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I wish the NFC games were today instead of tomorrow; I'm not getting up early to see the Vikings vs Saints game from the start, and if it aired today it would start at 1:30 and I wouldn't have to.

I have no dog in the race between Bills and Texans, but of course I will be a one-day fervent fan of the Titans; if they knock the Patriots out in the Wild Card round, I'll still be laughing next weekend.  Hell, I'll still be laughing at the start of next season.

On the NFC side, I have actual rooting to do -- Saints over Vikings and Seahawks over Eagles.  I feel good about the Saints; it's in the Superdome and it's payback for the Minneapolis Miracle.  The Seahawks I'm a little unsure about; whoever wins isn't going far, so it's not a big deal long-term, but of course I'd like the Eagles dispatched with quickly.

 

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Wowowowow I cannot lie...the playoffs commercial they played during halftime gave me chills.  The NFL does some things wrong but promotes itself very very well.

Also I have no idea what is happening in the game with no time off the clock in the second half.  Bananas.

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This game is making me so nervous. It’s been eons since I’ve seen the Bills win a playoff game and they look good so far but I’ve been disappointed for so long.

Sigh....

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8 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

Definitely a more secure job than Cleveland.

There is a meme floating around that is a PSA saying everytime the Browns fire their head coach, don’t forget to change your air filter.

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I don't care about either team, but this Bills-Texans game got interesting.  I guess I'm rooting for the Texans in OT, because I enjoy seeing the home team crowd react to a comeback win in a big game.  (Well, unless it's in Dallas or Foxborough, of course.)

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Wow.  That turned out to be one hell of a wildcard game, and a lot of fun to watch in the 4th quarter and OT.

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I don’t hate Houston, and I was really rooting for the Bills because it’s the law in Central New York, but DeShaun Watson is so fun and he beat Alabama once and that escape from the sure sack was wow.
The game was beyond crazy because it was really good at times and so unbelievably bad in others. 

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Good for the Texans after last year’s dumpster fire in the playoffs. Hopefully the Bills are this good next season. Thanks for a wonderful season!

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Shocker!  My hubby just got an email that FOX would be back on in our market shortly.  Thank goodness that’s over.  We’ll be back at it in two years, I am so sure.

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That was a really good game and start for the Wild Card Weekend. It was a fun game and was pretty exciting in the late part of it. A good comeback by the Texans, capped off with an impressive play by Deshaun avoiding being sacked and moving them down the field for the win. 

I think that inexperience and his nerves got to Josh Allen. He had a nice start, but things came undone in the fourth quarter when he and the Bills ended up making some bad/costly decisions. This loss ended up being heartbreaking for the Bills, the look on Josh's face towards the end said it all.

But in spite of what ended up happening in today's game he and the Bill still had a good season. And I think that the future is promising for them. Especially as things start to slow down in New England. Hopefully, he will learn from this experience and they will be back in the playoffs and will do some winning. 

The Texans are now on to the next round. I do think they may lose in it. I could see them struggling again like they did in the first half of this game. (And like they have in the past).

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Now for Pats/Titans. I just hope that the Titans don't embarrass themselves. Especially since everyone outside of New England is pulling for them.

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I couldn't tolerate the ESPN announcing crew - finally had to mute the TV during the 4th quarter and OT.   Booger McFarland is terrible.  Did I miss him explaining that a playoff game can't end in a tie?  After all, that's the type of obviousness he considers analysis.

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14 minutes ago, basiltherat said:

It's time for the Tom Brady SlobberFest to begin! /sarcasm

Just as I read this there was a Brady stat with his picture on my screen. Blech.

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I’m not watching the game yet because Duke is on, but I did see someone post a clip on Twitter of Brady blowing a snot rocket so things on the slobberfest by CBS seem to be going well.

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I’m only a casual football fan, and even I see the multiple holds NE has been getting away with. I guess the officials were properly paid this time. 

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

I just disturbed not only my cat, but probably all animals for three houses, and I do apologize for that.  But.  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

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I can now rest easy knowing the Pats won't win another Super Bowl. These announcers have just slobbered all over Brady the entire game. How about actually announce the game? Give the Titans some credit?

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Forgive me for interrupting your playoff football with other football:

16 hours ago, merylinkid said:

Say what you will about Jerry but the job is stable.   You can move your family and have some hope of a stable life for them.   You won't be one and done.   Even Chan Gailey stuck around for a while.    

I have mixed feelings on the Cowboys job.  I hate the Cowboys and in the past, I couldn't see why anyone would want to work for Jerry Jones.  However, he is less trigger happy with coaches than other owners and I do think there is talent on that team. So for this year, at least, I've been leaning towards it being a good job.

But then he does shit like interview potential new coaches while he hasn't officially fired his current coach.  I guess maybe he told Garrett he could enter into competition with these other potential coaches (Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis interviewed today) but it's still bizarre as heck.

10 hours ago, meowmommy said:

Is expecting players to follow rules really any different than enforcing a dress code in a standard place of business?  And even more so because the athletes are so much in the public eye and the teams have an image they want to project.  Now, what that dress code should include is certainly open to discussion, as well as what the penalties for an infraction should be.  I'm not sure sitting someone down for not wearing a tie is helpful to anyone.

The thing is, the NFL already has a dress code related to the players' jobs.  Players have rules about what they can and can't wear on the field for team/NFL branding purposes as well as player safety purposes.  There are established penalties, which I believe are part of the labor agreement, that apply to everyone who plays in the NFL. 

The whole tie thing appears to be coach specific. It's not required of all other QBs in the league.  It sounds like he was punished for his outfit on the bus which no one really sees except for the brief moment they walk into the stadium.

And I do think it's silly to be picky about that.  Being to a meeting on time?  Sure because a player might miss something or cause the meeting to be delayed but something like not wearing a tie goes back to those belittling rules we discussed on the previous page.

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This has been quite the Playoff Saturday.  The Texans and Bills going back and forth in the fourth quarter was fun to watch.

And now the Patriots and the Titans were locked into a 1 point game for the longest time when it looked for a bit as if the Patriots were going to run away with it but then the Titans tightened things up.

I had to laugh maniacally at how upset Bill Bellicheck got when the Titans were playing games with the delay of game/false start/delay of game penalties which essentially took a whole minute off of the clock.  Didn't Bill do something similar earlier this season just to show how smart he was?  I love that it was used against him.

The guy who caught the interception made a mistake in scoring.  It gave the Patriots time.  I don't know why the kick returner for the Patriots didn't try to get out of bounds after he established possession of the ball.  You gotta think you'd have a better chance with Tom trying to throw a hail mary rather than trying to recreate what they did at the end of the Miami game.

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Great game by the Titans. That was a nice win by them, especially on the road in that environment. I had a feeling they were going to win this game. Derrick Henry had a great performance tonight on his birthday and did a really nice job of helping them keep this game under control. I also thought it was amusing how Mike Vrabel used the same loophole that Bill used to run time off the clock. And Bill was getting mad about that,, lol.

I am glad we will have a new Super Bowl winner this year. I wonder who it will end up being. 

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He was probably pissed he missed the pick 6 in the first Half so wanted it at the end of the game. Good for the Titans for letting us enjoy the SB for once not having to deal with the Pats. 

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6 minutes ago, Irlandesa said:

The guy who caught the interception made a mistake in scoring.  It gave the Patriots time.

I'm sure he was caught up in the excitement of getting the ball, and wasn't thinking about strategy.  But his coaches sure were, weren't they?  That business with the delay of game/false start was beautiful, and even more that they borrowed it from Bill.

5 minutes ago, Jx223 said:

I am glad we will have a new Super Bowl winner this year. I wonder who it will end up being.

I don't like the Ravens and I don't like the Iggles, but anyone else would be ok, preferably KC.

10 minutes ago, mojoween said:

I NEED A CIGARETTE

Bet you don't even smoke, do you?

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8 minutes ago, Irlandesa said:

I had to laugh maniacally at how upset Bill Bellicheck got when the Titans were playing games with the delay of game/false start/delay of game penalties which essentially took a whole minute off of the clock.

Indeed.  While my greatest laugh of the day came from the Patriots' loss, watching Belichick lose his shit over an opposing coach pulling a Belichick was a very close second.  That was when my cat first gave me the "even for football season, you're acting crazy" side eye.

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I couldn’t be more thrilled that the Patriots lost. I love Derrick Henry (Bama fan), and I’m glad he had a great game on his birthday. I don’t know who to root for next week because I love both Henry and Ingram!

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6 minutes ago, meowmommy said:

Bet you don't even smoke, do you?

I surely do not!  That pick six definitely enticed me to start though.
This is the first time since 2002 the AFC will not be represented in the Super Bowl by Brady, Roethlisberger, Flacco or P. Manning.  And if Baltimore doesn’t make it, it will be the first totally different team since like 2000, maybe?  I think Oakland was the last team that was not New England, Indy, Denver, Pittsburgh or Baltimore.

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It's interesting that the Patriots loss against Miami really did help change the course of these playoffs. For the Patriots and other teams. And may have altered the Patriots future beyond these playoffs. 

And now it's been two weeks in a row that Bill Belichick got beat by his protégés (Brian Flores and now Mike Vrabel.)

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Glad the pats lost.  They just weren't that good down the stretch on offense in particular. 

I really can't see Brady leaving the Pats and I don't think he will retire, but we will see.  I HOPE it happens because I really want to see what BB looks like without Brady and Brady looks like without BB if even for 1-2 years, but I would still put the odds on him being back on NE next year. 

I think Baltimore is the team to beat, and I am not even a big fan of them.  Jackson though is just unreal.  Amazing player this year

That play by Watson, gets hit by two people and throws a pass to win the game, unbelievable.  I'd say that is half on him though and half on the Bills players for not tackling. 

ANd I know this is cliché and its said year after year, but even more so and this year especially, the refs really sucked tonight.  First there is that overturned TD call, which, sorry, if he did not fair catch the ball or down it, that's a live ball. 

Even beyond that though, there were THREE different spotting calls in the two games today, that I saw at least, that were just blatantly bad, meaning they were at least half a yard to a yard ahead of where the ball should have been and they resulted in first downs not earned.  One they even reviewed and STILL didn't get it right.  That is what is infuriating the most.  You have a replay system, you review a call and its still just obviously wrong.  you know what, if you have replay and are still missing as many calls as they do, you might as well just get rid of it, let calls stand.  Far too often they review and still miss obvious things.  I truly in baffled how a ten billion dollar behemoth with cameras plastered all over the field, refs on the field, refs reviewing plays in the booth, HIdef TV, etc can still be SO BAD at making correct calls.  ANd I have no one to even root for in these playoffs, so its not like my team is being screwed personally.  They were just bad all around, have been all season. 

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I’m glad the Titans kept running in the second half, unlike the Bills who forgot they were dominating the running game in the first half and kept throwing it. I’m sure Tannehill is glad he’s out of Miami.

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10 minutes ago, Jx223 said:

It's interesting that the Patriots loss against Miami really did help change the course of these playoffs. For the Patriots and other teams. And may have altered the Patriots future beyond these playoffs. 

And now it's been two weeks in a row that Bill Belichick got beat by his protégés (Brian Flores and now Mike Vrabel.)

I mean, they just weren't good enough this year. Even if they beat the Dolphins I sadly have to conclude they wouldn't have gotten past KC or Baltimore.

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In preparation for the Vikings game tomorrow I rewatched the Vikings vs. New Orleans playoff game from Jan 2018.

Congratulations Houston and Titans! (I feel like Houston should still be Oilers.)

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14 minutes ago, mojoween said:

I surely do not!  That pick six definitely enticed me to start though.
This is the first time since 2002 the AFC will not be represented in the Super Bowl by Brady, Roethlisberger, Flacco or P. Manning.  And if Baltimore doesn’t make it, it will be the first totally different team since like 2000, maybe?  I think Oakland was the last team that was not New England, Indy, Denver, Pittsburgh or Baltimore.

Yes Oakland was the last team not of that list to make it.  2002. 

Houston, Tenn (and the Oilers never made it, so in regard to both the teams and those cities, doesn't change things) have never made it to the SB and KC has not been to the SB since way back in the 70s. 

The NFC playoffs in contrast is full of pretty recent powers, outside of Minnesota.  ANd I don't think they stand a chance. 

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3 minutes ago, Fukui San said:

I mean, they just weren't good enough this year. Even if they beat the Dolphins I sadly have to conclude they wouldn't have gotten past KC or Baltimore.

I don't think anybody is going to get past Baltimore.

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Watching Belichick scream at the refs because Tennessee was running down the clock with penalties gave me such a warm feeling.  I am impressed the ref stayed professional and didn’t just start laughing in his face.  Hypocrite.  I hope every reporter brought that up in the postgame interview.

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5 minutes ago, DrSpaceman73 said:

Yes Oakland was the last team not of that list to make it.  2002. 

Houston, Tenn (and the Oilers never made it, so in regard to both the teams and those cities, doesn't change things) have never made it to the SB and KC has not been to the SB since way back in the 70s. 

The Titans played the Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV.

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2 minutes ago, lurkerbee said:

The Titans played the Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Youre right forgot about that one. 

So 20 years since last appearance.  Still pretty long

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20 minutes ago, emma675 said:

Wow, what a great day of football! I feel like tomorrow isn't going to come close to today's excitement. 

Same, and I'm an NFC fan - the idea that I'll wind up far more jazzed about Wild Card weekend (which I love; there are ways in which it's my favorite round of the playoffs) on the AFC side than NFC is a bit foreign, but today's games have created a lot to live up to.

For all my issues with the NFL, the playoffs always remind me why I still love the game so damn much.

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23 minutes ago, emma675 said:

Wow, what a great day of football! I feel like tomorrow isn't going to come close to today's excitement. 

That's usually how it is.  If there's a really good day, the next day tends to be more blowouts. 

5 minutes ago, BlackberryJam said:

Call me petty, but I want Brady’s career to end with a pick six.

Maybe it's because he was in his own end zone but that throw really felt pathetic as if he already felt defeated. It was just a terrible throw.

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