Recap – Week 17

The regular season has officially come to and end. Now the excitement of the play-offs starts.

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.27.54

Philadelphia Eagles v Washington Redskins

24-0 

It hasn’t been said too often this season but the Eagles’ defense deserves a huge round of applause, shutting out Washington. The defining play of the game was a fourth down strip sack of Josh Johnson by Fletcher Cox.

Offensively Nick Foles was excellent. He tied Philip Rivers‘ record for the most consecutive completions (25) before a throw fell behind Nelson Agholor at the goal line to end the streak. He finished with an impressive 28/33 for 221 yards and two touchdowns, plus an interception. His passer rating of 102.1 said it all, he even left due to an injury and Philly didn’t miss a beat with Nate Sudfeld filling in.

The main contributor to the win was the Eagle’s rushing ability. Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Darren Sproles combined for 131 yards on the ground. If they carry on the way they did on Sunday it’ll take them a long way towards a successful postseason, having clinched a wildcard spot with the Vikings loss to the Bears, who Philly will play on January 6th.

The Redskins enter the offseason with uncertainty. Whilst it’s unlikely they’ll be a front office or head coach change, if anyone goes it’s likely to be defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. They’ll be monitoring Alex Smith’s status closely after his horrific leg injury and complications following surgery. The quarterback isn’t the only injury concern, the question for the higher ups is whether they’ll al return healthy and back to form in time for the 2019 season.  

 

Position:

Eagles – Wild Card – 2nd in NFC East (9-7)

Redskins – Season ended – 3rd in NFC East (7-9)

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.28.08

Indianapolis Colts v Tennessee Titans

33-17 

The Colts took control of this winner-takes-all game from their very first drive, dominating time in possession.

Tennessee’s front seven was clearly missing the injured Jurrell Casey, with Indy’s offensive line paving way for Marlon Mack (119yrds, TD) and creating a healthy pocket for Andrew Luck, who apart from an overeager pick-six, was almost world class in a three-touchdown outing. The Colts’ first two drives both ended in a touchdown and took a combined 28 plays and almost 17 minutes.

Indy won by 16, but the deficit could have been much higher if not for some careless unforced errors. They conceded 12 penalties for nearly 100 yards. In addition to Luck‘s interception, Mack fumbled in the red zone after they were gifted great field-goal position, with Tennessee fumbling one themselves.

The titans threatened late in the second half as Derrick Henry picked up steam, but the Colts defense forced turnovers on the Titans’ last three drives (one on downs) to thwart their comeback and knock them out of the playoffs.

Marcus Mariota was inactive for Tennessee when they needed him the most, handing over the reins to Blaine Gabbert, who filled in dutifully last week but was simply overmatched on Sunday evening. The hosts punted on five of their first six drives, picked up just 11 first downs and converted one of nine on third-down. With Henry slow to start, Gabbert simply wasn’t equipped to eliminate Indy’s first-half 14pt lead and the Titans were slain on national television.

In eliminating Tennessee, the Colts clinched their first layoff berth since 2014 and their first as a wild-card since 2012. That year, they lost to the Ravens in Luck‘s first playoff game. This year Indy will travel to Houston to play their third game of the season against their division-rivals, in what will be Deshaun Watson‘s first playoff game.

 

Positions:

Colts – Wildcard – 2nd AFC South (10-6)

Titans – Season ended – 3rd AFC South (9-7)

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.28.19

Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

34-32 

The Falcons have spent most of their season plagued by close losses but they found a way to win a close battle – and did so by rallying back from an early two score deficit. With the teams trading leads in the second half, Atlanta managed to close to within a point of the lead late in the fourth quarter to give Matt Bryant a chance to win it. The Veteran kicker did not disappoint, hitting a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give the Falcons their third successive victory.

Matt Ryan spearheaded the comeback, with the quarterback connecting on 31 of 44 passed for 378 yards and two touchdowns after a slow start. Whilst change is imminent, the Falcons can take some solace in knowing they finished their year on a high, despite missing out on postseason football.

In what was to be the final game of the Dirk Koetter era in Tampa, the Buccs showed flashes of their early-season promise that was meant to break their 11-year playoff drought. Jameis Winston had one his best games of the season, connecting on 22 of 35 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns. His chemistry on-field with Mike Evans showed just how lethal the duo can be to opposing defenses when they’re on their game. Evans‘ touchdown catch over Desmond Trufant was simply perfection. Unfortunately for them, they needed more of the same after their defense failed to slow the Falcons.

