NFL Notebook: Sean Payton steps down in New Orleans
One of the most exciting weekends in the history of the National Football League is now behind us. The dust has settled to reveal a quartet of teams vying for spots in next month’s Super Bowl LVI, and there’s plenty of news to discuss from off the field as well. Let’s dive in!
Bengals, Niners, Rams, Chiefs All Survive
Just how good WAS the football that was played last weekend? Consider this: The four games held during the divisional round were decided by a total of 15 points. Cincinnati squeaked by Tennessee 19-16 on a last-second field goal, San Francisco rallied in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field to stun Green Bay 13-10, Los Angeles held off a furious Tampa Bay rally to prevail 30-27 (and set up an NFC West grudge match for the conference championship), and Kansas City, of course, sent Buffalo home with a 42-36 win in one of the most exciting games in recent memory.
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The Overtime Rules
By now, you know the story. After a frenetic fourth quarter where the lead changed hands multiple times in the final two minutes, the Chiefs won the overtime coin toss. The Bills never got the ball back, as Kansas City marched down the field and found the end zone.
This is my overtime solution. Wish the Chiefs had it a few years back, too. pic.twitter.com/y57IYWX65C— Kyle Brandt (@KyleBrandt) January 25, 2022
Naturally, this has sparked a firestorm on social media, where fans and analysts of many different backgrounds have called these rules into question. Those who want change believe Josh Allen should have had a chance to tie the game, while those defending the rules believe Buffalo’s defense had an opportunity to give him that chance and didn’t do so.
Payton Out in New Orleans
Super Bowl-winning coach Sean Payton called time on his career this week when he announced he would not be back with New Orleans for the 2022 season.
Sean Payton as Saints HC (2006-2021):— PFF (@PFF) January 25, 2022
⚜️152-89 Overall Record
⚜️5 Seasons with 12+ Wins
⚜️AP Coach of the Year (2006)
⚜️Super Bowl XLIV Champion pic.twitter.com/gX9Rqdyyal
He took the reins in 2006, and he ends his Saints tenure with a 152-89 record. He’s said he’ll likely take the 2022 season off as he ponders what’s next, but that hasn’t stopped those feeding the rumor mill from wondering if he’ll potentially supplant Mike McCarthy in Dallas.
The Latest On Antonio Brown
Things just keep getting stranger and stranger for the ex-Buccaneer. Brown’s attorney went on record Tuesday saying they’ll be pursuing legal action against Tampa Bay for the circumstances that led to his release.
Antonio Brown says the Bucs offered him $200K to get mental health treatment.— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) January 25, 2022
Brown and his lawyer Sean Burstyn say a defamation lawsuit against the team is possible.
Full @RealSportsHBO on @hbomax tonight pic.twitter.com/snv1TUe67I
The lawyer also added that a civil lawsuit remains possible, and Brown claimed Tampa Bay offered him $200,000 to commit to mental health treatment. In a word... yikes.