by Michael McLaughlin @unxknownxorigin
In the NFC we had the Saints visiting the Seahawks and the 49ers playing at Carolina, here’s how those matchups played out.
New Orleans Saints Vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks had the Saints shut out for most of the game. and Marshawn Lynch was running roughshod all day. While the Seahawks got it done and move on to the next round they just have not looked the same at home since the Cardinals beat them in week 16.
Here I was thinking the Saints would get the job done this week but it just didn’t happen and we can’t blame Brees for everything this time. An early turnover doomed the Saints and their kicking game was dreadful. Brees ended up with more than 400 yards passing but it didn’t mean anything since they couldn’t score any points.
San Francisco 49ers Vs. Carolina Panthers
The 49ers became the first NFC team since 1977 to return to the division championship game after losing the super bowl the year before. In what essentially was a close game in the first half, the 49ers came out inspired and forced Cam Newton into making mistakes. Winning the game 23-10 sets up a game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Going into Seattle for a second time this season will be tough, but the game is winnable for the 49ers. The Seahawks just haven’t looked like themselves on offense since the Arizona Cardinals came and won in week 16.
Over in the AFC we had two equally excellent games. The Indianapolis Colts too on the New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers battled the Denver Broncos.
Indianapolis Colts Vs. New England Patriots
the Patriots absolutely took care of business against the defenseless Colts. The Pats ran the ball more than 40 times and Legarrette Blount scored 4 touchdowns in the rout and set the record for most rushing yards in a playoff game for New England with 166. Tom Brady didn’t even need to throw a touchdown pass as his run game and defense scored all the points for him.
Andrew luck was consistent at least, throwing for 4 picks again. that’s 7 in 2 weeks folks. The offseason should be kind to Chuck Pagano and the Colts who need to find more defensive cogs for their machine.
San Diego Chargers Vs. Denver Broncos
Finally, In Denver In a game that was closer than it probably should have been, the Denver Broncos win 24-17. Phillip Rivers looked like a two year old throwing a temper tantrum for most of the game getting mad at his lineman and stomping his feet. Knowshon Moreno and Monte Ball were key to the victory as the punished the Chargers defense on the ground.
In next weeks Championship round the 49ers travel to Seattle and the Patriots battle the Broncos.
Here’s a clip of Kaepernick and a few other’s mic’d up vs GB last season.
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