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post #1451 of 1931
The missed opportunities and mistakes are depressing, but I am glad this isn't the slaughter everyone was expecting.
post #1452 of 1931
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If Watt is able to come back near his previous level and they got a real quarterback, Houston could be really dangerous. Even without either of those things, they look like they might be able to pull this game out.

Yep. If Savage was able to play this game and give them even mediocre play, they might be giving the Pats even more trouble. That was the Giants' formula, use defense/4 rushing to harass Brady, and Eli is better than average...but maybe not too much.

post #1453 of 1931

That last pick was actually on Griffin. He stopped on the route.

post #1454 of 1931

These playoffs feel like the NFL is trying to break up with me without hurting my feelings.

post #1455 of 1931
I do expect today will break the march of non-competitive home team wins, but...

So far, the closest playoff game we've had was a 13 point loss in the Texans-Raiders game, which totally sucked anyway. And the game wasn't even that close.

The other FIVE playoff games were all bigger blowouts. I don't think we've seen a meaningful 4th quarter yet.
post #1456 of 1931

I think Watt won't be the same when he comes back, but he'll be good enough for Clowney to dominate. Too bad Osweiler is hot garbage. Savage must have still been concussed; Otherwise, he should have started.

 

The Falcons are the real deal. I still think they'll lose next week, but no question they're one of the top 4 teams in the league. I knew the offense was good, but was surprised by how good their D looked (although getting a pass rush against Seattle's O-line isn't exactly a challenge.)

post #1457 of 1931

I didn't really have feelings about the Seahawks, but now I'm glad they lost - http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/michael-bennett-explodes-at-reporter-following-seahawks-falcons-game/

 

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“Get out of my face now. Don’t tell me I didn’t do my job (expletive). OK, exactly. Get the (expletive) out of my face. Like I said, get out of my face. Don’t play with me. Don’t play with me. I just put my heart on the (expletive) field. Don’t (expletive) play with me. Get the (expletive) out of my face then. Try me again, see what happens. I ain’t one of these (expletive) out here. Don’t try to tell me what I didn’t do (expletive).”

 

During the tirade, Bennett also asked Wixey, “what adversity you went through?” Wixey was treated for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2009.

 

A handy reminder that "emotional leader" is a euphemism for "psychotic dick."

post #1458 of 1931

We're at least down to the top 3 teams in each division now. The Cowboys-Falcons-Packers in the NFC and Pats-Chiefs-Steelers in the AFC. The next 4 games (and hopefully the 5th) should be pretty good.

 

I don't know what to think of the Steelers. They fold up to sub-.500 teams but then they play great against really good teams. If that trend continues, they should win today. But I trust nothing that Todd Haley is involved with.

 

This is one of few years where at this point, I'm pretty happy with whatever the Super Bowl combo turns out to be. It would be nice to not have the Pats there again, but it would at least be against a team we haven't seen them play before. Chiefs-Packers would be a great sentimental throw back to the AFL/NFL days. 

post #1459 of 1931

I would pay money for a camera focused entirely on Jerry Jones' booth right now.

post #1460 of 1931
I don't see how anyone seriously thought Dax Prescott was going to beat Aaron Rodgers in a playoff game. I know Dallas cut into that 18 point lead, but I'd be shocked if the Cowboys end up winning.

Farsight, FOX is just waiting for the second half to keep giving us shots of Jerry Jones in the owners box.
post #1461 of 1931
Every sports league has that lazy "the league is better when _______ are relevant" storyline. For the NFL, it's the Cowboys and Raiders.
post #1462 of 1931
Thread Starter 

ROMO TIME

post #1463 of 1931
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ROMO TIME

Seriously, This is what every radio host and analyst said would eventually happen
post #1464 of 1931

Dallas pulls within a score and NOW we finally get a peek at Jones? Bah.

 

This is like watching the Colts or Giants lose and NOT getting to see Manning face!

post #1465 of 1931
Good lord, can't even.
post #1466 of 1931
Thread Starter 
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
post #1467 of 1931
Not a single shot of Jerruh during that field goal? Come on, man!
post #1468 of 1931
CLASSIC!!
post #1469 of 1931
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Not a single shot of Jerruh during that field goal? Come on, man!

