Enjoy the games!
Agreed. Denver can't have the silly turnovers that they had in the second half in Foxboro.
Luckily, Montee Ball is better than he was in that game. And, they don't have Gronk.
Pretty much. Luck has been able to bring them back in some games this year, but if he struggles, they're cooked.
Once again, turnovers loom huge.There was only about 30 total yards difference between NE and the Colts.But one team turned the ball over 4 times and one did not.
Well that went about the way I expected except for the NE running the ball so much.
Anyone care to guess on the Panthers9ers game. I think Panthers in an upset although they may be the highest seed.
New England is scary right now. Focus on stopping Blount and the rest of the backs, and Brady will go after you with Edelman and Amendola. Try to stop them with seven man fronts and Blount will make you pay.
I think the Chargers are a great test for Denver, looking ahead to potentially playing the Pats. If the Broncos show that they can score early and stop the run, forcing them to pass more and keeping the crowd in the game, I think that will provide a lot of confidence for beating the Pats in much the same fashion. Obviously not having to play them at Foxboro would be huge as well.
They are both transcendent talents. Just like Elway, Luck is taking his lumps and and will be better for the experience.
Yeah the offense was mediocre at best. Elway carried that even as a rookie, in comparison Luck has had exponentially better offenses than Elway had on his first years.
Tell me they are 13 and 3 without Elway. Who else was the offense in those days?
Something that teams playing in Boston seem to do repeatedly. Glad we don't have to go there.
Well, I hope the Broncos take care of business tomorrow the way New England did tonight.
Tonight's narrative should be about the Colts shooting themselves on the foot, repeatedly.
I would have no problem with them fluffing Belichick, sure. His offensive gameplan deserves it. But today wasn´t about Brady SparkleMagic TM.
Gotta admit the Pats look good though. The Colts look kinda like the Tebow Broncos, who won one playoff game and then got to get blasted in Boston.
1984 Broncos went 13-3 and lost to the Steelers in the playoffs mostly because Elway was playing with a groin injury. And he threw a key interception that lost the game. I wouldn't call that defense mediocre either. Anyway, Luck is benefit of a different league and complete different set of rules. QBs in the 80s were massacred on a constant basis, being resilient to injury is something current QBs don't really have to worry about as back then.
Its Dierdorf and Collinsworth in the Superbowl of annoyance
And of course they have to wax poetic about fucking Tom Brady on a day when the running game was the hugest factor, and there are no aerial TDs. Kindly GTFO, Dierdorf.
And that's about it for this one. About 17 hours to the important game. See you all in chat then.
Who does ?
I don't have to like anything about the Chargers, Dierdorf.
You are right that Luck is huge talent. He is just having a bad day. For a guy in his second season, he is a lot like Elway was, packing a mediocre team around on his back.
I meant first seasons as in their respective first couple seasons.
Elway went 7/14 - 18/15 INT/TD on his first 2 seasons.Manning went 26/28 - 26/15 on his.
LaGarrette Blount just sucker-punched the Colts. ;-)
This is not Luck's first season.
Both Elway and Manning were turnover machines their first seasons.
OK.So Luck is not the second coming of John Elway, or PFM.Pick after pick after pick.
I'm betting Pagano would really like to have gotten that missing tripping penalty on that last drive...
That INT was a poor decision by Luck. And the momentum is completely on NE side.
Dang, dang, dang !!I thought the Colts were still in this game.But they seem to be letting the Pats have it at this point.
Who would be our emergency holder in the same situation? Tamme?
If they were playing Al Qeada, I'd want them each to blow the other up.
Oh gawd less beers for me, I was pretty sure that was the end of the 4th quarter.
Fair enough. Intentional grounding was more likely as a penalty, though. Worth a shot for sure.
Using as many words as possible.
Well, that's true. Only the gunners would have released before the ball was punted, so that couldn't be right.
Good football game alert!
Im curious if everyone is behind the line of scrimmage are they really illegally downfield. I wonder if that is why the refs talked about it for so long
Is there anyone who loves saying the obvious more, but in a worse way?
I think that penalty nullifies the pass attempt. Let me get Tripplette on the horn...
Uncatchable. Thank you autocorrect.
That Tom Brady is quite the little game manager.
I look forward to Dierdorf retiring.
Unwatchable, but a nice typo anyway.
That's a gift of a PI penalty on a nun catchable ball. Sad.
Wow. That's why Luck was the first round choice. What a great set of throws.
If it would have been declined, then incomplete pass, right?
I agree. At that point, running out of the back of the end zone is the best move. There's no guarantee Indy turns the ensuing punt into a touchdown, or even a field goal, so give up the two points there and gamble you can minimize the damage.
Except they would have undoubtedly been called for illegal men downfield, so that would be a penalty, not an incomplete, and Indy would have declined it.
Punter did the right thing by trying to forward pass, because if it was incomplete, it would have gone back to the line of scrimmage.
Exactly. The kicker did exactly the wrong thing.
Why did Pagano call that deep ball on first down? Low probability play given the way the Pats secondary is playing. Basically he flushed first down on a big gamble.
An intentional safety really would have been the best outcome, though. A recovery by Indy at the 2 is an almost sure touchdown.
Because announcers are so far inside the Pats arse they can't think straight. I wouldn't be surprised it the zebras decide it's a touchback and NE ball, tho.
Another reason why kickers should be required to actually attend practice and learn the rules of football.
Safety is the best case scenario for the Pats. Why don't the announcers see that?
That was amusing :D
Things worked out well for the Broncos, but I have to admit I was not happy when the lefty who throws like a righty destroyed Denver's chances in the "Suck for Luck" sweepstakes. Luck reminds me a lot of Elway.
It will be a shootout. Both teams know their main asset is their offense, and so I think coaching decisions will end up being crucial (who gets the last possession, for one), and I wouldn´t bet on Pagano even against a javaing squirrel.
He rarely shows frustration. He's calm and optimistic no matter what happens. Just invaluable, especially for a young team like Indy.
He throws under duress better than anyone else in the league.
They did it the whole second half of the year it seemed like.
I appreciate that, but it's only day 11.
Andrew Luck doesn't get shook.
Or maybe not.
So the Indy game plan is to get a major deficit and then start playing? Again? Not sure it will work two weeks in a row.
Putrid. Might need to rent a movie tonight instead.
Last thing I want are the Colts to get anywhere farther in the post season than the Broncos....because of Manning. And, nothing I'd like more than the Patsies to come here and the Broncos dish out a beating, sending them home with their tails between their legs.
The Indy defense is picking up right where they left off last week.
All Patriots fans remind me of Ramsey.
The Colts' play calling could be charitably described as tentative.
This is the comment of the year, for me, just so you know.
Cutler'd his receiver just like Dalton did. Not good.
Luck doing his best Andy Dalton impression.
I think Indy wins tonight.
I still think they'll win. They're used to playing from the bottom of a well.
I'm rooting for them to lose this game at home. The opponent is inconsequential, really. Wanting to see the Pats fans deal with the Colts celebrating on their home field is irrational, but I can be a pretty irrational dude sometimes.
This is a big game for the future of the patriots IMO
I couldn't root for them if they were playing Al Qeada.
The media is dumb. The smart people installed the Broncos as 9 point favorites tomorrow.
I believe it was a called play, which rendered the hilariously awful execution almost secondary.
Denver needs to beat the Chargers if for nothing else than to stop the incessant media nuthugging that I've been hearing all week.
Seriously. Make it stop.
Exactly. The thought that it was a called play didn't even cross my mind. If it was, then Payton was a huge part of the Saints loss today.
One of the stupidest plays in postseason history, right after one of the luckiest?
Sad thing is they could have taken a shot at the end zone if he steps out of bounds. Partial blame to Payton for the stupid call.
What the hell was that?
Hero to knucklehead in 30 seconds.
Football smarts; not unnecessary!
I thought that was really uncharacteristic of a coach that once called for an onside kick after the half in the super bowl.
Yeah, I just tweeted this:Didn't understand Payton kicking FG on 4th even though it was tough conversion. When facing Carroll you have to match ballsy with ballsy.
Wasn't an easy FG too, in those conditions plus mediocre kicker. Seemed like surrendering basically.
I don´t know, they feared the wind maybe? Their gameplan was sound until the fumble, but they should have gone all out the entire second-half, and they chose not to change paces. They should have known their defense wouldn´t be able to resist indefinitely.
I was watching Graham most of the game, and it seemed to me like they restricted many of his routes to under ten yards from the LOS. By my reckoning, that plays right into the strength of the Seattle DBs, which is physical disruption at the line. After a while Graham looked like he just kinda gave up, and he wasn't even trying to get out into his route.
Scared of the no fly zone methinks.
With the Saints going Farvre Mode on my boy Harvin early, I am starting to look sideways at the outcome of the Seahawk's offensive production vs. the "aggressive" defensive play of the Saints... but they just scored another td, so I guess it's a mute point for now.
I'm baffled on why the Saints game plan didn't involve Brees taking bigger risks. He's a better QB when spreading the ball and throwing to deep routes than at managing the ball on short passes. Did they not have any confidence on their OL ?
It´s still painful!
Both Ds played very well, the other 4 units were subpar (well, maybe not Seattle´s ST).
He almost became Rahim Thomas a minute ago.
Exactly my query.
Looks like the Saint's defense is the only unit that showed up to play. That, or the only unit that can match up.
I really don't understand why they decided to go for 2 after the TD then to try the long FG there. Weird strategy...
I know... just venting a bit.
Not to mention the catch after the second one.
Our kicker doesn't look so overpaid after watching this game.
Yeah, that´s a bothersome surname just for that reason. But no, I was talking about the randomness of two dropped INTs.
Damnit... anyone that mentions luck in a comment, makes me think of the QB, and then I have to reread the comment.
Nope, never. You've got to account for entropy in the game plan.
Oh my goodness. Does anyone want to badmouth luck now?
When did NO pick up Stokely? :)
NO defense has played tough. Brees and the offense are really letting the Saints down at the moment.
And now the heat will fall on Wilson´s shoulders, because Seattle´s offense will need to do something today.
Yeah... corrected before this but my bad...
You're not the only one, buddy. Where was I hearing about the Broncos' perennial need at safety...?
Sadistically well-played (I´m assuming we´re talking about Earl Thomas).
The Broncos certainly let it go...
Every time i watch Earl Bennett, i think about that Alphonso Smith/2010 first round draft pick... am i wrong not to let it go?
That was a very catchable ball to Moore on 4th down. Looked like he was content to just swat it down.
Very strange, indeed. How did Carroll not challenge that?
NO just dodged a major bullet with this non-fumble and Seattle personal foul. That would have been the game, right there.
Man, that was weird. How the heck was that not a fumble?
It's almost not fair that Seattle landed Micheal Bennett AND Cliff Avril.
Sure not a team that's easy to catch up against.
Sigh, I let my attention wander and actually caught myself listening to something Terry Bradshaw was saying just then...
Brees´ accuracy has been off. At least 4 of his passes would have been caught if he´d put them in a better spot.
I actually think the offense has underperformed worse. 28 passing yards a minute from halftime.
Last week? Indy-KC?
I think if Seattle score before the half, I'll go to bed. When was the last time a team overcame being 20 points down at half time in the playoffs?
Well, it´s true that Rob Ryan has serious limitations, and he´s vastly inferior to his brother in my opinion, but when you see the scope of the Cowboys´ woes on D this year, there´s only one answer: Jerry Jones, GM extraordinaire.
Why in the world did Dallas get rid of Ryan?
Their defense has been their best unit today.
Suppose I should've said 'similar or worse than' that hit
The Saints are doing almost everything right, but that missed FG (because of a bad job by the holder) and now the fumble just undid all of their efforts. This is a cruel game of inches.
Saints are laying the wood today.
Yeah, I wouldn´t characterize it as cheap, more stupid. He should have aimed lower.
A smart gameplan from Payton, I´d say. Not only does it minimize the risk of sacks and hits against Brees, which means it gives the offense a chance to settle and establish rhythm while avoiding the biggest Seahawks strength (pass D), but it also ensures Seattle doesn´t get a chance to dominate the first quarter and thus play to their every strength (crowd noise, making the other team unidimensional, etc).
Not so sure that was as cheap as it looked initially. Harvin lowered his head into the hit.
I'll admit that I like seeing the pass-first Saints run well on that mouthy Seattle defense.
Looked like he did get some helmet-to-helmet contact there. Anything that close is gonna get called every time. In this case it wiped out a nice play by the DB covering Harvin.
Nice cheap ass hit by NO defense to start the game. Suppose since the only consequence for a knocking Harvin out of the game intentionally is a 15 yard penalty, why the hell not?
It looked to me like the hit was with the shoulder, not the helmet.
So will we ever see a situation when players are getting ejected for helmet to helmet "defenseless" hit like that one?