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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Divisional round

Everyone is expecting a Seattle-Denver Super Bowl, but both teams have vulnerabilities that could appear at the worst possible time. I think I'd like to see Brady and Belichick get one more ring myself. I'm just glad to see the Packers out of it, and it would be nice to see the 49ers lose this weekend too.

In any event, this is an NFL Open thread.

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Anonymous Andrew January 11, 2014 12:27 PM  

My prediction: Seahawks win, Colts win, Panthers win, Broncos Win.

Blogger RobertT January 11, 2014 12:32 PM  

I know Denver is getting a lot of naysayers. But I wouldn't count them out just yet. Which quarterback would you rather go into the playoffs with? Even if Manning isn't your top pick, he can;t be far down the list. And give Elway some credit, I think he was won the West every year of his reign. Eventually he will put another Superbowl in there too.

Anonymous Jemison Thorsby January 11, 2014 12:39 PM  

Here's hoping New Orleans learned something in Week 13. Geaux Saints!

Blogger Jamie-R January 11, 2014 12:41 PM  

I want a Seattle vs Denver Superbowl. And I'm a noob. I'm hosting my first Superbowl Party this year. The only issue is that it starts at 9 AM down here, so I can't get 20 cheeseburgers from McDonald's at that time. We're drinking Bud and Deep South bourbon though. As I put it at work, Americans are having a massive sports party? Well then as an Aussie I'm inviting myself. No one does that without us crashing it.

Blogger Jamie-R January 11, 2014 12:44 PM  

What's with Bruno Mars. Why can't you dig up the bones of Huey Lewis. Shit bring in 80s Phil Collins. You did Madonna recently, I mean come on, Bruno Mars is going to give me AIDS like I'm gay in the Congo.

Anonymous Van January 11, 2014 12:47 PM  

Patriots (despite a few favorable calls to the Colts), Seahawks, Panthers (in a close one). Who knows with Chargers/Broncos. Broncos are better, but Manning can always throw a game away.

"Which quarterback would you rather go into the playoffs with?"

Brady, Rodgers, and Brees over Pick-6 Manning.

Blogger JS January 11, 2014 12:53 PM  

I really don't care too much for the NFL, muchmore iinterested in college. That said, I root for my home team (Chargers). All I really want though is for the Patriots to lose.

Anonymous bob k. mando January 11, 2014 1:08 PM  

Jamie-R January 11, 2014 12:41 PM
Americans are having a massive sports party? Well then as an Aussie I'm inviting myself. No one does that without us crashing it.



make us proud, you lunatic.

what with you all being upside down, does the alcohol go to your heads faster?

Blogger Clint January 11, 2014 1:16 PM  

I really don't care about any of these teams. For that reason, I hope that San Diego wins it all, since they are the team with the worst record still standing. Just to screw with all prognosticators. I doubt they win, but I will root for them.
Pretty much, the only team I really want to lose is New England. Besides them, I just don't care.

Anonymous YIH January 11, 2014 1:17 PM  

Jamie-R:
What's with Bruno Mars. They're also going to have The Red Hot Chili Peppers with him. With that band's reputation, FOX had better have a delay and a mic cut ready.
They may well do the show topless (and in briefs) but who cares?

Anonymous Rusty January 11, 2014 1:51 PM  

You did Madonna recently,

Who hasn't?

Anonymous Jack Amok January 11, 2014 1:54 PM  

Big windstorm blew through the PNW last night. Still very gusty, lots of rain predicted. Should be an interesting game SEA vs NO. Ground games should matter a lot. Seattle's biggest defensive weakness seems to be the occasional big run. Is Pierre Thomas active?

Anonymous YIH January 11, 2014 2:01 PM  

You did Madonna recently,
Who hasn't?
Hope you've had your shots, tetanus and rabies at least.

Blogger Jeff January 11, 2014 2:08 PM  

Chargers are going to win. They want the people of Whale's Vagina to buy one for them. No better way to drum up support than to win a Super Bowl. The fix is in.

Blogger Jeff January 11, 2014 2:10 PM  

^Buy a new stadium for them

Anonymous Jack Amok January 11, 2014 2:18 PM  

Jeff, I missed a turn there. Where's Whale's Vagina? I mean, I'm pretty sure Madonna isn't going to build the stadium, and I can't think of anywhere in Sandy Eggo that would fit...

Blogger Rantor January 11, 2014 2:20 PM  

Go Seattle! Bruno who?

Anonymous jack January 11, 2014 2:21 PM  

Due to their effort in the wild card I would like to see the Colts win and go to one more level. Can they win the big one? Got my doubts, but that wild card game was fun!
Qualifier: I'm no Colts fan; not, any fan of any particular team. Just want a good and fun game.

