The NFL Postseason continued this weekend, so let’s recap the action and hand out some hard-earned game balls.
Niners Edge Saints In Exciting Fashion
This playoff weekend opened with the most exciting game. The Saints went to San Francisco, and don’t you tell me that game wasn’t an instant classic. The last 5 minutes ended in storybook fashion. The 49ers controlled the whole game, and New Orleans came back and got the lead late, down the stretch. After the spark from Sproles and Jimmy Graham, Brees and company have their turnovers to blame. Alex Smith and Vernon Davis were the ones marching in, sealing the deal on a game-winning score with 9 seconds left. Niners 36, Saints 32.
Game Ball: Alex Smith
Patriots Dominate Broncos From The Start
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were on a mission. The offensive line made Denver’s pass rush look non-existent. Wes Welker went about his business as usual. Deion Branch went vintage, showing why Brady wanted him back in New England. The defense smothered a mediocre Broncos team, and Tebow couldn’t do much to say the least. McGahee did what he could, but the success of a ground game is limited when you trail the whole game. Belichick’s defense forcing turnovers and playing strong at the right time. Patriots 45, Broncos 10.
Game Ball: Tom Brady
Ravens Beat Texans In Defensive Grind
Ray Lewis racked up the tackles, and Ed Reed It’s nice to have Ngata clogging the middle and Suggs on the outside. CB Webb continued his good play and had a couple of interceptions. The stat line was glaring for Arian Foster and Andre Johnson, as they went over 100 yards and rushing and receiving in this one. Rookie DE J.J. Watt, S Danieal Manning, and LB Brooks Reed had strong defensive efforts, Cushing tallied double digits tackles as well, but the turnover battle (4:0) was the difference between the quarterbacks. Ravens 20, Texans 13.
Game Ball: Ed Reed
Giants Cruz Thru Packers
Victor Cruz is “The Dagger.” When he’s not celebrating a touchdown with a salsa dance, he hits you with the dagger. Eli was on “Cruz Control” and converted clutch 3rd down after clutch 3rd down. Nicks had himself a big day (7 catches – 165 yards – 2TDs), including a “Hail Mary” touchdown to end the half. Rodgers was very mobile and ran around all day, as he and the offense struggled all around with the pressure The Giants notched 4 sacks and punched their ticket to San Francisco next weekend. Giants 37. Packers 20.
Game Ball: Michael Boley
As For Next Weekend…
Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots (Sunday 1/23, 3pm ET, 12pm PT)
New York Giants @ San Francisco 49ers (Sunday 1/23, 6:30pm ET, 3:30pm PT)