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Playoffs: Wild Card Weekend
You know what the NFL playoffs mean to me? The beginning of Downton Abbey. It also means fewer hours dedicated to football in our household which means more meaningful conversations with my husband, catching up on what has been happening the past 4 months. It’s nice to catch up after all this time.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts (44-45)
For a while it looked like the Chiefs were going to run away with this game. At the beginning of the 3rd quarter the Chiefs were up by 28 points (that’s 4 touchdowns in case you have learned nothing by reading this blog). But then came goofy, doofy ole Andrew Luck and the Colts who simply refused to lose. Luck threw 3 of 4 touchdowns in the second half and actually recovered a Indianapolis fumble and ran it in himself for a touchdown….that’s pretty amazing. “Impress Him” Fact: Indianapolis is only the second playoff team to come back and win from a 28 point deficit. In fact according to ESPN STATS the Colts had just a 3.6% chance of winning the game when they were trailing 31-10 at halftime. Though the Chiefs have had an incredible season considering the train wreck that was last season, they finished the season with 3 straight losses and 8 consecutive playoff losses. The Colts head to New England next week to take on your friend and mine, Tom Brady.
New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles (26-24)
Word on the very cold streets of Philly was that New Orleans couldn’t win when playing outside especially in frosty Philadelphia in January. Fair enough since the Saints are 0-5 in playoff games outside of New Orleans, Saturday’s win against Philadelphia was the Saints’ first road playoff win in franchise history. Not that it was easy to win in Philadelphia, the Saints win came on a last second field goal kick to win the game. The new road-winning Saints will be put to the ultimate test next week when they travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks and their famously deafening fans. The Seahawks have only lost one game in their home stadium in the past 2 years.
San Diego Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals (27-10)
The Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton turned the ball over 3 times in the second half. That’s a lot. Up until Sunday’s game the Bengals had not lost on their home field this year. All San Diego and Phillip Rivers had to do was wait for the Bengals to turn it over and then go down and score. “Impress Him” Fact: For the past 4 years the team that plays against the Eagles in the Eagles’ home opener has gone on to win the Super Bowl. This year that team is the San Diego Chargers. Next week the Chargers head to Denver to take on the Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round.
San Francisco 49′ers vs. Green Bay Packers (23-20)
It was cold in Green Bay. Not just a “brrrrr” cold, more like a “I want to die but I am too cold to move anything” kind of cold. Officially, the temperature was -5 degrees but with the wind chill it felt more like 20 below. And some of these dumb-dumbs were out there without sleeves. Listen, I get it, football players are supposed to be tough. But there is a fine line between toughness and stupidity and not wearing sleeves in North Pole temperatures falls very close to that line. Of course, it is 68 degrees in my house right now and I have 2 blankets on top of me, so my threshold for coldness could be a little skewed. Anyhoo…about the game. Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers had a tough time getting any kind of offense going and, just as he did in last year’s playoff game against the Packers, Colin Kaeperknick (49′ers QB) used his legs to win the game for the 49′ers. In a game that went back and forth it turned into a situation of whoever got the ball last would win. That team was the 49′ers who drove the ball down into field goal range with 2 seconds left on the clock. Phil Dawson kicked the winning field goal as time expired and the 49′ers will head to Charlotte next week to take on the Panthers and another running QB named one Cam Newton.