What a wild weekend of playoff football. There were four games played but only one had a predictable outcome.
The one that stood out was Bengals-Steelers. The last 5 minutes of the game would give the 7th inning of Game 5 of the ALDS between the Blue Jays and Rangers a run for their money. All that was missing was a bat flip. You had Ben Roethlisberger going out with an injury then coming back in late in the game and lead the Steelers to a game-winning field goal. That was aided by a late hit by Vontaze Burfict and ensuing provoked outburst from Adam “Pacman” Jones resulting in 30 yards and putting Chris Boswell in a position to make an easy field goal. By the way, I don’t think it was a direct head shot by Burfict (who got suspended 3 games as a result) on Antonio Brown as many have suggested but it was late and that really what the call was for. You also had Cincinnati who went with their back-up quarterback AJ McCarron and almost pulled out the victory for the Bengals and ended years of playoff futility. But once again, the Bengal was put to sleep.
Minnesota also had chance to end their playoff struggles when they took on the Seattle Seahawks and, like the Bengals, blew their opportunity. But unlike the Bengals, a dirty play didn’t cost the Vikings the game, a bad kick did. Or should I say a bad hold. Once the replay showed that the ball was positioned with the laces in, I immediately thought of the Jim Carrey movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The role of Dan Marino in the game was being played by Jeff Locke. As for the Seahawks, that’s another play that went their way. It won’t be long before Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson get compared to Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
The Washington Redskins was supposed to beat the Green Bay Packers in their wild card game. Aaron Rodgers had other ideas as the Packers quarterback carved up the Redskins defense on their way to a convincing win. A lot of people are probably scratching their heads wondering if Green Bay’s offensive line, one that allowed almost 3 sacks a game, were playing possum the whole time. Rodgers was hardly pressured and managed to make some big passes. There is not a cheese head in the world today that is not screaming out “You like that?!”
The Kansas City Chiefs were expected to beat the Houston Texans in their wild card game. Perhaps the only question was by how much. It turns out it was by 30 points and a shutout to boot.
The Wild Card weekend lived up to its name. I can only hope that it will carry into the rest of the NFL playoffs.