Honorable mention, Drew Stanton category
It will be hard for the Cardinals’ backup QB to top his sideline celebration, but this is a decent effort:
Few people can pull off the “Janis Joplin road manager” look and … Stanton is not one of those people.
10. The Bills’ bus
You had one job.
The bus driver actually delivered the stranded players and coaches to the stadium by shifting into manual. Strong effort.
9. Matt Millen’s apology
“I had this fleeting dream that I could run a team,” he said, then offered the following:
I can’t stop watching Dick Stockton’s reaction.
8. Touchdown dances
7. Tom Brady scares his kids
Love him or hate him, Brady has become an entertaining presence on social media. He shared this video on Thanksgiving (that’s him in the turkey costume):
Funny, yes. But his three-year-old daughter is genuinely terrified. When “Turkey Tom” first shows up, she dives headfirst into the leaves and disappears for a good five seconds.
6. Tramaine Brock’s interception attempt
The 49ers cornerback does have three INTs this season and 10 for his career, so we know for a fact that he can catch the ball. On the other hand …
The Brock miss came on a third-and-17, allowing Arizona to kick a field goal one snap later.
5. Carson Palmer spikes himself
The Cardinals struggled against an inferior foe Sunday, so Carson Palmer was relieved and excited when he ran for a go-ahead touchdown with 2:28 left. Perhaps a little too excited.
4. The Raiders’ lateral play
This actually was going all right for a bit—the Raiders advanced inside the Tennessee 20 on their first half-ending desperation play. But then Seth Robertsreversed course, got demolished by Tennessee’s Jurrell Casey and it all fell apart.
3. Walt Coleman’s replay decision
You’ll no doubt be shocked to hear that NFL officials endured a difficult Sunday. The 49ers ripped their refs after being showered with flags, Tom Brady chewed out the Sunday night crew several times and, well, Walt Coleman did this:
Coleman also hit the Buccaneers’ Chris Conte with a wholly inaccurate leaping penalty on an Indianapolis field-goal attempt. He also announced the wrong number on that call, just a cherry on top of the effort.
2. Jim Nantz calls out Mike Carey
If a “rules expert” has to be corrected on a call by a play-by-play announcer, does he lose his expert status? Is he now just a rules professional?
Mike Carey put it to the test Sunday, when asked by CBS’s Jim Nantz to explainMarkus Wheaton’s attempted catch along the sideline. It was called a completion on the field, a decision with which Carey agreed. Or at least, he did until Nantz second-guessed him, eventually leading to Carey backtracking—he caved, claiming he did not have a great look at the replay at first.
Carey’s response to Nantz shooting him down, though, is priceless.
1. The Steelers’ fake field goal
Earlier this season, the Colts built what seemed like an insurmountable lead in the Worst Playcall of 2015 category—their botched fake punt vs. the Patriots was downright jaw-dropping. But the Steelers at least threw their hat into the ring Sunday, thanks to a miserable fake field goal try vs. Seattle.
That’s backup quarterback Landry Jones, who was in as a holder initially, taking a shotgun snap about 10 yards deep. He then attempts to float a pass cross-field to left tackle Alejandro Villanueva. The play ended in predictable fashion.
Worse yet, as this was the first play of the second quarter, the Steelers had several minutes to change their minds on this call. They clearly should have.