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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Championship weekend

It looks like things are setting up rather nicely for the expected Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl. The Packers have the best shot of any NFC team to knock off the Seahawks on paper, but seeing how limited Aaron Rodgers was against Dallas, I find it hard to figure out how the Green Bay offense is going to deal with the ferocious Seattle defense.

In the AFC, I'd be very surprised if New England didn't simply bulldoze the Colts by handing off the ball 30+ times. What sets Bill Belichick above other clever NFL coaches is that he seldom overthinks his game strategy. He doesn't assume that his opponent will be able to stop something simply because they are anticipating his attack, he forces them to prove that they are actually capable of doing so before bothering with any adjustments.

(This, by the way, is a very good lesson for any gamer to keep in mind. Never assume that anticipation is accomplishment, either on your part or the opponent's.)

And, if the Colts do figure out a way to stop the New England running game, Belichick will promptly switch to the pass without hesitation.

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Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 11:33 AM  

The Colts have no business being in that game at all. I loathe New England... but I don't see any other outcome here. New England is going to beat them down.

I don't like the Packers against Seattle. From the beginning I believed Dallas was a bigger matchup problem for Seattle than Green Bay is. Dallas pushed Seattle around the last time.

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 11:33 AM  

also...

Conference Championship Sunday > Superbowl Sunday

Blogger Bobby Dupea January 18, 2015 11:42 AM  

The Pats ran for 14 yards in the win against the Ravens. They didn't even try to run. Belichick's most expensive RB makes $1.1mm. They are throwers.

Since 2010, NFL teams that throw for 2 ypa more than their opponents win 90% of their games. Those that emphasize run and run for 2 ypc more than their opponents have a 50% win rate.

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 11:44 AM  

"The Pats ran for 14 yards in the win against the Ravens. They didn't even try to run. Belichick's most expensive RB makes $1.1mm. They are throwers."

The colts have are terrible at stopping the run Bobby. The Hoodie like to make you do what you're not good at doing.

Blogger Ragin' Dave January 18, 2015 12:01 PM  

A health Aaron Rodgers would have given Green Bay a chance. Aaron Rodgers on one leg just ain't gonna cut it. Unless they have found a way for him to teleport away from a sack, Rodgers is in for a nasty afternoon.

Blogger Outlaw X January 18, 2015 12:06 PM  

For those of you who watched the Dallas GB game I read not only was the game fixed for GB but also to beat the spread. I ordered a book from Amazon, "The Fix is In" and got it Wed. I was dubious of a fix I now think it highly likely. One thing that surprised me is it is legal for the NFL to fix any or all of their games. It only gets illegal if third parties do it (Bookies ect.) If you read This book will you forever look at professional sports in a different light and you sure won't gamble again.


Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 12:12 PM  

"A health Aaron Rodgers would have given Green Bay a chance. Aaron Rodgers on one leg just ain't gonna cut it. Unless they have found a way for him to teleport away from a sack, Rodgers is in for a nasty afternoon."

I don't know what they'll do... but if it was me I would pound Lacy and when I threw it... it would be nothing but 3 step drop passes. Get the ball out of his hands before anyone can get to him. I know they love to throw bombs but that's not on the table today.

Blogger JDC January 18, 2015 12:19 PM  

I have a meeting until 5, so alas I will miss most of the Packer Game. Tell me how it turns out :(

Anonymous 15er January 18, 2015 12:19 PM  

Pats aren't just throwers. The Hoodie used Jonas Gray (who?) earlier this year to bury the Colts.

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 12:20 PM  

i also regret not getting to watch Dez Bryant abuse the hell out of Richard Sherman.

Blogger James Higham January 18, 2015 12:33 PM  

Your cup runneth over, Vox.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 12:58 PM  

I don't know what they'll do... but if it was me I would pound Lacy and when I threw it... it would be nothing but 3 step drop passes.

Pound Lacy up the middle, Seattle's D is quick and aggressive, but not all that big. But, Week 1 Lacy only averaged 2.8 yds/att before being knocked out with a concussion. But yeah, that's why you're right that Dallas would've been a tougher matchup, because they can run like that.

I'm confident in Seattle, though I don't think it's hopeless for GB. But I do find it hilarious to hear GB fans say the Seattle Defense hasn't really been tested and now they're going up against an elite QB and high-octane offense. I'm sure I've heard that somewhere before...

i also regret not getting to watch Dez Bryant abuse the hell out of Richard Sherman.

Y'know they played earlier in the year right? Bryant had 4 catches for 63 yards and no TDs. And that was a Dallas win.

Anonymous Baseball Savant January 18, 2015 1:03 PM  

Colts this Colts that. We don't deserve to be there.

WE'RE HERE!!!!!!!!!!

Blogger Tank January 18, 2015 1:05 PM  

Weather could be a factor for/against the Pats.

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 1:08 PM  

'
Y'know they played earlier in the year right? Bryant had 4 catches for 63 yards and no TDs. And that was a Dallas win. "

My thinking was Dallas would pound them inside and Seattle would have to commit a safety... as hot as Dez was... I don't think Sherman could do a thing with him.

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 1:10 PM  

'WE'RE HERE!!!!!!!!!!"

ya beat the bengals mate... the biggest playoff chokers in the NFL.

Blogger Outlaw X January 18, 2015 1:10 PM  

If I wasn't so put off by the SJW in the NFL and watched every game I could {live time) like I did up until the Rice and Peterson bull I doubt if I would watch either of today's games they stink so bad, and damn sure wouldn't be watching the SB. And I still stand by my prediction that the NFL will be as irrelevant as boxing before 2020.

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 1:11 PM  

for the record... I would love to see he Colts beat Brady and the Tackling Faggots... I'm pulling for the Colts.

I just don't see it happening.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 1:16 PM  

I should go back and re-watch that game to see what Seattle's reaction was, but Dallas did pound Murray (28-115). Ordinarily Chancellor would move up and Earl Thomas would remain the help back.


BTW, SEA weather report - it's pouring buckets of rain, standing water on the field, but wind gusts seem to have died down a bit (50+mph gusts overnight, bunch of people scrambling to find a place to watch the game with their power out).

Anonymous cecilhenry January 18, 2015 1:52 PM  

Indeed, probably won;t watch the superbowl much if at all.

This is the most competitive week of the NFL season. And has the best football.

Anonymous Jeromus January 18, 2015 2:01 PM  

Technically, the Packers have the ONLY shot of any of the NFC teams to knock off Seattle.

