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2011 NFL Playoff to Date

Published on January 17, 2011 by   ·   No Comments

I wanted to do a breakdown of all of the NFL playoff games like I did with the college bowl games, but I just didn’t have the time to do it this year.

Fortunately, I will have time for a preview of the two Conference championship games and my picks for the Superbowl. I will give you my picks to win the spread and this time I feel lucky as I’m going to make bets on these games at BetUS sportsbook as well.

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I had a great time watching the playoff games so far. As a Detroit Lions fan, I don’t really have a rooting interest one way or another with most of the playoff games thus far. I just want to see the Chicago Bears lose.

2011 NFL Playoffs So Far

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Wild Card Saturday

The playoffs started out with a shocker with the Seattle Seahawks stunning the Superbowl champion New Orleans Saints on the strength of Matt Hasselbeck’s arm and Marshawn Lynch’s pinball 67-yard run to end the game. I thought that this game would be close, but I thought New Orleans was better and would lead for most if not all of the game.

Then came a playoff game between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts that board me to tears until the second half. Peyton Manning and the Colts offense did not look like itself. A lot of that has to do to injury, but Green Bay has found a way to get by and the Colts did not. The key plays late was an incomplete pass by Manning that stopped the clock before the go-ahead field goal kick. That gave the Jets enough time to get into field goal range on the strength of a great kickoff return and kick a game ending FG.

Wild Card Sunday

The Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs played in the first game on Sunday. The Chiefs actually got out to a 7-3 lead with a 41 yard scoot by Jamaal Charles. But after a 10-7 halftime deficit, the Chiefs were dismantled in the second half and lost by the final of 30-7.

The Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles played in the night game at Philadelphia. Michael Vick was not able to recreate the magic that he had going through week 15 against the Giants. He was only able to get 1 TD passing and 1 TD rushing. Green Bay surprisingly ran the ball very well and James Starks had a rookie playoff record of 123 yards rushing. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t great at throwing the ball with only 180 yards passing but he did have 3 TDs. The defense was able to hang onto the lead late and forced a game ending interception in the endzone from Michael Vick in the last minute of the game.

Divisional Round Saturday

The big game was the early one between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. The defenses were on display on both sides as Terrell Suggs dominated early and often. Baltimore had 14 points off of turnovers and took a 21-7 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Baltimore’s offense couldn’t get going and gave up three consecutive turnovers to get the Steelers back into the game. They traded field goals even though the Ravens had two costly errors that prevented them from scoring a TD. The key play in the game was a 3rd and 19 for Pittsburgh late in the fourth quarter and Antonio Brown got behind the 8 Baltimore defensive players for a 58-yard connection that set up the game winning TD.

The nightcap was interesting for two quarters. At first, it looked like the Atlanta Falcons were going to be in a shootout with the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers was firing on all cylinders. Atlanta had a chance to cut the lead to 4 before half time with a long field goal, but elected to try a short pass which ended in disaster when it got picked off for a half-ending TD. The Falcons never recovered in the 2nd half and the Packers never punted in the entire game as they won going away.

Divisional Round Sunday

Then came yesterday’s games. The day started out early with the Chicago Bears at home against the Seattle Seahawks. The game was never really in question Bears got out to a 28-0 lead by the late 3rd quarter. The Bears defense dominated, but the only turnover of the game came off an interception by Chicago RB Matt Forte. The Seahawks scored several late TDs to make the score look closer than it actually was at 35-24.

The New York Jets were able to pull of yet another stunner in this year’s playoffs as they beat the Superbowl favorite New England Patriots at Foxborough. The Jets defense deserves a lot of credit for silencing two of the best quarterbacks of all-time in consecutive weeks. Mark Sanchez has proven once again that all he does is win big games. He threw 3 TDs and the Jets got out to a 14-3 lead in the first half and never looked back.

Conference Championship Games

I will be creating a preview for both the AFC and NFC conference championship games. Green Bay Packers will go into Soldier Field and play their arch-rivals the Chicago Bears at 3:00PM ET on Fox.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are at home in what should be yet another smash-mouth football game against the New York Jets. Kickoff for the late game is 6:30PM ET at Heinz Field and can be watched on CBS.

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