Blogger Jeff January 11, 2014 2:22 PM  

San Diego is German for Whale's Vagina.

Blogger Adam Lawson January 11, 2014 2:22 PM  

Who Dat? Hopefully Drew & Co make it through this afternoon. I don't think the 9ers can stop 'em. (I don't think the Panthers can stop the 9ers.)

Anonymous bob k. mando January 11, 2014 2:31 PM  

Jeff January 11, 2014 2:22 PM
San Diego is German for Whale's Vagina.



*facepalm*

Anonymous Gapeseed January 11, 2014 2:33 PM  

Vox - how can you hope that Darth Hoodie adds more bling to his ill-gotten collection? The Pats are the NSA of the NFL! Belichick is an unrepentant spymaster! Libertarians need to take a stand somewhere, and sports culture is a good place to start. We are the vanguard to take back America. For the children!

Picks (not exactly going out on a limb, but): Colts, Broncos, 49ers, Seahawks
Broncs over Seahawks

Blogger Jeff January 11, 2014 2:33 PM  

Obviously my attempt at humor has fallen flat. Anyways, San Fran beats Carolina, Seattle beats Drew Brees, Tom Brady beats Andrew Luck, and San Diego beats Peyton Manning.

Blogger Jamie-R January 11, 2014 2:40 PM  

They're also going to have The Red Hot Chili Peppers with him.

Yeah heard about that. I'd push him off stage and play Under The Bridge. Who would notice?

Flea bothers me though, I've abused him on twitter, Aussie on Aussie shit. He once said fuck Captain Cook cause he's super-liberal tolerant, and I told him when he comes back to Oz we'd bottle him.

Anonymous Jack Amod January 11, 2014 3:13 PM  

San Diego is German for Whale's Vagina.

Well, maybe that explains how the German guy I worked for right out of college got there.

Anonymous JI January 11, 2014 3:19 PM  

Brady and Belichick for another ring? Seriuosly, Vox? Are you trolling your own blog site?

Anonymous G.Veil January 11, 2014 3:29 PM  

Why wouldn't it be nice to see Brady and Belichick get another ring?

Anonymous bob k. mando January 11, 2014 3:30 PM  

Jeff January 11, 2014 2:33 PM
Obviously my attempt at humor has fallen flat.


not so long as you pronounce "Whale's Vagina" as Throatwarbler Mangrove.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyQvjKqXA0Y

Blogger Hazim January 11, 2014 3:34 PM  

Because they are the epitome of all that is soulless and wrong. And those fackin massholes sound horrible cheering with that retahded accent, who wants the volume turned up on that?

Anonymous Will Best January 11, 2014 3:37 PM  

Seahawks, 49ners, Broncos Colts. Colts beat the 49ners in the Superbowl.

Though if I had my druthers it would a rematch of Saints v Patriots in the Superbowl. I care not who wins.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 11, 2014 3:40 PM  

Jim Zorn (first Seahawk's QB) will be raising the 12th Man flag today.

Anonymous Will Best January 11, 2014 3:59 PM  

How can you not respect Brady. He already has his rings and a spot cleared out for him in Canton. Yet he takes a middling $14 million a year when he could easily command 21. Plus he is so good his team doesn't need to overpay wide receivers. It gives his team a much better chance to win.

Yes his manish model wife somehow amassed $250 million on her own, but would it really matter all that much if she didn't? There isn't a super big difference in what you can do at $180 vs 150 million.

Anonymous G.Veil January 11, 2014 4:00 PM  

They are the epitome of consistency and excellence in that regard much like the San Antonio Spurs. They aren't flashy and exciting, but you can't deny their ability to just win no matter how they do it.

Anonymous Billy Bo January 11, 2014 4:01 PM  

I can not respect Brady because every Super Bowl win came prior to the SpyGate revelations.

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 January 11, 2014 4:07 PM  

I'm developing a theory.
If its all rigged by the suits, a New England win assures a Broncos win. An Indy win is even money between the Broncos and Chargers. They may want Manning to face his old team in the next round, or they may want to pit two cro-magnon looking QBs against each other. But if NE wins tonight, they will definitely want to milk the last Manning/Brady showdown.
Seeing as Brees just won his first ever road playoff game, I think the Hawks roll over them.
I also pick a disrespected Panthers team at home.
Don't think they'll win, but Go Bolts.

