NFL Playoffs Edition: Wild Card Round Results
Over the weekend there were 4 big playoff games. What's that? You didn't watch them? Don't worry. That's what I'm here for. The one everyone will be talking about is featured in today's Spotlight.
Brrrrr it’s cold in here. There must be some Seahawks in the atmosphere. The Seattle Seahawks narrowly took home victory against the Minnesota Vikings yesterday (10-9). It was a cold one in Minneapolis with the temperature at kick-off recorded at -6 degrees F and -25 degrees F with the windchill. That didn't stop Seahawks QB Russell Wilson from playing without gloves and others from playing without sleeves. Meanwhile Vikings fans whined when their beers quickly turned into slushies and hot chocolates cost $8 a pop. But soon they had a lot more to complain about when the Vikings missed a normally easy field goal in the last few seconds of the game, clinching the Seahawks victory. The Twitter reaction was fast and furious, it would make any grown man sob.
Green Bay’s back, alright! The Green Bay Packers looked dominant and balanced, in last night’s victory over the Washington Redskins (35-18). After a slow start, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers looked happy for the first time all season, when the Packers scored on five straight drives and the defense sacked Redskins QB Kirk Cousins 6 times. Needless to say, Cousins didn't "like that" very much. This is a great sign for the Packers after a shaky season, where they lost 6 of their last 10 games.
We’re going to go streaking through the quad and to the gymnasium! The Kansas City Chiefs are on a hot streak. They won their 11th straight game after they shut out the Houston Texans (30-0) on Saturday. The Chiefs can thank Texans QB Brian Hoyer, who played the worst game of his already unremarkable career. It wasn’t long before you could hear the Texas crowd booing the home team. Next the Chiefs will face the New England Patriots, who will pose a much bigger threat, especially because Chiefs’ star WR Jeremy Maclin suffered a sprained ankle during the second half of the game and may have to sit out next week’s game.
Spotlight on the Game of the Week: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Cincinnati
The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in a vicious game Saturday (18-16). This game had a little bit of everything: a torrential downpour, an incredible behind-the-leg catch, angry fans throwing water bottles onto the field, and social media rants. But everyone will be talking about the 2 major Bengals penalties that allowed the Steelers to come from behind to win the game.
OK, give me the Cliff notes version. In the game’s final minutes, Bengals tempers were flaring as the Steelers charged down the field toward the end zone. Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict, who has a history of dirty plays, took things too far and targeted Steelers WR Antonio Brown in a flagrant helmet-to-helmet hit.
What was the 2nd penalty about? While Brown was on the ground getting checked out by medical staff, a Steelers defensive coach came onto the field to see what was going on. For some reason that really ticked off Bengals CB Adam “Pacman” Jones, who —surprise, surprise – also has a history of behavioral problems (including an alleged shooting incident at a strip club in Las Vegas). The two exchanged words, and suddenly a penalty was called against Jones. These 2 penalties against the Bengals brought the Steelers well within field goal range and probably cost the Bengals the game.
What’s going to happen to these two? Pacman Jones took to Instagram to express his rage, saying F** this f*** that, woe is me, the refs were unfair! Then he deleted the post and sent out another calmer video without all the f-bombs, but basically the same message. Meanwhile, Burfict will likely face a hefty fine and suspension next season because of his history of gruesome hits.
Oh wait, the Steelers won. What’s next for them? The Steelers will advance to play the #1-ranked Denver Broncos next week, but their star players QB Big Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown were injured during this weekend’s heated game. Stay tuned to see if they’re cleared to play next week.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Who’s getting schooled? In tonight’s College Football Championship game, #1-ranked Clemson and #2-ranked Alabama will face off. These two schools have played each other 15 times in history, with Alabama coming out the victor 12 of those times. In fact, the last time the Clemson beat Alabama was in 1905. Yes, you read that right--it was 111 years ago! This year, even though Clemson is ranked #1 and has an undefeated season (14-0), they are still the underdogs going up against Alabama’s crushing defense and spectacular offensive weapons. Watch out for Alabama’s Heisman-winning RB Derrick Henry and Clemson’s athletic QB DeShaun Watson.