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The AFC North and NFC West divisions lead the way with some of the top grades in week
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The AFC North and NFC West divisions lead the way with some of the top grades in week four. Dennis Smith Jr. Swingman Jersey . The Pittsburgh Steelers made up for a lacklustre performance in week three with a 43-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.And despite a knee brace, Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to a 27-17 victory over the New York Jets. AFC NorthPittsburgh Steelers (W 43-14 v Kansas City)The Steelers disappointed last week, coming up woefully short against the Philadelphia Eagles in their worst loss for 27 years. The team was unrecognisable in week four as Ben Roethlisberger threw five touchdown passes and LeVeon Bell ran for 144 yards as Pittsburgh dominated the Chiefs in every area of the game. Vince Williams had 16 tackles and Kansas City failed to record a point until the fourth quarter, when the game was far beyond them.This is the type of performance we expect from a Super Bowl contender. Grade: A Highlights of the Kansas City Chiefs clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers in week four of the NFL Cincinnati Bengals (W 22-7 v Miami)The score suggests this game was closer than it actually was, as the Bengals settled for just the one A.J Green touchdown and five field goals.Green had 173 yards and the defence sacked Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, disrupting any attack the Miami offence tried to build. The win lifts the Bengals to 2-2 and within touching distance of the division leaders. Grade: B Highlights of the Miami Dolphins clash with the Cincinnati Bengals in week four of the NFL Baltimore Ravens (L 28-27 v Oakland)As with their three wins this season, the result of this game could have gone either way. After a conservative three quarters, the game took off in the final 15 minutes.The Ravens had over 150 more offensive yards but settling for two early field goals proved costly. Steve Smith got his first touchdown of 2016 but against one of the worst ranked defences in the NFL, Baltimore were made to pay for their missed opportunities. Grade: CCleveland Browns (L 20-31 @ Washington)The Browns continue to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, though it would appear the officials helped them this week. Leading 20-17 in the third quarter, Cleveland fumbled on three consecutive drives to hand possession to their opponents, who duly scored 14 points and won the game.Granted, the second turnover appeared to be an incorrect call as Duke Johnson seemed to recover, but as head coach Hue Jackson said, there would not have been an issue if the player had not fumbled in the first place.Quarterback Cody Kessler looked comfortable as an NFL starter and running back Isaiah Crowell had 112 yards and a touchdown, but the Browns must shore up the basics if they are to win at all this season. Grade: D C.J Anderson: Underdog Story From undrafted free agent to Super Bowl winner, nothing has come easy for C.J Anderson. AFC EastBuffalo Bills (W 16-0 @ New England)Two weeks ago, head coach Rex Ryan was firm favourite to lose his job. Now, having beaten the Cardinals and the Patriots, the Bills are second in the division, having delivered the first shutout to New England since 1993.It was an important victory for Buffalo, who scored the only touchdown of the game in the first quarter through LeSean McCoy. The defence continued where it left off from week three, sacking Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett three times. Zach Brown had 18 tackles, four of them for loss, and one sack to lift the team to 2-2. Grade: A Highlights of the Buffalo Bills clash with the New England Patriots in week four of the NFL New York Jets (L 27-17 v Seattle)Having the Jets at second in the AFC East this week really is an indictment of the quality the division showed as a whole. Missing Eric Decker at wide receiver showed, but the running game was unable to pick up the slack with just 58 yards.Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three more interceptions and leads the league in that category. Darelle Revis left the game with a hamstring injury and at 1-3, the Jets now face the Steelers followed by the Cardinals. Grade: DNew England Patriots (L 16-0 v Buffalo)Patriots fans will be delighted to finish this game with a 3-1 record, leading the division and welcoming back four time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.They struggled to move the ball against Buffalo, due in no small part to third choice Jacoby Brissett struggling with a thumb injury. This result, though disappointing, was a lot more important for the Bills than it was for the Patriots. Grade: DMiami Dolphins (L 22-7 @ Cincinnati)Ryan Tannehill was sacked five times as the Miami offensive line disintegrated under pressure from the Bengals pass rush. A 74-yard touchdown throw on the second play of the night accounted for a third of the Dolphins total offence, which sums up the rest of their night.The Defence found some success in holding the Bengals to field goals, but it was a disappointing showing from the now 1-3 Dolphins, whose only victory came in overtime against the Browns. Grade: D-AFC SouthHouston Texans (W 27-20 v Tennessee)After losing J.J Watt, it was an important week for Houston to show what they were made of. Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney combined to deputise for Watt and Will Fuller, a rookie wide receiver selected in the first round of the draft, scored a 64-yard touchdown return to seal the win.It will be a tough schedule without Watt leading the defence, but the Texans started off with an important win over divisional rivals. Grade: B Highlights of the Tennessee Titans clash with the Houston Texans in week four of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars (W 30-27 v Indianapolis)It was a huge sigh of relief for head coach Gus Bradley as the Jaguars held on for their first win of the season, beating the Colts at Wembley as part of the 2016 International Series.The defence is starting to look like the dominant unit fans expected, and Blake Bortles kept mistakes to a minimum as well as scoring a rare touchdown. Grade: B- Highlights of the Indianapolis Colts clash with the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in week four of the NFL Indianapolis Colts (L 30-27 @ Jacksonville)After a 26-22 week-three win over the Chargers, it looked as though Andrew Luck and the Colts might have turned the corner. However, Luck had a costly interception and was sacked six times, the most in one game since he began his career in the NFL.While Jacksonville have the benefit of a bye week, Indianapolis will have to prepare for the arrival of the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Grade: DTennessee Titans (L 27-20 @ Houston)Marcus Mariota struggled once again, throwing for just 202 yards as the Titans failed to take advantage of a Houston defence missing J.J Watt.Tennessee sacked their special teams coordinator Bobby April after the unit allowed Will Fuller to score a fourth quarter punt return and win the game for Houston. The Titans face Miami next week and will need to find some compatibility in this offence if they are to lift themselves in the AFC South. Grade: D- AFC WestDenver Broncos (W 27-7 @ Tampa)The Broncos never looked troubled against the Buccaneers as they weathered a storm to maintain a 4-0 start to the season.Two early interceptions for Aqib Talib led to touchdown scores and from then on, the defence controlled the tempo of the game. Rookie QB Paxton Lynch was introduced at half-time following an injury to Trevor Siemian, and the young passer controlled the game without fault, throwing the first touchdown pass of his NFL career to Emmanuel Sanders. Grade: B+ Highlights of the Denver Broncos clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week four of the NFL Oakland Raiders (W 28-27 @ Baltimore)The Raiders deserve credit for holding off the Ravens fightback. Baltimore led the league in fewest points conceded in the second half (3.3), but Michael Crabtree found success, scoring three touchdowns to give Oakland their third road win of the season.Khalil Mack got his first sack of the season and the Raiders continue to pressure the Broncos, atop the AFC West. Grade: B Highlights of the Oakland Raiders clash with the Baltimore Ravens in week four of the NFL San Diego Chargers (L 35-34 v New Orleans)It has been a tough start to the 2016 season for the Chargers, who lost their two best weapons in the first two weeks. However, they continue to put up big numbers, due largely to the performances of quarterback Phillip Rivers, who is quietly one of the leagues top performing passers this year.However, we cannot get away from the fact that San Diego let a 13-point lead slip, with two interceptions which allowed ex-Charger Drew Brees and the Saints to grab their first win of the season. Grade: C-Kansas City Chiefs (L 43-14 @ Pittsburgh)The Chiefs were unable to handle the Steelers from the very first play when Alex Smiths pass was tipped and then intercepted. The Chiefs defence, which performed so admirably against the Jets in week three, was helpless as Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns. Smith was sacked four times and threw one interception, but Kansas Citys touchdowns came way too late. Grade: ENFC EASTWashington Redskins (W 29-27 v Cleveland Browns)Two wins in a row now for Washington, whose offence is really clicking. The Redskins scored touchdowns on four trips to the red zone, having converted only three times in their opening 14 attempts across their first three games.Tight end Jordan Reed had a monster outing, with two TDs and 73 yards. Grade: A Highlights of the Cleveland Browns clash with the Washington Redskins in week four of the NFL Dallas Cowboys (W 24-17 @ San Francisco)Dallas survived a slight scare in going down 14-0 early to San Francisco. But the Cowboys once again rode their impressive rookies, Dak Prescott (246 yards passing, 2 TDs) and Ezekiel Elliott (138 yards rushing, 1 TD), to a third win of the season. Grade: B+  Highlights of the Dallas Cowboys clash with the San Francisco 49ers in week four of the NFL New York Giants (L 24-10 @ Minnesota)Eli Manning struggled to get anything going on offence and the defence failed to make a sack or interception on Sam Bradford. The Vikings have always been a bogey team for Manning, who now has 15 interceptions and a 2-6 record against them. Grade: DPhiladelphia Eagles - Bye weekNFC NORTHMinnesota Vikings (W 24-10 v New York Giants)Never caused any real problems by the Giants, this was a professional win for one of only three teams yet to lose in the entire league. The Minnesota Vikings move to a 4-0 record after beating the New York Giants 24-10 on a frustrating night for Odell Beckham Jr. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata made the most of their enhanced roles in the absence of Adrian Peterson, as both scored touchdowns. Sam Bradford is continuing to grow in confidence with this offence, but it was a quiet night for receiver Stefon Diggs. Grade: B+Chicago Bears (W 17-14 v Detroit)Well, what a turn up for the books! After looking comfortably one of the NFLs poorest teams through the first three weeks, the Bears avoided an 0-4 start with the hardly eye-catching names of Hoyer (302 yards passing, 2 TDs), Jordan Howard (111 yards rushing) and Eddie Royal (111 yards receiving, 1TD) putting in eye-catching performances. Grade: B+ Highlights of the Detroit Lions clash with the Chicago Bears in week four of the NFL Detroit Lions (L 14-17 @ Chicago)The wildly inconsistent Lions that we all know and love were at their most maddening best in Chicago. Matthew Stafford - his own inconsistencies a source of endless frustrations for Lions fans - didnt help Detroits cause with two interceptions. Grade: D-Green Bay Packers - Bye weekNFC SOUTHAtlanta Falcons (W 48-33 v Carolina)An incredible win, made possible by two performances to go down in Falcons (and fantasy football) folklore. Matt Ryan threw for a franchise record 503 yards and four touchdowns. Julio Jones caught one of them in a staggering 300 yard day, also a Falcons record.And it was all done against the Panthers! Yes, the Panthers - that same team whose stellar defence took them to the 2015 Super Bowl. Grade: A+ Highlights of the Carolina Panthers clash with the Atlanta Falcons in week four of the NFL New Orleans Saints (W 35-34 @ San Diego)Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes in the final five minutes to rally the Saints to a stunning come-from-behind win over his old team, the Chargers. It earned New Orleans their first of the season, though no thanks once again to their porous defence. Grade: B Highlights of the New Orleans Saints clash with the San Diego Chargers in week four of the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers (L 7-27 v Denver)For the second straight week, play was stopped in the fourth quarter in Tampa due to a weather warning. The game was long since over as a contest though, with the Broncos championship defence suffocating the Bucs offence. Grade: DCarolina Panthers (L 33-48 @ Atlanta)Concerns. About a defeat to their division rivals, about the fact that they have now lost two straight and three on the season, about the suddenly struggling defence, and most crucially, about the hit on Cam Newton that saw him leave the game in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for concussion symptoms. Grade: D-NFC WESTLos Angeles Rams (W 17-13 @ Arizona)The Rams improved to 3-1 for the first time in a decade with a terrific divisional road win over the Cardinals. That 28-0 defeat to the 49ers on opening week seems a long time ago now. The defence sure has stepped up, as has the play of QB Case Keenum; accounting for 266 yards and two TDs in this outing. Grade: A Highlights of the LA Rams clash with the Arizona Cardinals in week four of the NFL Seattle Seahawks (W 27-17 @ New York Jets)Russell Wilson was at his sharp and efficient best despite playing with a sprained knee, throwing three touchdown passes. His list of receivers for those scores made for a few surprises, with ex Bufallo Bill and New Orleans Saint, C.J. Spiller earning a first Seahawks TD, as well as rookie wide receiver, Tanner McEvoy. Grade: A Highlights of the Seattle Seahawks clash with the NY Jets in week four of the NFL San Francisco 49ers (L 17-24 v Dallas)Reasons for optimism. Or at least more than there have been in the two defeats that preceded this week-four defeat to Dallas. Running back Carlos Hyde and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley - impressive since joining in the offseason - helped San Francisco into an early lead. But the Cowboys stellar offensive line wore way at the 49ers defence and ultimately into submission. Grade: C-Arizona Cardinals (L 13-17 v Los Angeles)Arizonas insipid start to the season continued with a home defeat to the Rams, their third on the season. Further cause for concern is the beating their veteran quarterback Carson Palmer continues to take - leaving this game, as he did, late in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. Grade: D-You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: NFL week four highlights Neil Reynolds Pick Six WATCH: Sunday Blitz NFL week four round-up Dennis Smith Jr. Womens Jersey . - Tiger Woods only made it through 10 holes Thursday — this time because of the weather, not his back. Dennis Smith Jr. Mavericks Jersey . The Tournament of Champions, which starts Friday, is his first event since a freak accident in Shanghai two months ago. Snedeker was on a Segway scooter during a corporate outing at Sheshan International when he took a tumble and injured his left knee. http://www.mavericksteamofficial.com/den...ks-jersey/ .com) - The Carolina Hurricanes hope to remain perfect at home in January on Friday night as they welcome the Vancouver Canucks to PNC Arena.Another spectacularly entertaining Barclays Premier League season has come to an end with Manchester City crowned worthy Champions; the best team virtually top to tail, yet only led the league for an astonishing 15 days.  