Anonymous G.Veil January 11, 2014 4:16 PM  

Yes, the fact that the Patriots stole signals during a week 2 game against the New York Jets is somehow relevant to them blowing two leads to the New York Giants with under two minutes to go twice in the Superbowl. I cannot respect you because A. Tom Brady had nothing to do with SpyGate and B. What does that have to do with their defense blowing leads to the Giants. If they stole the offensive and defensive signals from the Giants why did the Patriots look so out of sync against them both times, you'd think the opposite was true and they would have just steamrolled them.

Anonymous G.Veil January 11, 2014 4:20 PM  

Besides SpyGate was six years and a couple months ago, you really need to find a new thing if you're going to mock, hate, or discredit the Patriots this one's gotten rather stale.

Blogger RobertT January 11, 2014 4:21 PM  

ESPN radio reported today that Adam Shefter (sp?) analyzed every game Peyton Manning lost and found that Peyton made the plays to win, but in every loss, something that wasn't under his control happened to cost them the win. You may remember that last year Rahim Moore badly misjudged a Flacco pass that resulted in the winning touchdown. if you haven't watched him, when Manning is on, he's Superman. I think he's the best there's ever been. And the first quarterback in my memory, other than Johnny Unitas, was a Broncos Quaterback named McCormick. So I have seen them all and this guy is the creme de la creme.

Anonymous G.Veil January 11, 2014 4:26 PM  

Um... that pass that Moore misjudged was for the tie, and as I recall Manning threw the interception in double OT that cost them the game. Worse, he threw the pass across his body into the middle of the field and did so late, a cardinal sin for quarterbacks.

Anonymous YIH January 11, 2014 4:28 PM  

@Jeff:
Chargers are going to win. They want the people of Whale's Vagina to buy one for them. No better way to drum up support than to win a Super Bowl. The fix is in.
They're going to need a lot to go their way to make it past Denver (send them a gift of pot brownies maybe?) or NE.
And if they face the Niners, well, we know how that turned out the last time.
Though it would be interesting, two Cali teams in the first Super Bowl where weather will be a factor.
Also I heard on the FOX pregame them studio discussing the crowd noise issue in Seattle.
That strikes me as funny, because it was that issue that made the NFL actually implement a rule change about it back when they were still in the Kingdome.
One of the arguments for the new stadium was ''an open air stadium will help with the crowd noise problem''.
Guess that didn't work out as planned huh?
BTW, that never seemed to be a problem with Vikings games, good, bad or indifferent.

Anonymous G.Veil January 11, 2014 4:29 PM  

He also threw critical interceptions against the Patriots, Chargers, and didn't get rid of the ball fast enough on a critical strip sack returned for TD against the Colts. Not saying that Manning isn't great, but he's not the greatest all time. Until someone unseats him Joe Montana has that claim, Manning is top five all time definitely and I'd put him in my personal top 3.

Anonymous zen0 January 11, 2014 4:31 PM  

@ G. Veil

you really need to find a new thing if you're going to mock, hate, or discredit the Patriots

How about Brady's house like a castle with a moat around it? If you can't hate someone for that, there is something seriously wrong with you.

Anonymous G.Veil January 11, 2014 4:33 PM  

I agree that you can hate on an uber rich guy flaunting his money in ridiculous fashion, that however has nothing to do with Tom Brady as a football player or the New England Patriots as a football team. Try again.

Anonymous Will Best January 11, 2014 4:37 PM  

I can not respect Brady because every Super Bowl win came prior to the SpyGate revelations.

Or maybe Tom Coughlin knows how to beat Bill Bellichek when Eli Manning isn't throwing games away.

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I'm developing a theory.

This is a bridge too far for me. There are way too many people that would need to know, and it would be too complicated.

Plus I umpired park district baseball for 6 years and while I wasn't expected to perform at the level those refs do, you are applying complicated rule systems in a split second and sometimes you don't have the best angle.

I do think you could probably drop sensors in the clothing, ball, and around the field though and get a much better called game.

Anonymous zen0 January 11, 2014 4:44 PM  

So now Harvin is probably going out for concussion protocol. That would be worth a 15 yard penalty early in the game.

Good strategy for the new NFL.

Anonymous Will Best January 11, 2014 4:49 PM  

How about Brady's house like a castle with a moat around it? If you can't hate someone for that, there is something seriously wrong with you.

Why would you hate on anybody that earned their money legitimately for whatever they decided to do with it?

Plus a castle and moat is my ideal setup.

Anonymous Van January 11, 2014 4:55 PM  

"if I had my druthers it would a rematch of Saints v Patriots in the Superbowl"
The Saints one Super Bowl appearance was a win over Manning's Colts.

"I can not respect Brady because every Super Bowl win came prior to the SpyGate revelations."
A former camera man, who had been fired by Belichick told the NFL he always kept the tapes until after the game. This was someone who approached the NFL looking to get the Pats in trouble.