The momentum changer for Atlanta came from Mohamed Sanu, who found Ryan in the zone wide open from five yards out to cap off an impressive, 14-play, 75-yard drive. The touchdown cut Tampa’s lead to three points and put them back in the game, with a second touchdown coming just before the break. Atlanta had their own version of the Philly Special, which NFL.com writer Austin Knoblauch has named the ‘Dirty Bird Special’. Whatever you want to call it, it has become the most used trick play in the league.

 

Positions:

Falcons – Season ended – 2nd NFC South (7-9 & 4-2 div)

Buccaneers – Season ended – 4th NFC South (5-11)

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.28.33

Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers

13-16 

Pittsburgh had a lot of motivation entering Sunday’s game with postseason football on the line and they’d have to achieve it without Antonio Brown, who was inactive due to a knee injury. It wasn’t an easy feat for them.

The hosts sleepwalked through the first half en route to a 10-3 halftime deficit. They finally awoke in the third quarter with a big play. QB Ben Roethlisberger found rookie receiver James Washington on a 47-yard gain, before connecting with JuJu Smith-Schuster for an 11-yard touchdown to level things. The Steelers then flipped the game by outscoring the Bengals 10-3 in the second half, which was capped off by rookie kicker Matt McCrane‘s game-winning field goal. The quarterback finished the game with 287 yards passing to give him more than 5,000 passing yards on the season, the first of his career.

Despite only playing for pride, the Bengals deserve all the credit for giving the Steelers all they could muster with a hard-fought game. Joe Mixon led the offense with 105 yards on 13 carries, whilst their defense limited Pittsburgh to converting 5 of 15 third-down attempts. The win just wasn’t meant to be for Cincy, who head to the offseason with a third successive loss. The big question in the coming days will be whether head coach Marvin Lewis returns for the 2019 season or not.

Pittsburgh did what they had to do by securing the win, their eighth consecutive victory over Cincy. With the Ravens surviving a scare against the Cleveland Browns to clinch the AFC North, the Steelers will miss postseason football for the first time since 2013.

 

Positions:

Bengals – Season ended – 4th AFC North (6-10)

Steelers – Season ended – 2nd AFC North (9-6-1)

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.28.54

Dallas Cowboys v New York Giants

36-35 

The Dallas Cowboys gave the fans an entertaining, dramatic win in a back-and-forth affair. Dak Prescott scrambled on 4th-and-15 to find Cole Beasley for a diving touchdown. The quarterback then hit Michael Gallup for the two-point conversion to seal the victory by a single point.

After a sloppy start and without Ezekiel Elliott, the signal-caller looked good down the stretch, surpassing the 300-yard barrier for just the second time this season. He complied 287 yards on 27/44 passing with four touchdowns.

The greatest sight for Dallas fans was their team’s successes in the red zone (3TDs in four trips), a place they’ve struggled this year, Prescott was also stellar on third downs. His dart on the game-winning score should provide Dallas with a confidence boost heading into Wild Card Weekend, where they’ll face off against the Seattle Seahawks.

Tight end Blake Jarwin shone for the Cowboys, catching three touchdown passes of 13, 19 and 39 yards. The 24-year-old was Prescott‘s go-to target all game, catching seven of eight for 119 yards and three scores. He entered the game with 20 catches and 188 total yards in his career. He’s developed into a star over the past month for a team that’s desperately been searching for Jason Witten‘s replacement. Heading into the playoffs their opponents must account for Jarwin who gives Prescott another much needed weapon.

Whilst he didn’t catch Elliott for the rushing title, Saquon Barkley set a rookie record. He caught four passes on Sunday, giving him 91 for the season to jump Reggie Bush (88) for most ever by a first-year player. The Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate was stymied for much of the game, but put up two huge runs (26 and 68 yards), compiling 109 yards on 17 receptions. His 68-yard second half dash put him over 2,000 scrimmage yards this season, becoming just the third rookie to reach the mark.

The main focus for New York in the offseason is to sort out their quarterback fiasco.

Positions:

Cowboys – Wild Card – 1st NFC East (10-6)

Giants – Season ended – 4th NFC East (5-11)

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.29.05

Carolina Panthers v New Orleans Saints 

33-14 

With New Orleans already winning the NFC and securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and Carolina having nothing to play for, it turned into a battle of the backups, with the Panthers’ second-team proving much better than the Saints’ on both sides of the football.

