Archive for January 18th, 2016

And Then There Were 4: Panthers Vs Cardinals, Broncos Vs Patriots

FOOTBALL

The weekend of NFL playoff games continued.

First up was the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the New England Patriots. QB Tom Brady found his favorite (and now healthy) target Rob Gronkowski, twice in the end zone for the win. The Patriots now find themselves headed to the AFC Championship game for the 5th year in a row. They will have an epic showdown against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos next weekend. Patriots 27, Chiefs 20.

Next up,  the Green Bay Packers forced an overtime after an Aaron Rodgers 41 yard Hail Mary touchdown on the final play of regulation. The Arizona Cardinals did not let that unbelievable play affect their confidence. On the first play of overtime, QB Carson Palmer escaped his defender and threw a beautiful pass to a wide open Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald ran for 75 yards. On the next play, from the 5 yard line, Fitzgerald grabbed a shovel pass from Palmer and ran into the end zone for the win. Arizona will now face the Carolina Panthers for the NFC Championship. Cardinals 26, Packers 20.

Sunday’s games began with the Carolina Panthers easily cruising to a 31 point halftime lead over the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks furiously rallied with 24 points in the second half giving the Panthers a bit of a scare, but it was too little too late and the Panthers held on for the win. The Panthers will need to stay strong for both halves if they hope to beat the Cardinals next weekend in the NFC Title Game. Panthers 31, Seahawks 24.

Brady & Manning 2In the final game of the weekend, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos needed to get past the Pittsburgh Steelers for a shot at his rival, Tom Brady and the Patriots. The game was uneventful and at times fairly ugly (seven dropped passes from Manning’s receivers), but in the end, Manning drove for a TD that lifted the Broncos up 20-13. On the next drive, the Steelers settled for a field goal and hoped the onside kick would give them the ball back. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Denver recovered the onside kick and capped the game with another field goal. At 39 (2 months shy of 40 years old), this will likely be Peyton Manning’s last shot at a Super Bowl Title. But first, he’ll be hosting Brady next weekend for an epic rivalry and some must watch football. Broncos 23, Steelers 16.

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