"ESPN radio reported today that Adam Shefter (sp?) analyzed every game Peyton Manning lost and found that Peyton made the plays to win, but in every loss, something that wasn't under his control happened to cost them the win."
Then he's an idiot. Manning vs. top defenses in the regular season is much better than Manning vs. top defenses in the playoffs. Manning's playoff performance takes a huge nosedive while, some seasons, his defenses have played better than their regular season stats. That pick-6 vs. the Saints in the 2009 Super Bowl was 100% Manning's fault - he stared down his receiver while another was open, with the Saints DB just standing there waiting for the throw (because Manning had audibled into that play several times that game). Manning did his typical Happy Feet dance, then chucked the ball. Montana, Unitas, and Brady are better.

"I'm developing a theory.

This is a bridge too far for me. There are way too many people that would need to know, and it would be too complicated."

Only a handful would need to know if the NFL attempted to influence games, but didn't have them totally scripted a al pro wrestling. Still, if leaders of every Western nation are conspiring to destroy their native populations through immigration and control of currency while manipulating science to fool the world into believing in anthropogenic global warming (even faking the moon landing and 9/11 as some here believe), I'm sure the NFL can fix the occasional playoff game.

Anonymous zen0 January 11, 2014 5:24 PM  

Plus a castle and moat is my ideal setup.

Just trying to come up with something for G. Veil.

My moat would have piranha in it.

Anonymous Hotel kali sucks January 11, 2014 5:28 PM  

"For that reason, I hope that San Diego wins it all, since they are the team with the worst record still standing."

Lol. Obviously you have to grow up there or you'll never understand. Take it from a native the choke is in, it has always been in.

Anonymous Will Best January 11, 2014 5:37 PM  

I'm sure the NFL can fix the occasional playoff game.

Well the refs are going to have a hard time keeping the Saints in this one if Brees can't figure out how to deal with the weather.

Anonymous WaterBoy January 11, 2014 5:37 PM  

Huckleberry: "If its all rigged by the suits..."

I find the idea of rigging the games to ensure specific matchups a little questionable, for two reasons:

A) A "Human Interest Angle" can be found in every single matchup, some more compelling than others (Harbaugh vs Harbaugh last year was a good one, as was Ray Lewis' final game). But using it as proof for a fix means that every single matchup could also be said to have been fixed no matter who makes it in.

B) In many years, the most compelling HIA did not materialize. This doesn't prove that it wasn't fixed, but if they're trying to drum up more interest (e.g., Manning vs Manning), they're not doing the best job of it.

Blogger Nate January 11, 2014 5:42 PM  

F Brady. F Belicheat. F the Patriots and all theyah idiot fans.

Anonymous G.Veil January 11, 2014 5:44 PM  

Ah Nate, eloquent as always.

Anonymous bob k. mando January 11, 2014 5:47 PM  

zen0 January 11, 2014 4:31 PM
How about Brady's house like a castle with a moat around it?



it doesn't have a moat. it has a water feature.

when i can walk to the next corner of the house and there's no water? it's not a damn moat.

and sharks with frikkin lasers is the only valid moat stocking option.

Blogger Hazim January 11, 2014 6:00 PM  

Wow, Will & Vail, you better hope Taylor doesn't show up, fellating Tom Brady is kinda HER thing around here.., hell hath no fury...

Anonymous G.Veil January 11, 2014 6:07 PM  

Projection is an ugly thing Hazim, care to weigh in with something that has a little more substance or is this truly the best you can do.

Blogger Hazim January 11, 2014 6:11 PM  

I don't have to substantiate my side on a rivalry, I'm an Indy boy, the Colts are our team, May the woes of a thousand conquests fall upon the foulness of facksboro.

Blogger Hazim January 11, 2014 6:14 PM  

It's just the blessings of Providence that they're so easy to hate in every way and that their fans piss me off so much.

Anonymous G.Veil January 11, 2014 6:16 PM  

Ah, not projection merely jealousy, different look, still ugly. Try being sporting and give Brady his due credit, he's earned it like any other Hall of Fame quarterback.

Anonymous Invid January 11, 2014 6:17 PM  

Don't need eloquence when you're right.

Anonymous YIH January 11, 2014 6:19 PM  

Zen0:
My moat would have piranha in it.
Remember, those are 'tropical fish', above (below) the tropic lines they likely won't survive. Go for the Crocodilians, they can handle cold better.
BTW The Aint's are looking worried...

Anonymous G.Veil January 11, 2014 6:29 PM  

If only the Saints offense had bothered to show up with their defense.