Rookie quarterback Kyle Allen was on point, completing 16 of 27 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, before giving way to Garrett Gilbert in the blowout victory. Allen‘s performance proved most impressive when considering he faced most of New Orleans’ defensive starters in the first half.

Second-year running back Christian McCaffrey had a short day, with Carolina deciding to rest him early, as not to risk injury to their star player. Even with such a short time on the field the 22-year-old wrote himself into the history books once again, he’s now just the third player in NFL history to tally 1,500 rushing and receiving yards in their first two seasons. He Joins Herschel Walker and Alvin Kamara who reached the milestone earlier this season.

The Saints also made the wise decision to rest their key players, declaring Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Ted Ginn Jr as inactive. Teddy Bridgewater was handed the role of starting quarterback, giving him an opportunity to showcase his abilities ahead of free agency. Unfortunately for him it wasn’t a very successful one, he didn’t produce any eye-popping numbers and completed 14 of 22 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown, plus an interception. In his defense it would be unfair to evaluate the play-maker based on numbers, with him playing behind an offensive line that featured just one starter.

Whilst there’s no really concern over the Saints’ offense given the amount of players not playing, it’s perfectly okay to raise an eyebrow at their defense heading into the postseason. The hosts went with virtually all their starters in the first half, but the Panthers’ backups, lead by a rookie QB, had no issue gaining a 23-0 lead.

Positions:

Panthers – Season ended – 3rd NFC South (7-9 & 2-4 div)

Saints – Playoffs, 1st round bye, home-field advantage throughout – 1st NFC South (13-3)

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.29.18

New York Jets v New England Patriots

3-38 

The Patriots secured a first-round bye and the AFC’s No. 2 seed with a 38-3 pounding of the New York Jets. The hosts jumped to an early lead, holding decisive edges in points (21-3), first downs (15-6) and net yards (232-108) by halftime.

The aura of an invincible Patriots may be fading with both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in obvious physical decline, but Bill Belichick‘s team will enter January in fine shape. They have next week off and hold home-field advantage throughout at least the Divisional Round.

Although Brady found an easy rhythm from the opening whistle, spreading the ball to seven different targets en route to a season-high 133.8 passes rating and enjoyed one of his finest first-half performances of the year, New York’s defense didn’t pose much of a test. They were without starters Marcus Maye and Morris Claiborne who are on injured reserve and Trumaine Johnson deactivated for disciplinary reasons.

New England’s second touchdown came on a pretty pass to Rex Burkhead, who was wide open thanks to miscommunication on converge. Trey Flowers then proceeded to force a fumble from Elijah McGuire to hand the ball back to the Pats deep in their own territory. Brady failed to see Gronk break free on the far side of the field on first down. Gifted a fresh set of downs thanks to Henry Anderson‘s gratuitous shove on third down, Brady found Phillip Dorsett for a touchdown and the game was on. Along the way, the Pats extended their NFL record by reaching 400pts for the 12th consecutive season.

 

Positions:

Giants – Season ended – 4th AFC East (4-12)

Patriots – Playoffs, 1st round bye – 1st AFC East (11-5)

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.29.30

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings

24-10 

There was no ‘Minnesota Miracle’ this season. The Vikings offense just weren’t at their best when it mattered most, losing the chance to earn a playoff spot. Kirk Cousins and Co. didn’t convert a first down on any of their first four possessions. At the break they’d generated 49 total yards on 25 plays.

The quarterback will take the brunt of the criticism for another dismal performance, especially with him signing an $84m deal. He was rattled from the get go, throwing wayward passes that never threatened the visitors. They say QBs make their money on third downs and in the red zone – Minnesota converted a torrid 1 of 11 on third down and only got to the red zone once. Their offense was a mishmash of unforced errors, poor plays, poorer blocking and zero power. They failed to register a reception of 20+ yards on the day and attempted just one pass beyond 15 yards until the final desperation drives against Chicago’s backups.

Tensions were running high during the game with FOX cameras catching Cousins and Adam Thielen going at it on the sideline near the end of the first half. The two butted heads over a miscommunication on a third-down incompletion. The irritation across the offense was palpable as they were playing with two 1000+ yard receivers in Thielen and Stefon Diggs, a healthy Dalvin Cook and their highly paid starting quarterback, who one again couldn’t move the ball.

