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- "Uninspired Cleveland Browns were doomed from the coin flip" (Morning Journal) - "What was the worst thing that happened to the Browns Sunday in Denver? It’s a flip of the coin. The day’s first flip of the coin came up tails and in the Browns’ favor, thanks the clairvoyance of fourth captain Kaluka Maiava who made the call."
- "What’s left to say about this miserable season and this Browns team?" (FS Ohio) - "Watching the Browns lose to Denver so dismally on TV leaves a person with this thought: What is left to say about this team? And what can possibly excite fans about next season?"
- "Browns defense no match for 'best QB in the game today'" (Plain Dealer) - "Facing the Manning brothers is a difficult enough task with a complete complement of healthy defensive backs. For the second time this season the Browns were at less than full strength against a member of the NFL's First Family of Quarterbacks, and got punished again."
- "Weeden hurt as Browns bow to Broncos" (AP) - "First, quarterback Brandon Weeden was hurt. Then, running back Trent Richardson left the game as well. Two injuries in the second half of a 34-12 loss to Denver on Sunday turned another long afternoon into something much worse for the Cleveland Browns."
- "Week 16: NFC far from settled" (ESPN) - "Two nights before Christmas, the AFC playoff berths were wrapped up like a neat present. The NFC, however, needs one more week to figure out a couple of spots."
- "Arian Foster health scare, missing offense lead to boos, questions for Texans" (Yahoo! Sports) - "What started as another step on the march to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs turned into fear and loathing in Southeast Texas."
- "First Down, Fourth Down: Corey Webster, Ben Roethlisberger flop" (SI.com) - "The Baltimore Ravens may not have played better all season than they did Sunday, while the defending champion New York Giants looked every bit the part of a team destined to miss the playoffs."
- "'Fail Mary' still looms over the postseason" (PFT) - "The good news for the folks who work at 345 Park Avenue is that the Seahawks’ postseason berth, clinched with a week to play, won’t be tainted by the Week Three win that everyone except card-carrying members of the 12th man believe the team didn’t deserve."