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Punters are athletes -- this much is not in dispute -- but they're athletes with a focus on kicking things and not necessarily on tackling people. That being said, if they're in position to make a play, blockers have to take them into account. Terence Garvin did a bit more than take punter Kevin Huber into account, however -- he broke Huber's jaw and cracked a vertebra in his neck as a result of a massive hit during a 68-yard touchdown return in Sunday's Bengals-Steelers game. Officials didn't throw a flag, but this seems exactly like the type of hit that the NFL will come down on during its review.
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Ravens change playoff picture?
Six Justin Tucker field goals -- including a 61-yarder with 38 seconds left -- were all the Baltimore Ravens needed on "Monday Night Football" to throw three playoff races for a loop. By beating the Detroit Lions 18-16, Baltimore moved to 8-6 and within one game of the Cincinnati Bengals atop the AFC North. By losing, Detroit fell to 7-7 and a surprising third in an NFC North Division it recently controlled. And then there's the AFC wild-card race, which still features three strong candidates -- four if you count Cincinnati -- fighting for one last spot. How will it all shake out?
Bengals contenders? Colts doomed?
The Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts entered Sunday with the same record. In the game, though, they looked worlds apart. The Bengals won 42-28 over Indy -- and it wasn't even that close; a late Colts TD pulled them to within two scores. What does this game say about these teams, both now and for their playoff future?