Anonymous Anonymous January 18, 2015 2:18 PM  

Colts are going to win.
One of those clarity moments when you just know.
Colts smothering defence against a one trick pony Patriot offence.
Colts wider range of offence against very susceptible Patriot defence.

Anonymous A Visitor January 18, 2015 2:20 PM  

"The Colts have no business being in that game at all. I loathe New England... but I don't see any other outcome here. New England is going to beat them down."

You know, in 2007, we won because we were playing in Indy (so they say). To me, 2015 is no different. If we win like we did in '07, it'll be a more interesting game than the Super Bowl. That's no crap talking either.

"Colts this Colts that. We don't deserve to be there.

WE'RE HERE!!!!!!!!!!"

DAMN STRAIGHT!!!!!

"Weather could be a factor for/against the Pats."

It was often cited as THE REASON we choked repeatedly before '07. I think it'll play to our advantage, despite we the fact we play in a retractable roof stadium. I finally made it to Lucas Oil a few months ago for my first in-person game despite having lived here since the early '90s.

"for the record... I would love to see he Colts beat Brady and the Tackling Faggots... I'm pulling for the Colts.

I just don't see it happening."

Nate, I don't take what you said personally. There's a lot of cautious optimism here in the Indy area mixed with the nagging reality that we won't pull it off. Personally, I think we will. That is how I always am regarding sports when I get into them. Call it blind faith, I suppose.

Well, as we approach game time, go Green Bay! Having gone to a certain college at some point in my career, I despise Seattle due to their absurd claims to the 12th Man without having any of the history that we do, their cheating coach, and Sherman's testosterone fueled douchery of a comment.

And of course, GO HORSE!

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 18, 2015 2:24 PM  

Thing I noticed about Seattle's D is that they meet each play head on, they are always in position, none of this chasing a guy down. Rogers will pass from the Pistol position like last week, it will be a close game. Also if anyone can figure out that Wilson is roll right pass, roll left option its Capers.

Blogger Outlaw X January 18, 2015 2:47 PM  

Technically, the Packers have the ONLY shot of any of the NFC teams to knock off Seattle.

What in the hell does that even mean? Technically I have the only shot of the dread ilk of beating Vox at chess.

The Cowboys can beat Seattle like they did Buffalo in both Super Bowls; and they did it in Seattle's house. The Cowboys are the best team in the league and are out.

Blogger Outlaw X January 18, 2015 3:06 PM  

I am going to break my self imposed boycott, spit on the sidewalk and watch Seattle completely crush GB.

OpenID malcolmthecynic January 18, 2015 3:21 PM  

Unsportsmanlike conduct for yelling in a dude's face. FIFTEEN YARDS for that.

What a joke.

Blogger Daniel January 18, 2015 3:29 PM  

Don't trust Wilson generally, don't trust Rodger's leg specifically. That's the dilemma. I'd go with GB no doubt if the QB could move. Still think I go...GB/Colts in SB. I call it my Hillary Clinton special.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 3:29 PM  

I wish the NFL would ditch the dead ball yardage penalties and just fine guys for conduct they don't like. That carp shouldn't impact the game

Anonymous Leatherwing January 18, 2015 3:38 PM  

Two turnover recovery and only field goals to show for it. GB should have gone for it on 4th down at least on the 2nd FG. They were showing a better level of moving the ball.

Anonymous Will Best January 18, 2015 3:50 PM  

What happened to Seattle's pass rush? Aaron isn't even having to move. And the Seattle O. When is that going to show up?

For the record, my biases are such that I am not happy either team winning this game. After Dallas went down, I joined the AFC corner.

Anonymous zen0 January 18, 2015 3:53 PM  

The Seattle offense will only have to play three quarters, so they will be well rested near the end.

Brilliant strategy.

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 4:11 PM  

What is GB doing throwing on first down? Seattle hasn't stopped the early run yet.

Anonymous frenchy January 18, 2015 4:14 PM  

I think Seattle is going for the turnover record. I think it's 9. Pittsburgh vs Cleveland a few years ago had 8.

@ Zen0,


That's funny as hell!

And before I could finish typing...another one going the other way!

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 4:14 PM  

Unbelievable. That's just hubris at this point. In the rain, you run Lacey until they stop Lacey. Alternatively you can throw idiotic interceptions on 1st Down. GB should be up by 23 or more, instead of only two touchdowns. They are leaving the waterbirds in the game, and don't even realize it.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 4:15 PM  

The cheese grater I bought today appears to be deffective. Maybe I can Make some adjustments

Anonymous Will Best January 18, 2015 4:26 PM  

Russell Wilson is going to take 10 million dollars off his contract extension with this game alone.

Anonymous frenchy January 18, 2015 4:26 PM  

Unbelievable!

Now they can be up by 23.

Anonymous JCB January 18, 2015 4:26 PM  

Wilson is making Ryan Lindley look good.

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 4:32 PM  

Wilson's been an excellent manager over the course of a fairly fortunate path in the playoffs over the past two years.

Thanks to that defense and a bit of a lucky schedule, his great fortune is that he has never had to out-quarterback an opposing team. Even today, Rodgers has left Seattle in the game, but Wilson's going to do his best to keep them out of it.

Anonymous zen0 January 18, 2015 4:35 PM  

I know what would make this game more interesting.....moar flags!

Anonymous Will Best January 18, 2015 4:36 PM  

I know what would make this game more interesting.....moar flags!

The Green Bay Packers are playing. Flags come with that territory.

Blogger YIH January 18, 2015 4:40 PM  

ALL:
Well, the Seahawks have to score to beat the Packers, right?

Blogger YIH January 18, 2015 4:45 PM  

Daniel:
I call it my Hillary Clinton special.
Or the 'old school' game: Both teams are pre-1960, AKA the modern NFL.

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 4:46 PM  

Cobb is proof the Blake Sims could have a future in the NFL after all...

Anonymous VD January 18, 2015 4:46 PM  

My goodness. I think the myth of Russell Wilson, great quarterback, is being unmasked. I've always been dubious about the notion, but his arm is looking weaker than Christian Ponder's today. And the second and third interceptions were simply stupid passes, underthrown into coverage.

I thought McCarthy made the wrong call in not going for it on 4th and goal twice, but so far, it doesn't look like it will matter. Although if they had scored, it would be 31-0 and the game would be over. It looks pretty damn over anyhow, but if Seattle can march down and score, they can make a game of it.

The Seattle secondary isn't doing a bad job considering the pressure they've been under, but where is their pass rush?

Blogger Kentucky Packrat January 18, 2015 4:47 PM  

I think someone forgot to tell the Packers that they were supposed to give up and let the Seahawks win this game....

Aaron Rodgers clearly was exaggerating the level of hurt on his leg this week, and the Seattle players decided they could mail it in, at least over the first half.

Time to see what's happening in the second half, at least.

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 4:53 PM  

Now, Seattle could cut down on some of the flags by not spazzing out before the hike. Other than that, the calls are mostly stupid. Funny thing about the flags other than the offsides and false starts is that the one flag I would have thrown was one that wasn't: the facemask on Nelson. I saw it live, and it was an obvious and traditional violation. You can't catch a ball--ever--in that situation, and the announcer who said he should have still caught the ball was an idiot.

There was also a similar thing that wasn't called against GB: I have a sense that even though the air is filled with flags, the traditional, actual fouls are less likely to be called.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 4:54 PM  

If Wilson hadn't made a couple of terrible decisions before he got plastered on that one into return, I'd assume he had a concussion. He's not making the sort of decisions he usually does.

Anonymous Will Best January 18, 2015 5:01 PM  

Aaron Rodgers clearly was exaggerating the level of hurt on his leg this week, and the Seattle players decided they could mail it in, at least over the first half.

He hasn't had to move. The pass rush hasn't been there to test his leg.

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 5:03 PM  

helluva play on that sack by RoidRage Barbie

Anonymous Will Best January 18, 2015 5:09 PM  

That was some good fake FG action. Though I had no idea how the Pack let Seattle's WR#1 that open when it was essentially 8 on 4 (as Seattle kept 6 in to protect)

Anonymous Snickers January 18, 2015 5:11 PM  

Seahawks game is now offically started. They didn't leave much time for my prediction of two interceptions run back for touchdowns...

Anonymous ApolloK January 18, 2015 5:15 PM  

Nate, first time I've heard Matthews called that - I laughed out loud and I'm a Packers fan in WI.

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 5:15 PM  

He's not making the sort of decisions he usually does.

He's not playing against the mediocre defense that he usually does, either. Think of this: he only had to score an average of fourteen points to win every game last year in the playoffs, including the SB. This is already the most anyone has scored against them in the playoffs in two years.

That's what I mean by him having had a lucky path so far. The Mannings, Brady, Rodgers, Brees and heck even Romo probably would have killed for such a low bar, and would have had more SBs had they been operating under it.

Frankly, he's still awfully lucky. The fact that they can still win this game is a testament to the D (and some bizarre choices by GB.)

Wilson is not mythically great. He actually isn't mythically good. He's just good. Decent. No shame in that.

But only that.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 5:22 PM  

GB is the definition of a mediocre defense. They're playing well today, but mostly it's been Seattle mistakes. For instance, Max Unger is having a bad game. His snaps have been all over the place

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 5:24 PM  

Genius. Finally, running Eddie Lacey in the rain against an incredibly light defensive line. Huh. That must have taken into account a ton of mystical sabermetrics to uncover that unusual gem of innovation.

Now watch Rodgers throw a 20-yard duck to Sherman, just to keep Vegas happy.

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 5:27 PM  

GB is the definition of a mediocre defense.

Yet Wilson can't figure it out, and McCarthy is laughing at halftime at him. That's my point. If Wilson had to face his own defense, for example, he'd be mincemeat - a poor man's Kaepernick.

Anonymous Jeromus January 18, 2015 5:44 PM  

Technically, the Packers have the ONLY shot of any of the NFC teams to knock off Seattle.

What in the hell does that even mean? Technically I have the only shot of the dread ilk of beating Vox at chess.


Easy there Outlaw, I was joking. I was referring to Vox's comment that "The Packers have the best shot of any NFC team to knock off the Seahawks on paper..." Since the Packers are the only NFC team left to play the Seahawks, they are the only ones left who could knock off the Seahawks.

Lighten up a bit.

Anonymous Jack Among k January 18, 2015 5:46 PM  

Sherman is playing with one arm

Anonymous frenchy January 18, 2015 5:52 PM  

Russel Wilson imitates Mark Malone; tonight at 11.

Anonymous VD January 18, 2015 5:55 PM  

4th INT and it's over. What a waste of a great defensive performance by Seattle. Giving up only 19 points against that many turnovers? But the Packers were well-coached and more than ready, so give them credit for that.

They should have resigned Tate and kept Harvin. The WRs killed them.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 5:56 PM  

Sorry, had to go find another tablet after throwing the last one out the window after that last int.

Anonymous frenchy January 18, 2015 6:00 PM  

Only Brett Favre could throw that many picks and win.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 6:05 PM  

Sea hasn't played a game in 3 years without having a chance at a winning 4th q drive

Blogger AdognamedOp January 18, 2015 6:05 PM  

Looks like Im gonna hold off on that beer run. Wow, intresting game.

Anonymous Jeromus January 18, 2015 6:05 PM  

Wow.

Anonymous frenchy January 18, 2015 6:05 PM  

If GB blows this...wow!

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 6:10 PM  

Th argh ttc Chan ;) th :) d f2f ttc f rd err t t f!!!!!!!!

Anonymous frenchy January 18, 2015 6:10 PM  

OUCH!

"Don't call it a comeback!"

Blogger AdognamedOp January 18, 2015 6:10 PM  

omg

Anonymous 11B January 18, 2015 6:11 PM  

Wow, Wilson can still be a hero. GB didn't take advantage of all their opportunities. They deserve to lose

Anonymous frenchy January 18, 2015 6:11 PM  

"Wilson escapes lynching by his defense"; tonight at 11.

Anonymous cecil January 18, 2015 6:13 PM  

This game looks fixed!!

Weird

Anonymous Thread Ref January 18, 2015 6:13 PM  

Jack Amok wins the thread.

Anonymous Leatherwing January 18, 2015 6:15 PM  

Those 1st quarter decision to kick field goals instead of going for it on 4th. GB would love a do over on those.

But they are moving the ball well. Who knows?

Anonymous 11B January 18, 2015 6:17 PM  

I gotta give Wilson credit. To have such a poor game up to this point, but to still keep his head in it, is impressive.

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 6:18 PM  

Ha ha, and GB forgets how to play offense. What a mess!

Sherman's Redd Foxx impersonation is epic.

