Dallas loses Thriller to Green Bay 34-31

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Dallas finished the fight. They just didn’t win.

Dak Prescott was awesome. In his first playoff game at 23 years of age he was 24 of 38 for 302 yards and three touchdowns. He ran in a two-point conversion to tie the game with four minutes left in the game. He overcame deficits of 21-3 and 28-13. Dez Bryant showed out, nine catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns. But none of it was enough.

Dallas’ coaching staff may have cost their team the game with a late spike that cost them a down when they were down three points. They settled for a Dan Bailey field goal that tied the game at 31-31, and that would be the last time Dallas would touch the ball in a game that looked headed for overtime.

Aaron Rodgers made a magical play to Jared Cook on third down with :12 remaining and Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal to win the game.

Zeke Elliot had 125 yards on 22 carries, but couldn’t be used to close out the game or keep Aaron Rodgers off the field. The defense of Dallas just didn’t get enough stops.

My playoff horse is done. The number one seed has been bounced.

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Carolina Panthers & Cam Newton advance to the Super Bowl, beat Cardinals 49-15

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Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are going to Super Bowl 50 to play Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Newton threw for a Carolina playoff record 335 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for 47 yards and two more scores in an absolute thrashing of the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15.

It was never really a game. The Panthers jumped out to a lead of 17-0 and then it quickly became 34-7 in the second half. Carson Palmer turned the ball over six times and looked to be in pre-retirement.

Cam Newton threw a long touchdown to Philly Brown, and later added one to Devin Funchess in the face of a blitz. One of his better plays of the day was when he bowled over an Arizona defender for the first down deep in Cardinals territory.

The Panthers set a record for points scored in an NFC title game. Luke Kuechly got in the end zone as well on an interception of Palmer to send Newton to the bench and get Derek Anderson into the game.

The Panthers look unstoppable right now and are -4 favorites against the Peyton Manning Broncos in the Super Bowl. I am extremely happy for Cam Newton although this game lacked the sizzle; he clearly has started to cement his legacy in the game. I always knew in my heart Cam Newton had this destiny ahead of him, and he’s one step closer to winning a title.

Cam Newton and Panthers advance to NFC Title Game

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The Carolina Panthers made sure this season was not in vain. Building a 31-0 lead at halftime, they hung on to beat the Seattle Seahawks in Charlotte; and will host their first ever Conference Championship game this Sunday at 6:40 PM.

Cam Newton went 16 of 22 for 161 yards and a touchdown with no turnovers. He compiled a rating of 108.3, and his touchdown pass to Greg Olsen was one of the better throws of his career.

This will go down as a great memory. I really want to see Carolina get to their first Super Bowl with Rivera and Cam. This Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals is as big as it gets.

Drama in the Desert

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Carson Palmer just threw a tipped touchdown pass to Michael Floyd for his second touchdown catch of the day to put the Cardinals up 17-13 in Arizona with just over 3:00 to go. The Packers just kneeled the kickoff.

Palmer has been really shaky, throwing one to Sam Shields that could have ended the game but Shields dropped his third interception attempt of the day.

The Packers have hung in there tough with a really banged up WR corps, but time is running out on their season.

Patriots advance in AFC Divisional with 27-20 win over Kansas City

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The Patriots have consummated yet another playoff victory in our lifetime, with a 27-20 win at the Funhouse in Foxboro. Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for two touchdowns, and he threw for over 300 total yards. The Patriots didn’t achieve offensive balance in this game, choosing to throw at will on the Chiefs; but it worked anyways.

Here are all the highlights from this one, the second to last Saturday game of the 2015-2016 season.

I spent the day helping my wife get my condo ready to list it on the market. It’s hard to believe that this will be my last postseason in this place I’ve lived for the last decade. It was Brady’s 10th playoff win since I’ve lived in this house.

The Day I realized Andrew Luck & the Colts were my Horses

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This was Andrew Luck’s signature win – at 25 years of age on a Sunday evening to cap off a January weekend in Denver a changing of the guard took place. Luck wasn’t purpose, but I’ll have to re-watch this game when I order a copy of it from here. He went 27-43 for 2 TD and 2 INTand 265 yards. It was more the big game bravado than the stat-line from Luck. It’s something that you would have seen Elway do at age 25, going into a hostile territory as a touchdown underdog (I lost a 3-team teaser on this game) and knock off a Hall of Fame Quarterback. Luck is a future Hall of Fame guy, one of the few in the game you can say that about.

Hell, Jim Fassel said he would be the greatest ever.

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It put Luck one game from the Super Bowl. You knew he wouldn’t go into New England and win. But before Deflategate; before a Super Bowl that ended on one of the worst coaching calls in the history of the game; there was Luck and the Colts getting it done in Denver.  This is my team.

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Nice of the NFL to finally put stuff on YouTube!

Eagles – Saints Playoff Memories from the Wildcard Game

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I love Nick Foles, and although this game didn’t end the way I wanted it to, it provided me with great memories.

*A glorious, chilly Saturday night to kick off the NFL playoffs. Wildcard Saturday has always been my favorite day of the NFL season. Loved getting to see Foles’ playoff debut in primetime

*Foles scoring the last time he touched the ball, putting the Eagles up 23-20.

*Waking up to hear Artie Clear talk with Mike North the morning after. I love this show and will try to catch it more often to brush up on my Eagles talk next season.

 

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In the end the Eagles lost, but Foles seemed to solidify his place as the Eagles quarterback into the future. He went 23 for 33 passing for 195 yards, two touchdowns and of course no turnovers.

I’m excited for the Eagles 2014 season to begin and for Foles to get another crack at things and try to get the Eagles back into the playoffs. It seems that Chip Kelly’s comments about his commitment to Foles are less than perfect on the subject, but he seems to know that Foles is the best option for the foreseeable future.

I could see myself being pretty into the Eagles in the Nick Foles era if he can lock down and solidify the job and earn that contract extension. I’ll forever be thankful that we had that Wildcard game where the Eagles almost pulled it off.