Anonymous Gapeseed January 11, 2014 6:31 PM  

You've got the hand it to Elway - he's made the seamless transition from Hall of Fame quarterback to fantastic executive. And it's not that he managed to seduce Peyton to park in Denver - he had the courage to root out the exceedingly popular Tebow when fans like myself screamed "TEBOW" like Bieliebers. The trick of transitioning from star to star executive is exceedingly difficult to turn. He may well be the Jerry West of football.

Anonymous zen0 January 11, 2014 6:34 PM  

Nice to see the refs not forget to blow an important call just because its a new year.

Consistency is a virtue.

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 January 11, 2014 6:49 PM  

I keep hearing about how Wilson is supposed to be a great QB, all the talking heads won't shut up about him, but every single time I've watched him play, he's been unimpressive at best.
I don't get the hype.

Anonymous YIH January 11, 2014 6:50 PM  

@Gapeseed:
I agree with you; During Tebow's ''Cinderella season'' it was obvious that regardless of what you think of him, an NFL QB is not one of them!
That's why I hoped Jacksonvile would pick him up (and made him the starter)!
If he truly could 'walk on water' I wanted to see that.
Say what you will about Payton Manning, he came into mostly the same Broncos team that made the playoffs with Tebow as QB.
The rest is NFL history (except for the field goal).

Anonymous zen0 January 11, 2014 7:01 PM  

I don't get the hype.

The NFL defenses, as they always do, have adjusted to that type of QB. Wilson, RGiii, and Kaepernik might just go down as another flash in the pan while the classic pocket passer remains.

This year's playoffs might just settle that question.

Anonymous Van January 11, 2014 7:03 PM  

"Well the refs are going to have a hard time keeping the Saints in this one if Brees can't figure out how to deal with the weather."

I said last week my opinion on this one was the Seahawks would win (with help if needed; although it probably wouldn't be needed). Because diversity. Same with Carolina; although Kaepernick is halfway there.

"I find the idea of rigging the games to ensure specific matchups a little questionable, for two reasons:"

The theory is unfalsifiable. First, it is that they influence games rather than fix them outright. Second, one must pick the correct storyline; if my storylines don't pan out, there could always be other storylines they were pushing.

I have a strong suspicion, but I realize I could never prove it. And it doesn't matter enough to really make an issue out of. But it amuses me that people who believe what is regularly discussed here (most of which I agree with) could completely discount the idea of the NFL being anything other than 100% legit.
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Apologies for correcting the Saints/Pats Super Bowl rematch comment. Obviously I misread that - realized it shortly after, but went to dinner so couldn't immediately correct it.
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Moats should have hippos.

Drive-by over. Enjoy your football.

Anonymous paradox January 11, 2014 7:05 PM  

Going to the Panthers vs 49ers game tomorrow. Go Panthers!

Anonymous YIH January 11, 2014 7:08 PM  

They finally got on the board!

Anonymous YIH January 11, 2014 7:11 PM  

After struggling for much of the game, the Saints have a chance to tie the game late. Can they pull it off?.
Lets see, I say no.

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 January 11, 2014 7:13 PM  

I'm still convinced that ESPN killed Bo Schembechler on the eve of the Michigan v Ohio State game when both were ranked, just to have something new to talk about.

Blogger Jamie-R January 11, 2014 7:19 PM  

Well f the NFL I started watching Steve Blake's home life on 'Backstage: Lakers' again. He has Joshua 24:15 written on his wall, when you already like someone then see that? It's super cool.

Anonymous YIH January 11, 2014 7:22 PM  

Tried a FG, MISSED!

Anonymous Dr. zen0 January 11, 2014 7:35 PM  

Well f the NFL I started watching Steve Blake's home life on 'Backstage:

Diagnosis: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Blogger Hazim January 11, 2014 7:43 PM  

Vail, you must not have passion. See, it's not jeaulousy, it's severe distaste. If Brady signs to the Colts, I will hate the Colts forever. God forbid.

Anonymous zen0 January 11, 2014 7:46 PM  

The Sean Peyton Revenge Season Train just ran out of steam. The guy shoveling the coal wasn't up to the job.

Big effort by NO. Defence.

Anonymous VD January 11, 2014 7:56 PM  

That Seahawks defense is nasty. They remind me of a hard-hitting '70s AFC defense. Amazing how fast their zone defense closes on the ball. It looks open, then by the time the ball gets there, a CB or S is diving in and breaking up the pass.

Jimmy Graham looked like a Giants receiver against the 2000 Ravens. He did not want to go over the middle and take the shots waiting for him.

Anonymous G.Veil January 11, 2014 8:06 PM  

You find success distasteful, I guess that says more about you than Brady.

