Archive for January 15th, 2012

WATERCOOLER CHAT: WEEKEND UPDATE-DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

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In the NFL, it was the Divisional Playoffs.

First up, an absolute heart-pounding shootout between the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers.  The Niners started out with a 17 point lead, but that wasn’t enough when the other team has Drew Brees.  Drew Brees had another of his mind-blowing games throwing for a total of 462 yards and 4 touchdowns.  But all came down to the final few minutes of the game.  First, the Niners took the lead to go up 29-24.  But then, with 2 minutes to go, Brees was able to march the Saints down the field and hit tight-end Jimmy Graham for a 66-yard touchdown pass that would appear to ice things.  But, it wasn’t over, as with just a minute left, the underdog, Alex Smith, hit Vernon Davis for a long pass that would give the Niners a chance to score.  Then, with just a few seconds left in the game, Smith hit Davis again for a brilliant 14-yard touchdown strike.  And the Niners advance to the NFC Championship Game.  San Francisco 36, New Orleans 32.

Next up, the much anticipated prime time battle between the New England Patriots and the seemingly immortal Tim Tebow.  Could Tebow pull out another miracle.  Unfortunately, all the Tebow luck that was masking the fact that the Broncos weren’t exactly a complete team finally ran out Saturday night.  Tom Brady came out with 2 quick touchdown strikes that made you think it was going to be a very long night for the Broncos.  At the end of the FIRST HALF, it was already 35-7 Patriots.  Tom Brady would stay in the game in the 3rd quarter to tack on another touchdown, but the Patriots defense finally showed up this game and completely shut down the Broncos offense.  They couldn’t do anything.  And the Patriots advance to the AFC Championship.  New England 45, Denver 10.

And on Sunday, the first game between the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens was a real yawner.  Joe Flaaco started out hot throwing for two quick touchdowns to take a commanding lead, but the Houston Texans would own the second quarter behind a solid rushing effort by the Texans Arian Foster.  The Ravens offense completely melted down and their crowd was dead quiet.  Fortunately, the Ravens have one of the best defenses in the NFL and were able to hold TJ Yates and the Texans in the second half to hold onto the lead.  The Ravens now head to New England for the AFC Championship.  Baltimore 20, Houston 13.

Finally, in the marquee match-up of the weekend, it was the red-hot NY Giants against the red-hot Green Bay Packers.  People weren’t sure about this game because the Giants seem unstoppable now, but, then again, the game was in Green Bay — a very tough place to win.  The Giants are just so good, and so confident, that this energy came right into Green Bay.  Eli Manning came storming in and hit Hakeem Nicks for a quick touchdown.  The Packers rallied back, but at the end of the first half, Eli Manning threw a hail mary that was caught by Hakeem Nicks in the end zone.  An amazing catch that would set the tone for the rest of the game.  These guys have no quit about them.  In the 3rd, Packers running-back Ryan Grant fumbled the ball, and the Giants returned it down to within the 5 yard line, where they would punch it in for another touchdown, and that was all she wrote.  With the win, the Giants knocked off the Super Bowl defending champions, and will head to San Francisco for the NFC Championship.  NY Giants 37, Green Bay 20.

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