City has reached new heights under manager Manuel Pellegrini as they transition from big spending/immediate impact to perennial contender.  Yaya Toures seeming discontent Tuesday may complicate that, as does the little issue of Financial Fair Play.  But from August 17th, 2013 to May 11th, 2014, there was no question who was finest in the Premier League. A deserved shout-out also goes to Arsenal, ending their nine-year trophy drought in an entertaining FA Cup Final victory over resilient Hull City.  Storylines weave through the entirety of a season and beyond.  The narrative persists, but its the moments that resonate and will be remembered over time.  The good celebrated, the bad not soon forgotten, and the ugly an instant reminder of what can, and usually does go wrong. In hardly a vintage year in terms of quality of football, there were plenty of those must-see moments over the last nine months.  Here are the Top 15 Moments that defined the 2013-14 Premier League season: 15) The Technology –The introduction of Hawk-eye goal-line technology for the 2013-14 season changed the Premier League forever.  The results were an absolute and resounding triumph: little to no disruption and a 100% success rate.  We entered the new world of goal decision-making over the opening weekend, the first case at the Emirates as Aston Villas Fabian Delphs shot hit off the post before rolling across the goal line.  Referee Anthony Taylor was notified the ball did not cross.  No drawn out stoppage of play.  Seamless.  And the call was correct.  No goal.  The next day at Stamford Bridge, Chelseas Branislav Ivanovic thought he scored a powerful header.  Hull City goalkeeper Alan McGregor saved before the ball entirely crossed the line.  Jose Mourinho couldnt help but have a laugh with fourth official Andre Marriner receiving the news.  No goal was the verdict, another successful call, eliminating any potential debate as usually the case when goal calls were made out of haste or based upon educated guess.  Goal-line technology has taken the guessing game out of the equation on close calls.  The first good goal call courtesy goal-line technology came January 18th.  Manchester Citys Edin Dzeko scuffed shot was ruled a goal after being cleared off the line.  The moment was anti-climatic, yet effective, just how the technology was designed.  From 31 debatable goal-line plays a year ago, to no such debates today.  Progress. 14) The Wrong Guy (March 22nd, 2014, Chelsea v Arsenal) – There are referee mistakes, and there are REFEREE MISTAKES.  Referee Andre Marriner sent off the wrong player in Chelseas 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal.  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain intentionally handled the ball in the box – a straight penalty and a sending off.  Instead of showing the Ox red, Marriner sent Gibbs off the field.  He sent off the wrong player.  It is an incredible mistake by a refereeing crew, not one of the four officials remedied the mistake.  Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted to the crime while Gibbs pleaded innocent, all for naught, the sending off was not reversed.  Common sense prevailed as Gibbs three-game ban was overturned.  It is however problematic Marriner and his crew was not suspended.  An apology was deemed to suffice.  Another embarrassment and more mistrust of Premier League officials. 13) The 81 Crosses (February 9th, 2014: Manchester United v Fulham) – One of the most lopsided performances of the season became a parody of itself when Manchester United attempted 81 crosses in a game.  Some say it was 82.  Regardless, the number of crosses was a runaway Premier League record for attempts in a match and stood as an indictment of Uniteds newfound unimaginative, straightforward approach under David Moyes.  United completed only 18 of the crosses and scored on none: painful for any who witnessed the gong show.  The game finished a 2-2 draw, with Fulham players and then manager Rene Meulensteen afterwards deeming Moyes tactics easy to defend.  No kidding.  81 crosses.  Embarrassing. 12) The Build Up (October 19th, 2013: Arsenal v Norwich City) – A goal of the season candidate, and stayed atop the podium less than a week.  Trademark beautiful movement from Arsenal through the middle of the field that actually came off.  Jack Wilshere started the move, and finished as well, staying onside with some deft touches of the ball.  