We feel for Steve Johnson. He has toiled in obscurity in Buffalo this year, quietly going about his business, making catches and scoring touchdowns. But both the “quietly” part and the “catching touchdowns” part came to a halt Sunday when Johnson dropped a potential game-winning touchdown pass in OT in what later became a 16-13 Steelers victory.
Of course, we all know whose fault that was. It’s God’s fault, and all of Twitter-dom knows it now, too.
“I praise you 24/7!!! And this how you do me!!!,” Johnson – at least we think it was him – tweeted. “You expect me to learn from this???How??? I’ll never forget this!! Ever!! Thx Tho.”
Two things we must point out to Steve: God has been a Steelers fan for quite some time now (See: six Super Bowl victories) and, well, you don’t want to poke the bear, if you know what we mean.
Last week Johnson had three TD grabs in a win over Cincy and we didn’t hear a peep out of him. Now all of a sudden the Big Fella is to blame for the Big Drop. Memo to Stevie: Remove your tweet, claim you misquoted yourself and promise never to do it again.
Richard Lorenc, a 33-year old Kansas man who was put up for adoption as a child, finally ended years of searching for his birth mother only to discover that she was – wait for it – the bearded lady in a traveling circus! His mother, Vivian Wheeler, has worked with the circus since she was 5 years old.
We point this out merely to assure Aaron Rodgers that someone had a more frustrating weekend than he did. Now Rodgers’ numbers vs. the Falcons Sunday were top-shelf as he logged 344 passing yards and a team-high 51 rushing yards while scoring one rushing TD and adding a TD toss to Jordy Nelson with 56 seconds to play to knot the game at 17-17. But the Packers’ special teams coverage combined with a facemask penalty on Matt Wilhem scotched any OT notions Green Bay was entertaining as Atlanta’s Matt Ryan quickly drove the Falcons within field goal range, and Matt Bryant sealed Atlanta’s win with a 47-yarder with nine seconds to play.
Of course, let’s not forget that Green Bay could have won this game and claimed top-dog status in the NFC had it not been for Rodgers’ fumble on the 1-yard line on a fourth-and-goal in the second quarter. A crippling blunder. Instead Ryan ups his career home record to 19-1, including 15 straight, and the Falcons have clinched a winning season for the third year in a row – a first in Falcons’ history.
As for Rodgers, well, at least his mother is clean-shaven. As far as we know, anyway.