NFL Playoffs Edition: Divisional Round Results
Welcome back, friends! Weren’t those some crazy playoffs games this weekend? You didn’t watch them?! Have no fear, I’ll fill you in on what happened! The game everyone will be talking about is featured in today's Spotlight.
AFC: Manning v. Brady Part 17. This weekend the Denver Broncos squeaked out a narrow victory over an extremely beat up Pittsburgh Steelers team (23-16), and the finally healthy New England Patriots beat out the Kansas City Chiefs (27-20). But you won’t hear a lot about those games, because people are more excited about what it means for the next round of the playoffs. What does it mean exactly? We get to see Broncos QB Peyton Manning vs. Patriots QB Tom Brady in the AFC Conference Championships next week.
What’s that? You’re not excited? You should be! This is a showdown of two of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game. And it may be the last time we get to see them duke it out, since Peyton’s arm strength is looking more and more like 50 Cent’s with each passing week. In the past, Tom has walked away the victor in 11 out of 16 games. But the two will be meeting in Denver and Tom has not been able to defeat Peyton in the playoffs on his home turf. Now you’re getting excited? So is Rob Lowe. Everyone will be talking about this matchup, so don’t worry I’ll give you some more helpful tips and tricks as we get closer to the big day.
NFC: The Panthers cruise to victory. This weekend the Carolina Panthers defeated the Seattle Seahawks (31-24). The Panthers got out to a huge early lead 31-0 in the first half. They started coasting in the second half, which allowed the Seahawks to get back in the game, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to strip away the win. The Panthers will face off against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Conference Championship this weekend.
The MLK Jr. Day Showcase. The NBA always tries to feature a great matchup on MLK Jr. Day. Yesterday, was supposed to be an exciting rematch of last year’s NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Except for one problem. The Warriors completely demolished the Cavs (132-98). These two teams are still the best in each conference, so we’ll likely see them again in the NBA Finals this year, which could make for a snoozefest if the Cavs don’t step up their game.
Spotlight on the Game of the Week: A Hail Mary and Hail Larry
The Arizona Cardinals defeated the Green Bay Packers in a thrilling overtime victory on Saturday night. Everyone was in shock and awe when Packers superstar QB Aaron Rodgers helped send the game into overtime by throwing a 41-yard Hail Mary to WR Jeff Janis in the last 5 seconds of the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to clinch the win. Immediately out of the overtime gate, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald had a huge 75-yard catch-and-run and later scored the game-winning touchdown.
Tell me more about this Larry Fitzgerald. Larry has been playing with the Cardinals for his entire career, since he was drafted in 2004. At 32, he’s one of the older wide receivers in the league, but he's proved he’s still got it with a spectacular season this year.
Everybody loves Larry!... Larry is one of those guys that sends “just because” cards and will ask how your Aunt Gertrude’s art classes are going. He’s known for being an all-around good guy, so defenders can’t even trash talk him. Off the field, he is known for his work with charitable organizations, including supporting kids whose families are in crisis and cancer research. Everyone is excited for him to get this moment in the sun, because he’s such a sweetheart.
… err… or is he? In 2008, the mother of Larry’s son filed a restraining order from him following a domestic disturbance. This is the first time you’re hearing of this? Not surprising. Let’s be real, the public loves to forgive football heroes. This story got really little attention even as it was coming out in 2008, because the Cardinals were on their way to the Super Bowl.