The holiday week proved unkind to a few NFL teams over the weekend. In some cases it was win or go home and in others, it was a foregone conclusion that the end was near for a few head coaches regardless of the outcome. While the games on Thursday & Saturday proved to be somewhat interesting (Pittsburgh doing damage against Carolina & Dallas coughing up yet another win, this time to Arizona), Sunday had a slew of NFL matchups that shaped the playoff picture in the coming weeks.

While the northeast was covered in a ”snowhurriance” (forcing the Eagles & Vikings to move their game to Tuesday no less), the New England Patriots continued to propel themselves onward towards Dallas. Tom Brady did just enough by throwing a couple of touchdowns and staying mistake free in leading the Pats to a 34-3 win over the Bills. That win secured the inevitable home field advantage edge for the Pats, which means unless you’re a cold weather team don’t expect a victory in Foxboro in January.

Somewhere in the Midwest, the New York Giants were trying to put the pieces together after getting “Jackson’d” last week at home. With Packers QB Aaron Rodgers coming off a concussion, the Giants looked to have a small advantage coming in. Leaving Lambeau left the Giants sputtering and searching for even more answers after getting routed 45-17. Leave it to Brando to have Rodgers on the bench for the Fantasy playoffs this week as the GB QB threw for 404 yards and 4 touchdowns. Let’s hope Matt Ryan is sort of decent tonight against the Saints.

Congrats to the Chiefs for clinching the AFC West and to the Rams for forcing a defacto playoff game between them and the Seahawks for the NFC West.

However, happy trails to 49ers head man Mike Singletary, who was fired after the loss to the Rams on Sunday. Joining him in a couple of weeks will be Gary Kubiak no doubt as the Texans lost for the 8 time in 9 games after coughing up a loss to the Broncos.

Yes, Saint Tebow rose to the occasion and provided the heroics while Matt Schaub threw yet another game ending interception. I’m beginning to believe he has the Carson Palmer gene of NFL quarterbacks. The fans in Houston have been hyping him up for years as a great QB but haven’t come to grips with the fact he may only be sort of decent.

Happy Holidays!