Monday, January 14, 2008

NFL Playoffs

What a weekend of playoff football. Four great games played, four great story lines.
-Packers vs. Seahawks: In damn near blizzard conditions at Lambeau Field, the Packers destroyed the Seahawks 42-20. After fumbles led to two short touchdown drives for the Seahawks in the first two minutes of the game, Brett Farve engineered touchdowns on the next six Packer possessions to put Green Bay into the NFC Championship game for the first time since 1998, when they lost to John Elway's Broncos in the Super Bowl.
-Pats vs. Jags: Getting into a quarterbacking competition is not what you want to do with this years Patriots, but that's exactly what happened Saturday night. Tom Brady outdueled David Garrard en route to a near perfect game. Brady ended up 26-28 (both incompletions were drops) for 262 yards and 3 touchdowns in what was probably the best game a quarterback has ever had.
-Colts vs. Chargers: With LdT, Philip Rivers, and Antonio Gates injured, the Chargers were able to outlast Peyton Manning and the Colts. Thanks to a 56-yard scamper on a screen pass by Darren Sproles, a fourth quarter drive led by Billy Volek and Michael Turner, and two big defensive stops in the last three minutes (one of which came inside in the red zone), the Chargers advanced to the AFC championship game.
-Giants vs. Cowboys: The other Manning out performed a struggling Tony Romo to help lead the Giants to the NFC title game. The biggest drive of the game came at the end of the first half, on the heels on a 20 play, 90 yard, 11 minute drive by the Cowboys. Manning led the Giants to a :53 second touchdown that tied the game at 14 and erased any momentum the Cowboys had established. The game ended with Romo throwing an interception in the red zone.

I can't remember the last time I was so excited about the NFL playoffs. You have the NFL record holder for rushing touchdowns in a season playing against the record holders for passing and receiving touchdowns. You have one team playing for a perfect season. You have the underappreciated and overshadowed career underachiever facing possibly the greatest to ever play. Any of the four possible combinations for the Super Bowl will be intriguing. Personally, I hope the Packers beat the Patriots, ending New England's bid for a 19-0 season and allowing Brett Farve to retire on top.

1 comment:

Andy McKenzie said...

i agree, what a great super bowl that would be. probably the best of the last decade.

if the patriots win, on the other hand, it would be the worst, ever.