It was one touch football to perfection leaving Norwich defenders as spectators.  The result is one of the best team goals you will see. 11) The Memorial (April 15th, 2014: Anfield) – The 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster brought an outpouring of emotion and solidarity amongst Premier League clubs.  The ceremonies, culminating in the tribute at Anfield to the 96 who lost their lives was that much more poignant coming just two weeks after the Hillsborough inquest commenced and days after Liverpools emotional home win over Manchester City.  Liverpools rich history and communal grieving was brought to life, and how it still resonates inside and out of the footballing world stands as a reminder it means so much more than just the game.  Justice, inspiration and never walk alone were running themes to the memorial.  The pictures say more than words. 10) The Goal Scorer (December 4, 2013: Liverpool v Norwich) – Luis Suarez sensational season should not be dismissed based upon past indiscretions.  Some have tried to downplay Suarez accomplishments, but thats nothing but folly.  His Player of the Year Award was well deserved, winning the Golden Boot in the process, scoring 31 on the season.  Suarez had no finer day than at Anfield against Norwich City.  A four goal performance in a 5-1 victory will always be remembered for a 40-yard strike that beat John Ruddy top corner.  9) The Head Butt (March 1st, 2014: Hull City v Newcastle) – Bonehead of the year goes to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.  Pardew oddly enough lost his cool while up 3-1 against Hull City.  Midfielder David Meyler pushed past the Newcastle manager to get the ball for a throw-in.  The odd head-butt on the field between players never makes sense.  A manager doing the same is downright lunacy.  In a job requiring composure and self-control (to a certain degree), Pardew showed none.  He was suspended for seven matches and was fined £160,000 total by the FA and his club.  Its a wonder Pardew still has a job after his team hit the skids, one of the worst teams in the league in the final months.  It was a headache of a season for Newcastle supporters: disappointing transfer windows, selling their best player (Cabaye), and continual frustration with an inferior, oftentimes lifeless on-field product. 8) The Gaffe (October 27th, 2013: Chelsea v Manchester City) – Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart had a nightmare start to the season.  Indecision featured prominently, leading to questionable early season goals conceded at Cardiff City and Aston Villa, both ending in City losses.   Harts position in the team and cries for change reached a fevered pitch after his 90th minute gaffe gifted Fernando Torres and Chelsea a late winner.  Defender Matija Nastasic attempted to head back to Hart, who inexplicitly left his goal, lleaving Torres to tap into a gaping goal for his first of the season and the match winner. Dennis Smith Jr. Youth Jersey.   City lost 2-1, and Hart lost his job for a short period.  Its amazing how things turn around so quickly.  Hart rediscovered his form, has been solid in 2014, helping City to a Premier League title and looks to be Englands number one in Brazil.  The early season uneasy moments stand to show how the line between success and failure is so perilously thin. 7) The Stare down (September 21st, 2013: West Brom v Sunderland) – The lasting impression of the short, yet impactful managerial stay for Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland was as audacious as his summer transfer activity.  In 175-days as boss, Di Canio created an irreparable rift between himself and his players before taking Sunderlands supporters, head-on.  It all came to a front after an embarrassing 3-0 loss at the Hawthorns.  Sunderland had picked up only one point from their first six games and the clubs passionate travelling supporters had seen quite enough.  The fiery Italian took to the field post-match, smug as can be, shrugging his shoulders and gesturing to the fans to keep their heads up.  The response from the stands was less than accepting.  It all made for an awkward spectacle, and inevitably Paolos last stand.  Di Canio was fired the next day. 6) The Goal (October 21st, 2013: Crystal Palace v Fulham) - One of my favourite goals in recent memory scored by a team who would end up being relegated.  Go figure.  Pajtim Kasami picks up the honours of Goal of the Season.  The Swiss International scored only three goals on the year, but his strike at Selhurst Park is unrivaled.  Down 1-0, right-back Sascha Riether played a direct long-ball down the right flank.  Kasami, in full stride from centre of the midfield, continued his run with the ball falling over his shoulder and across his body.  Kasami took the ball in stride on his chest, and before it hit the ground unleashed an incredible volley top corner, far side.  The balance, the power and the movement all make the goal an absolute thing of beauty.  A WOW moment. 5) The Little Horse (February 3rd, 2014: Manchester City v Chelsea) - Mourinho is renowned as a master in football psychological warfare.  He may have however out-maneuvered himself this Premier League season.  Instead of being his typical confident, stubborn self, Mourinho decided to downplay Chelseas chances of Premier League glory, at the most inexplicable time imaginable.  Instead of using Chelseas 1-0 win at Man City as a galvanizing moment (the first and only team to beat City at home all season), the Portuguese referred to his team as "the little horse" in the title race.  He preferred Arsenal and Man Citys chances of winning the league: an unexpected comment from a manager of a team with more than enough talent to win the title.  Lets call is a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Despite being the only English team to make the semi-final of the Champions League, Chelseas title hopes disappointedly faded after late season losses to Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Sunderland and a home draw with Norwich.  Chelsea finished only four points back of City in the final table.  It was truly a case of what could have been.  The negative talk from the manager may have played a significant role in the team demise.  And the little horse reference goes down in infamy. 4) The Banner (March 29th, 2014: Manchester United v Aston Villa) – The brief David Moyes era at Manchester United was an unmitigated disaster and the biggest story of the season.  Most surprising was the futile team performances at home.  Uniteds league form at Old Trafford under Moyes hit all-time lows.  An overall home record of 7-3-6, only 22 goals in 16 games, and the first home loss to West Brom since 1978, Newcastle since 1972, and Everton since 1992.  The biggest black eye, and the moment most aptly representing the negativity at the club and among supporters only cost £840.  A group of angry fans took matters in their own hands, ignoring the instructions of Sir Alex Ferguson to stand by your new manager.  The protest du jour was in banner form, flown over Old Trafford reading WRONG ONE – MOYES OUT, mocking the Chosen One banner, which actually required protection from being torn down in the Stretford End.  While most Manchester United fans chose to boo the banner above that day, it was a further signal of discontent and that the porous state of the team could not be ignored.  It was hardly a banner day for United, but foreshadowed what was to come.  Moyes was fired on April 22nd.  3) The Huddle (April 13th, 2014: Liverpool v Manchester City) – It was so close Steven Gerrard could taste it.  The Liverpool captain had never experienced Premier League title glory.  Four games away.  Thats all it was.  The over-whelming emotion and recognition of the importance of the moment was on full display after an exhausting 3-2 victory at Anfield over fellow contender Manchester City.  Gerrard later remarked it was the longest 90 minutes hed ever played.  The win put Liverpool seven points ahead of City with four games to play.  Liverpool controlled their own destiny despite City having two games in hand.  It was a scene made for Hollywood movie after the final whistle.  The teams inspirational leader muted celebrations with a rallying call for focus to see out the job.  It seemed the proper tactic from Gerrard and a sign of his stature at Liverpool.  No top-flight title at the club since 1989-90 and Gerrard as the man to show them the way – the stars were aligning.  All they had to do was avoid slipping up.  Oops. 2) The Slip Up (April 27th, 2014: Liverpool v Chelsea) – It writes itself.  The story will never be properly told if Gerrard is blamed for Liverpools title failure.  The pictures that will be replayed over and over again will tell a different story.  Liverpool threw away their golden opportunity at being crowned Champions against an under-manned Chelsea at Anfield.  Mourinho decided ahead of time to rest his regulars with an all-important second leg Champions League match ahead, midweek.  Chelsea parked the bus and Gerrard paid the fare.  It will go down as the defining moment of Liverpools season: Gerrard failing to control a simple pass, then slipping, losing his footing, leaving Demba Ba alone in on goal.  Ba finished, and Liverpools confidence was likewise.  They were a devastated team.  They lost 2-0 on the day.  The title thrown away and it had to be Gerrard in the middle of it.  Sport can be cruel. 1) The Celebration (May 11th, 2014: Manchester City v West Ham) – City supporters are a hardened bunch after years of failure.  Over a billion dollars worth of player purchases and the continued investment on global soccer infrastructure indicates a club on the rise.  The celebratory scenes at the Etihad after the Premier League title was won were something special.  The dramatic final day finish two years ago left the home crowd in disbelief.  This years league victory was a gradual build, more of a coronation leading to the inevitable.  A sea of baby blue poured on to the field.  Nevermind Noel Gallagher hogging camera time field-level.  This win was for the people.  It was for the blue side of Manchester.  And an indication no matter the strength of a team, accomplishments as such can never be taken for granted. 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