"Couldn't have said it better myself," agreed cornerback Darrent Williams.
Lions 39, Cowboys 31
The Lions are such losers they had a contest to see who was the biggest loser and the Detroit lost! In all seriousness, the one time Detroit's complete ineptitude could help the team, the Lions stepped up and outplayed playoff bound Dallas. The win handed Oakland the first overall pick in next year's draft, leaving Detroit to choose second.
"We knew we could have the first pick in the draft, but the number two pick is nothing to sneeze at," acknowledged general manager Matt Millen. "After all, this core of this team was built around high draft picks like Charles Rogers, Joey Harrington, Mike Williams--holy crap, who wants to trade up?!?!"
Jets 23, Raiders 3
Nobody left the field unhappy Sunday. Victory for the Jets meant a playoff berth; defeat for the Raiders meant the first overall pick in the 2007 draft. "This is an exciting opportunity for our club," grinned Oakland head coach Art Shell.
"The chance to bring in a high priced rookie with all the ego that comes with being the number one pick and put him on a team comprised almost entirely of overpriced, aging veterans who have lost a step--or in many cases, several steps--is like watching a train hit its brakes because there is a school bus on the tracks. It's a disaster that will be loud and unavoidable and many, many people will be hurt, but you still can't help but be curious how what it will look like."
Panthers 31, Saints 21
Carolina, picked by most experts to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, knocked off New Orleans, picked by most experts to "suck major ass." Instead, the Panthers will watch from home while the Saints enjoy a bye week--well, technically the Panthers won't really watch that part from home, but you get the point--and play at least one postseason game at home.
"I guess we put them in their place," chuckled receiver Steve Smith as he celebrated his team's victory over the end of the New Orleans bench. "They may be favorites to win the NFC and have a storybook-like season and be the adopted team of everyone in the country, but--ahem--scoreboard!"