We were stretching our balls

Good Morning, Broncos fans! If Sunday re-established that Denver is the team to beat in the AFC, Monday night did the same for Seattle in the NFC.

The Seahawks (11-1) scored 27 first-half points in a 34-7 demolition of the visiting Saints (9-3), getting three touchdown passes from Russell Wilson and holding Drew Brees to just 147 yards.

Seattle clinched a playoff berth with the win and now holds a commanding two-game edge over New Orleans and Carolina for best record in the conference.

Making matters worse for the Saints, problems with their plane forced them to remain in Seattle overnight.

Head ref Ed Hochuli made perhaps the best in-game announcement in history, blaming a delay on the officials having to stretch their balls.

Doug Farrar, Ben Stockwell, Robert MaysPeter King, and Jim Trotter discuss the game; Chase Stuart puts the matchup between short QBs in historical perspective.

John Fox

John Fox was warmly welcomed back to Dove Valley on Monday; he's still not sure whether he'll coach from the sideline or booth on Sunday, and he's lost 10 pounds.

Fox did admit he second-guessed a few decisions while watching games from afar. 

Here's video of Fox speaking with the press, plus a report from BTV.

Broncos

Derek Wolfe was released from the hospital but is unlikely to play on Sunday.

Although his season is over, Kevin Vickerson says he'll be around to provide leadership for Denver's young defensive linemen.

PFF: Montee Ball earned a +3.0 grade for his big day, while Malik Jackson played a career-high 58 snaps.

As Chase Stuart notes, the Broncos are on pace to shatter several NFL records this season.

Peyton doesn't really autograph RSVPs and include his jersey number, does he?

Titans

Expectedly, the Titans start the week off as 12.5-point underdogs.

Ryan Fitzpatrick had an especially rough Sunday, throwing three picks and losing a fumble.

The league apparently admitted to three blown calls that went against Tennessee during their loss at Indy.

Tennessee is expected to re-sign FB Quinn Johnson, who spent time with the Broncos in 2011.

News

Obviously, the NFL also admitted its officials screwed up at the end of the Giants/Washington game.

Mike Tomlin, who clearly stepped onto the field to impeded Jacoby Jones's punt return last week, is now lashing out at his accusers. Footage of Jones discussing the play with his teammates afterward is pretty funny.

Cleveland reportedly signed former Broncos clipboard holder Caleb Hanie; it looks like Cincy guard Clint Boling and St. Louis center Scott Wells are done for the season.

Considering how much cap space they need to use up, it's no surprise that Oakland is already working on a deal with LT Jared Veldheer, who's set to be an unrestricted free agent.

Analysis

Brian Burke has unveiled an awesome new tool: a 4th Down Bot which analyzes critical decisions in real time.

PFF's best (Peyton Manning, honorable mention for Eric Decker) and worst (Zane Beadles, Shaun Phillips, Duke Ihenacho, dishonorable mention for Knowshon Moreno) players of Week 13.

Former Saints center LeCharles Bentley, who now trains NFL prospects, has a lot to say about how player agents screw over their clients. (via NFP)

Judy Battista thinks the Chiefs can take solace in their offense having woken up a bit, but let's not forget that half of their points Sunday came on a KR return and a very short field, and their last touchdown drive required 17 plays and a fourth-down conversion.

Robert Mays breaks down the play of Eagles QB Nick Foles.

Maths

Of course, Peyton Manning and Eric Decker led their respective positions in Week 13, according to DYAR.

Brian Burke says there's no such thing as a loss of momentum when turning the ball over on downs.

Chase Stuart applies his fascinating SOS-adjusted team rankings to historical teams.

Yuks

If anyone's wondering why the Chargers get blacked out so often (as they did on Sunday), it could be that fans just don't want to expose themselves to horrors like this that just cannot be unseen.

Christmas Ape interprets the MMQB column of Peter King, who dropped an f-bomb on the Dan Patrick show.

Not that anyone can blame him, but good luck to Niners TE Vernon Davis in his campaign to have the competition committee add a "no tackling by the penis" infraction to the rule book.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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