Blogger Nate January 11, 2014 8:07 PM  

"Ah, not projection merely jealousy, different look, still ugly."

Jealousy?

No. it isn't jealousy. Its righteous indignation that comes from watching idiot pats fans over state the accomplishments of their piece of shit team for over a decade now.

At their best the Pats won by letting other teams miss last second game winning field goals.

Nothing to brag about.

OpenID simplytimothy January 11, 2014 8:10 PM  


I have a strong suspicion, but I realize I could never prove it. And it doesn't matter enough to really make an issue out of. But it amuses me that people who believe what is regularly discussed here (most of which I agree with) could completely discount the idea of the NFL being anything other than 100% legit.

1999 TB/St.Louis NFC Title Game and "The Bert Emanuel Rule." TBTB wanted the high-flying offense in the Super Bowl. That 99 defense was only eclipsed by the Ravens the next year.

Anonymous zen0 January 11, 2014 8:11 PM  

I like the comment panel on Fox building up to the game. They start with a ringing endorsement of Belicheck's character as an NFL coach by Bill Cower , followed by an obligatory and oblique reference to spygate, followed by more fawning x3.

Please, football gods, let justice prevail, like a pervasive, grinding, inevitability.

Anonymous zen0 January 11, 2014 8:24 PM  

It sucks when a playoff game is over after 90 seconds.

I think I will go spend quality time with the family.

Anonymous YIH January 11, 2014 8:28 PM  

Nate:
Its righteous indignation that comes from watching idiot Auburn fans over state the accomplishments of their piece of shit team for over a decade now.
You were saying? It was epic fail in the consolation bowl game...

Anonymous Jack Amok January 11, 2014 8:29 PM  

Russell Wilson is really more of a throwback to Fran Tarkenton than he is some "new flash in the pan" read-option QB. He scrambles more than he runs. The game you just watched had driving rain and gusty winds, not a great game for passing.

Anonymous G.Veil January 11, 2014 8:29 PM  

Winning is winning Nate, and I've witnessed my fair share of games were the Patriots demolished the other team. Every team wins games that are close or lucky you can't discredit the Patriots without also discrediting 31 other NFL teams as well.

Blogger Jamie-R January 11, 2014 8:44 PM  

The Pats are pretty good. Did Tom Brady get that job because he looked the most American? I think he looks pretty American.

Anonymous Will Best January 11, 2014 8:45 PM  

If the Pats are a POS team then so are 25 of the 32 NFL teams objectively speaking.

Anyway, as good as the Seahawks D was I came away from that game convinced the Seahawks aren't going to beat any of the remaining AFC teams in neutral territory.

Blogger Jamie-R January 11, 2014 8:46 PM  

I'd go short on the Colts and long on the Pacers. If I lived in Indianapolis.

Anonymous zen0 January 11, 2014 8:58 PM  

Did Tom Brady get that job because he looked the most American?

Looks classic American, acts like a classic American. Andrew Luck looks like an eastern european. Probably original name was Luckovich.

Blogger Jamie-R January 11, 2014 9:06 PM  

I like how Boston goes crazy. If I owned a pub there I'd be making a lot of money CHING CHING! I would then give it to the state and obamacare would take even more.

Blogger Hazim January 11, 2014 9:08 PM  

This is me

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 January 11, 2014 9:13 PM  

Of all the remaining NFC teams, each has a tough high-flying D, with varying degrees of occasional offense. The remaining AFC teams have the opposite problem.
Should be an interesting Super Bowl matchup, regardless of the teams that end up there.

Anonymous patrick kelly January 11, 2014 9:17 PM  

I happy to see more of the "tundra" variety of play dominate this year: smash mouth running games with intimidating defense.

Right now it looks like Brady is going to handoff the Patriots to victory, but I'd really rather like to see Luck do another comeback and play Denver in the AFC championship.

The Old Veteran vs. Young Turk on his old team is just too intriguing to pass up for me...and it's not due to any Patriot hate from me, they are the most consistently dominating organization from top to bottom for the last 15 years........and I'm a die hard Raiders fan since the 60's, lots of reasons for me to hate the Pats but I don't.....I just dig and respect good football....

Anonymous Hotel kali sucks January 11, 2014 9:18 PM  

The Seachickens will be going down as well.

Anonymous Supernaut January 11, 2014 9:24 PM  

@ Huckleberry - Russell Wilson does not make many critical mistakes, and he extends plays and converts critical 3rd downs. He's not the flashiest or most prolific passer, but he doesn't have to be with that Defense and Marshawn Lynch to hand the ball off to.

I predict a Seattle Denver Superbowl. And it's not going to be close, Seattle by blowout.

