Woah, what a great weekend of games in the NFL. This is what the playoffs are all about.
Here's how it all went down.
Patriots fight off Chiefs
I thought Kansas City was going to give New England a great game, and they did. New England pulled this one out, though, 27-20. KC just didn't quite have the firepower on offense and their defense was on the field too much of the game to come up with critical stops at the end of the game when they really needed it. New England looked really strong for most of this game and despite their injuries it looks like they may be doing what they always do: convincing people that they may not be that good during the regular season, and turning things right around in the playoffs to make a deep run. They are going to be tough to beat with their veteran leadership.
Cardinals win a thriller
This was one of the most exciting games I've ever seen, period. Aaron Rodgers came up with ANOTHER Hail Mary TD to send this game into overtime - truly one of the best throws ever - and then Arizona won the game three plays into OT. Larry Fitzgerald took a short pass and ran 75 yards with it to set up the Cardinals inside the 10, then took a shovel pass from Carson Palmer the rest of the way to finish this one off. It was a brutal loss for the Packers, but these two teams put on quite a show.
Seahawks come up short
Another crazy game in Carolina, as the Panthers went up to a 31-0 halftime lead, only to see Seattle come roaring back and nearly pull it out. They outscored the NFC's #1 seed 24-0 in the second half to come within a touchdown, but couldn't finish the job, and Carolina escapes, barely. They'll feel great about how they played in the first half and will work to replicate that, but their performance in the second half has to be worrying for the team and its fans. They were exposed, big time. For Seattle, their consecutive Super Bowl run ends at 2, and they'll reboot next year, probably without Marshawn Lynch this time around. Russell Wilson, though, is only getting better. They'll be back.
Broncos too much for injured Steelers
Just as I feared, the Steelers' injuries were too much to overcome, and the team I picked to win it all are out at the hands of the AFC's #1 overall Denver Broncos. There were 8 field goals in this game as neither offense really got it going, but Denver's defense showed again why it's the league's best and got the job done. Not having Antonio Brown really hurt Pittsburgh, while Peyton Manning made some classic veteran plays and rewarded the coach's decision to give him the start. He may not be as good as he once was, but he's still got every right to try to bring this team a Super Bowl. Denver's crowd is excited and it won't be easy to beat them at home.
After going 4-0 last week, my picks were just 1-3 this time around. Not so impressive, I know. But I'll be back next week, don't you worry!
How did your picks do this week?
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