Anonymous jack January 18, 2015 6:20 PM  

How many FC have that GB kicker made now? Good Grief! Tied!

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 6:20 PM  

Wilson has a good head, excellent poise, and I think it is a shame that he isn't valued for what he is, instead having this artificial pressure to be great. Had he just played within himself and not turned it over defense and special teams would have won this one for him. I've lost track, but he had to have scored about a dozen points for the wrong squad today.

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 6:29 PM  

Conference Championship Sunday > Superbowl Sunday

I know. I'm a Vikings lifer. Skol!

Anonymous frenchy January 18, 2015 6:30 PM  

Yeah, to have what, six turnovers and win? Unheard of.

Wow! game over!

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 6:31 PM  

Average. Pedestrian. Receivers

Anonymous 11B January 18, 2015 6:32 PM  

Well, my opinion of Wilson is different now. I'd take him on my team any day. Our QB sucks in comparison.

I'll take Seattle in the Super Bowl

Anonymous Mike M. January 18, 2015 6:33 PM  

Unbelievable. Great game, but the Packers threw it away by not being able to punch it in. If you want to be a playoff-grade team, you MUST be able to drive it in on 3rd/4th and 1. No excuses.

Anonymous Porky January 18, 2015 6:33 PM  

Redemption for Kearse. Sweet.

Anonymous Will Best January 18, 2015 6:33 PM  

To quote an SJW. "wow. just wow."

Anonymous zen0 January 18, 2015 6:34 PM  

Team of Destiny?

Anonymous jack January 18, 2015 6:34 PM  

If GB defense cannot defend against two high parabolic and slow passes in a row they deserve to lose. And, lose they did.

Anonymous Porky January 18, 2015 6:35 PM  

VD "4th INT and it's over."

O' ye of little faith.

Anonymous Leatherwing January 18, 2015 6:37 PM  

To quote an SJW. "wow. just wow."

No, the SJW quote is "squee!".

Now I feel dirty.

Anonymous RJ January 18, 2015 6:37 PM  

I agree that they should have re-signed Tate. But Harvin was a cancer in that locker room.

Blogger Manuel January 18, 2015 6:39 PM  

Never liked McCarthy as a big game coach. I mean Carroll neither but at least he makes his team believe somehow... even with 4 INTs.

Anonymous 11B January 18, 2015 6:41 PM  

If GB defense cannot defend against two high parabolic and slow passes in a row they deserve to lose. And, lose they did.

Yes, especially that two-point conversion, which turned out to be the killer. That pass was in the air for 7 seconds. Had they knocked it down, that last FG would have been a game winner. That play reminded me of junior high football.

Blogger Manuel January 18, 2015 6:43 PM  

McCarthy chickened out on 4th and 1. Carroll called a fake FG into TD and then went for 2 after the TD after the onside kick recovery.

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 6:43 PM  

If GB defense cannot defend against two high parabolic and slow passes in a row.

this. I would so rather be that lucky than good. Wilson's got a Favrian host of angels on his noodle-armed side. I hope for Seattle's sake that they somehow get the Colts - i.e. Denver '14 lite.

What the hell happened to Lacey that they took the most dominant offensive player out of the game in the final minutes? Relying on slasher Starks to punish that puny front line in the trenches was a mistake if it was by choice.

Anonymous ben January 18, 2015 6:45 PM  

Go Hawks! Russel Wilson for the win! Arm not so tired after all.

That was awesome. Like pulling your goalie in ice hockey with 1:07 on the clock. Almost always results in an empty net goal, but once in a while it works in your favor.

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 6:46 PM  

onside kick recovery.... all because some moron jumps up in front of Jordy Freakin' Nelson....

Blogger buzzardist January 18, 2015 6:46 PM  

Gotta admit, I didn't think Seattle had time left to pull off that comeback, but having watched Wilson since his days in Wisconsin, I can't ever really bet against him at home in the final minutes. Somehow those passes loft up in the air and come down in his receivers' hands magically when the clock is running down and the team needs points.

Exciting win...but Seattle's offense is going to have to play a whole lot better than that to beat New England in a couple weeks...or even Indianapolis. Put a healthy Rodgers on the field today, and even that performance in the last four minutes wouldn't have been enough.

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 6:46 PM  

'Nate, first time I've heard Matthews called that - I laughed out loud and I'm a Packers fan in WI."

I have my moments.

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 6:48 PM  

McCarthy chickened out on 4th and 1. Carroll called a fake FG into TD and then went for 2 after the TD after the onside kick recovery.

Yup. McCarthy was smart enough to know what they had to do, but he was too conservative to do what they had to do. Having said that, the odds he was playing were ample, but he shouldn't have played the odds at all and made a few smarter choices. GB should have looked like Detroit and Barry Sanders today. Simply did not run Lacey into the ground. Doing that would have not only ensured the victory, but it wouldn't have been close.

The anthem singer for the Pats game sounds like the goat-singing balladeer from the old Hobbit cartoon. The grea-a-a-a-atest adventure...

Anonymous VD January 18, 2015 6:49 PM  

HOLY COW! I cannot believe that. It demonstrated once more that you have to put a playoff team away. Green Bay blew multiple chances; I HATED both of the early field goals.

I also found it amusing that Buck and Aikman didn't admit that the Packers let the Seahawks score the Lynch touchdown. It was the right call to do so; with 2:10 and 3 timeouts, I actually thought Rodgers would be able to march down and score the touchdown.

But Shields dropped an INT that hit him in the hands, the blocking guy went for the ball instead of leaving it for Nelson, and Hixx or whatever his name is didn't knock down the 2-point conversion. I actually thought the DB who caught the last interception did the right thing by going down, though. He wasn't going to return it for a touchdown anyhow and he did his job by getting the ball back.

Interesting to see that Wilson is a Christian. I knew Aaron Rodgers and Kam Chancellor were, but not him. And how tough was Sherman, staying in despite his arm being messed up?

OpenID carnabyfudge January 18, 2015 6:50 PM  

Also inspiring to see the first thing Wilson and some others do after the win is pray. Mack Strong, former all-pro fullback goes to my church.

Anonymous Peter Garstig January 18, 2015 6:50 PM  

McCarthy lacks Cojones. Pete has them. Not the only difference, but the first important one that made the other things happen.

Anonymous VD January 18, 2015 6:52 PM  

I gotta give Wilson credit. To have such a poor game up to this point, but to still keep his head in it, is impressive.