Anonymous Hotel kali sucks January 11, 2014 9:31 PM  

"Seattle by blowout."

Lol. If they can't beat Frisco they aren't going anywhere.

Anonymous Supernaut January 11, 2014 9:32 PM  

Frisco can beat Seattle...just not in Seattle.

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 January 11, 2014 9:45 PM  

Russell Wilson does not make many critical mistakes, and he extends plays and converts critical 3rd downs. He's not the flashiest or most prolific passer, but he doesn't have to be with that Defense and Marshawn Lynch to hand the ball off to

And that's fine, I respect that immensely.
There's nothing wrong with being a dynamic Trent Dilfer+.
But all week the 255 pre-game and pre-pre-game shows have been making him sound like a QB who'll slice and dice opposing D's into confetti, and over the course of two years, every game I've watched (maybe 6? 7?) he's looked mediocre at best and frankly occasionally awful.
My point being, Seattle is scary for plenty of reasons, but Wilson ain't one of them.
Someone, please, tell Fox, CBS, ESPN and the NFL Network crews that a football team CAN be more than a QB and his entourage.

Anonymous Will Best January 11, 2014 9:52 PM  

If Arizona can beat Seattle in Seattle, and Tampa can almost beat Seattle in Seattle. Frisco can beat Seattle in Seattle. So could the Panthers. I just think the Niners have a better shot at it.

Blogger Hazim January 11, 2014 10:22 PM  

And we see refs in darth hoodie's pocket, don't call the hold on the guy who's about sack Tommy boy on 3rd down, what if he musses his hair? Another BS TD from the Pats

Blogger Hazim January 11, 2014 10:24 PM  

Looks like there's a new bomber in Boston, as Luck would have it!

Anonymous Huckleberry - est. 1977 January 11, 2014 10:34 PM  

"How did that not draw a flag?" Dan Dierdorf wants to know.
Come on.
We know.

Blogger Outlaw X January 11, 2014 10:37 PM  

Come on.
We know.


Yeah that was a damn tackle of the receiver with no call.

Blogger Outlaw X January 11, 2014 10:43 PM  

The thing the amazed me was the stupidity of the NE punter who tried to shovel pass the ball, he should have ran into the end zone and took the safety it could have turned out much worse. The announcers didn't realize that a safety was better than giving the Colts the ball on the one yard line.

Blogger Hazim January 11, 2014 10:44 PM  

No tripping if it's Luck, his hair is not nearly pretty enough to protect. Officiating is a joke.

Blogger Outlaw X January 11, 2014 10:49 PM  

No tripping if it's Luck, his hair is not nearly pretty enough to protect. Officiating is a joke.

I don't have a dog in this fight but it almost seems as if the refs have a bias toward the Patriots. It is kind of getting ridiculous.

Anonymous FUBAR Nation Ben January 11, 2014 10:52 PM  

Brady versus Manning?

Anonymous ENthePeasant January 11, 2014 11:30 PM  

Brady, not a question. Manning would rather lose than run. And say what you will about the officiating, that running game beat the Colts like a red headed stepchild. The level of sodomy happening on that field isn't clear to most people because all they watch is the ball. But it's happening. BTW, you can't run twice in a quarter and expect play action to work. But you can run 15 times and it will always work. The empty backfield always had it's limits. Hopefully it will die a silent death, to be used sparingly by those who don't have a defense or an offensive line.

Blogger Guitar Man January 11, 2014 11:54 PM  

The running game was incredible. I am as biased a Pats fan as it gets, but that was some fun football tonight!

Blogger Nate January 12, 2014 12:00 AM  

"Winning is winning Nate, and I've witnessed my fair share of games were the Patriots demolished the other team. Every team wins games that are close or lucky you can't discredit the Patriots without also discrediting 31 other NFL teams as well."

In every single super bowl winning season... the Patriots had at least one playoff game come down to an opponent missing a field goal that would've won the game.

Savvy?

You know what that means?

It means you're just chumps.

You're not Dallas of the 90s.

You're not the 49ers of the 80s.

You're not the Steelers of the 70s.

You're just chumps. There is no dynasty. There never was. Is all bullshit. The patriots are bullshit. Brady is bullshit. Belicheat is bullshit.

He hasn't done shit since they took his beloved spy cams away. Just like he didn't do shit in Cleveland.

So piss on you Pats fan. Piss on your piece of shit organization. Piss on your piece of shit coach. Piss on your piece of shit QB.

And I hope Boston gets nuked.

Twice.

