Smiling or frowning. JT Riddle Jersey .Woe is us or Wow for us.Heading into the final week of the NFL regular season, hardly anyone has a neutral feeling about the 32 teams. There are success stories and there are flops.Heres a look at both sides.SMILINGThe biggest and widest grins should be worn in Dallas, of course; everything is huge in Big D, right? No one outside of Jerrys Palace could have predicted the Cowboys (11-4) would be NFC East champs and in line for a first-round playoff bye. Not with a defence that lost its best player, linebacker Sean Lee, to preseason injury. Now with quarterback Tony Romo coming off back surgery. Not with a coach, Jason Garrett, who seemed lost in big spots.This team is so special because we built this thing from the ground up, defensive end Jeremy Mincey said. Guys came to work, from (training camp) all the way to now, and the results are definitely paying out. And if we keep playing the way that were playing, anything is possible.Folks in the Valley of the Sun also should be thrilled by what their Cardinals (11-4) have provided. Until injuries tore apart the roster — theyve used four quarterbacks and have seen offensive and defensive playmakers go down nearly every week — the Cardinals were the feel-good story of 2014.Even as they reel a bit, their faithful should, well, keep the faith heading into the post-season.You have to wipe it away, get the 12th win. Use that momentum, hopefully, to go into the playoffs, running back Stepfan Taylor said. We still have football left. Thats the best thing about this. Were not out of anything.Then there are the two favourites for the Super Bowl, the defending champion Seahawks (11-4) and the AFC East winners, the Patriots (11-3).A little more than a month into the season, their fans were shaking their heads, wondering what was wrong.Now, those same fans are nodding pleasurably at what they see.Seattle is hitting top speed at just the right time, its defence looking just as overpowering as last year, its quarterback, Russell Wilson, making magic on the ground and through the air.New England has been invincible at home, which could be enough to get it to yet another Super Bowl. Tom Brady is having a vintage season despite a non-stellar surrounding cast other than tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Julian Edelman. The defence has found some new stars (Jamie Collins, Chandler Jones) to go with vets Rob Ninkovich and Darrelle Revis.Two more teams few counted on to make an impact: Detroit and Buffalo.The Lions (11-4) not only can waltz off with the NFC North by winning at Lambeau Field on Sunday — a tall task, for sure — but have a shot at the top seed in the conference.Regardless, under new coach Jim Caldwell they have exorcised many of the disciplinary demons that plagued them under the previous regime.As for the Bills, well, their NFL-high drought is now at 15 seasons, but they at least sniffed the playoffs this year. They also put together a defence that nearly anyone east of Seattle would envy.FROWNINGWe could lump together the teams that brought in new coaches and totally floundered: Washington, Tennessee, Tampa Bay. Not many people seeing the bright side there.Instead, though, lets concentrate on the horror shows in Chicago, New Orleans, New Jersey and San Francisco.Its a sign of how much turmoil the Bears (5-10) have experienced in 2014 that one week after benching Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen — yes, Jimmy Clausen — the team has to go back to the failed veteran. Clausen was concussed in his start on Sunday, and coach Marc Trestman has to go back to Cutler against Minnesota.Regardless, things have gotten so ugly in the Windy City that the only thing capable of bringing smiles might be a total housecleaning.Just as dysfunctional are the Saints (6-9), who lost five straight at home, cant stop anyone defensively and have lost their mojo with the ball. Theyve rarely looked the same since the bounty scandal and Sean Paytons year-long suspension in 2012.At least folks arent wearing paper bags at the Superdome as in the old days.Instead of resorting to the paper bags, Jets fans hire airplanes to fly banners asking to fire the general manager. They could get their wish as owner Woody Johnson may show John Idzik the door, along with coach Rex Ryan.The Jets (3-12) still play hard, particularly on defence, but the overall talent level would make any observer frown.Not so in the Bay Area, where there is plenty of skill. When Jim Harbaugh leaves the 49ers (7-8), he will be praised for taking them to three straight NFC championship games, and one tight Super Bowl loss. His departure will be blamed on discord in the front office.No one will be smiling.___AP Sports Writers Schuyler Dixon and Bob Baum contributed to this story.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Jose Fernandez Jersey . The stress, the waiting, the whispers about whether he doped during his stellar cycling career, all of it ended when - after nearly two years - federal prosecutors closed an investigation of him last week without bringing any charges. J. T. Realmuto Jersey . Sociedad remained in sixth place with Villarreal a point behind in seventh, both in Europa League spots and in striking distance of fourth place and the final Champions League berth. Sociedad forward Carlos Vela chipped goalkeeper Jaime Jimenez after receiving an equally exquisite lobbed pass from Ruben Pardo to set him up in the 23rd minute at Anoeta Stadium. http://www.marlinsteamproshop.com/Marlins-Cameron-Maybin-Kids-Jersey/ . But sometimes the way you lose takes precedence over the final score. And how the Jets lost the 5-4 game to the New York Islanders on Thursday is what had Coach Claude Noel hot after the game. GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes have won three in a row for the first time in 4 1/2 months, and theyve done it just in time for the stretch run to the playoffs. Radim Vrbata and Antoine Vermette scored first-period goals and the Phoenix Coyotes held on for a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Coyotes goalie Mike Smith had a shutout until Chris Gomez scored with 4:08 to play. Smith had 22 saves. The game was no thing of beauty. "They all cant all be masterpieces," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "We got up two goals and we won. Well leave it at that." The victory, coupled with Dallas loss to Philadelphia, put the Coyotes four points ahead of the Stars for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Phoenix has won five of six and seven of nine. "Maybe desperation," Vrbata said when asked what was driving the recent success. "We know where we are in the standings and that we need every point we can get. We lost too many games before, games we should have won. " Smiths play has been central to the recent wins and he was strong again Thursday. "Before they got that goal, he was outstanding," Tippett said, "and then he got some after that." There werent many shots, Tippett said, but several were difficult saves. Robert Luongo had 20 saves for the Panthers. The Coyotes scored their first goal on a power play after Floridas Jimmy Hayes was sent to the penalty box for holding. Oliver Ekman-Larssons shot from directly in front of the net glanced off Martin Hanzals skate and was knocked into the net by Vrbata for his 20th goal of the season. Phoenix killed two penalties the rest of the period, then made it 2-0 when Vermette hit the puck innto a virtually empty net off a deflected shot by Mike Stone. Bryan Holaday Jersey. Stones shot bounced off Luongos midsection and right to Vermette. Luongo complained that the goal should have been disallowed because Mikkel Boedker had knocked the goalie to the ice, creating an opening for the goal, but the score stood and it was 2-0 after two. "I think they missed it," Florida coach Peter Horachek said. ".. It should have been an interference call. A lot of those things are going to happen and youre going to have to deal with them, everybody else does, but when you look back at it, it makes it 1-1." Luongo said hed have to look at the tape, but added "its tough to do my job when I end up in the corner." Tippett said Boedker was shoved in to the goalie. "Theyre guy pushed," Tippett said. "I thought it was the right call. Boedker wouldnt have been in there if he hadnt got pushed." "If he hadnt been shoved, he wouldnt have been in there," Tippett said. It was Vermettes team-leading 22nd goal. Hanzal and Ekman-Larsson got assists on Vrbatas goal, Stone and Boedker on the second. Gomezs goal, his first in 36 games, came on a wrist shot that fluttered past Smith. The three-game winning streak is Phoenixs longest since it won five in a row from Oct. 26 to Nov. 5. NOTES: Florida ranks last in the NHL in power-play goals and last in penalty kills. ... Entering the night, Smith had a 1.92 goals-against average and .936 save percentage in his previous 14 games. ... Phoenix swept the season series 2-0, winning at Florida 3-1 on March 11. ... Phoenix is home against Boston Saturday night. ... The Panthers were on the second stop of a four-game road trip. They are at Los Angeles on Saturday. 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