An Advance Look at Week Two of the NFL Playoffs
After yesterday’s games, (Saturday), we know opponents in two of the games next weekend, the second week of the NFL playoffs. Houston will be in New England, and Green Bay travels to San Francisco. Neither was a big surprise.
Next week’s games are interesting. Can the 49ers defense contain Aaron Rodgers, and can Colin Kaepernick continue his outstanding play for San Francisco. In their previous meeting, the Patriots ran up the score against the Texans in Foxboro. Can Wade Philips’ defense take over the game. I’m looking forward to both games.
Houston still did not look like the Texans of the early season, but they played the Bengals who don’t know how to win a playoff game. With the Vikings quarterback, Christian Ponder, sidelined with bursitis, the Packers were able to key on all world running back Adrian Peterson, and easily defeated Minnesota.
Sunday’s games featured Indianapolis at Baltimore, and Seattle at Washington.
In the first game an emotional Ravens’ team started fast, but was unable to score a touchdown early. The Colts looked like the young team they are, and were dominated throughout most of the first quarter. The Colt’s defense responded and stymied Flacco and the running game. At halftime the Score was 10-6. The second half was dominated by Baltimore, aided by miscues and a missed field goal by the Colts. Anquan Boldin caught several long passes and a touchdown to put the game out of reach. The final score was 24-9. The Colts put up 425 yards of offense against an aged and slow Ravens’ defense, but failed to get the ball in the end zone. The good news for the Ravens is that they go to the second round next Sunday. The bad news is that they play the Broncos in Denver. Denver has a much better defense, and a “pretty good” quarterback who can score almost at will.
All three home teams have won, so far.
Game two featured two incredibly talented rookie quarterbacks. The winner would go to Atlanta to challenge “Matty Ice” and the Falcons.
The Redskins ran the ball well on their first possession. Rookie Alfred Morris appeared unstoppable. From the three yard line, RGIII threw a touchdown pass. Could the Seahawks counter?
The first quarter belonged to Washington. Seattle’s big offensive line was manhandled by the Redskins’ offensive line, allowing the running game to dominate play, and RGIII was accurate with two short touchdown passes on third down.
The second quarter found the Seahawks defense tighten up and the offense loosen up. With just over 3 and ½ minutes left in the half, Griffin was intercepted. Halftime score 14-13.
The second half saw Seattle dominate on both sides of the ball. Marshawn Lynch ran, and Russell Wilson threw or ran whenever needed. RGIII, whose knee appeared to be 50% at best in the beginning of the game, gave out when he was sacked in the shadow of his own goal line. Cousins replaced him, but was ineffective. The Seahawks won 24-14, and will go to Atlanta next Sunday. Pete Carroll has his team believing in themselves.
Finally the weekend saw a competitive game, and a road team won. I can’t wait until next week.