Yeah. I'm still not sold on him as an elite quarterback, but he is a physically tough and mentally tough one. He's like the anti-Cutler. One thing I noticed was that he and Lynch were talking together in a very positive, encouraging manner even when they were down 13-0.

Anonymous 11B January 18, 2015 6:52 PM  

Even accounting for the missed opportunities in the first quarter, it did seem like GB shut it down with 4 minutes left in the game. They played conservatively and did some odd things, like when the DB who made that 4th pick just dropped to ground as if there was under 2 minutes left in the game. He probably could have gotten some good yardage, but downed himself instead.

Somebody on GB has to lose their job over this. They were essentially in the Super Bowl and blew it. I don't know whether you can the special teams coach, or the jerk that fumbled that onside kick, but someone should lose their job over this. If I were a Packer fan (shareholder), I demand some accountability.

Anonymous frenchy January 18, 2015 6:56 PM  

@ Vox,

Yeah, he is Christian. And that's why it raised some eyebrows when he got his divorce. Don't think he ever came out and said why. I think she cheated on him.

Anonymous 11B January 18, 2015 6:57 PM  

One thing I noticed was that he and Lynch were talking together in a very positive, encouraging manner even when they were down 13-0.

I've seen guys like Geno Smith when he as at WVa, pout and throw tantrums on the sidelines when K-State was having its way. The rest of the team avoided him on the sidelines and you knew the game was over. But Wilson didn't complain and kept a positive attitude. He didn't even yell at that receiver who caused the 4th pick. Because of that, Wilson was in a position to come through in the final 4 minutes and OT. Had he been a baby or gone into a shell, Seattle can't take advantage of GB's lapse at the end.

I still don't think Wilson will ever put up Manning type numbers. But who cares? I'll take playoff wins over stats any day.

OpenID cailcorishev January 18, 2015 7:01 PM  

At halftime, Bradshaw said Wilson wasn't reading the coverage. It looked to me like the Seahawks realized that too, and shifted more to his strengths of running option and simple "you go long" pass plays -- and to using Lynch more.

Kinda boring to keep seeing underdog teams work hard and play well to get a lead, and then give the favorite a chance to wake up and come back with a few spectacular and/or lucky plays to win it.

Anonymous VD January 18, 2015 7:04 PM  

They played conservatively and did some odd things, like when the DB who made that 4th pick just dropped to ground as if there was under 2 minutes left in the game. He probably could have gotten some good yardage, but downed himself


He did the smart thing. Just 2 weeks ago Dallas almost gave the game away by trying to run with a fumble recovery. He looked to run, saw he didn't have an easy TD, and went down.

OpenID cailcorishev January 18, 2015 7:09 PM  

Also inspiring to see the first thing Wilson and some others do after the win is pray.

I'm fairly sure a decent-sized group of players from both teams do that after every game throughout the season. The TV just rarely shows it.

Anonymous Leatherwing January 18, 2015 7:09 PM  

Kinda boring to keep seeing underdog teams work hard and play well to get a lead, and then give the favorite a chance to wake up and come back with a few spectacular and/or lucky plays to win it.

You have to credit the loss to to McCarthy's 1st quarter decisions. Had GB gone for it and failed, they still would have left Seattle at their own end zone. At that point, Seattle had not gotten a first down, much less beyond mid field. There was high potential for a safety or a pick six.

Every time a team is about to give up a TD and instead holds you to a field goal, they get a little boost of hope. GB kept Seattle in the game by giving up.

Anonymous 11B January 18, 2015 7:11 PM  

He did the smart thing. Just 2 weeks ago Dallas almost gave the game away by trying to run with a fumble recovery. He looked to run, saw he didn't have an easy TD, and went down.

Had he been a lineman like that Cowboy, I'd agree. But a DB is more of a skilled position and should be expected to be able to carry and protect a football. Lineman should always drop to the ground and be happy they have possession.

I will agree that play did not cost them the game, but to me it just reinforced my view that GB played too conservatively in the final 4 or 5 minutes.

Anonymous 11B January 18, 2015 7:15 PM  

Off topic - Vox is there any chance that you could get picked up and become part of Ron Unz's website? I say this because his site seems to be the best blogging site out there as far as commenting, ease of posting, editing comments, etc. Also, your views would seem to put you in the sweet spot among his content.

Anonymous zen0 January 18, 2015 7:19 PM  

Seems to me a DB tried to run with a game winning interception and was stripped, losing a shot at the SB. That is when people started to smarten up.

San Diego versus New England, I believe. Don't remember the year.

Blogger James Dixon January 18, 2015 7:23 PM  

> I've seen guys like Geno Smith when he as at WVa, pout and throw tantrums on the sidelines when K-State was having its way.

There's a reason Geno wasn't a first round pick. He didn't deserve to be.
As I've said before, given adequate coaching, he'd be a decent backup. You could even win with him with a great defense and running game. But not consistently.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 7:27 PM  

Kinda boring to keep seeing underdog teams work hard and play well to get a lead, and then give the favorite a chance to wake up and come back with a few spectacular and/or lucky plays to win it.

Any more "boring" and I'll need cardiac care.

Anonymous VD January 18, 2015 7:28 PM  

Why would I want that? I like and respect Unz, but I have more traffic here than I ever expected.

Anonymous zen0 January 18, 2015 7:35 PM  

@ VD
Interesting to see that Wilson is a Christian. I knew Aaron Rodgers and Kam Chancellor were, but not him.

SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson espoused about his Christian faith in a recent documentary entitled “The Making of a Champion.”

In the video, Wilson, 24, describes how he found God at the age of 14.

“I had a dream that my dad passed away and that Jesus came into the room and he was basically knocking on my door, saying, ‘Hey, you need to find out more about me,’” Wilson said. “So that Sunday morning I ended up going to church and that’s when I got saved.”

Unfortunately the dream was a foreshadowing of sorts because Wilson’s father died six years later.

Wilson also explained in the video that he was a “bad kid” and that his Christian faith helped him to mature.

“I think that got me through a lot of adversity … because I used to beat up kids and bite kids and do stuff all the time,” Wilson said.

The star quarterback thanks God for the talent God has given him.

“No one can stop what God has for you,” Wilson said.


Anonymous zen0 January 18, 2015 7:41 PM  

Speaking of games being over, I am going to call the Foxboro massacre now. When it was looking like GB would win, I hoped they would be matched against the Colts, but it just looks like the universe is unfolding as it should.

Think I will just tape it and watch later.