On defense, the Vikings couldn’t get off the field on third down for most of the game, getting rammed by a conservative Bears offense. For a team that entered the season with achievable Super Bowl aspirations, an 8-7-1 record is painstakingly disappointing.

Chicago’s day was overshadowed by talk of the Vikings’ dismal output, but they deserve so much credit for getting the job done and sealing a place in the postseason. Aside from Jordan Howard‘s 109 yard, two touchdown game, the Bears’ box score won’t jump out, but Mitchell Trubisky did a great job at managing the game and converting on third downs (8 of 14). The biggest drive of the game came after the hosts cut the lead to three points late in the third quarter. The signal-caller led a 16-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that took a huge 9:05 off the clock by converting five third downs (one by penalty).

Despite playing without Allen Robinson and seeing Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller leave with injures, Trubisky moved the chains repeatedly. They’ll now host the Eagles (who needed the Vikings to lose in order to advance) in the Wild Card round on Sunday, Jan 6th.

Positions:

Bears – Wild Card – 1st NFC North (12-4)

Vikings – Season ended – 2nd NFC North (8-7-1)

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.29.47

Oakland Raiders v Kansas City Chiefs

3-35 

The Chiefs defense have been a bit off of late but the beast seemed to have been awoken in Week 17. Daniel Sorensen intercepted Derek Carr and returned it for a touchdown, upon review, it was clear that Jared Cook (the intended target) gave up on the play after a second of pretending to begin a route.

It was a really ugly game for Carr and the Oakland offense. The quarterback tossed another interception on a pass over the middle, which was also nearly returned for a score by Reggie Ragland. The playmaker reached halftime with a passing line of 15 of 23, 146 yards and two interceptions. As a whole the Raiders turned the ball over four times in the first half alone. Things didn’t improve afterwards either.

Doug Martin was the only bright star for Oakland after struggling to find his footing in previous games. He rushed 21 times for 100 yards, finding open space and hitting the holes with the speed expected from him. Unfortunately, it’s likely his last performance, with free agency approaching in March.

Kansas City clinched the AFC West title and number one spot in the AFC, securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. On an 89-yard pass to Demarcus RobinsonPatrick Mahomes threw his 50th touchdown pass of the season to join Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to do so.

Positions:

Raiders – Season ended – 4th AFC West (4-12)

Chiefs – Playoffs (1st round bye, home-field advantage throughout) – 1st AFC West (12-4)

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.30.03

Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans

3-20 

The win for Houston sealed up the AFC South title. The game seemed over as soon as Deshaun Watson got himself into the end zone on a 5-yard scoring burst to put the hosts 10-3 against a Jags squad who seemed to refuse to move the ball.

Watson rushed 12 times for 67 yards and was still scrambling with two minutes to go. He took far too many hits, with his six sacks in the game making a league-high 62 on the year.

This campaign couldn’t have ended quickly enough for Jacksonville, who put up 119 yards on the day, ran for just 30 yards and saw 10 of 11 drives end with a punt or turnover. In what might have been the final appearance in black, gold and teal for Blake Bortles, the signal-caller threw for 29 yards over the first two quarters, threw a pick and settled for a field goal after they recovered a botched Texans punt return at the Houston 10-yard line.

The visitors were dangerously disorganized through the air and saw next to nothing from Carlos Hyde, with the banged-up Leonard Fournette sitting it out and finishing his second season with just 439 yards at 3.3. per carry from eight performances. The Florida team sent a 2019 fifth-rounder to Cleveland for Hyde, seems like the Browns got the better end of that deal.

 

Positions:

Jaguars – Season ended – 4th AFC South (5-11)

Texans – Wild Card – 1st AFC South (11-5)

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.30.16

Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers

31-0 

This game was defined by two first-half plays – a fake field goal that produced a touchdown and a 13-yard Zach Zenner touchdown run that looked far too easy to have occurred in an actual live NFL game. The fake field goal will get the most attention, thanks in part to it being Matt Prater‘s first career touchdown pass, and also thanks to former Colts punter Pat McAfee being on the call and losing his mind as he watched the play unfold.

Detroit dominated a game that’ll quickly be forgotten in a very forgettable season in Green Bay. Matt Patricia earned a much-needed blowout to earn a little positive momentum at the end of his debut managerial season.

