Sunday, January 10, 2010

Post Wild Card Observations

I know things have been a little slow lately and I haven't been on here as much, but that is what you get when you fly from Pittsburgh to Alaska. Your whole day/day before is shot with good byes and such.

Well as I get accustomed back into the swing of things up here in the great white north I thought I would fill you all in on the wild card weekend and how awful it was. I know some people say that bad football is better than nothing, but for the most part these playoffs have been a slap in the face to football fans around the world.

As I was making my way through the airports in Pittsburgh/Minnesota/Seattle I was able to catch games and still keep up with what was going on.

The football weekend started on Saturday with the Cincinnati/New York game which was just a microcosm of what was to come for the rest of the weekend. What a terrible game. [Recap] [Box Score] [Game Highlights]

The Bengals were all geeked up for this game and the fans were actually into it. They were real into it until the Bengals fumbled on the third play of the game. Jokes.

This game was just a sloppy game and to be honest neither team looked like they really wanted to win this ball game. Braylon Edwards we can see prepared for this game like a regular season game as he dropped an easy touchdown pass early.

The Jets will not win next week.

The night cap of the wild card Saturday was between the Cowboys and Eagles. Both teams I hate with so much of a passion that it is like they play in the AFC North, but they don't. [Recap] [Box Score] [Game Highlights]

I didn't get to watch a lot of this game until it was well out of hand, but from what I got to see from the second half this was just a matter of Dallas continuing to be hot from their stretch run. They dominated the Eagles last week and that continued last night. The Boys scored on five straight drives in the second quarter to open a 27-7 lead at the half.

As I was coming into the airport the guy who was sitting next to me turned on this phone and threw out the f-bomb as he read the score. I asked what the score was and after he told me I laughed as said I hated the Eagles. I asked where he was from and his words were "Philadelphia, I hate the Steelers." It was worth it.

The Cowboys racked up 426 yards of offense and should be a pretty tough team to play. I don't much care for the Vikings but I hope they beat the shit out of the Cowboys. Some people still proclaim them "America's Team" even though that was their first playoff win since 1996.

The first game Sunday was just as bad as the other three between another two teams I hate, the Pats and Ravens. [Recap] [Box Score] [Game Highlights]

This was a really tough game to watch, and not just because I hate both of these teams just as much as Philadelphia and Dallas. Tom Brady came out and looked like he never played in a playoff game before and the defense of the Baltimore Ravens came out and looked they they were back in 2000. I have no idea what was going on here.

Tom threw two picks in the first half and the Ravens jumped out to a 24-0 first quarter lead. You would think it would be over, right? Nope the Ravens kept the Pats in it and it was a two score game for most of the third quarter. The problem? New England didn't really want to win it. Seriously.

You might think in a game like this you can't really say anything bad about the winning team but oh you are so dead wrong. Kyle Boller, I mean Tim Couch, I mean Joe Flacco completed only four passes and threw for 34 yards, in the win. What a joke. The first play of the game for the Ravens was an 83 yard touchdown run by Ray Rice but the Ravens were only able to get 185 yards the rest of the game. You are not going to win a lot of playoff games like that.

I honestly can't believe nobody is talking about how bad the Ravens offense really is. I mean you have to try to be that bad on offense in the passing game. Let me put this in perspective, Kurt Warner threw more touchdown passes than Flacco had completions and Warner had four incomplete passes to Flacco's five completions. What a joke.

Up 24-0 the Pats punted again and the ball got lost in the sun and kick returner Chris Carr ran into Tom Zbikowski and turned the ball over to the Pats. The problem was the Patriots never recovered the football. Sure a Pats player landed on it but it skirted out of bounce without the players actually recovering it. The Patriots huddled up and no challenge flag. I have no idea what the Ravens were doing. How does nobody upstairs call down to the coaches and challenge that. Sure you are up 24 but this is the NFL. A two score game, which it was in the third quarter, is nothing. This team will not win next week.

The final game of the weekend started out terrible, just like the other three, and turned itself around to be an amazing game, a lot of offense and not a lot of defense. [Recap] [Box Score] [Game Highlights]

This game went down in the record books as the highest scoring game in NFL history. The Cardinals started off the game with a 17-0 lead and looked to be on their way for an easy playoff win. Insert Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers led the Packers back from a 21-point deficit and tied the score with a little under two minutes left in regulation. Most thought they gave Ari zone way too much time. They did.

Arizona marched down the field and put themselves in positions for Neil Rackers to knock down a 34-yard field goal. The small problem was that he missed it by 10 yards to the left. What a terrible kick. The next thing you thought was that the winner of the coin flip would win the game. Wrong.

The Packers looked like they didn't play offense at all and Aaron Rodgers got the ball stripped, it few up into the air into the arms of Karlos Dansby for the game winning TD in overtime.

It is being said that Warner is going to retire after this year. If he lost this game the way he played then he might have had second thoughts. Five TD passes and 379 yards. Woulda been a shame if he lost this game.

So if Bryant McFadden was the reason our secondary was bad I don't want to see what it was like with him. That Arizona secondary got torched.

This wasn't much of a factual recap just some of my thoughts. But it is better than nothing. Leave it in the comments for what you thought on the game and what you think about next week.

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