Nick Foles, who graduated 10 years after Drew Brees, broke most of Brees' records at the Austin, Texas high school.
They both look excellent in their high school pictures.
Brees passed for more than 5,000 yards in a season for the fourth straight year. No other QB has done it more than once.
Rob Ninkovich played in 95.5 of New England's defensive snaps this season.
His value to the Pats is more than numbers, and should be enough to at least get him some Pro Bowl consideration.
He's likely one of the AFC's most well-rounded defensive ends.
Ryan Kerrigan will have knee surgery after suffering an injury in Week 3.
The following is a look at the NFL Boilers, their roles and their Week 17 statistics.
Tennessee Titans (7-9, 16-10 win over Houston)
Carolina Panthers (12-4, 21-20 win at Atlanta; BYE in Wildcard round of playoffs)
Dallas Cowboys (8-8, 24-22 loss to Philadelphia)
Denver Broncos (13-3, 34-14 win at Oakland; BYE)
Green Bay Packers (8-7-1, 33-28 win at Chicago; host San Francisco at 4:40 p.m. Sunday)
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12, 30-10 loss at Indianapolis)
New England Patriots (12-4, 34-20 win over Buffalo; BYE)
New Orleans Saints (11-5, 42-17 win over Tampa Bay; play at Philadelphia at 8:10 p.m. Saturday)
New York Giants (7-9, 20-6 win over Washington)
Philadelphia Eagles (10-6, 24-22 win at Dallas; host New Orleans at 8:10 p.m. Saturday)
San Diego Chargers (9-7, 27-24 OT win over Kansas City; play at Cincinnati at 1:05 p.m. Sunday)
Seattle Seahawks (13-3, 27-9 win over St. Louis; BYE)
Tampa Bay (4-12, 42-17 loss at Tampa Bay)
Washington Redskins (3-13, 20-6 loss at New York Giants)
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