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Jets beat the Patriots in AFC Playoffs

The AFC Playoff Game this Sunday between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets went in a direction that perhaps not many people would have predicted.

Super star quarterback of the New England Patriots Tom Brady and his coach Bill Belichick took on New York Jet’s coach Rex Ryan and star quarterback Mark Sanchez at the Patriot’s home field of Gillette Stadium today. The buildup between the teams has been intense between the fans.

The lack of scoring from the Patriots has been very interesting, to say the least.   The Patriots offense has been almost completely pacified so far in this game by the Jets. Belichick, usually has within him to pull out a readjustment of his team should need be at halftime, but has not been able come up with anything today to turn his team around. Whatever motivating speech he gave his players, they’re obviously weren’t listening as the Patriots didn’t score in the second half.  Nick Folk, the kicker from New England missed a 30 yard field goal. His kick hooked wide left at the end. Folk had successfully made the the past 13 attempts from within 40 yards and nailed the game-winner last week against the Indianapolis Colts in Wild Card Weekend. 

Time is ticked away and the Jets were obviously in command of the game.  Never to let up.

The Patriots went undefeated in 2007 before losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl. The Pats had a 14-2 season this year, unfortunately, with what just happened in this game against the Jets, it just doesn’t matter anymore.   

Plenty of people would not be too sad if the New England Patriots didn’t make it to the Super Bowl AGAIN this year.  The Jets beat the Patriots 28 – 14.

In the game yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers took the Baltimore Ravens 31 – 24 in the first Divisional Round matchup of the playoffs.  The Steeler’s Blocking Receiver Hines Ward was on fire yesterday with his touchdown which tied the game at with a little over nine minutes left in the third quarter, and they never trailed again.  Antonio Brown was also extremely notable with his three catches for 75 yards, including his spectacular one handed, helmet hugging, over the shoulder, fourth quarter catch on third and 19.  Down right awesome.  The Steelers took the Ravens 31 – 24.

The New York Jets will play the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday, January 23rd in the Steeler’s hometown of Pittsburgh.

2011 NFL PLAYOFFS – Wild Card Games Results Day 1

Well, Saturday, January 8th was certainly an exciting day for the NFL wildcard playoffs!  It was a day full of nail biters and upsets and many surprises.

The day started out with the New Orleans Saints taking on the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field.  The Seahawks went in to yesterday’s game with nothing but a losing record, 7-9 in the regular season (the worse EVER for a divisional winner) and hope and a prayer.  They came out with a big ol’ W and a crowd in disbelief.   The Saints were expected to crush the Seahawks, but due to a lackluster running game.  Matt Hasselbeck, the now superstar Seahawk’s quarterback, threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns in a near flawless showing.  The Seahawks took the Saints with a 41-36 victory over the defending Super Bowl Champs.  They did this by actually showing up for the game and with leadership and big plays.  This is a momentous occasion for the city of Seattle and something that was desperately needed, as they recently lost the SuperSonics.

Later in the evening, the New York Jets took on the Indianapolis Colts.  This was a pretty tight game throughout.  The Jets were expected to take the Colts, but the ponies were not going to go down easy.  The Jet’s Coach Rex Ryan, son of legendary former Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan of the ‘85 Bears Super Bowl fame, said it was personal between him and Colt’s quarterback Patton Manning.  It is said that Ryan is one of the best defensive minds in the NFL, and he has made some of the most impressive defenses in recent years in Baltimore and New York. Ryan has yet to beat Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.  That was, until last night.  Ryan found his golden goose by keeping control of Manning by keeping him on the sidelines.  His well thought out game of keepaway landed the Jets with a win of 17-16, a big upset to the Colts.  It was thought that the Colts would take the game with a 1 point lead with 53 seconds remaining on the clock.  Manning drove the Colts 48 yards in eight plays for a 50 yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri.  But the Jets weren’t ready to lay down.  They had a 47-yard kickoff return by Antonio Cromatie that set the Jets up near midfield.  Two passes by QB Mark Sanchez for 30 yards enables Nick Folk to be in range for the game winning 32-yard field goal just as time expired.  It was CERTAINLY a nail biter all the way up to the end.

Today’s game will see the Ravens taking on the Chiefs and the Packers taking on the Eagles.  If yesterday’s gams are any indication, we’re in for some more excitement!

The Jets will take on the Patriots.

The Steelers will play the winners on Ravens vs. Chiefs.

The Seahawks or the Packers will take on the Falcons.

Since the Seahawks beat the Saints, the Bears will either player the Eagles or Seahawks in the divisional playoffs.

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