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You lose at home (to the Jags) and still make the playoffs in a season you started 1-4? Sounds like divine intervention, something the Pack is getting used to: Green Bay-area churches have altered Christmas Eve services in deference to game versus Vikings. "You're forcing people to choose between two American religions," said Steve Samuelson, pastor of Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church, explaining why he added a service that will end by 2 p.m. kickoff. "Did you watch the Packers against St. Louis [on Nov. 29]? It was like Saint Brett at the end."
As in days of Christmas ... Moviegoers kept Ocean's Twelve strong at No. 2 at the box office; Michael Vick reeled off game-saving 12-yard TD run on fourth-and-goal; Big Ben won his 12th straight for the Steelers; and Chargers Antonio Gates tied single-season record for TD catches by a tight end at, yep, 12.
Hey, you couldn't expect Giants to actually beat the Steelers--but Big Blue got two-TD showing from QB Eli Manning a week after Lindsay Lohan (left) snagged his number at Manhattan club Butter. Jets rolled and metro-area teams keep landing stars: first Pedro, then Vince.
In return to Cincy, Bills LB recovered fumble and returned pick 62 yards in 33-17 win for football's hottest team. Now it gets eerie: Spikes (right) said he had premonition he'd score, and linebacker London Fletcher dreamed the same thing Saturday night. Said Spikes, "In life ... you always want to be the cream of the crop."