NEW YORK JETS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS:The Jets beat the Bengals 24-14 but the game was not nearly as close as the score shows. In the 4th quarter the Bengals one player who had a good game, RB Cedric Benson, ran for a TD but that was the last the Bengals would score. Benson had a big game, after having an unpredicted big season, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Jets. Bengals QB Carson Palmer did not have a good game. One of the main reasons his game was so bad was because his star WR Chad Ochocinco only had 2 catches for 28 yards. The reason Ochocinco had such a bad game was because he was covered all day by Star Cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis shut down Ochocinco all day and even intercepted Carson Palmer. Cornerbacks do not always get the recognition they deserve but this year Revis was runner up for Defensive player of the year, losing to Packers Cornerback Charles Woodson. The Jets will head to San Diego to play the chargers next weekend.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DALLAS COWBOYS:
It is safe to say that the Dallas Cowboys OWN the Eagles. Let me explain. The Cowboys beat the Eagles twice in the regular season (one of those times was last weekend) and they crushed the Eagles on Saturday with a score of 34-14. The score was 0-0 after the first quarter and the Eagles thought they had a chance, but then Michael Vick threw a 76 yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin and the game was tied at 7-7. The Cowboys scored 20 unanswered points to go into halftime and scored 1 more TD in the 3rd quarter. The Eagles scored a TD in the 4th but after the 2nd quarter the game was over. Cowboys RB Felix Jones had a big rushing day with 100+yards and a TD. Eagles Rookie WR Jeremy Maclin was the only player with a good game with 7 catches for 146 yards and a TD. Looks like having a new stadium has helped the Cowboys get past the first round of the playoffs. The Cowboys head to Minnesota to face the Vikings next weekend.
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS:
Well you heard it here first that playing the important players in week 17 was a mistake for the Patriots since they lost league leading WR Wes Welker for the season. It looked like Welker was THAT important as the Patriots got destroyed by the Ravens on Sunday 33-14. The first play turned out to be an 86 yard TD run by Ravens RB Ray Rice. Rice had another TD in the first quarter along with Full back Le’Ron McClain. The score was 24-0 after the first quarter. The Patriots were able score a TD in the 2nd and 3rd quarter but could not catch the Ravens. Tom Brady threw 3 interceptions (he was probably tired from staying up late taking care of his baby…..oh wait, I forgot that he and Giselle can afford 12 nannies if they so choose) Ravens RB Ray Rice ended the game with 159 yards rushing and 2 TDs. The Ravens will head to Indianapolis to play the Colts next weekend.
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS:
This was the game of the weekend. The Cardinals won in overtime 51-45. Talk about a high scoring game!
Ok, get ready....long explanation:
The first quarter was all Arizona . AZ scored 17 unanswered points by the end of the 1st quarter. The Packers were able to score a TD and a field goal in the 2nd quarter to bring it a bit closer even though Kurt Warner threw another TD pass to make the score 24-10. In the third quarter both QB Aaron Rodgers and Kurt Warner threw 2 TD passes and the score was 38-24 cardinals lead. With 52 seconds gone by in the 4th quarter Aaron Rodgers threw his third TD pass of the game and all of a sudden the score was 38-31. The Packers tied it up on their next possession with a 1 yard TD run from their Full back John Kuhn. Kurt Warner answered back with his fifth TD pass of the game but Aaron Rodgers marched his team right down the field and tied the game with his fourth TD pass. It looked like the Cardinals had enough time to score with 1:52 left in the game. They marched down the field and set up a short field goal attempt for their reliable kicker Neil Rackers…..but Rackers missed the chip shot and the game went into overtime. The Packers won the toss and it didn’t look good for the Cardinals defense who had trouble stopping the Packers after the 1st quarter. On the opening drive Packers QB Aaron Rodgers fumbled the ball and Arizona defender Karlos Dansby picked the ball up and ran it in for a TD….game over. This was the highest scoring postseason game in league history! Aaron Rodgers broke Packers playoff numbers with 422 yards and 4 TDs. Kurt Warner tied his postseason career best with 5 TDs. Warner had more TDs than incompletions, he only missed 4 passes out of 33. People are saying this was one of the best playoff games they have ever seen. Bravo on both sides. Now the Cardinals head to New Orleans to face another high powered offense in the Saints. Whew!
Games to watch next weekend:
Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints
Baltimore Ravens @ Indianapolis Colts
Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota Vikings
New York Jets @ San Diego Chargers