Breaking Down the Amazing (and Pathetic) Divisional Round Weekend

We are down to 4 teams going into Sunday’s Championship Games, and 3 of the remaining 4 teams have QB’s no one guessed could be Super Bowl Championship. Nick Foles, Blake Bortles, and Case Keenum have an opportunity to make their mark on NFL history as a Super Bowl winning QB. Either that or Brady wins again, yay…(Punches 3 holes in wall and scream a horrible curse word at 2 AM in the morning in college apartment building). Before this Sunday’s matchup, let’s go over how we got here in this week’s breakdown.

Atlanta Falcons 10 vs. Philadelphia Eagles 15

Seriously Atlanta, you probably have the easiest of the NFC playoff teams because their would’ve been MVP candidate QB is on IR and you managed to lose by only scoring 10 points. Didn’t you have any offensive fire power in Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Devonta Freeman. Even you secondary options include Tevin Coleman and Mohamad Sanu. Teams would kill for this kind of talent and you scored only 10 points. Shame on you Falcons. I really don’t want to see the Eagles make the postseason, as I think they’d get run over by the AFC representative. By the way…

Tennessee Titans 14 vs. New England Patriots 35

This looked like an upset in the making for all of 1 quarter, and then New England dismantled the Titans for the rest of the game in this embarrassing end to the Titans season. I’m all for upsets in the postseason, but there are certain teams that have too many flaws to make a deep run. This means that a Wild Card upset by one of these teams will lead to a game like this later down the road. This Titans team didn’t have the talent to even have a chance to survive New England or even half of the playoff field. Kansas City did, which makes this result disappointing from a postseason standpoint. Well it looks like we’re going to get Patriots vs. Steelers like everyone expected, BUT WAIT…

Jacksonville Jaguars 45 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 42

TJ Watt is never going to hear the end of this from his brother. The Jaguars are in the AFC Championship game, lets just think about that for a second.

That’s how weak the AFC has been all year, and hopefully the draft will help create more contenders in the mediocre conference. But back to the Jaguars, credit goes to the Jaguars Defense and Leonard Fournette for putting pressure on the Steelers early and often. They made Ben Roethlisberger need a perfect game and while his numbers were outstanding (469 yards and 5 TDs) his two turnovers led to points that decided the game for the Jaguars. I hope Jacksonville puts up a fight against New England, as only Patriots fans want another Patriots Super Bowl. This upset would’ve been the top story of this weekend had it not been for…

New Orleans Saints 24 vs. Minnesota Vikings 29

HOLY CRAP WHAT AN ENDING! MOVE OVER (insert relevant plot driven TV phenomena here) AMERICA’S MOST SURPRISE ENDING GOES TO THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS. In a game the Saints seemingly locked up with a late TD, it was 3rd and 10 on the Vikings 39 yard line with 10 seconds left when the Saints Defense completely blew their coverage on a Stefon Diggs catch and that set up him to go the remaining distance with no one threatening to stop him. Its important to note that if they didn’t blow the coverage, Diggs would’ve likely have gotten out of bounds to force a 50 yard field goal, so even doing things right might’ve led to a similar outcome.

Watching Viking Fans React to this is Amazingly Funny to Watch.
Watching Saints Fans React to this is Even Better.

Case Keenum is likely our best hope for a new champion this season, and with the Vikings fan base suffering for as long as it has I absolutely root for the Vikings the rest of the way through. Now do what Matt Ryan and his high powered offense couldn’t and beat the banged up Eagles for a first time Home Field Advantage in the Super Bowl.

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