Category Archives: Week In Review

Championship Round In Review

Super Bowl Matchup: New York Giants @ New England Patriots/In Indianapolis

AFC Championship

Ravens @ Patriots (Patriots won 23-20)

The Patriots dominated the beginning of the game, but the Ravens picked up the pace. Joe Flacco had a fantastic game even though he receives a truckload of criticism at a consistent basis. But the Tom Brady-led Pats were too much for Baltimore, and managed the game.

With under twenty seconds to play in regulation, Flacco threw a beauty to WR Lee Evans, but Patriots CB Sterling Moore knocked it away. K Billy Cundiff lined up for a 32-yard chipshot to tie the game, but pushed it wide right. Those two plays ended Baltimore’s bright season dramatically.

Cundiff and Lee are acquiring all the blame for the Ravens’ loss. Baltimore played their hearts out against a supreme powerhouse with a future Hall-of-Fame Quarterback and Head Coach. But what mattered was the final score, and New England now gets a chance to go to Disney World.

NFC Championship

Giants @ 49ers (Giants won 20-17 F/OT)

The 49ers were the team to beat in the NFC after the Saints and Packers were eliminated. Ironically, the Saints were beat by the Niners, meanwhile the Pack were beaten by the Giants.

In the sloppy mud and rain, Eli Manning threw for well over 300 yards. Manning was clutch when it mattered most. The Niners, however, were not. WR/RS Ted Ginn Jr. was injured and couldn’t play, so 23-year-old Kyle Williams was to replace his duties on special teams and partially on offense. Twice Williams muffed the punt, and both times Big Blue got the ball in Niners territory. His first muff gave the Giants the lead, and the second gave them the ball in Field Goal range during Overtime, which set up the G-Men win.

New York took advantage of Williams’s crucial errors, and turned them into a Super Bowl berth.

Divisional Round In Review

Team Score In Parentheses

Saints (32) @ 49ers (36)

After a fantastic finish to a very exciting game, the 49ers scored via an Alex Smith connection to TE Vernon Davis with just ticks left on the clock. The Saints couldn’t get a quick TD, and the 49ers went insane on the sidelines after their win. The Saints turned the ball over too much, and that is the sole reason why they lost. After years upon years of mediocrity, the Niners surged this season and have a strong chance to win the Super Bowl. 

Next week: Giants @ 49ers

Broncos (10) @ Patriots (45)

The Broncos simply got beat by a better team. The Patriots used new, innovative strategies, including lining TE Aaron Hernandez up as a Tailback and giving him the ball more than they usually do. TE Rob Gronkowski had a phenomenal game fueled by Tom Brady’s record-tying performance. He threw five touchdowns in the first half. The Patriots dominated on defense, also. They completely stopped Tim Tebow in his tracks.

Next week: Ravens @ Patriots

Texans (13) @ Ravens (20)

The Texans hung in the game for quite a while, but the Ravens managed the game and won. The Texans were haunted by interceptions by QB TJ Yates. Yates, a 2011 Fifth-Round Pick out of UNC, went 17-35 with 184 yards, no TD’s, and three picks. Early in the game, Texans WR/PR Jacoby Jones muffed a punt deep in their territory and the Ravens scored a Touchdown shortly after. The Ravens forced takeaways, and that was the deciding factor of the game.

Next week: Ravens @ Patriots

Giants (37) @ Packers (20)

The Giants (as I predicted, with proof here) beat the Packers in Green Bay. There are a number of reasons that the Packers lost, and the main reasons one was because of their mistakes. Aaron Rodgers was way off, the wideouts dropped the ball, and they turned the ball over. The Giants defense deserves a ton of credit after holding one of the NFL’s most explosive attacks to only 20 points. Eli Manning stepped up when he had to also, including a Hail Mary bomb to WR Hakeem Nicks as time expired in the first half.

Next week: Giants @ 49ers

Wild Card Week In Review

Team Score In Parentheses

Bengals (10) @ Texans (31)

Bengals QB Andy Dalton had a rough playoff debut in his team’s loss against the AFC South Champions. The Texans intercepted Dalton’s throws multiple times, including an insane grab by DL JJ Watt. The Texans ran the ball exceptionally, also. RB Arian Foster had over 100 yards for the day. Texans WR Andre Johnson has now got passed the injury bug and put on a show, also.

Next week: Texans @ Ravens

Lions (28) @ Saints (45)

For another week, the Saints offense performed at a sky-high level, with legendary QB Drew Brees—yes, I said legendary—had a spectacular game once again. The Saints offense clicked, and their defense held the explosive Lions to only 25 points. Also, the Saints rushing attack grounded and pounded, which was the deciding factor in this game.

Next week: Saints @ 49ers

Falcons (2) @ Giants (24)

The Atlanta Falcons managed only a measly two points as the G-Men defense stopped them on crucial plays. On several short yardage plays for the Falcons offense, the Giants defensive front thwarted Atlanta. Falcons RB Michael Turner had a rough game, and QB Matt Ryan did not play well either. The Giants defense was clearly the reason why the Giants won this game, even though their offense put up big points.

Next week: Giants @ Packers

Steelers (23) @ Broncos (29) Final/Overtime

The Steelers were going to breeze past the struggling Bronco team who were red hot, but dropped three straight. However, the Broncos made the most of their opportunity, and Tim Tebow had an admirable game—he threw for over 300 yards, including an 80-yard TD pass to WR Demaryius Thomas in Overtime that won the ballgame. The Broncos’s victory gave them momentum heading into their Divisional Round battle with…

Next week: Broncos @ Patriots

Week 17 In Review

Note: I went 13-3 picking

Headlines:

  • The Jets (8-8) got embarrassed by the Dolphins (6-10); score was 19-17
  • The Patriots (13-3) were down 21-0 against the Bills (6-10) in Q1, but rallied; score was 49-21 in favor of New England
  • Packers (15-1) Backup QB Matt Flynn passed for 480 yards and 6 TDs against Detroit (10-6) as Aaron Rodgers was resting; score was 45-41
  • Ravens (12-4) RB Ray Rice had a phenomenal game against Cincy (9-7); score was 24-16
  • The Chiefs (7-9) held Broncos (8-8) QB Tim Tebow to a 6-22 game; score was 7-3
  • The Cowboys (8-8) were extremely sloppy as the Giants (9-7) rolled pass them on SNF; score was 31-14