Wild Card Weekend recap
As Charlie would say “Wildcard b*tches” an It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia reference for all you nerds like me who got that, but the 2018 wildcard edition is in the books and man did it feature some great games. Unless of course you’re a Bills or Jags fan, then it was kind of hard to stay awake for the Sunday early game. Saturday picked up with a familiar ending as the Chiefs put up their best Atlanta Falcons impersonation, and speaking of Atlanta, there’s no sign of Super Bowl hangover as they’re yet another game closer to the big one. Overall I can’t wait for the divisional round, and the excitement it should bring.
Titans Vs Chiefs
What the hell happened? I feel bad for Chiefs fans. Besides Randy Moss, and our very own Dan hardly anybody had the Titans coming out of Arrowhead with a victory. It sure as hell looked that way early on until the Chiefs lost Chris Jones, and more notably Travis Kelce (concussion) for the remainder of the game. Right at the half the Chiefs led 21-3. With the Titans looking to have no answer or counter for everything Kansas City threw at them, it was hard to imagine what second half adjustments would help them get back in the game. Mariota wasted no time as he remarkably threw a pass which was deflected by a defender to himself, and he ran it in for the score, a highlight for the ages! Also no DeMarco Murray, no problem. I can’t wait to start writing up Derrick Henry for the 2018 fantasy season, but holy smokes Henry really came to life in the second half with 156 yards on 23 carries, as the Chiefs went on to lose 22-21 blowing a 21-3 lead.
Falcons vs Rams
Another game I was wrong on. I did state in the wildcard prediction piece that I had a feeling Atlanta’s playoff experience would show, but it doesn’t count because I didn’t have the guts to pick them. Atlanta not only showed that there’s no Super Bowl hangover, they also countered the Rams hard-nosed defense which should’ve been the key if the Rams were going to win. Matt Ryan, had a very Matt Ryan game with 218 yards, but it was still enough to stop the Rams, and Julio Jones didn’t break 100 yards, but he was close with his 94 receiving yards and a score. Defensively, Atlanta punched LA right back in the mouth, and they overpowered the young Rams team. Todd Gurley was amazing as he’s been all season long with 101 yards on the ground, and Cooper Kupp didn’t get cold feet in the bright lights as he also had a stunning touchdown to keep his team in the game. Falcons ended up winning 26-13.
Bills vs Jags
I’m not a fan of either team, but as a fan of football I was really excited for this game. Unfortunately watching Bills mafia do stupid things to their bodies, and watch a Bills fan choke slam his girlfriend straight to hell after he missed the table was more entertaining than the game overall. Also Tony Romo on the broadcast is always great as well. Scoring wise there wasn’t much from both teams. Ben Koyack literally had 1 catch for 1 yard, and the only score of the day for either team. Leonard Fournette was physical as he is each week he’s playing, but he only racked up 57 yards on 21 carries. Blake Bortles also had a very average game, completing 12, yes 12 passes for 87 yards. Yuck! For the Bills, Tyrod couldn’t get the chains moving, even with his rushing. LeSean McCoy was questionable coming into the game, but he played and finished with 75 yards on 19 carries, so it was nice to see the best player for the Bills give it his all. The Jaguars and their elite defense go on to win 10-3, but if they really believe they can beat Pittsburgh at Heinz field, than Blake Bortles better pull his head out his you know what, because 87 yards isn’t going to cut it.
Panthers vs Saints
After forcing myself to finish watching that brutal noon game I knew football fans would be in for a treat with the final game between the Panthers and Saints to end wildcard weekend. Both teams came to play. Early on it seemed like the Saints were going to run away with the game, but the Panthers made a late comeback to put everybody at the game on their heels, because it appeared that the Chiefs would not only be the team to blow a lead over the weekend. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram only combined for 45 rushing yards with Kamara getting 10 carries and Ingram getting 9, but Drew Brees put up a vintage performance throwing for 376 yards and two scores. Michael Thomas came to life with 131 yards, 8 catches, and how about Ted Ginn! It was the Ted Ginn revenge game, as he burned his former team for 115 yards, 4 catches and a score. 80 of those yards came on one ridiculous play. Cam Newton also wasn’t to shabby as he also surpassed 300 passing yards and two scores. Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey also had big games on the receiving end as both guys went for over 100 yards and a score. McCaffrey also had breath-taking 56 yard touchdown, that had Saints fans praying, but in the end Marshon Lattimore and the Saints defense stepped up on the last drive to earn them a trip to the divisional round.