Exactly !! They show him high fiving when Dallas scores how about a shot of him with his head in his hands.
post #1470 of 1931
Hey, we actually got a real playoff game in the playoffs.
post #1471 of 1931
Thread Starter 
FOX would never do that to Jerry. He's one of the main reasons they were able to get the NFL contract back in '93.
post #1472 of 1931

Fantastic game.  I fully expect Atlanta to eat Green Bay's decimated secondary alive next week, so I'm going to enjoy this one while I can.

post #1473 of 1931
Let's go Chiefs, baby! This is my team. Love this group.
post #1474 of 1931
I'm just glad that now I know for sure I won't have to root for the Pats in the SuperBowl. Seriously, if the Cowboys would have gone on and won the SB, it would be like Trump winning the election all over again. I'm just hoping the Chiefs in this one and can take out the Pats.
post #1475 of 1931
That was the most Andy Reid loss ever. His masterpiece.
post #1476 of 1931
Wow.
post #1477 of 1931
I missed the game last night, so I'll be watching a replay on NFLN today but...

...six field goals? America deserves better.
post #1478 of 1931
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...six field goals? America deserves better.

 

post #1479 of 1931

As I understand it, KC's defense was killing it (shit, they had to be if Roethelisberger, Bell and Brown were held to nothing but field goals), and their offense completely fucked everything.

 

If I'm Matt Patricia, I'm eating, drinking and breathing game tape on what KC's defense did, and sending them all a box of chocolates.

post #1480 of 1931
KC's offense stunk. Andy Reid had terrific plays designed up. The offense ran it perfectly on the opening drive, and then it all fell to shit. Guys dropped balls. Holding calls. Kelce having one of his random meltdowns.

The defense held a great offense to 18 points, and the offense never helped them out, aside from the first drive.

KC needs to draft a QB and get a LT, LG, and RG that aren't ranked 50 out of 60 at their positions (according to the PFF grades NBC used).

I'd also like to see KC win ONE goddamn playoff game, when they have a bye, in my lifetime.
post #1481 of 1931

Alex Smith is Carson Palmeresque, former #1 pick who is pretty good, but ultimately not good enough to win squat. 

post #1482 of 1931

If I remember correctly the stat I heard, 14 of the last 16 AFC champion QBs have been Brady, Roethlisberger, or Manning. It will be 15 of 17 after this Sunday.

post #1483 of 1931
It'll be 14 out of whatever this year. Cuz Brady has 6 appearances, Manning 4, and Roethlisberger 3 at the moment.
post #1484 of 1931

That's a scientific number I think they call a "shit-ton".

post #1485 of 1931
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That's a scientific number I think they call a "shit-ton".

 

Also referred to as a "boringplex".

post #1486 of 1931

So Flaco and Rich Gannon are the 2 AFC Championship QBs to play in a SB since 2000 not named Brady, P. Manning, or Rothlisberger. 

Well, I guess people essentially said the same thing back in the 80s when it was Montana, Elway, and Marino in the playoffs every year.  

post #1487 of 1931
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So Flaco and Rich Gannon are the 2 AFC Championship QBs to play in a SB since 2000 not named Brady, P. Manning, or Rothlisberger. 

Well, I guess people essentially said the same thing back in the 80s when it was Montana, Elway, and Marino in the playoffs every year.  

 

This is way worse, balance-wise. Elway and Kelly made it a bunch for the AFC, and Montana did in the NFC, but there were a lot of other names on both sides.

 

At least the era of Branningberger's monster is nearly over. The AFC needs some new blood.

post #1488 of 1931

They have it in Derek Carr :(  If Irsay would get some defense around Luck, maybe his game could improve.

 

As a Cowboys fan, it was a tough loss.  But a tolerable one, because the team showed legitimate fortitude and played very well in the second half.  That final pass that Rodgers made to Cook was literally flawless - just completely indefensible.  I'm not even mad.

 

Hopefully, he keeps playing like that, so he can win a second SB lugging around the carcass of Mike McCarthy on his back.

post #1489 of 1931
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They have it in Derek Carr :(  If Irsay would get some defense around Luck, maybe his game could improve.

 

As a Cowboys fan, it was a tough loss.  But a tolerable one, because the team showed legitimate fortitude and played very well in the second half.  That final pass that Rodgers made to Cook was literally flawless - just completely indefensible.  I'm not even mad.

 

Hopefully, he keeps playing like that, so he can win a second SB lugging around the carcass of Mike McCarthy on his back.

 

Yeah, the Vegas Raiders should be a fun team to watch for a few years.

 

So Rodgers ate the whole wheel of cheese?

 

I like Rodgers, but the part of me that hates seeing bad coaches succeed has an awfully hard time rooting for Andy Reid Jr.

post #1490 of 1931
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Originally Posted by First Class 782 View Post
 

They have it in Derek Carr :(  If Irsay would get some defense around Luck, maybe his game could improve.

 

As a Cowboys fan, it was a tough loss.  But a tolerable one, because the team showed legitimate fortitude and played very well in the second half.  That final pass that Rodgers made to Cook was literally flawless - just completely indefensible.  I'm not even mad.

 

Hopefully, he keeps playing like that, so he can win a second SB lugging around the carcass of Mike McCarthy on his back.

 

Rodgers is just too good.

 

When we were in a similar situation against them last year, I was completely resigned to losing. It was a great game, both teams played hard, but Rodgers just has this mutant power for making clutch plays to win. I wasn't even mad because we had an amazing game to end an amazing season.

 

...Then the Hail Larry happened, and I lost my shit.

 

post #1491 of 1931
I'd like to see Rodgers win a second SB too, but I think this Falcons team is too good offensively. I heard someone compare them to the "greatest show on turf". And if I took anything away from that game on Sunday it's that the Packers defense is pretty soft. They couldn't stop Elliott or Bryant. Falcons put up 36 points on a good defense what are they going to put up on Green Bay?
post #1492 of 1931

Dallas was one of the league's best offenses too. And GB won't have to worry nearly as much about the run vs ATL.

 

I expect a shootout as well, but you never know how a specific matchup will go until it happens.

post #1493 of 1931

If Morgan Burnett and Quinten Rollins are able to be back in the defensive lineup for Green Bay, it would certainly help.  I think it's going to be a fairly high scoring shootout either way.

post #1494 of 1931
Fairly interesting article on Brady and Belichick posted today - http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/01/18/nfl-tom-brady-bill-belichick-new-england-patriots 

Some good anecdotes, although my favorite was this one:
 
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Nooo,” adds former Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini, who has coached in five NFL organizations, including two as the head coach. “There is almost this stigma to being coached.” The head coach of another AFC club tried a similar tactic with his team this season, showing the entire team clips of mistakes by a handful of his best players. One recently paid veteran responded by standing up in front of the room and screaming at the coach.

 

Guesses? I might spend the rest of the day looking up recently signed veterans just to suss that out. Sadly, I have the time.

post #1495 of 1931
The Colts actually did something productive and dumped GM Ryan Grigson.

Irsay must have had what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity. Now just can Pagano and progress can begin.
post #1496 of 1931
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I like Rodgers, but the part of me that hates seeing bad coaches succeed has an awfully hard time rooting for Andy Reid Jr.

 

I think it's overreaching to say Reid/McCarthy are bad coaches; they just excel at the non-sexy stuff - their teams are always well-coached as far as not making dumb penalties and avoiding turnovers; they also rarely get embarrassed, so they show up, execute well, and play hard most every game.

I call them Monday thru Saturday coaches, because their teams are PREPARED. The problems come when in-game decision-making is a factor. 

post #1497 of 1931
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Falcons put up 36 points on a good defense what are they going to put up on Green Bay?

 

 

They put up 33 earlier this season in Atlanta. 

post #1498 of 1931
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I think it's overreaching to say Reid/McCarthy are bad coaches; they just excel at the non-sexy stuff - their teams are always well-coached as far as not making dumb penalties and avoiding turnovers; they also rarely get embarrassed, so they show up, execute well, and play hard most every game.

I call them Monday thru Saturday coaches, because their teams are PREPARED. The problems come when in-game decision-making is a factor. 

 

Yes, "bad playoff coaches" is more accurate. Rodgers best argument for his place in history is pointing at McCarthy's Super Bowl ring.

post #1499 of 1931
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Originally Posted by D.T. View Post

The Colts actually did something productive and dumped GM Ryan Grigson.

Irsay must have had what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity. Now just can Pagano and progress can begin.

At one point, the Colts hired psychologists to talk to Pagano and Grigson: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18530816/indianapolis-colts-hired-psychologists-improve-chuck-pagano-ryan-grigson-relationship

 

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 According to sources, one person compared the meetings to a couple going to marriage counseling, hoping they could work out their issues with the help of a third party.

My God, I can't fathom how awkward that must have been.

post #1500 of 1931
With Irsay standing behind them, doing hits like Tuco in Breaking Bad.
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