Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

15 Jan 2010

Saturday Divisional Round Discussion

Yes, talk about the divisional round games here.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 15 Jan 2010

128 replies , Last at 17 Jan 2010, 11:25am by Will Allen

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by The Ninjalectual :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 4:43pm

1 hour to go and I have nothing planned for this afternoon except football, so...

I predict New Orleans gets pressure on Warner and magically transforms him into Bad Kurt and everybody forgets about all the great games he's played for a week and NO wins comfortably.

Then the Ravens will play solid D and keep the Colts O in check, especially by shutting down all of the WR corpse not named Wayne, but the Colts D will keep it close and they will pull off a narrow victory.

"Just look at that pumpkin."
-John Madden, looking at the moon.

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by B :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 5:32pm

Wow, the Verizon football zone lady has got an impressive rack. I could watch her talk about football all day.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by B :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 5:36pm

Tim Hightower just matched his season total on that run. 69 yards for a TD.

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Talk of impressive racks...
by Hook a brother up (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 5:52pm

...is worthless without pics.

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Re: Talk of impressive racks...
by B :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 6:04pm
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Re: Talk of impressive racks...
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 6:45pm

nice

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Re: Talk of impressive racks...
by Raiderjoe :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 8:56pm

had fun with that lady's photo spread a couple of years aho

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by paulie bedders (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 6:06pm

ARI have to defend otherwise game over

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Anger...rising (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 6:29pm

The heads of all Packer fans just exploded in response to that roughing call.

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by snik75 (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 6:37pm

"You can't hit the QB in the head... oh and then pull his facemask, that will always get called..." Arrgh! I think at least one of the announcers was aware of the awkwardness, as well.

I still can't believe the head of officiating came out and defended that call. That the ref couldn't see it, I fully accept. That is was the right call? Nonsense.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by T. Diddy :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 6:32pm

The Cardinals look like they want to break their own record for most total points scored in a playoff game.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Paul R :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 6:42pm

Yowza! A forty yard flea-flicker.

The highlight reel for this game is going to be as long as the game itself.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by peachy :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 6:42pm

Is anyone planning on playing defence in this game?

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 6:47pm

I've seen 2 punts, an interception called back and a strip fumble... but yeah that's it.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 6:49pm

Smith, big lineman with a pick and Warner looks like he will be ok.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by MilkmanDanimal :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 6:57pm

My favorite line of the day so far is when Sharper picked up the fumble and Moose Johnston announced, "Darren Sharper is ALWAYS in the right spot". This is, of course, ignoring the fact that Sharper completely and utterly whiffed on the tackle on Hightower's long TD run.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by peachy :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 7:01pm

Well, I guess this is at least marginally more competitive than the Sugar Bowl - "the Superdome in 2010, where thrilling football comes to die."

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by funtime42 :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 7:02pm

What was the over/under on this game? I think they break 100 easy...

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by MilkmanDanimal :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 7:09pm

Just looked it up. 57.5. They went over in the first half.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 7:09pm

Cardinals vs. Saints NFL Playoff Point Spreads:

Sportsbook.com Cardinals vs. Saints Line: Saints -7, Over-Under 57
BetUs.com Cardinals vs. Saints Line: Saints -7, Over-Under 57.5
BetEd.com Cardinals vs. Saints Line: Saints -7, Over-Under 57

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Rocco :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 7:08pm

The Saints do the ultra-annoying "call the timeout right before the kicker kicks" move and Rackers misses the meaningless FG. On the one that matters, Rackers misses again, just short. I really wanted him to make that as a middle finger to Payton.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by funtime42 :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 7:16pm

Leinart in - I'm revising my number down to 80.

And I think the over/under on Warner starting another game is 1 and I'm taking the under.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Ryan (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 7:27pm

Reading this discussion board it's shamefully clear to see that football outsiders has officially reached the masses....what a shame

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 7:32pm

It's mostly commentator bashing and coach bashing... so what's new, mr not verified?

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by peachy :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 7:40pm

I've been reading FO since the days of the Foxsports.com affiliation, and the message boards have hardly changed a bit. And I'm pretty sure that the management wants to reach the masses - you don't feed your content to ESPN and the NYTimes if you're hoping to remain under the radar, yes?

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Paul R :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 8:01pm

Relax, comrade. You have nothing to lose but your chains.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by ChrisZ (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 8:59pm

Reading Ryan (not verified)'s comment made it emphatically clear that he has more insightful things to say than the rest of us . . . how emphatic

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Trogg Palin (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 9:10pm

I believe his upbraiding was a result of the brief mention of the pretty football lady with the big tits.
Because, you know, only slobs like to see beautiful women. Certainly nobody who could slog his way through a 10000 word treatise on a nickel coverage formation has any time to mindlessly ogle a girl.
Why must 'intelligent analysis' equate with dour seriousness?
It's only a stupid football game.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 7:28pm

"Kurt Warner, what did you think when that guy hit you on the blind side?"

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Mathias (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 7:30pm

Why aren't Saints going for it on 4th and 3? They would probably convert it like 75 % of the time. IMo 30 yards of field position is not worth that much compared to giving Cardinals the ball.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 7:35pm

Cardinals Defense is not attacking the ball. It's read and react defense as if they expect a trick play on every play...

