The Red Zone: Week 17, Late Games.

Broncos 22, Vikings 19 – Yes, I had no way of watching this on TV, but seeing the stats online, it read like a frustrating microcosm of what the Broncos season has been: one of the few times Jay Cutler and the offense are able to jump out to a good lead, yet the defense damn near gives it away — allowing Tarvaris Jackson to throw two TD passes in the fourth quarter to Bobby Wade when Minnesota had played sloppily all day.  Fortunately, that sloppy play continued in overtime, as Jackson coughed up a fumble while being sacked, and Jason Elam was immediately sent in to convert the FG and grab the win.

Redskins 27, Cowboys 6 – Anything Minnesota did would not have mattered anyway, seeing as how Washington so thoroughly handled Dallas’ starters — allowing only one rushing yard between both Julius Jones and Marion Barber. That’s Notre Dame levels of pathetic (and Jones should know, since he’s a Domer.)

Ravens 27, Steelers 21 – Not exactly something to be proud of for Baltimore, as Pittsburgh wasn’t playing anybody. There were some really good flashes from Troy Smith, whom I hope gets a serious look at being the starting QB next season.

Chargers 30, Raiders 17 – Closer at one point than it really should have been, but the Chargers make sure they hold on to that #3 spot.  LaDainian Tomlinson captures his second straight rushing title.

Jets 13, Chiefs 10 – I’m trying to figure out just how Herm Edwards can coach a team to not tackle Thomas Jones like KC failed to in OT, as he and Kellen Clemens QB sneaks on short yardage got them in field goal range, and after two Herm timeouts and a Jet holding penalty, Mike Nugent gave the Chiefs their ninth straight loss.

Titans 16, Colts 10 – Kerry Collins comes in for an injured Vince Young and reliably slings his way in drives that got two Rob Bironas field goals, which is all you need when Jim Sorgi is playing for the Colts instead of Peyton Manning.

Cardinals 48, Rams 19 – Wow, does St. Louis stink.

Photo: AP/David Zalubowski

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