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NFL Divisional Round in Remembrance

As the NFL fan saw this past weekend, the top four teams in the NFC conference appeared much stronger than the teams in the AFC.  The New Orleans and 49ers game was by far the game of the weekend, with a back-in-forth fourth quarter including four touchdowns in the final four minutes.  Either team who won this game easily would have had a great chance at winning the next week and moving onto the Super Bowl.  Neither team truly deserved to lose this game, but it was Alex Smith who lead his team down the field and throwing a 14 yard touch down pass to Vernon Davis with nine seconds left to win by four.  The game was a tough loss for the Saints to swallow, especially because they had gone ahead by three with a minute and a half remaining, but unfortunately one team has to lose.  The Saints will be back next year in the playoffs, but if Brees wants another Super Bowl he may have to do it quickly because he isn’t getting any younger.

The next game on Saturday included the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos leaves really nothing to be said.  A great team headed by one the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks that has ever played against Tim Tebow, at home, in the playoffs.  What did you really expect to happen in this game?  The top four states in America who don’t see religion as very important in their daily lives are all New England states, and if you don’t believe me, well here you go (http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/god-and-country/2009/01/28/poll-most-and-least-religious-states-in-the-us).  Obviously, Tebow is not welcomed in New England, and his team reflected as much.  Brady threw for six touchdowns and over 360 yards, while Tebow’s quarterback rating was Rex Grossman-esque near the lower 50’s.  I will reiterate what I said before about this game: did you really think that Brady was going to let Tim Tebow beat him?  If so, you need to have your brain checked.

The game between the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans was actually kind of boring although the score ended up being the Ravens only winning by seven.  The Texans put up a pretty good fight against the Ravens, and almost overcame their rookie quarterback T.J. Yates’ three interceptions.  Arian Foster as usual was a freak totaling over 150 total yards with a touchdown and Andre Johnson had over a 100 yards receiving.  But, on 4th and 1 from the Baltimore 43 with ten seconds left, who else but Ed Reed breaks up a pass to secure the Ravens win.  Baltimore got really lucky in this game, if this was played in Houston I think it would be the Texans making the journey up to Foxborough this week.  Flacco did enough to win, but will need to play way better if he thinks that Tom Brady is going to let him way in such a fashion against his Pats.  I will never count out this Ravens team because they play so inconsistently but look so good at times, they better be ready next weekend because the Patriots won’t back down at home.  The Ravens better pray that their isn’t snow in the forecast for the game, if so, the Patriots will be going to Indianapolis (sweet Super Bowl venue by the way NFL…)

The game that was played late Sunday afternoon between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants really should not have been a huge shocker for anyone.  The Giants are like Hansel, so hot right now, and Eli Manning is starting to look more and more like his brother on a football field.  Victor Cruz, Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks, and Ahmad Bradshaw may also make up the best offensive play-maker’s that the game has right now, which obviously helps Eli too.  The Giants have the best front four on the defensive line in football, they absolutely kill quarterbacks with their ability to rush the passer-by themselves.  This allows the back seven of the defensive to drop into coverage leaving the opposing quarterback without an option to throw to.  The Packers offense really didn’t seem to get into the rhythm that we are all used to see from an Aaron Rodgers lead team.  The Packers dropped six passes and missed on so many plays that they usually complete in their sleep.  They just ran into a hot team at the wrong time and suffered the consequences.  No team repeats in the NFL, it should not be that big of a surprise that the Packers won’t.

I’m not going to give our Lezbehonest Super Bowl picks as of just yet, but if the above photo is suggesting something to you, then you would be correct.

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