Monday, January 15, 2018

Sports: NFL Playoffs (Divisional Round)

The NFL decided its final four over the weekend with the top two teams in each conference set to meet each other next week. The games had their fair share of surprises and upsets with an odd bunch winning in this round to make for an interesting championship weekend. 

NFC Divisional
Atlanta Falcons vs Philadelphia Eagles
My most disappointing game of the week ended with the Atlanta Falcons exiting the playoffs on an embarrassing final few plays as the Philadelphia Eagles and their backup quarterback Nick Foles are hosting the NFC Championship next Sunday. The Atlanta offense needs a huge overhaul in the upcoming season because there is no reason a form MVP and one of the best wide receivers in the league plus a strong running game should get shut out in the second half. The Eagles look like they will have to rely on their defense against a much tougher team next round. 
New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings managed to survive with some last minute magic as a final pass pushes them into the next round. The New Orleans Saints put up quite a fight but it just wasn't enough to survive a strong defense and a rookie quarterback. No team has ever hosted the Super Bowl but I am starting to think that the Vikings might break that streak. 
AFC Divisional
Tennessee Titans vs New England Patriots
In a solid blowout, the Patriots dispatched another opponent on their way to their possible sixth Super Bowl win. The Tennesse Titans scored first but they just never had enough to handle the reigning champions. The Patriots cruised by with a comfortable 35-14 win. 

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Pittsburgh Steelers
In the most stunning victory of the weekend, the Jacksonville Jaguars showed that they are not just a strong defense but that their young quarterback Black Bortles can handle the playoff pressure. The Jaguar topped the Pittsburgh Steelers in a high scoring battle that resulted in a 45-42 win. The Jaguars will have their greatest challenge yet against in the next round.  

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