The playoffs ended poorly for 10 NFL teams, but that doesn’t mean that the postseason will be remembered like a “fart in the wind” as Ron Wolf likes to say.
Injuries doomed the Steelers and Cardinals. Pittsburgh was without its featured back in Le’Veon Bell and Arizona was still smarting from losing Carson Palmer to a torn ACL in November. Their team complexions completely change with both guys healthy.
Then there was the Detroit-Dallas no-call game. The Lions have been the doormat of the league for a long time — and they own an imperfect 0-16 record to prove it. The Cowboys got away with a pass interference in the wild card round, which put everyone in the 313 area code thinking about next year…again.
In the divisional round, the Ravens dropped a pair of 14-point leads at New England. On second-and-5 from the Patriots’ 36, Joe Flacco threw it off his back foot and took a gamble by trying to get blackjack with a touchdown pass. Of course, we all know he busted after getting picked off.
We didn’t find out until after the Colts surprised the Broncos in Denver that Peyton Manning was dealing with a torn quad. Now Manning is trying to weigh the pros and cons between losing the fight to Father Time or a surgical bed. He will be 39 next season.
And while Manning was struggling on his right leg, Aaron Rodgers was in the zone on his bum left leg. An annoying calf injury couldn’t stop Rodgers as he reeled off 316 yards to seven different receivers. He tossed an absolute laser beam to rookie tight end Richard Rodgers for the go-ahead score.
And that brings me to the championship round. The Packers might have the most epic collapse in all of sports, mainly because they had so many chances to win and continued to find a way to lose. Pete Carroll turned the NFC Championship Game into one of his USC games by going for a fake field goal in the third quarter, which turned the tide in the game and ultimately terminated Shawn Slocum’s job.
The AFC championship was put to script because the Colts are one-dimensional. The fact that Indy got as far as it did shows how good Andrew Luck is. He drove that rusted-out Chevy pickup as far as it could go.
Super Bowl XLIX will be more of the same. Will we see a safety in the Super Bowl for the third straight year? With the way Seattle tackles combined with how well Jon Ryan punts, I wouldn’t be surprised. Just as long as the game isn’t decided by an officiating error, the rest of the country will be happy.
Oh, and nobody wants Marshawn Lynch to win the MVP either. Because what does he have to left to say?——————
Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn