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Divisional Round Schedule and Personal Picks

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Eight teams remain after round one of the playoffs, as four teams were eliminated this week, the winning four will now move on to play against the teams who earned a first round bye in the Divisional Round.

AFC:
The Indianapolis Colts will travel to Boston to play against the second seeded New England Patriots, after beating the Kansas City Chiefs 45-44, on Saturday January 11th 8:15. My picks for this game will have to be the Colts. Throughout the playoffs the Colts have been and will be the underdog. Yes they make mistakes, but they also have to ability to correct them. It will be close, it might look impossible, but I am sticking with the Colts to win.

After beating the Cinncinnati Bengals 27-10, the San Diego Chargers will travel back to Denver to play against the number one seed Broncos, Sunday January 12th at 4:30. My pick for this game would have to be the Broncos due to the fact that they’re coming off a bye week, plus are getting Wes Welker back as well. And they have Peyton Manning, that also helps.

NFC:

After winning their first ever on the road playoff game against the Philidelphia Eagles 26-24, the New Orleans Saints will go to play against the number one seeded Seattle Seahawks Saturday January 11th at 4:35. My pick, Seahawks. The Seahawks are at home, with the loudest crowd in the NFL, (formerly held by Saints fans) and despite the fact that the Saints won a playoff road game once, I’m not holding my breath for two in a row.

And lastly the 49ers will advance after beating the Green Bay Packers for the third time in a row, 23-20. They will travel to play a rematch game against the second seeded Carolina Panthers, Sunday January 12th at 1.00. Pick, 49ers. Carolina is good, but at the moment they are not as good as the 49ers. When they beat the 49ers earlier this season, they were beating a team not at their best. The 49ers are at their best.

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Colts beat Chiefs in Wild Card Round

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This week the Indianapolis Colts played against the Kansas City Chiefs at home to start off the Wild Card weekend. With a full house, Colts fans were ready for a second win over the Chiefs, and the first win of the playoffs.

The game started out with both teams scoring on opening drives. But for Kansas it seemed like it was going to be a long game as star running back Jamaal Charles was taken out of the game early on with a concussion. He would not return for the rest of the game.

But the Chiefs were not detered and went on ahead and outscore the Colts 31-10 at halftime. The start of the second half did not go very well for the Colts as the first pass from Andrew Luck ended up as an interception which led to a Chiefs Touch Down 38-10 By now everyone was starting to doubt the Colts, thinking the game is over. But the Colts rally back and get a TD of their own followed by a Robert Mathis signature strip/sack recovered by Indy.

With the Colts down 38-24 the Chiefs get a field goal of their own after an T.Y. Hilton could not hold onto the ball and another interception was caused. But the Colts come right back and score again, and trail by ten.

One of the most memorable plays of the entire game was when Luck passed the ball off to Donald Brown for a TD, but Brown fumbled the ball. Luck then picked up the ball and dove for the TD. After a field goal from the Chiefs the Colts take the lead for the first time in the game with a Hilton TD. 45-44.

Now all the Colts had to do was hold off the Chiefs for a little over 4 minutes. After a failed 4th down the Colts finish the game in a victory formation, and win 45-44. This marks the NFL’s second largest comeback. Ever. The first made by, guess who, Peyton Manning.

After the Cincinnati Bengals lost at home to the San Diego Chargers the Colts will now travel to play against the New England Patriots for the first time since the 2012 regular season. This game will be on Saturday January 11th at 8:15 pm.

Colts Granted Second Extension to Avoid Blackout

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It would be pretty embarrassing if it happened — a local TV blackout for not selling enough tickets for a first round playoff game — but that’s the situation the Colts are facing on Thursday night.

With just two days left until the Indianapolis Colts play against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Colts were granted an extension after failing to sell out their remaining tickets by 4:30 pm on Thursday.

With the playoffs just around the corner the Colts were in danger of a local TV blackout, meaning that it would not be shown on local TV should the game not sell out. The NFL television policies are one of the strictest television policies in professional sports TV. According to the Official NFL Television Blackout rules in order for a home game to be featured on local TV the game needed to have sold out completely 72 hours before the game. Locally meaning that it will not be shown within a 75 mile radius of the stadium

The Colts have not had a blackout since 2002, and this would also be their first playoff blackout ever. The Colts were already granted an extension until today (Thursday) at 4:30, with around 6,000 tickets to sell. Now they have until Friday at 4:35 to sell less than 3,500 tickets.

