By: Alex Kamel
The playoffs are ten times more enjoyable to watch than the regular season games. During the regular season, players are trying to play for incentives in their contract, as opposed to the playoffs where every single player is completely focused on executing the game plan. Every single game this weekend proved something to us about every team:
Eagles pull off the upset-
It is a crazy idea to say that the Eagles pulled off an upset at home as the #1 seed in the NFC. The Eagles stuck to the run game with Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount and barely held on to a 15-10 win as Julio Jones let a ball go right through his hands. It has not been Julio’s season in the red zone this year and on the last play he slipped on the top of the route and had a ball go right through his hands that would have ended the game. I’m a big fan of rooting for teams with crazy fan bases and the Eagles are as psychotic of a fan base as it gets, but Julio should catch that ball nine times out of ten.
Patriots dynasty continues-
The Titans showed some life in the first quarter when Mariota threw a beautiful pass to Corey Davis for the first score of the game, but the Patriots proved yet again why they are one of the most consistent dynasties as they head to their 7th straight AFC Championship.
Jaguars shock the Steelers-
The Jaguars knew that if they were going to win the game they would have to FEED Leonard Fournette and that’s exactly what they did. Although Todd Haley had two questionable calls on both 4th and 1’s with a sweep and a play action deep pass, the Steelers’ defense looked suspect the entire game. Blake Bortles was converting on every 3rd down whether it was with his legs or with his arm. He went 14 for 26 with 214 yards and a touchdown. Although he did not have an amazing stat line, he played extremely well and made the throws he had to. Jalen Ramsey and the Jaguar’s dominant defense make for an interesting game next week in Foxborough against Tom Brady and the Pats.
The Vikings shock the world! -
WHAT A GAME! The crowd was electrifying for the entire game. The Saints were down 17-0 at halftime and came back to make it 21-20 Saints. After a couple of clutch kicks from both teams the Saints were up 24-23 with 25 seconds left. I was hyped for Drew Brees. He deserves another ring and did everything in his power to give his team a spot in the NFC Championship. The Vikings have the ball with 10 seconds left, no timeouts, on their own 39-yard line. Case Keenum throws an extremely accurate pass to Stefon Diggs near the sideline in field goal range around the Saints 33-yard line… BUT Marcus Williams WHIFFS on the tackle as Diggs scores as time expires to give the Vikings the win. A tackle in bounds essentially ends the game, a tackle out of bounds sets up a 51,50-yard field goal, but he just tries to do way too much and goes for the hard hit and loses the Saints the game. Heartbreaker for the Saints, but it was the most exciting and improbable playoff win I have ever seen. The crowd erupted realizing they just witnessed one of the best games in years. The SKOL chants were electrifying. The Saints even had to come back out of their locker room to finish the game. Was really rooting for the Vikings to go for two so I can see punter, Thomas Morestead, playing defense an interior defensive lineman.
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