Anonymous bob k. mando January 12, 2014 12:31 AM  

OT pork stir fry :
Obamacare sets new record low in Gallup poll
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-11/obamacare-approval-drops-record-low

because the Ocare website is great success in Kazakhstan.

you realize, of course, that the Dems are just trying to lure the Repubs into a trap by making things appear to be failing when everything is really peachy keen.

Anonymous G.Veil January 12, 2014 12:39 AM  

Two Superbowl appearances is nothing? I know at least a dozen NFL teams that would kill to make the playoffs let alone get to the Superbowl. As to your claim I would respond that if only David Tyree hadn't had glue on his helmet, if only Eli had been sacked like he should have been half a dozen times on that play. The New England Patriots have the highest winning percentage of any team over the last 13 years. If you want to attribute that to SpyGate you'd be surprised to learn that the Patriots regular season winning percentage has actually increased since 07. At the end of the day you hate them, but all you can do is spew vulgarities on them like some teenager when he doesn't get his way. You have nothing Nate, no numbers, no facts, no statistics, and no argument. You have none of those things Nate because the New England Patriots don't give them to you the only thing they do is win and you'll just have to continue to choke that one down until Brady and Belichick retire. Unless you have anything more intelligent than "fuck them" to add please stop, it's so beneath you that I find it pitiable to see you stoop so low.

Anonymous Mavwreck January 12, 2014 12:42 AM  

I wasn't really surprised by the outcome of either Saturday game. Given the weather in both locations, the game was going to the team with the better running game. Lynch carrying Seattle is no shock - especially with the Seattle defense.

The Pats victory was probably a surprise to those who haven't been following the team. However, LeGarrette Blount has been a very pleasant surprise over the last month or so. Let's just hope he keeps it up - a good running game can only help the banged-up receivers.

Anonymous Mavwreck January 12, 2014 12:44 AM  

Oh, and I agree that it really seems like the refs swallowed their whistles in Foxborough, though I felt that it cut both ways. I suppose it's just a case where they decided "it's the playoffs, let them play".

Anonymous bob k. mando January 12, 2014 1:00 AM  

also, ancient Finnish wise man say:
Cunts, even porkys have them.

Anonymous G.Veil January 12, 2014 1:05 AM  

Also you're wrong Nate. In the 2001 Superbowl run no team missed a field goal that would have won them the game. The Raiders lost because of the "Tuck Rule" and didn't run an offensive play at the end of regulation after the Patriots tied it. Pats got it in OT and the Raiders never saw the ball again losing 16-13. The Patriots beat the Steelers the next week 24-17 and beat the Rams 20-17 kicking a field goal as time expired leaving the Rams no chance for a comeback. Again wrong on the 2003 Superbowl, no team, not the Titans, not the Colts, and not the Panthers. None of them had a chance, Steve McNair threw an incomplete pass on 4th and 10 to end the game 17-14. The Colts lost 24-14 and the Panthers again didn't have a chance New England ran the clock down and kicked the game winner as time expired. Strangely your also wrong about the 2004 Superbowl run where once more none of the Patriots games were decided by the opposing team missing a field goal as time expired. Since I've concisely destroyed your position that the Patriots dynasty was built on teams missing field goals would you care to revise your position? Perhaps you should take some time and do proper research if that would help.

Anonymous G.Veil January 12, 2014 1:09 AM  

A more accurate statement might be that the Patriots dynasty was built by them kicking field goals as time expired, but then you would have to give credit to them and we both know that's not going to happen. Still it's just a suggestion, at least that argument has the benefit of being somewhat truthful unlike your previous one.

Anonymous dh January 12, 2014 2:09 AM  

G.Veil--

Thanks for that. It is tiresome to have people knock effective clock management as though it's some sort of cheat mode in football.

Anonymous Will Best January 12, 2014 3:20 AM  

Well Andrew Luck murdered my brackets as it were.

Thanks for that. It is tiresome to have people knock effective clock management as though it's some sort of cheat mode in football.

Quite frankly the 7-minute offense is much more impressive than the 3-4 play circus watch to the receiver that gets behind the safety.

And it just baffles me sometimes why players haven't been coached to fall down on the 1 yard line in certain situations. Particularly when their opponent has a top notch special teams unit.

Anonymous Scintan January 12, 2014 4:05 AM  

You're just chumps. There is no dynasty. There never was. Is all bullshit. The patriots are bullshit. Brady is bullshit. Belicheat is bullshit.

He hasn't done shit since they took his beloved spy cams away. Just like he didn't do shit in Cleveland.


You've really outdone yourself with the stupid this time, Nate. Congrats on that.

Anonymous zen0 January 12, 2014 5:07 AM  

It is tiresome to have people knock effective clock management as though it's some sort of cheat mode in football.

Why do you hate Andy Reid? What did he ever do to you?

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