The Colts are not the only ones to struggle with selling tickets. Two other teams are having the same trouble as well. The Cincinnati Bengals, who are hosting the San Diego Chargers on Sunday were also granted an extension until Friday at 4 p.m to sell around 3,500 tickets. And the Green Bay Packers who are hosting the San Francisco 49ers, have less than 7,500 tickets that need to be sold. Whether they were granted an extension is unknown.

So if you’re free and feel like going to a playoff game, I’m sure that any of these teams would be glad to have you. But hopefully faithful fans will pitch in and all of these games will be shown at their scheduled time, in their local markets.

Results for the 2013 WNBA Conference Semi-Finals

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As the Conference semi-finals come to a close, we get that much closer to the WNBA Finals as eight teams become four. As two teams swiped their opponents out in two games, others won by a last second shot.

For the Eastern Conference, the final match up will be between the # 2 seed Atlanta Dream and the # 4 seed the Indiana Fever. These two teams have been in this position before, as this is the third year in a row that these teams will have met in the playoffs. After losing their first game against the # 3 Washington Mystics the Dream rallied together and won their last two games, including the critical game 3. The Fever swiped  the series from the # 1 Chicago Sky, with an incredible win at home.

For the Western Conference, the two teams are the # 3 Phoenix Mercury and the # 1 seed Minnesota Lynx. Also sweeping the series the from the # 4 Seattle Storm the Lynx have made to the Conference finals three years in a row. And after an unpredictable game 3 against the # 2 L.A. Sparks, with a last second shot from rookie Brittney Griner, the Mercury have made to the conference finals after missing the playoffs completely last year.

Both games will start on Thursday September 26th with the Fever @ the Dream at 7:00 pm. Followed immediately by the Mercury @ the Lynx at 9:00 pm.

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September 24, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Wild Card Playoffs Results

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As the wild card games finish only four teams have survived at least another week in the playoffs. These teams are the Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans for the AFC. And the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC.

The weekend started off with the Houston Texans vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. It took awhile for both of these teams to get something going as both went 0-3 on their first possesion, and the majority of the points came from field goals, and both teams got only one TD. The Texans hung on and won 19-13. The Texans will now go onto play the New England Patriots on Sunday @ 4:30.

The next game was the Green Bay Packers vs. the Minnesota Vikings. These two teams met last week and the Vikings won with a field goal. But this week would be different as their starting QB Christian Ponder was not able to play due to an elbow injury. The Packers won 24-10 and the Vikings struggled the entire game. I think the game would have gone much differently is the Vikings had their regular QB, but the Packers win and will go onto play against the San Fransisco 49ers on Saturday @ 8:00.

The games continued on Sunday with the Indianapolis Colts against the Baltimore Ravens. This was a big game for both teams as it could’ve potentially been the last game for Line Backers Ray Lewis, as he is going to retire at the end of the season. And a big game for the Colts as it would have been Andrew Luck’s first playoffs game, ever. All of the Colts’ points came from field goals and the Colts lost 24-9. The Ravens will now go onto play against the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning Saturday @ 4:30.

The wild card games concluded with the Seattle Seahawks at the Washington Redskins. The Redskins started off strong with 2 TDs in the first quarter, but did not score for the rest of the game. The Seahawks didn’t take the lead until the fourth quarter were they wrapped up the game 24-14. The Seahawks will now play against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday @ 1:00 pm.

Next week four more teams will be ellimated from the playoffs and four other teams will move on to at least one more week in the playoffs and another chance at getting closer to the Super Bowl.

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January 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

2013 playoffs: Wild Card Round

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As 2012 comes to an end, so does the 2012 NFL regular season. Now the real fun begins as 12 teams fight to go to Super Bowl XLVII. This week eight teams will be playing in the wild card round, the winners this week will go onto play in the division round.

The first game will against the Houston Texans vs. the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday January 5th @ 4:30 pm. The Texans who were strong all through the season have come into the playoffs losing their last two game, while the Bengals have come into the playoffs winning their past two games. Everyone in Indianapolis is drooling for the Colts to play the Broncos, and for that to happen, the Bengals have to lose. Sports pundits are calling the Bengals non-contenders, so I’m hoping the Texans win this.

Prediction: But, I think the Bengals will come out on top, because Houston never does very well in the playoffs. The Bengals have done pretty well in the last few weeks, and the Texans had a tough time against two medium teams.

The next game will be on Saturday night @ 8:00, featuring the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings. These teams played against each other only this past week and the Vikings won with a last-second field goal. This game is really one to watch considering it’s a classic matchup with a long-time rivalry. This is a tough call because it could go either way. The Packers are the better team, but the Vikings have possible MVP Adrian Peterson and the most recent win.

Prediction: I’m picking the Packers. They just got back one of their top receivers (Cobb) and one of their top defenders (Woodson).

Sunday’s games start with the Indianapolis Colts at the Baltimore Ravens. These two teams have met before in the past games, and Baltimore still hates the Colts for leaving in 1984 (this, from the former Cleveland Browns who have forgotten about their own off-season desertion in 1996).

This will be a good game as Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was the Ravens’ defensive coordinator last year, and the Ravens offensive coordinator is Jim Caldwell, last year’s head coach for the Colts. Pagano knows the Ravens’ defense, and if the Colts haven’t changed too much, Caldwell still knows their offense. It’s like a chess match where the players switched sides halfway through.

Prediction: This is a tough game to call, but my heart says it’s the Colts.

The last game of the wild card rounds is the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Washington Redskins. These two teams will face off Sunday @ 4:30 pm. This is an exciting end to the weekend, because two of the season’s best rookies will face off against each other. Both teams have had their fair share of struggles, but also a fair amount of success. Two of the three Rookie of the Year contenders — RGIII and Russell Wilson — are in this game, with the Colts’ Andrew Luck in another, so this is an exciting game. But I don’t think this will be a high-scoring game. Both teams will score less than 20 points. RGIII is not as healthy as he should be in the playoffs and Wilson does not have a number one receiver.

Prediction: I’m picking the Seahawks. My dad says the Redskins because they have Pierre Garçon. But I think it’s the Seahawks because 1) they beat the Patriots and 49ers (come on!), 2) RGIII is not healthy, and 3) Garçon has been known to drop the ball on several occasions.

Four other teams have earned the pleasure of a bye week: Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for the AFC. In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons will be at home resting.  All of these teams will have a chance to play next week in the divisional rounds, but who they play all depends on how the wild card round plays out over the next few days.

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January 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Week 15 recap

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Week 15 is over and two more teams have clinched a division title, the Houston Texans, New England Patriots, and the Denver Broncos have clinched a division title so far for the AFC, and the Baltimore Ravens have gotten a playoff spot as well. In the NFC the Atlanta Falcons and the Green bay Packers have also been given a division title of their own, and the San Fransisco 49ers have gotten themselves a playoff spot as well.

The Indianapolis Colts played against the number one team in the AFC, the Houston Texans. Now this was a very difficult game and though Colts fans had hope that the Colts would win the game, alas it was not to be as the Texans won 29-17 despite the Colts efforts. The Minnesota Vikings played against the St. Louis Rams and with the help of Adrian Peterson they won 36-22.

Surprising wins:

  • Though the win was not very surprising the end score was, the Atlanta Falcons beat the New York Giants 34-0. I would have at least expected the Giants to put up some sort of fight, but then again they were without their best runner.
  • The New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccanears 41-0. This came as a surprise because the Saints were not doing very well and them they come out here and shut out the Bucs.
  • The San Fransisco 49ers beat the New England Patriots 41-34. The 49ers seemed to have controlled the game from the start, and even led the game 31-3 at one point.

So far 12 teams have been eliminated from the playoffs, but the three of the rookie QB s have a chance at going into the playoffs, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, and Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. These rookies have shown that they can not only throw, but run when needed. They have surprised and surpassed peoples expectations for them.

This year the fight to the Superbowl is going to be one of the hardest ones and anyone of these teams could win.

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December 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm