Defense trumped offense in the NFC Divisional round, while offense stomped defense in the AFC.
It’s a strange year. The Jaguars were known for their defense during the season, but gave up 44 points to the 49ers in the next to last game of the regular season, then coughed up 42 to the Steelers on Sunday. This is not how I remember great defenses performing.
We’re going to have either Case Keenum or Nick Foles playing QB in the Super Bowl. Could the Football Gods have possibly handed the Patriots an easier path to another Lombardi? Depressing.
It was enjoyable watching the Steelers trip over their own arrogance yet again. The failed 4th and inches play call has got to be one of the dumbest plays in history. You’ve got a 6 foot 4 inch, 240 pound QB who could gain six inches on a sneak just about anytime he tried, but you call a pitch to the RB instead. Everyone in the world was conceding the sneak at that moment, but the Steelers have demonstrated all year a disturbing disconnect, as though nobody is in charge when it really matters. Maybe it’s time Mike Tomlin stepped aside.
The only advice I can give to the four remaining teams is: If you have a guy named Williams on your team, make sure he’s not on the field in the fourth quarter. The Saints’ Marcus Williams joined the 49ers’ Kyle Williams as big time playoff goats Sunday. Making Monday morning the worst day either one of them will ever experience waking up and not being able to make themselves go away.
Kyle Williams, BTW, went on to get a Super Bowl ring with the Denver Broncos after the 2015 season. At the time of the victory, he was recuperating from a torn Achilles tendon and did not play in the game. Hidden moments of history.