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>Well Derrick Nnadi Color Rush Jersey , no one STILL seems to agree on what, exactly, should constitute a catch in the NFL 鈥?and that contributed to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the New England Patriots in a key game for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs.It’s also hard to find folks who like the provision that awards possession of the football to the team on defense after an offensive player fumbles it out of the end zone 鈥?and that (along with, yes, what appeared to be a folded index card used to determine whether there was a first down) helped the Dallas Cowboys beat the Oakland Raiders to keep their postseason hopes intact as Ezekiel Elliott prepares to return from a suspension.Two of the most confounding pieces of the NFL rulebook took center stage at the end of key games Sunday, and the results could have a real impact on who ends up reaching the Super Bowl.Maybe this offseason, the competition committee will, once and for all, alter the ways one 鈥?or even both 鈥?of these situations are handled. Until that happens, there will be questions and complaints.Which, when you think about it, might be what the league wants: Such conversations mean attention.New England clinched a record ninth consecutive division title with a 27-24 victory at Pittsburgh that came after Ben Roethlisberger’s apparent 10-yard TD pass to Jesse James with 28 seconds left was erased because, as referee Tony Corrente, explained: “The receiver did not survive the ground.”As James twisted and lunged into the end zone at the play’s finish, he extended the ball, which shifted in his hands. The call was called the way the NFL says it should be .But CBS announcers Tony Romo and Jim Nantz were so unaware that was even an issue that they only were trying to figure out whether James might have been touched by a defender before the football crossed the goal line.“There’s no doubt it’s going to hold up,” Nantz declared.Asked later how he felt about the eventual replay ruling Kenny Lofton Jersey , Steelers coach Mike Tomlin replied: “It’s really irrelevant how I feel about it, to be honest with you. It’s not going to change the outcome of the game. I’m not going to cry over spilled milk.”Both teams are 11-3; the Patriots’ win puts them on a path to host a possible rematch in the conference championship game.And there were so many other talking points afterward, including just how serious Steelers receiver Antonio Brown’s left calf injury is; what went on with the last-minute decision-making by Roethlisberger, who compounded the damage done by the James call by faking a spike and then forcing a throw on a slant into the end zone that got intercepted with 5 seconds to go; and why Pittsburgh allowed New England tight end Rob Gronkowski to roam free with single-man coverage.At night, Dallas’ 20-17 victory at Oakland was sealed when Raiders QB Derek Carr lost his grip on the football while reaching for the end zone on a scramble from the 8. The ball crossed the goal line, then went out the side of the end zone 鈥?a turnover and a touchback.Why not give the offense the ball where the player lost possession? Or back the offense up to the 25? Or come up with some other solution that doesn’t reward the defense for having done absolutely nothing to prevent a score?That wasn’t the most bizarre moment of the game. Or even the entire NFL day. No, that was reserved for referee Gene Steratore’s decision to try sliding what appeared to be an index card between the tip of the ball and the end of the chain when measuring for a first down. When he determined the card didn’t fit, Steratore awarded a first down to Dallas (8-6), which wound up kicking the go-ahead field goal on that drive.“That was interesting,” Cowboys QB Dak Prescott said. “Him measuring with the paper.”In case you missed it, here are the other top topics after the NFL season’s 15th Sunday:RICHARDSON’S GONEHours after the NFL said it would take over the investigation into workplace misconduct by Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson 鈥?and after Sports Illustrated reported, citing unnamed sources, that confidential payouts had been made for sexual harassment and using a racial slur 鈥?he announced he will sell the team after the season. Among those immediately throwing their hats in the ring as possible buyers were musician/actor Diddy and two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry.HELLO AND GOODBYE, A-RODAaron Rodgers returned after missing two months with a broken collarbone and threw a career-high-tying three interceptions in the Green Bay Packers’ 31-24 loss at Carolina. The Packers were all but eliminated from the playoffs; they haven’t missed out since 2008.BREAK UP THE JAGSSo bad for so, so long, the Jacksonville Jaguars earned their first postseason berth in a decade by easily beating the Houston Texans 45-7. QB Blake Bortles threw three TDs in the first half for the first time in his career.WELCOME BACK, TEDDY TWO GLOVESWith an NFC North-clinching 34-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals a foregone conclusion Josh Allen Bills Jersey , the Minnesota Vikings gave Teddy Bridgewater his first regular-season game action since January 2016. And his first pass since tearing up his knee? Intercepted. Darrelle Revis officially shut down his dominant playing career by signing one final contract.
The seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback who routinely frustrated opposing receivers with his blanket-like coverage officially retired Tuesday as a member of the New York Jets 鈥?the team with which Revis spent eight of his 11 NFL seasons.
The 33-year-old Revis inked a one-day deal with the Jets at a ceremonial news conference at the team's facility after he announced last Thursday on social media that he was done playing.
Former teammates, including D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and several current players attended, along with owner Christopher Johnson, general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles.
"It's been amazing," Revis said of his career. "My work ethic and my study habits I feel propelled me to strive to be one of the greatest. It took a lot of work, week in and week out, to prepare and play at the highest level and covering some of the toughest receivers in the world."
He was known for his uncanny ability to shut down receivers and the nickname "Revis Island" grew in popularity as receivers were routinely left "stranded" without being much of a factor in games because of the cornerback's airtight coverage.
In a clever nod to the nickname, the Jets set up a makeshift "island" outside of the facility's main entrance, complete with sand dunes and three small palm trees and had Revis pose in front of it for photos.
The team also issued green lapel pins that read "REVIS ISLAND" at the top with the Jets logo on the bottom and Revis' familiar No. 24 featured in the middle in front of a small island.
"As I look at it now and as I take some time to really assess what I've done and what really happened, it's amazing, it's amazing," Revis said. "You leave a legacy behind that players can follow, they can mimic and they can study your film, too."
Revis also gained notoriety for his business savvy at the bargaining table and made more than $120 million during his career.
He had several contract squabbles during his time with the Jets after being the No. 14 overall pick in 2007 out of Pittsburgh, including a lengthy holdout that was documented on HBO's "Hard Knocks" in 2010. Led by then-agents Jon Feinsod and Neil Schwartz, mother Diana Gilbert and uncle Sean Gilbert Youth Tyquan Lewis Jersey , a former NFL defensive tackle, Team Revis was a force to be reckoned with.
After contentious contract negotiations in 2013, Revis was dealt to Tampa Bay for first- and fourth-round draft picks. He was a member of the Buccaneers for just one season before being released and signing with New England as a free agent 鈥?and winning the Super Bowl with the Jets' biggest rival.
Revis became a free agent again, and returned home to the Jets by signing a five-year, $70 million contract, including $39 million guaranteed in 2015. After a solid first season back, Revis struggled with injuries and consistency in 2016 and was released. He finished up his career by playing in five games for Kansas City last season.
"I would've loved to play my whole career here and wear the green and white until I actually retired," Revis said. "Things happen. Team acquisitions come in and there's a different direction a team may want to go. You know, it happens. It really does, and that's kind of how I can sum that up."
Revis finished with 29 career interceptions, and returned three for touchdowns, including one for 100 yards against Miami in 2011. He was a four-time first-team All-Pro selection, including in what was his most dominant season in 2009, when he was beaten out by Charles Woodson for Defensive Player of the Year honors.
That was a rare time Revis lost out to anyone in his prime, especially that season. Randy Moss 鈥?whom Revis acknowledged was the toughest he ever covered 鈥?Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne all struggled against the Jets star.
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"His dominance at the cornerback position is legendary," Christopher Johnson said of Revis. "Forget giving up the catch. We were all shocked when quarterbacks would dare to attempt a pass in his direction."
Revis wouldn't reveal specifically on what the future holds for him, but acknowledged that staying around the game in some capacity is likely 鈥?perhaps in a coaching role somewhere.
"It's a love, it's a passion for me," Revis said of football. "I'm surely going to miss it. ... I'll weigh my options and see."
A trip to Canton, Ohio, and induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame could also be on the agenda in the next five years or so.
"I accomplished a lot in my career and the assignments that I had to face during my career takes a lot of toll on your body, week in and week out," Revis said of why he chose to retire now. "Every day my purpose was not to just be the best at my position, but to be the best player on the field. That was my motivation.
"I came out to practice and tried to set a tone, and game day, I tried to set a tone."
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