Recap of the Divisional Playoffs

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Same Old, Same Old

Right from the start it seemed to be set in stone that the New England Patriots would prevail and defeat the Kansas City Chiefs. The opening possession led them to a 7-0 lead and the Chiefs defense seemed to have no answers for their passing attack. Kansas City’s offense did have plenty of opportunities to either get back in the game or make it interesting. Most of the focus has been on their five minute possession in the fourth quarter when they were down by two scores. They eventually scored and were down by only 7 points, but the game was pretty much over. Possibly if Knile Davis didn’t fumble the outcome could have been different, but that goes to the belief and truth really that you need to play a perfect game to beat the Patriots. The Chiefs didn’t and they return home as a result.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) scores the game-winning touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during overtime of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 26-20 in overtime. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) scores the game-winning touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during overtime of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 26-20 in overtime. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Insanity In The Desert

It wasn’t a one-sided game by any stretch, but the craziness that happened in the second half was truly something to see. We were all thinking that there was no way that Aaron Rodgers could throw up another hail mary from the 50-yard line. He ended up converting it to everyones astonishment, but even before that he threw up another prayer on 4th down deep in his own territory to keep the game going. Jeff Janis will forever be known in Green Bay for those two catches he made. Now with the realization that overtime was coming, the referee didn’t flip the coin and thus admitted to it to redo the flip. The result was Arizona winning the toss and electing to receive. There’s no rule that the coin has to flip, but the ref wasn’t in the wrong, but Aaron Rodgers argued afterwards that he should have an opportunity to change his choice from tails to heads. He should be wondering why his defense didn’t realize that Larry Fitzgerald is the best player on Arizona’s offense and why would you leave him wide open to start overtime? The result was an easy opening drive touchdown and ending a wild game that had no business going to overtime.

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) makes a touchdown catch against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) makes a touchdown catch against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

A Near Insane Comeback

You’re up 31-0 at halftime. You know that you don’t want to commit a huge mistake and let the opponent back in the game. That’s almost what the Carolina Panthers did against the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle went on to score 24 points in the second half while Carolina didn’t score a single point. To the Panthers credit, the clock was their friend and they didn’t commit a single turnover in the game while Seattle had committed two in the first half. This game was pretty much over at halftime, but it got interesting in the end. Carolina needs to avoid this from happening again because it will bite them in the butt again. Maybe in the NFC Championship or in the Super Bowl. You better clean it up now.

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 17: DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with his teammates after recovering a fumble caused by Bradley Roby #29 in the fourth quarter against Fitzgerald Toussaint #33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – JANUARY 17: DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with his teammates after recovering a fumble caused by Bradley Roby #29 in the fourth quarter against Fitzgerald Toussaint #33 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

One Play Made The Difference

Pittsburgh had this game. Peyton Manning and his receivers were looking average at best and the Broncos was becoming stale. The Steelers offense wasn’t a whole lot better, but they were at least converting first downs at crucial moments. Then came a moment in the fourth quarter when Steelers RB Fitzgerald Toussaint fumbled with the Steelers up 13-12 and they were well on their way to add to their lead. Denver drove down the field and scored a touchdown plus a two-point conversion. That was pretty much the game. The Steelers rallied behind their running back who was on the practice squad for most of the season, but due to injuries he was called on to play in some pretty crucial games late in the year. He handled it well and his team backed him up all the way and said they win as a team and lose as a team. Great way to show others how you handle losing a game you know you had control over the whole way. Lets see if this gets Denver back on track for redemption.

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