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1st and Goal with the Wiz: Wild Card Playoff Review 43

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  • Posted by: Gary Gramling
  • January 10, 2011, 12:28 AM


With a wild Wild Card weekend coming to a close, here's a look at the heroes and zeroes of the games...

The Heroes
Marshawn Lynch:
The run of the weekend belonged to Lynch, who barreled though and bounced off of and threw down Saints defenders for 67 yards until he hit the end zone, stretching the Seattle lead to two possessions late in the fourth quarter. Now that’s how you close out a game!

Mark Sanchez: He was Peyton Manning-esque, picking apart a good Colts secondary and making some key throws in the second half of Saturday night’s win. It was far from a perfect game from Sanchez. But after a costly interception to finish the first half, he bounced back to engineer three second-half scoring drives and a key completion to Braylon Edwards to set up the game-winning field goal.

James Starks: The Eagles were ready for the Aaron Rodgers air show, but the Packers caught them off-guard by turning to the James Starks ground game. Starks had more rushing yards in Sunday’s playoff win (123 on 23 carries) than he had the entire season (101)! And now, the Falcons have something else to think about as they prepare for Saturday’s match-up with the Pack.

Matt Hasselbeck: He’s back. Playing in his first playoff game in three years, Hasselbeck looked great against an aggressive Saints defense. He attacked them downfield and finished with four TD passes as Seattle put 41 points up against the defending champs.

The Zeroes
The Kansas City Chiefs:
Coming into this weekend, I thought there were two teams who didn’t belong in the playoffs: the 7-9 Seahawks and the Chiefs. Turns out I was only half right. K.C. embarrassed themselves at home. They showed no playoff intensity and were dominated (a pathetic 161 yards of offense) by a Ravens defense that’s been shaky this season. QB Matt Cassel threw 3 INTs even though he only attempted 18 passes, finishing with a 20.4 rating! The Chiefs had the advantage of a very easy schedule in 2010. But next season, instead of playing the NFC West (Seahawks, Rams, 49ers, Cardinals) and some last-place AFC teams (Bills, Browns, Jaguars), they’ll play the NFC North (Bears, Packers, Lions, Vikings) and some first-place AFC teams (Patriots, Steelers, Colts). We might not seem them back in the playoffs any time soon.

Sean Payton: Weren’t you the guy who called that bold onsides kick in the Super Bowl? The guy who took chances other coaches wouldn’t take, building a creative offense and leading the Saints to the world championship? On Saturday, Payton’s play-calling resulted in 21 touches for… Julius Jones? The washed-up veteran back couldn’t deliver, particularly on a key 4th-and-1 in Saints territory in the third quarter. With so much talent on the offensive side of the ball, Payton made a huge mistake relying so heavily on Jones, and that’s why the defending champs are going home.

Colts special teams kick coverage: First a running into the punter penalty on Taj Smith nearly allowed the Jets to put away the game early. But the Colts D, Peyton Manning, and Adam Vinatieri combined to save the day… until the kickoff. After Vinatieri’s field goal put Indy up two, the Colts special teams allowed a 47-yard kickoff return to Antonio Cromartie, setting the Jets up with great field position at their own 46. Eight plays later, the Colts season was over.

Professor Ulane: On last week’s podcast, he predicted a blowout in Seattle… by the Saints. Professor Ulane loves to pick on me when I get a prediction slightly wrong. The Seahawks won 41-36 on Saturday. Seriously, has anyone ever been more wrong than the Professor?

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43 Comments

I WANT THE BEARS!

me to

oh yeah!!Bears are the bomb man they won today vs seahawks in playoffs so i hope they go all the way.lets go bears beat the packers!!

Hey I hope the New England patoriets win the Suoer Bowl!!!!!!!!!!!!1

you missed spelled patriots

how come the eagles didnt beat the packers?deasean jackson got injured at the beginning of the game.

I have some football triva. What college did joe flaco go to i will reply back.

Who knows but i know my dads crazy

They say there might be a lock out.The players deserve it, the fans dont.

Who's the Vikes quaterback next year? Joe Webb? some rookie who noboby's ever heard of?

DUH ITS TAVARIS JACKSON EVERBODY knows that maybe the coach will make a dum move

travaris jackson

Kyle orton.tebows better then him.and vikings or as I call them the viqueens would loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove to have him.

Bret Farve

they dont have a half bad pick position so probably who they pick.

WHY IS EVERYONE CHOOSING THE PACKERS!? THEY AREN'T VERY GOOD!

packers stink man,

whaaa?!?
the Pack is amazing!!!

you are so right

i know!

Okay the chiefs belonged in the playoffs! Any time you win 10 games in the NFL it is an accomplishment. They had a great year and cassel had better numbers than everyone but tom brady. Charles had SIX yards per carry average. Tottaly unfair collum about KC and you obviously didnt watch them play through out the year.

@ZingerZinger762, I agree, I'm a Chiefs fan. Go Jamaal Charles! ☺

crusher dude if you dont like it get off this site! and dont dis the wiz or the professor!

I am bord of the wiz can we get the brain on for a MLB podcast the wiz can't predict

hey professoru who is your favirote player on the bears i have to in mind that you probably like.

he is underrating punters but he has a point if you have guys like urlacher hester forte cutler etc. on you teem and the professor picks the punter is a little odd.

AthleteArtist, you are seriously underrating punters (like about 99% of football fans). Punters play an important role in the game. If a punter makes a bad punt, the other team gets great field position, which could help them to get a TD or field goal. Those points could decide the game. If that same punter makes a good punt, the other team may not get those points, and the punter's team would win the game. The quarterbacks and running backs get all the praise, but the punter has an important role too.

you like a team including the guys I mentioned, plus Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, and Greg Olsen, and your favorite player is the punter?

ohh i thought it would be Urlacher or forte

Hate to burst your bubble guys, but my favorite Bear by far is Brad Maynard. He's been the most consistent Bear for almost ten years now and always delivers in the clutch. I even have a drawing of him hanging over my computer. I'm not kidding (you can ask the Wiz).

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