Recap of Wild Card Weekend

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) tries to fend off Houston Texans free safety Andre Hal (29) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) tries to fend off Houston Texans free safety Andre Hal (29) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Not Stopping For Anyone

Right from the opening kickoff, the Kansas City Chiefs controlled this game. Knile Davis ran it back for 106 yards and that was pretty much it. From what I did see from this game, the Houston Texans are in desperate need of a quarterback. Brian Hoyer had his chance, well many chances to prove himself and he should have been taken out when the second half started, but Bill O’Brien kept him in there. I don’t blame him a whole lot with Brandon Weeden as the backup, but you need to put some life into your team don’t you? The Chiefs weren’t playing their best game of the year, but shutting out an opponent and beating them by 30 isn’t bad. Lets see if they can play a perfect game against New England.

Pittsburgh Steelers' Martavis Bryant (10) makes a 10-yard touchdown reception against Cincinnati Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick (27) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Pittsburgh Steelers’ Martavis Bryant (10) makes a 10-yard touchdown reception against Cincinnati Bengals’ Dre Kirkpatrick (27) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Quite The Rivalry

Lost in the insanity of this game was a pretty damn good catch by Steelers WR Martavis Bryant at the corner of the endzone. Don’t try to tell me that it wasn’t. The NFL doesn’t even know what is or isn’t a catch anymore, but I’d like to think I still do. This was a game that belonged to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half and quickly went to the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half. It would have been an amazing story if the Bengals won with a backup quarterback in A.J. McCarron. However, if Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict didn’t hit Steelers WR Antonio Brown unnecessarily and CB Adam Jones, formerly the ‘Pacman’, didn’t make contact with an official to try to get to a Steelers assistant, maybe the outcome would have been a Bengals victory. Suffice it to say that seeing an assistant coach come on to the field makes you act that way is quite surprising, considering that a player was being helped off the field. Be the bigger man and worry about the game. No wonder they haven’t won a playoff game since 1990.

Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) misses a field goal late in the second half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Seahawks won 10-9. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) misses a field goal late in the second half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Seahawks won 10-9. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Missed It By That Much

Two plays kept the Seattle Seahawks in this game. Adrian Peterson fumbling in the second half and the early snap to Russell Wilson that seemed to be a designed play for Seattle because it fooled the entire Vikings defense into thinking there was no way Wilson was going to actually throw the football to an open receiver. Ultimately the Vikings still had a chance to win with a game winning field goal with just under 30 seconds to go. This was a chip shot for Blair Walsh, but alas it was hooked to the left. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting sick and tired of seeing Seattle in the spotlight, but that happens to all of these teams. Just ask the Buffalo Bills of the 1990s. If you don’t want to see them in the Super Bowl again, you’re going to have to beat them. Minnesota had a chance and blew it. Carolina will be up next to try and stop Seattle.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) pulls in a touchdown pass as Washington Redskins free safety Dashon Goldson (38) closes in during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) pulls in a touchdown pass as Washington Redskins free safety Dashon Goldson (38) closes in during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

No Doubt In Their Minds

They looked to be done pretty early in this game, but after the Packers gave up a safety and DeSean Jackson somehow forgot which hand the football was in, the Redskins were only up by five points. Pretty soon the Packers had scored 17 points in second quarter and were up 17-11 at halftime. They never looked back as they dominated Washington on both sides. The simplest adjustment was made in that the Packers were running the no-huddle on offense. That spelled doom for Washington and their offense went stagnant the rest of the way. This was a good thing for Green Bay as their offensive line is in shambles, but using the no-huddle masked that weakness and it baffled their opponent. That will be different against a better defense in Arizona, but things could get interesting in the desert.

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