Not even Sage Rosenfels could have saved the day in the NY Giants’ stunning 38-31 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 19. “Big Blue” was up 24-3 going into half time and proceeded to give up four touchdowns in less than eight minutes. As has been the case, Rosenfels was only used to hold for kicker Lawrence Tynes.
Greg Camarillo caught one pass for 18 yards and returned one punt for six yards as the Chicago Bears mauled the Minnesota Vikings, 40-14. In what may be his final game, quarterback Brett Favre, returning to the field one week after his 321 consecutive game streak was broken, sustained a concussion when he was slammed to the frozen turf on a tackle.
Antonio Garay had his fifth sack of the year as the San Diego Chargers drubbed Taylor Mays and the San Francisco 49ers, 34-7. SD long snapper David Binn has been out all year with an injury.
Igor Olshansky assisted on one tackle and Kyle Kosier started the game for the Dallas Cowboys, who managed to hold off a comeback attempt from the Washington Redskins for the 33-30 win.
Adam Podlesh averaged 48 yards on four punts (longest: 61, with two inside the 20 yard line), but the Jacksonville Jaguars fell to the Indianapolis Colts, 34-24.
Geoff Schwartz made the game start as the Carolina Panthers won only their second game of the year by beating the Arizona Cardinals, 19-12.
Rookie Eric Lorig was once again inactive as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped an overtime loss to the Detroit Lions, 23-20.
Jordan Farmar scored seven points in a season-low 15 minutes in the NJ Nets’ 89-82 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Dec. 19. He started the Dec. 17 game against the Toronto Raptors, playing 30+ minutes and scoring nine points in the 98-92 loss. Omri Casspi played 19 minutes in a 102-87 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 17 (two points), and just eight minutes in a 102-93 defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets (three points) on Dec. 19.
Michael Cammalleri scored his 11th goal of the season in the Montreal Canadiens’ 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Dec. 16 and his 12th in a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 19. He also had two assists in a 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 15. Teammate Jeff Halpern was held scoreless for the week. Eric Nystrom played two games for the Minn. Wild. Mike Brown is still recuperating from a hand injury and is “several weeks away” from a return to action with the Toronto Maple Leafs.