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NFL: What We Learned From the Divisional Round

January 14th 2013 01:50
Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos
-We learned that the term 'anything can happen' is more relevant than ever in the NFL. Just about everyone had the Broncos running away with this game due to how these two teams played a few weeks back. What everyone forgot is that the Ravens had several key players out. In this game we learned that the Broncos seemingly ironclad defense did have a weakness in their secondary. Aside from Rahim Moore's critical error, veteran Champ Bailey got torched all night by the speedy Torrey Smith. In addition, we learned that Joe Flacco wasn't playing around when claimed to be 'elite'. Flacco made big play after big play to keep his team in contention in the early going. That fourth quarter heave to Jacoby Jones is as clutch as it gets. The Ravens' reward? A rematch against the team that ripped their hearts out a season ago.

Green Bay Packers @ San Fransisco 49ers
-We knew the possibility of a shootout with these two high powered offenses. We knew both defenses would be put to the test. What we didn't know is how dangerous Colin Kaepernick can be in running the ball. Although we were aware that he was one of the better running QB's in the league, nobody expected him to rush for over 180 yards. What we learned here is that a defense cannot lay off too much or they we'll get burned by the young QB's running game. Wonder if Atlanta can slow him down...

Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons
-We saw two of the most resilient teams in the NFL go at it. Just as they did against the Redskins, the Seahawks fell in an early hole (21-0). And just like in that game they came roaring back to take the lead with under a minute to go. Just when past Atlanta looked poised for another meltdown, Matt Ryan made two huge completions to put the Falcons in field goal range. After an attempt by Pete Carroll to ice the kicker in which Matt Bryant missed, the Falcon kicker got to regroup and nailed it on his second attempt. What did we learn here? We learned that these Falcons are not the same team that has suffered massive letdowns the last three years. We also learned ICING THE KICKER IS A BAD IDEA!

Houston Texans @ New England Patriots
-After a very quick start, the Texans reverted back to the horrendous way they played against the Pats in the regular season, as Tom Brady picked apart the Texans defense from the end of the first quarter and on. We knew the Patriots were good, but what we learned here is that the Houston Texans are WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE! Next up for the Pats, a very bitter Ravens team.

OVERALL PLAYOFF STATS (Right-Wrong)
Experts: 64-32 (66.7%)
Me: 7-1 (87.5%)

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