Aaron Rodger‘s exit with concussion in the second quarter took away the competitive element of the game, but opened the door for intrigue into DeShone Kizer. The second-year QB played out the remainder of the game and predictably, the Packers offense found themselves stuck in the quicksand.

Positions:

Lions – Season ended – 4th NFC North (6-10)

Packers – Season ended – 3rd NFC North (6-9-1)

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.30.30

Miami Dolphins v Buffalo Bills

17-42 

Week 17 of last season saw Buffalo fans reaching into their wallets to donate to Andy Dalton‘s favorite charity in celebration of ending the NFL’s longest playoff drought. This time around, they walked off winners following a 42-17 demolition of the Dolphins, though no playoff football was in sight.

It was a pleasant day in Buffalo considering it was December. Kyle Williams, the longest tenured player who previously announced he’d retired, was celebrated after a career in which he went to five Pro Bowls. He helped an excellent defense that lends promise to the future. He caught a nine-yard fourth quarter pass on offense that brought fans to their feet. The throw coming from Josh Allen, a one-man roller coaster. The quarterback’s game summed up his season, missing horribly on some passes. He dazzled with his feet to the tune of 95 yards and two rushing scores on nine carries, whilst flexing the big arm to go 17 of 26 for 224 yards and three touchdowns. A 6-10 season isn’t good, but not all is lost in Buffalo.

Ryan Tannehill might have played his last game for Miami. If so, it ended in horrible fashion. He completed just 18 of 31 passes for 147 yards and caught a touchdown pass from Kenny Stills. Though he was also sacked four times, lost a fumble, had two interceptions and a 43.4 QB rating.

Kiko Alonso‘s used to racking up fines and will likely have to dig deep again after launching himself at a sliding Allen in the third quarter. It looked as if, despite going full speed, he tried to avoid the QB at the last second and missed a helmet-to-helmet tackle, though his leg did whip around and hit Allen in the face. The playmaker got out of the way quickly as a melee ensued with Alonzo, Robert Quinn and Bills’ Jordan Mills ending their seasons early with ejections.

Positions:

Dolphins – Season ended – 2nd AFC East (7-9)

Bills – Season ended – 3rd AFC East (6-10)

 

Screen Shot 2018-12-30 at 22.00.33.png

Cleveland Browns v Baltimore Ravens

24-26 

Lamar Jackson, Kenneth Dixon and Gus Edwards paced a Ravens running game that racked up a season-high 296 rushing yards on 47 attempts. The hosts succeeded in dominating time of possession, by 17 minutes. They entered the second half with a 13pt lead – it would have been 20 if not for Jackson‘s fumble on the goal line.

After Cleveland cut the lead to two, the Ravens went three-and-out, ending their 95 second drive with a fumbled option play. If not for a clutch defensive stand in their own territory, Baltimore would have been knocked out of the playoffs, give the Steelers win. But after Baker Mayfield completed two impeccable passes to Breshad Perriman and Jarvis Landry to get to Baltimore’s 39 with over a minute left, they went four-and-out, choosing not to opt for a game-winning 56-yard field-goal attempt from Greg Joseph.

Baltimore won the AFC North for the first time since 2012, though only just. Next up they’ll face the LA Chargers, who locked up the fifth seed by virtue of Kansas City’s victory. The Bolts may boast a superior record, but they’re stumbling into the wild-card matchup, having played two of their most uneven games over the last couple of weeks, including the Week 16 loss to Baltimore.

Mayfield ends his freshman season breaking the rookie passing touchdown record. He threw 27 TDs this season to surpass Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson. The first-year QB delivered five completions of at least 28 yards to five different targets, averaging nine yards per attempt. He also threw for 376 yards, the most allowed by the Ravens all season and three touchdowns.

 

Positions:

Browns – Season ended – 3rd AFC North (7-8-1)

Ravens – Wild Card – 1st AFC North (10-6)

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.31.11

Arizona Cardinals v Seattle Seahawks

24-27

Chris Carson topped 100 rushing yards for the third consecutive game to finish the year with 1,151 yards. His career-high 122 rushing yards on Sunday paced an offense that struggled to move the ball through the air. His touchdown in the second quarter gave Steal a 14-3 lead, whilst his 11-yard scamper in the final seconds of the game set up Sebastian Janikowski‘s game-winner.