Don't tell me what happens, ok?

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 7:47 PM  

Huh. So Wilson is Tebow on a team with elite defense.

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 7:49 PM  

Don't tell me what happens, ok?

Haven't seen a second of it yet, but I'll tell you right now it is 92-0 and the Colts have rushed for -5 yards. Not sure who has the 92, though.

Anonymous patrick kelly January 18, 2015 8:02 PM  

I was rooting for a Packers/Colts SB, but with the Hawks eatin' their spinach like Popeye or something in those last 2 minutes and OT, I think only Brady and the Pats have a chance at spoiling the repeat.

And I want it spoiled. The thought of them having a chance at the first 3-peat is just inconceivable for me....Lots of bad blood with Seattle for us Raiders fans....something has to motivate me to care about the post season...heh....

And so far Luck is running out of it...at least right now......but that's what I thought at the start of the 4th qtr in the nfc game..........I should know better by now than to think just about any post season game is called and over by then........

Anonymous VD January 18, 2015 8:14 PM  

Breathing on Tom Brady. 15 yards.

Blogger Hazim January 18, 2015 8:15 PM  

Apparently knocking down Tom Brady is a foul in the NFL now.

Blogger Admiral James January 18, 2015 8:25 PM  

He has daily Bible versus or inspirational saying that involve God and Jesus
Aaron Rodgers is a devout Christian too despite being at Berkley

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 8:28 PM  

God this game is boring as all fuck.

Anonymous patrick kelly January 18, 2015 8:30 PM  

Yeah Nate, but I'm drinkin' Makers, so it's all good....

Anonymous patrick kelly January 18, 2015 8:32 PM  

Head on to the chest shouldn't be a penalty...but it is.....legit call....and I like ole' Tom....

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 8:39 PM  

I was hoping for a blowout by the half.

Anonymous zen0 January 18, 2015 8:40 PM  

Just heard that when Patriots are leading at halftime at home they are 80-1.

Somebody has to kill Brady. Not figuratively, but for real, and with extreme prejudice.

Lets just see how committed the Colts are.

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 8:42 PM  

Am I the only Pats fan here?

Anonymous patrick kelly January 18, 2015 8:45 PM  

I am a Pats fan for this game....should some quirky crap happen and the Colts win, I don't think they have a chance against Seattle, who I hate.......as much as I can hate something regarding the NFL......except maybe for some 9'er and Cowboys fans......and maybe the Steelers....but that's it.....

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 8:45 PM  

Post-game interview with Rodgers, doesn't sound like he was real happy with his coach and the conservative play-calling. Can't expect anyone rooting for GB would be...

Lots of bad blood with Seattle for us Raiders fans

How can you Oaklandites be hatin on Marshawn like that?

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 8:50 PM  

I actually think that the Colts can't win this one. I checked the score and was shocked they are only down ten by now. Did Hoodie start running out the clock at the end of the 1st quarter?

Colts can't run, can't stop the run, can't consistently stop the pass, suck on special teams, and throw too many interceptions.

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 8:51 PM  

God bless you, Patrick.

Blogger Hazim January 18, 2015 8:51 PM  

The Colts are refusing to address the run, blowout should ensue now.

Blogger Hazim January 18, 2015 8:54 PM  

Colts special teams don't suck. But they have been lackluster in the post - season and Vinny's falling apart since game 16

Anonymous Will Best January 18, 2015 8:54 PM  

Don't know how devout of a Christian you can be when you jettison your wife in less than 2 years. Also, Russell Wilson is cutting ads for Obamacare, which isn't a particularly Christian program.

Anonymous Snickers January 18, 2015 8:55 PM  

Lots of bad blood with Seattle for us Raiders fans
How can you Oaklandites be hatin on Marshawn like that?

You will know the answer when you ask yourself, are haters going to hate?...

As for Seattle, we regard the raiders as any other third rate team... not worth thinking about. The bad blood is a one way street.

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 8:55 PM  

Gronk isn't getting much action, but his threat is enough to take some coverage.

Blogger Hazim January 18, 2015 9:02 PM  

Nobody fails at following through on a tackle like the Colts D.

Blogger YIH January 18, 2015 9:07 PM  

zen0:
When it was looking like GB would win, I hoped they would be matched against the Colts
Frankly, that's what I was hoping for too.
Of course I'll watch the SB, it may be a lousy game (it usually is) but it's like the Thanksgiving Day games, the festivities overshadow the game(s).
I enjoy the SB, even though the game itself is usually an afterthought.

Anonymous patrick kelly January 18, 2015 9:08 PM  

"How can you Oaklandites be hatin on Marshawn like that? "

Not hatin' on him personally, just have history with the team...admitedly on the losing side more than I care to remember....

NFL has been around longer than 15 years, have you? I've probably been a fan longer than you been breathin'......I ain't no fair weather pussy, lets see how you hold up to a 12 year or longer loosing streak.....share that kind of trial by fire without deserting a team and I'll give respect where it's due no matter what fan of which team.......otherwise get off my lawn....heh...



Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 9:09 PM  

Brady is the GOAT. Case closed.

Anonymous patrick kelly January 18, 2015 9:15 PM  

Damn, I should just stay here and read and comment while a game is on......seems to help the right team win.....looks like I let GB down by getting here too late..........probably should have started drinking sooner too...

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 9:17 PM  

Colts...not even challenging the Pats.

Anonymous patrick kelly January 18, 2015 9:17 PM  

Now that's the Pats I want to see show up for the SB....

Blogger Bobby Dupea January 18, 2015 9:19 PM  

OK, so this game is over. Pats currently show a 2 yard delta over Colts in YPA and YPC. Thus a blowout.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 9:20 PM  

Not hatin' on him personally, just have history with the team...admitedly on the losing side more than I care to remember....

Yeah, but my recollection from back when the Seahawks were in the AFC that Oakland won more than they lost. Brian Bosworth anyone?

NFL has been around longer than 15 years, have you? I've probably been a fan longer than you been breathin'.

If you've been a fan longer than I've been breathing, you're an old dude. Before the Seahawks existed, I was a Raider fan (had to pick between Oakland and the FortyWhinners you see...) and I rooted for Stabler and van Eeghan and Branch and the Assassin, The Mad Stork, Tooze et al in Superbowl XI.

When the Seahawks got shuffled to the NFC a while back, I was pissed, but then I realized I could root for the Raiders in the AFC again. Would you guys please do something to make that worthwhile again?

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 9:28 PM  

"Colts...not even challenging the Pats. "

The Colts had no business being in the game at all. Has less to do with the Pats and more to do with the fact that the Colts are an 8-8 team that happens to play in a terrible division and therefore wins a few more games than they should.

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 9:30 PM  

sherman and thomas are both getting MRIs... if either or both miss the super bowl... Mrs Brady and the Tackling Faggots will finally win another one.

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 9:31 PM  

Really, the hardest AUG opponent lost last weekend. Barely.

Anonymous zen0 January 18, 2015 9:31 PM  

@ Patrick Kelly

Damn, I should just stay here and read and comment while a game is on......seems to help the right team win.....looks like I let GB down by getting here too late..........probably should have started drinking sooner too...

I have to wonder about your supposed Raider Nation status if you root for the Partriots after the tuck-rule game. Have to wonder......

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 9:31 PM  

AFC. Stupid Nexus 7.

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 9:32 PM  

The tuck rule created in 1999?

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 9:35 PM  

Really, the hardest AUG opponent lost last weekend

AUG?

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 9:35 PM  

If the Patriots figure out a way to lose to the Seahawks, I'm going to nominate Hoodie for the Evil League of Evil.

Because that would take an enormous amount of effort.

Besides, Hoodie wants the number of man...he needs the number of man. Ring 6 is the number of man.

Blogger Admiral James January 18, 2015 9:35 PM  

"Don't know how devout of a Christian you can be when you jettison your wife in less than 2 years. Also, Russell Wilson is cutting ads for Obamacare, which isn't a particularly Christian program."

Did he jetison her or was it the other way around?
Wilson lives and works in a highly Socialist/Atheist city that rivals New York. Having the courage to publically talk about Jesus and tbe fact that he visits and assists the Childrens Hospital more than any other athlete I know-
I cut him some slack on the Obama Care thing

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 9:37 PM  

Stupid Pats, just running up the score.

Blogger Nate January 18, 2015 9:38 PM  

"Really, the hardest AUG opponent lost last weekend

AUG? "

I assume he's complaining about the mushy trigger inherent to the bullpup design but I find if you polish a couple of bits here and there the trigger becomes plenty crisp.

Anonymous zen0 January 18, 2015 9:38 PM  

Bane on the Patriots vs Raiders:




Thursday, September 08, 2005

Raiders! Tonight! Praise God!

...bow your heads!...

Dear Lord, smite the the foul Patriots, causeth their laces to looseneth, and Tom Brady to get piles.

And hand cramps.

I prithee for the Patriots kicker to get gout in each foot, at least for tonight, oh Merciful God.

I lift my Glorious Raiders up before You, bathe them in Your Glory, that they might prevail, Oh Lord.

May the Patriots fans go hoarse, and suffer much pestilence from infested hot dogs and nacho cheese, yea verily, may they shit themselves most foul, and be sickened for a time.

Though I walk through the valley of death, I shall fear no Patriot, for Thou art with me. And the Raiders.

Amen.

How goes this game, goes the season for my Glorious Raiders. If they even make it into overtime, I will be heartened. If they are routed, darkness shall fall over the land, and hope will flee, and cattle will miscarry, or born two-headed calves, and Anna Nicole shall get fat again.

Selah.

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 9:39 PM  

Jack, see my correction. Autocomplete on my tablet.

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 9:40 PM  

My tablet is as drunk as I am.

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 9:41 PM  

Colts are an 8-8 team that happens to play in a terrible division and therefore wins a few more games than they should.

Did you see any of their game against Pittsburgh? It looked like NFL All-Stars vs. the Utah Utes or something. I actually like their coach and general mentality, but they are like a Dairy Queen inventory the day school starts: thin and vanilla.

Good for them for making it this far, but yikes. NE looks to be coming out of this in better shape than Seattle's OT miracle. They still have two weeks to prep, right? I always preferred it in the old days when they had only one week (every other year or so). That's advantage Seattle. If it were next Sunday, Sea would be in trouble.

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 9:41 PM  

I'm not really drunk. On watch for kid number five at the house. 5 days past due date. God bless, ilk.

Blogger YIH January 18, 2015 9:42 PM  

zen0:
Speaking of games being over, I am going to call the Foxboro massacre now.
Nailed it.
Before the games I saw that the Broncos were negotiating with Gary Kubaik as head coach.
No surprise really:
The 53-year-old Kubiak emerged as Elway's top choice since the team parted ways with John Fox after a disastrous playoff exit. Kubiak spent his entire nine-year playing career as a backup quarterback to Elway in Denver.
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise
Now the Broncos have to start looking for the QB for the future again.

Anonymous patrick kelly January 18, 2015 9:45 PM  

"If you've been a fan longer than I've been breathing, you're an old dude. Before the Seahawks existed, I was a Raider fan (had to pick between Oakland and the FortyWhinners you see...) and I rooted for Stabler and van Eeghan and Branch and the Assassin, The Mad Stork, Tooze et al in Superbowl XI. "

Heh, that was directed more at mr. snickers, who quoted you ......My first attended NFL game was watching the Raiders beat Buffalo in Oakland on Thanksgiving day in 67' I think....still the AFL then.....good to meet another old die hard fan.....(I was a lil' kid, don't remember much other than a bunch of adults blocking my view and a lot of cheering..) I still have my NFL blanket....without Seattle or Tampa Bay on it......

"I have to wonder about your supposed Raider Nation status if you root for the Partriots after the tuck-rule game. Have to wonder......"

That was tough to watch...but not as tough as the last SB they were in... Chucky must die.....that team was pure talent, could have been coached by Rottweilers with name tags and had that season....if Chucky was still their coach might have had a shot at undefeated ...wouldacouldashoulda....Oh, and the 1990 loss to Buffalo in the AFC championship.....50 something to 3 ... I think...still have ptsd from that one......brrrrrr....

It's all in fun for me......

Anonymous Daniel January 18, 2015 9:45 PM  

The worst team in the AUG is the Vikings those rare years they decide to believe Lucy and just...go for it.

Skooool...iosis!

Anonymous Baseball Savant January 18, 2015 9:46 PM  

Effing Colts they SUCK! I've always been a COWBOYS fan anyway!!!!!!

Anonymous Anonymous January 18, 2015 9:47 PM  

Mr Guitar Man:

Prayers for mother and baby. Baby probably watching game.

God bless

Richard W Comerford

Anonymous patrick kelly January 18, 2015 9:47 PM  

Oh, and "Raider Nation" is something those crazy kids these days came up with......I went to a couple games in the 90's when they returned to Oakland........that place is nutz now......like to watch games safe and warm in front of the TV now.....

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 9:48 PM  

Thanks. We're excited to meet this new one.

Blogger YIH January 18, 2015 9:49 PM  

Guitar Man:
Stupid Pats, just running up the score.
My roommate's brother has it worse. Born and raised in Boston, has lived for over 30 years in Indiana.

Anonymous zen0 January 18, 2015 9:50 PM  

Why is Brady still in the game?

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 9:51 PM  

I'm from New England but have spent the last 15 years in the NY NJ area. Tomorrow is going to be great at work.

Blogger YIH January 18, 2015 9:57 PM  

Guitar Man:
I'm from New England but have spent the last 15 years in the NY NJ area. Tomorrow is going to be great at work.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire?

Anonymous Snickers January 18, 2015 10:06 PM  

Heh, that was directed more at mr. snickers, who quoted you ......My first attended NFL game was watching the Raiders beat Buffalo in Oakland on Thanksgiving day in 67' I think...

Damn you are old... Why do you have so much pride about supporting a third rate team? Why do you feel bad blood when there has been a 300% turnover of everything except fans?

Okay I am putting in my prediction. Seahawks will beat Patriots 27-13 in the super bowl.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 10:13 PM  

Jack, see my correction. Autocomplete on my tablet.

Ah, thanks. Though I was perfectly ready to accept Nate's explanation. "Mushy Trigger" is a good description of McCarthy.

Too bad about NE winning. If they're the AUG rep in the Super Bowl, there's a chance the Seahawks won't be the most hated team in the game.

Anonymous A Visitor January 18, 2015 10:15 PM  

I may not watch the Super Bowl for the first time ever in my life this year. Who am I kidding? I'll probably watch it.

It'll just be a game where I don't care who wins. I really hate The Patriots and the Seahawks. I really don't want to choose sides. This sucks.

Anonymous zen0 January 18, 2015 10:16 PM  

After 2 weeks, I might not remember the game is on. Better make a note. But wait.....how will I remember to look at the note? This could be difficult.

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 10:20 PM  

Zen0, you're on Vox enough. You'll know.

Blogger YIH January 18, 2015 10:24 PM  

Patrick Kelly:
My first attended NFL game was watching the Raiders beat Buffalo in Oakland on Thanksgiving day in 67' I think.
Right year, wrong holiday.
Wikipedia isn't useless.

Anonymous zen0 January 18, 2015 10:25 PM  

> Zen0, you're on Vox enough. You'll know.

Thanks, man. You are a prince among men.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 18, 2015 10:29 PM  

NFL rules don't allow a statium to go with it's team to the SuperBowl, so for Century Link Field, the season is over. Now that everyone has left for their parties, the CLink celebrates another successful seaon in it's own way.

Blogger Guitar Man January 18, 2015 11:08 PM  

http://www.reddit.com/r/evilleagueofevil

Blogger mmaier2112 January 18, 2015 11:32 PM  

Baseball Savant January 18, 2015 9:46 PM
Effing Colts they SUCK! I've always been a COWBOYS fan anyway!!!!!!


Now THAT sounds like a Colts fan.

Blogger Leatherwing January 18, 2015 11:55 PM  

My first attended NFL game was watching the Raiders beat Buffalo in Oakland on Thanksgiving day in 67' I think.
Right year, wrong holiday.
Wikipedia isn't useless.


Also could have been the Thanksgiving Day game in 1968, when Oakland beat Buffalo 13 to 10. In '67, Oakland played Kansas City at the Chiefs on Thanksgiving. But the '68 game was a home game for Oakland.

Thanksgiving Day Games

Anonymous wEz January 19, 2015 12:10 AM  

Spot on predictions VD. Well done across the board here.

Blogger YIH January 19, 2015 2:00 AM  

Guitar Man:
ROFL!
Well, at least we get to keep the Chalice until next year.... (self.EvilLeagueOfEvil)
Wait, what? The 'chalice'?
WDF? I thought it was called The Vince Lombardi Trophy. It's not The Stanley Cup (which could actually hold fluid in it) or even The Grey Cup.
My gut says Patriots to win.

Blogger YIH January 19, 2015 2:21 AM  

Jack AmokL
NFL rules don't allow a statium to go with it's team to the SuperBowl
Wait, what?
What you're saying is if the Cardinals had not fallen apart at the end of the regular season, and had beaten the Nike Seahawks, the Super Bowl would have been moved.
You know the location of the Super Bowl is planned many years in advance right?
So what you're saying is if the Vikings make it to Super Bowl LII the game MUST be relocated!
Living in Florida, I can agree with that! Personally, I'd rather it be Tampa.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 19, 2015 3:06 AM  

YIH, it's just hyperbole man. Don't overthink things, just go with it...

Anonymous Ryan ATL January 19, 2015 8:11 AM  

Vox's strategy of picking every favorite all the time seems to be working most of the time, who woulda thunk it.

Anonymous patrick kelly January 19, 2015 11:50 AM  

"My first attended NFL game was watching the Raiders beat Buffalo in Oakland on Thanksgiving day in 67' I think.
Right year, wrong holiday.
Wikipedia isn't useless."

Actually it was wrong year, was 68', and I also remember listening to the Jets and Namath beat them in that playoff game.....on the radio ...... AM radio......however I don't remember the infamous "Heidi" game.....

Anonymous rubberducky January 19, 2015 2:05 PM  

I'm still in shock over the Green Bay vs. Seattle game. That was one whale of a game. I think Wilson had QB rating of about 9, going into the fourth quarter. Talk about coming alive! From goat to Superman in a flash!

Blogger Ken January 19, 2015 3:22 PM  

What about the Patriot's underflated ball scandal? Obviously they didn't need it - even without seeing the game, it was a foregone conclusion; Luck has nothing on Brady - but perhaps Belichick wanted to cement his place as the man with more postseason wins than Landry.

Blogger bob k. mando January 19, 2015 6:51 PM  

Baseball Savant January 18, 2015 1:03 PM
Colts this Colts that. We don't deserve to be there.
WE'RE HERE!!!!!!!!!!

Baseball Savant January 18, 2015 9:46 PM
Effing Colts they SUCK! I've always been a COWBOYS fan anyway!!!!!!



Baseball Savant ... doesn't savvy football.

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