Jim Harbaugh throws a fit after Harry Douglas catch stands

jim harbaugh fitSan Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh threw a fit on the sidelines after a call he challenged was upheld in favor of Atlanta. Harbaugh thought a reception by Harry Douglas late in the fourth quarter was incomplete, so he challenged the ruling on the field. The referees determined there was not enough evidence to overturn the original call, so the catch stood, giving Atlanta a first down late in the game. Luckily for Harbaugh, San Francisco’s defense managed to stall Atlanta’s drive and got a turnover on downs. They went on to win it 28-24 to advance to the Super Bowl.

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Thomas DeCoud does crotch chop after breaking up pass

thomas decoud crotch chopAtlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud was so stoked about a good play he made in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game that he celebrated by doing a D-Generation X crotch chop. DeCoud had broken up a pass from Colin Kaepernick to Vernon Davis in the first quarter of the game that led to an Atlanta punt. He was so pleased with himself, he did a funky dance and ended it with an emphatic crotch chop.

The crotch chop is the signature taunt of the wresting group D-Generation X. One of the group’s leaders, Shawn Michaels, was watching the game and noticed the chop:

DeCoud is the same guy who once played the “Meow” game during an interview, so it’s safe to say the guy is in touch with pop culture.

Julio Jones takes out security guard on sidelines

julio jones securityA security guard standing on the sidelines at the Georgia Dome was knocked down after wide receiver Julio Jones ran into him during the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

The security guard was facing the crowd and did not see Jones coming toward him on the play. Jones was trying to make a catch near the sidelines on second-and-10, but he only got one foot down, making it an incompletion. The receiver’s momentum carried him into the security guard a good five yards off the field. The guard went down after Jones rolled into his lower body, and there was a timeout on the field as a result.

People generally laugh when unsuspecting individuals are taken out in a collision, but this was nothing to laugh about. That’s exactly how people tear knee ligaments.

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Rob Gronkowski broke forearm again, out for playoffs

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Rob Gronkowski broke his forearm again and is out for the rest of the postseason, according to multiple reports.

Pro Football Talk first reported that Gronk would be out the rest of the playoffs and would need surgery after re-injuring his forearm in the first quarter of the Patriots’ division-round playoff game against the Texans on Sunday. Several other Patriots reporters confirmed the report and said that Gronk broke his forearm again.

Gronkowski was injured in Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts. His forearm was broken on a fluke play while he was protecting on a routine extra point during a blowout win.

Gronk returned in Week 17 and caught two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Dolphins. Sunday’s playoff game was his second contest since returning from his injury. He hurt his arm diving for a pass in the first quarter and landing on it. He was in obvious pain, left the game, and did not return.

The injury is a major blow to the Patriots, who will attempt to win the Super Bowl without a healthy Gronk for the second year in a row. Last season, Gronk hurt his ankle in the AFC Championship Game and was nowhere near full-strength during the Super Bowl. You can’t help but think that the Patriots brought Gronk back before he was fully healed.

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Richard Sherman taunts Falcons, ends up losing

richard sherman crazySeattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman continued his taunting ways on Sunday, but one team finally made him pay.

The Atlanta Falcons escaped with a 30-28 win over Seattle in their divisional-round playoff game after nearly blowing a 20-0 lead. Sherman was taunting the Falcons every time they threw at him early in the game. He would put his hand to his head as if to say “you’re crazy” for trying to throw on me.

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Falcons receiver Roddy White burned Sherman late in the second quarter for a 47-yard touchdown and raced out of the end zone to show Sherman what’s up. Sherman seemed to be a good sport and mockingly gave him an applause:

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JJ Watt reportedly spit on Patriots logo before game

jj wattJJ Watt sounds like he’s ready for the Houston Texans’ rematch with the New England Patriots.

According to a few reporters and some others in attendance at Gillette Stadium, the Texans All-Pro defensive end spit on the Patriots’ logo at midfield during warmups before the Divisional Round playoff game between the teams.

WEEI’s Mike Petraglia reported that Watt came out to stretch around midfield just before 3:00 pm ET. A few minutes later, Petraglia tweeted that Watt spit on the logo. WHDH’s Darren M. Haynes also reported the same news.

Pats fans are probably hoping this report gets back to the team to give them a little extra motivation for the game. Both teams are 12-4, but the Patriots rocked the Texans 42-14 in Week 14.

We certainly know from past behavior that Watt isn’t afraid to disrespect another team or player.

Colin Kaepernick validating Jim Harbaugh’s decision to make QB change

Colin-Kaepernick-NinersColin Kaepernick’s record-setting game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night should end all questions about Jim Harbaugh’s decision to make a midseason quarterback change for the 49ers.

The second-year quarterback from Nevada started off shaky in his first career playoff game by throwing a pick six to Packers cornerback Sam Shields on the team’s first possession, but he went nuts after that. Kaepernick broke two touchdown runs — one for 20 yards and the other for 56 — while setting an NFL quarterback record with 181 rushing yards in a game.

Kaepernick also threw the ball well. He completed 17 of 31 passes for 263 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Kaepernick used his rifle arm to fire passes when they needed to get there quickly, and he also showed off his touch like when he threw a perfect pass up the seam to Vernon Davis late in the game.

He is such a dynamic playmaker it’s clear he’s in a different class from Alex Smith.

Kaepernick became the 49ers’ starting quarterback after replacing Smith during a Week 10 tie against the St. Louis Rams. Smith was concussed during that game and missed the team’s next contest — a Monday night win over the Chicago Bears. It was obvious after that point that Kaepernick made the 49ers’ offense more dangerous than Smith did. Even Kaepernick’s teammates seemed to confirm that.

Though Kaepernick was contained in his third start of the season — a 16-13 loss to the Rams — his four-touchdown game two weeks later at New England proved how dangerous he is.

It’s quite fitting that the man whose playoff record Kaepernick broke for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a playoff game is Michael Vick; Kaepernick is like Vick but without the turnovers.

After watching Kaepernick beat the Bears, I had no doubt that Harbaugh made the right choice by switching. Smith had been playing well enough to get the Niners to the NFC Championship Game, but Kaepernick has the ability to lead them to a Super Bowl win. There is a big difference between the two. And what does it say about Harbaugh’s coaching ability that people actually thought he was nuts for benching a guy most of us used to call a bust?