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January 12, 2015
So now we’re down to four teams left in the NFL playoffs, and the anticipation of the upcoming Super Bowl is beginning to grow. Before we settle in for a long week of waiting on the AFC/NFC Championship Games, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there this morning.
Sunday Football Wrap-Up: We had another awesome day of football yesterday, giving us the final matchups for the AFC and NFC Championship Games.
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Let’s start things out by checking out the early game from yesterday, which was the Cowboys and Packers in Green Bay. The final score had the Packers winning by 26-21, but that hardly matters. All anyone is going to be talking about this week will be Dez Bryant’s overturned catch at Green Bay’s 1-yard line on a fourth-down play during the fourth quarter. It ended up being a turnover on downs instead of a first-and-goal for the Cowboys, and it changed the course of the game.
It was ruled that Bryant didn’t maintain control all the way to the ground--he was bobbling it when he hit. It was reminiscent of Calvin Johnson’s overturned touchdown against the Bears a couple of seasons back. True to the rules, but perhaps unfair, and definitely unpopular.
Regardless, Green Bay moves on. They’ll face a tough Seahawks team in Seattle, and the big question there will be whether or not Aaron Rodgers can recover from his calf injury in time to be effective. We’ll watch him in practice this week and see.
Then there was the Colts-Broncos game, which was another good one. We endured a week of Manning-Luck comparisons on that one, and in the end, Luck came out on top. He posted 265 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but was also picked off twice. That hardly mattered in the end, though, as Indianapolis emerged victorious 24-13. The defense was solid in this one, holding Manning to just 211 yards and one touchdown.
Speaking of Manning, there are now some major questions as to whether he’ll come back for an 18th season next year or if he’ll ride off into the sunset. Earlier this season, he had spoken of his desire to return, but in his exit interview after the game, he didn’t sound so sure. The team has some big-time free agents to deal with this off-season, so they might not look much like the Broncos squad that walked off the field yesterday.
Then there’s head coach John Fox. He’s won the AFC West in four straight years, but hasn’t been able to deliver that elusive Super Bowl victory--even with a top-five offense and defense.
In any case, the AFC Championship is now set, and it’ll be the Colts visiting the Patriots in Foxboro. Get ready for more Luck statistical comparisons in the media this week, this time to Tom Brady.
NFL Playoffs Schedule: Here’s a look at the complete schedule for the next round of the NFL playoffs, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.
Sunday January 18:
3:05 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)
6:40 PM ET
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (CBS)
Sunday, January 25:
Pro Bowl, 8:00 PM ET
Sunday, February 1:
6:30 PM ET
TBA vs. TBA (NBC)
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