This weekend we finally had some exciting playoff football games. They didn’t come until Sunday, but both games came down to the end. The above comics were my playoff predictions heading into the weekend, along, with Brady’s beat down of the Texans, which was far from Nostradamic. So I picked 2 out of the 3 games correctly.
It is time to admit that Earl Thomas was key to Seattle’s defense. The Seattle defense showed signs of decay after his injury and showed up against good offenses. They gave up too many points against elite offenses and 20 points wasn’t going to beat the Falcons.
I have been stubborn to relegate the Seahawks from a great team to a good team, but not being able to flip the switch in the post season, consider them relegated. Their offense can’t score enough and their defense now doesn’t keep them in games when the offense struggles.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers look unbeatable. The last throw to put them in field goal range was incredible. The story goes that he drew that play up on the spot and just told each receiver what to do, grade school style. All-time quarterbacks need all time stories. Rodgers recent success with Hail Mary’s and making up a game saving plays on the spot are all time stories. If he finishes this year off with a Super Bowl ring, he wil be added to the top tier of all-time quarterbacks.
Kansas City tastes playoff disappointment again. A different season and we have the same story. Holding the Steelers to just 18 points going against Roethlisberger, Brown, and Bell, is quite an accomplishment, only to have your offense muster 16 points. The Chiefs are consistently good, but never great as they exit the playoffs again. Alex Smith is good, but not quite good enough.