Arizona’s defense forced Seattle to keep its starters in for every quarter, recording six sacks while holding them to 291 total yards and 16 first downs. The Cardinals’ offensive woes (198 total yards) resurfaced in another tough outing for rookie playmaker Josh Rosen (18/34, 149 yards, 1TD). He threw a dime late in the game on third-and-12 that was dropped, forcing a game-tying field goal rather than attempting a potential go-ahead touchdown. On the plus side for the visitors the No.1 pick in the 2019 draft belongs to them, it’s the first time in the Common Draft Era they’ve owned the overall first pick.

The Seahawks claimed the NFC’s fifth seed, winning for the sixth time in their past seven games to set up a meeting in Dallas on Saturday.

 

Positions:

Cardinals – Season ended – 4th NFC West (3-13)

Seahawks  – Wild Card – 2nd NFC West (10-6)

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.31.27

San Fransisco 49ers v Los Angeles Rams

32-48 

Heading into the game LA needed to win in order to earn a first-round by and the number two seed, which they managed easily, setting up another playoff game at the Coliseum, where the Rams will be eager to avenge last year’s lackluster showing. They will face the NFC No. 3/4/5 on January 12.

LA’s defense forced a turnover on each of the Niners’ first three possessions, in under nine minutes. They also added a defensive touchdown early in the second period. Cory Littleton was responsible for two of Nick Mullen‘s three interceptions, returning one for a 19 yard touchdown to help his side build a 28-3 lead. They were relentless in their persistence of the 49ers’ rookie QB.

The only thing really on the line for San Fransisco was draft positioning. They now own the No.2 overall pick in 2019, their fourth consecutive year drafting in the top 10. They did manage to finish outside of last place in the NFC West for the first time since 2014.

Another positive for the Niners was George Kittle breaking Travis Kelce‘s very short-lived record for most receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history. Kittle‘s nine catches for 149 yards brought him up to 1,377 on the season, putting him ahead of Rob Gronkowski‘s 1,327 yard record and Kelce‘s record of 1,336 this year.

 

Positions:

Niners – Season ended – 3rd NFC West (4-12)

Rams – Playoffs, 1st round bye – Won NFC West (13-3)

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-22 at 13.31.40

Los Angeles Chargers v Denver Broncos

23-9 

With the Chiefs running away with the division, the Chargers had little to play for past 3pm Denver time. Though the Bolts kept their starters in for 3.5 quarters of their sloppy victory over the Broncos.

Philip Rivers and his offense looked sluggish for the second successive week, their first six possessions ended in either a punt or a pick. Their lone score of the first half came defensively, courtesy of a bad backwards pass from Case Keenum. L.A. committed four turnovers, including a fumble on an INT return from the Broncos’ goal line.

A concern for the visitors heading into the postseason is Rivers’ throwing. The playmaker has thrown as many interceptions (6) in his late three games as he had in his previous 13. Four of them, including the two he threw Sunday, have come in the first quarter. If he keeps it up in Baltimore on Sunday, it’ll be a long night and an even longer winter for them.

It’s not hard to imagine Sunday being Vance Joseph‘s last game as head coach of the Denver Broncos. In his two season with the team he has an 11-21 record and has overseen the first consecutive losing seasons in Broncos history, thats 46 years. Even their fans have given up on them, according to NFL.com writer Jeremy Bergman, there were 12,073 no-shows in Denver on Sunday, the most since the end of the Josh McDaniels era.

Positions:

Chargers – Wild Card – 2nd AFC West (12-4 & 4-2 div)

Broncos – Season ended – 3rd AFC West (6-10)

 

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, January 5th

Indianapolis Colts v Houston Texans – 4:35pm (ESPN/ABC)

Seattle Seahawks v Dallas Cowboys – 8:15pm (FOX)

Sunday, January 6th

LA Chargers v Baltimore Ravens – 1:05 pm (CBS)

Philadelphia Eagles v Bears – 4:40pm (NBC)


Divisional Round

Saturday, January 12

AFC No. 4/5/6 seed at Kansas City Chiefs – 4:35pm (NBC)

NFC No. 3/4/5 at LA Rams – 8:15pm (FOX)

Sunday, January 13th

AFC No. 3/4/5 seed at New England Patriots – 1:05pm (CBS)

NFC No. 4/5/6 seed at New Orleans Saints – 4:40pm (FOX) 

Championship Sunday

Sunday January 20th

NFC Championship Game – 3:05pm (FOX)

AFC Championship Game – 6:40pm (CBS)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: