Category Archives: Playoffs

Playoff Picture Looks Exciting

With 4 teams vying for first place in the AFC North in Week 13, things are heating up to meltdown conditions even in the icy north…

The Bengals, who tied a game, are 7-3-1 while the Ravens, Steelers and Browns all have a 7-4-0 record with 2 division wins. These 4 teams will duke it out in their respective divisional games for supremacy over the AFC North.

Meanwhile, the New England Patriots (9-2-0) are running away with the AFC East (and the number 1 seed) unless someone can stop them.

A similar situation is developing in the NFC with the Arizona Cardinals (9-2-0) running away with the NFC West and the number 1 seed.

The NFC South is trying really hard to see how low a team’s record can be and still make the playoffs. The Atlanta Falcons (4-7-0) are leading the division with a 4-0 division record, having beaten each of its division rivals at least once (and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice).

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The Philadelphia Eagles (8-3-0) and the Dallas Cowboys (8-3-0) are vying for first place in the NFC East. One of these teams will win the division and the other will likely make the playoffs as a wild card. This week’s Thanksgiving game between the Cowboys and Eagles will decide who takes the division.

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Another game with playoff implications this Thanksgiving Day is the Seattle Seahawks (7-4-0) trip to San Francisco to take on the 49ers (7-4-0) for sole possession of 2nd place in the NFC West, behind the Cardinals. The winner will be hoping that the Detroit Lions (7-4-0) lose to the Chicago Bears (5-6-0), also on Thanksgiving Day!

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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (8-3-0) are looking like the likely winners of the NFC North unless Detroit has something to say about it. But the New England Patriots (9-2-0) will be coming to town this weekend to see if they can knock them down a peg.

Luck Had A Lot To Do With It…

In the playoff games on Saturday, two teams emerged victorious. One team had 3 interceptions thrown and was down 28 points in the second half. The other team had 2 interceptions and was told they couldn’t win outside in the cold.

The Saints played a smash mouth game in Philadelphia, struggling at first against a Philadelphia team that looked at ease in the winter chill of a Saturday night in January. It wasn’t until the Saints put their game plan on the ground that they started to take over the game. The running game of the Saints was old style, with Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and rookie Khiry Robinson all making contributions to help take the Saints down the field to get scores when they needed them. Final score: Saints win 26-24

On Thursday I said that the numbers pointed to a Kansas City win in Indianapolis. But I didn’t take into consideration the Luck factor. Even though the Colts seemed to be at a disadvantage early on, the Chiefs quickly began losing players to concussions – a team that is used to playing on a grassy field taking hard hits on the turf of Indy took out Jamaal Charles after his third carry. Even as they lost 5 players to injuries, the Chiefs still seemed to be in the drivers seat in the 2nd half, leading 38-10. But Andrew Luck was calm on the sidelines with his teammates. He had come from behind before, and he delivered that calming influence over his fellow Colts. In one fateful goal line stand, the Colts handed the ball to Donald Brown who was stripped of the ball inside the 5 yard line. The ball bounced on the ground and careened into the helmet of the center and into Luck’s waiting hands. Luck, without missing a beat, ran up and over his running back and dunked the ball into the end zone! That seemed to take the wind out of the Chiefs and validate that Luck was in control. Final score: Colts win 45-44.