Top 5 Most Embarrassing Moments from NFL Wild Card Weekend
5 Embarrassing Moments of NFL Playoffs Wild Card Weekend 2012
On January 5th and 6th, the NFL hosted four nationally televised playoff games. In the NFC, the league saw the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings. The AFC saw the Houston Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens beat the Indianapolis Colts. The four winning teams now move on to face the teams that had first round byes.
The opening weekend saw strong performances from Russell Wilson, the final home game of Ray Lewis’s career and the end of the inspiring season belonging to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. Fans of the losing teams were likely sad and questioning certain game time decisions. These fans can still take pride knowing that they beat out other teams that failed to make it to the postseason. After seventeen weeks, eight teams got to showcase their playing abilities and show fans the reasons why they made it into the playoffs. During the four games, the NFL and its fans also watched some embarrassing moments unfold.
The Bengals failed to show up for the first half of a game, Joe Webb failed to catch on in the playoffs, RG3 got hurt and continued to play, FedEx Field got a couple players hurt and one player got punched in the face for smack talk. So which of these moments ranked as the most embarrassing moment of the 2012 Wild Card weekend of the NFL Playoffs? Click through the slideshow to find out. Disagree or have a moment to add, follow me on Twitter or Google Plus and sound off.
5. Cincinnati Bengals First Half
The Cincinnati Bengals lost their Wild Card matchup with the Houston Texans. In the first half of the game, the Bengals managed a horrid 53 yards of offense. The Bengals actually had negative passing yards in the first half, when a sack of Andy Dalton by J.J. Watt was factored in. In the 19-13 loss, the Bengals managed only 198 total yards and went zero for nine on third down attempts.
4. Joe Webb Underperforms
The Minnesota Vikings made the 2012 NFL Playoffs with a 10-6 record and a tie-break over the Chicago Bears. The day of the team’s matchup against the Green Bay Packers, the Vikings announced that starting quarterback Christian Ponder would not start in the game. This led the team to give the ball to Joe Webb, the backup quarterback who had thrown zero pass attempts during the 2012 NFL season. The loss of Ponder didn’t seem like a big loss to a team that ranked last in the league in passing yards and possessed the league’s leading rusher in Adrian Peterson. However, Webb looked lost much of the game and also had two turnovers that helped seal the Packers victory over NFC North rival Minnesota. Webb completed only 11 of 30 passes thrown during the game. Webb was a sixth round draft pick of the Vikings in 2010, where nine quarterbacks were taken ahead of him.
3. FedEx Field Condition
Shouldn’t a NFL field that hosts a NFL Playoff game be at top notch level? That’s the issue facing the Seattle Seahawks as the NFLPA gets involved. Several players got hurt during the Seahawks game at home in the 2012 playoffs. Both coaches expressed that they were not happy with the field conditions during the game. The NFLPA now is blaming the league and new stricter rules and inspections will likely follow during the 2013 season.
2. Richard Sherman Hit by Trent Williams
After the Seattle Seahawks win over the Washington Redskins during the 2012 NFL Playoffs, one player was hit in the face. Trent Williams, of the Redskins, hit Richard Sherman in the face and neck. The altercation was caught on national television. Sherman backed away from Williams with a huge grin on his face. Sherman, a notorious trash talker, did tell his Twitter followers that Williams sent him a text to apologize for the incident. In the end, Williams was fined over $7000 for the hit on Sherman.
This isn’t the first time Sherman has used his mouth against players on and off the field. In the 2012 season, Sherman took to Twitter to tell everyone his new nickname was Optimus Prime. This of course was ahead of the Seahawks clash with the Detroit Lions and Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. Sherman also had a battle with Tom Brady on Twitter after talking an insane amount of trash at Brady during a game that was shrugged off by the New England Patriots quarterback.
1. RGIII Hurt in NFL Playoffs
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan had a bad weekend during the NFL Playoffs. Shanahan saw his team lose, watched his star player get hurt and is now the victim of a public outcry over the team’s handling of an injury. Robert Griffin III, the number two overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, suffered a knee injury against the Seattle Seahawks, but was kept in the game. Shanahan told reporters that Griffin, or RG3 as he is commonly known, did not want to come out of the game. Griffin tore his ACL during the game.
Some analysts called for the firing of Shanahan, despite taking the Redskins to the playoffs. The NFLPA also questioned the handling, but has announced it will not be formally investigating the incident. Griffin recently had surgery on his leg and is expected to miss six to eight months of time with the Redskins.