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Anonymous1234 (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 8:21pm

5 Playoff games so far, and only 1 has been competitive.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Paul R :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 8:24pm

"...which brings them to 4th and 5, and the Cardinals are forced to punt."

TMQ is scrawling madly in his notebook as we speak.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 8:27pm

"Hey Kurt Warner, what did you think when you didn't convert that crucial 4th down?"

It's too bad he'll probably retire. He and Leinart could start on many teams.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Jim B. (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 8:38pm

Saints looking good - quite good.

That town and that quarterback deserve a Lombardi trophy.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Raiderjoe :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 8:54pm

forgot to list picks

Saints 42, cradinals 17
Colts 24, ravens 10
Vikings 30, cowobys 20
Chargers 31, Jets 13

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Jim B. (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 9:07pm

My picks:

Saints 45, Cardinals 14

I'll, ummm, post the rest of my picks tomorrow night.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Trogg Palin (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 9:14pm

Yes, Raiderjoe, we're going to have to disregard your Saints pick, unless you have access to a time machine.
If so, I'd suggest telling Al Davis not to draft JaMarcus Russell.

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by Raiderjoe :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:30pm

Fair enough but pick was made early ind ay just never came here to post it.

gott to say 2nd pick loking good too. Cots 24-10, score is 17-3 atr end of 3rd

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Steve Garvin (not verified) :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 1:56am

If we could go back in time we Raiders' fans not do it to prevent the JaCrapus pick - no... We would go to the place where Davis became a member of the undead and prevent that franchise-shifting tragedy from ever happening...

I've already got my stakes sharpened and my silver bullets.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Raiderjoe :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 2:12am

nothing wrong with Al Davis. Maybe greattes football mind of all time, right up there with G Halas and Bill Wash, Vince Lombradi, and Madden.
So what if team have dry spell>? Not Davis fault. He gets good player and coahces. Just problem was that some didnt; work out. Then Davis fixes proeblem by axing them. Biggest jerk in Raiders histpry is L Kiffin. That guy derseves to be tarred and fetahered.
Davis to have Raiders bakck ton top in no time. just dont you worry about that

Sierra Nevada celebration ale in full efeftc tonight!

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by MilkmanDanimal :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 9:20pm

Dan Dierdorf. Goddamn it. Dan Dierdorf. Between this and Theismann, I can only surmise that the television networks hate their viewers.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by wr (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 9:39pm

If there is a Westwood One station in your area, mute the TV and turn on the
radio. It's what I'm doing.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by The Ninjalectual :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 3:07am

Really? My radio and TV feeds are offset by about 10 seconds, so the audio doesn't match the video.

"Just look at that pumpkin."
-John Madden, looking at the moon.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by tonic889 (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 9:38pm

Deirdorf makes the first gaffe of the night. LeRon McClain was in fact recently voted to his second Pro Bowl, not his first.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Paul R :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 9:59pm

Two yard completion from Manning to Addai on a pass that traveled twenty-two yards: Ten up, two forward and ten back down.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:03pm

shoarma tosti's it's time for that

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Yaguar :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:13pm

I applaud Caldwell for going for it on 4th down. Ravens called a timeout, and we'll see what ends up happening, but regardless of what does, it was a good decision.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:16pm

second that

Lets see... aiii he doesn't gives it short. it was a short out, but picked up quickly. Reminds me of [edit note: we don't want that discussion again]

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Yaguar :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:21pm

TD on the drive.

This is one of the best halves I've seen Manning play. Maybe only two or three non-perfect throws total - but against the Ravens, that gets you only ten points.

It's simply unfair that one team is allowed to keep Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, and Ray Lewis year after year.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by tonic889 (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:24pm

It's simply unfair that we hold the Colts under 20 points year after year, and lose.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Yaguar :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:07pm

I know it might be little consolation, but many of those games have been really, really frightening to Colts fans. I, at least, fear Haloti Ngata in a way I only ever feared a young Richard Seymour.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Paul R :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:20pm

That Pete Manring or whoever is a darn good QB. Awesome drive.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:24pm

He's been the best for the past 10 years.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Paul R :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:30pm

Better than Brady?

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Paul R :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:29pm

Dierdorf's explanation of Manning's "happy feet" was, 'that's just the way he works."

I always thought he moved his feet so they wouldn't be planted if he got hit, thus protecting his knees from potential injury.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:33pm

It's more to get accurate when you deliver the throw.

When I coach my QB I tell him to point his hips to to the target, but when he reads he isn't open, he should go to the next, and that's why you keep your feet moving. You need your weight on your toes like a boxer.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Paul R :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:39pm

Interesting. Thanks.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by nathand :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:56pm

I always likened it to Japanese sword fighting. By constantly moving their feet in really tiny steps, they stay in perfect balance, ready to strike at any time. I seem to remember a Peyton interview where he gave exactly that reason - he's always in balance for a throw.

Boxers do it for exactly the same reason, of course, but katanas make for better movies.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:33pm

Great play by Lewis to prevent the TD.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by tonic889 (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:34pm

Somebody really has to do something about the penalities. Is Lewis really expected to say, "oh, i'm going to hit him, but 3 inches lower than where I was originally planning"?

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:42pm

I've always learned that when someone has the ball, he's free for all.
So I don't like the helmet to helmet rule or the "touched tom brady by his shirt with the tip of your finger" rule.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by CoachDave :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:55pm

Sometimes I wonder why I have to consistently coach kids who have played football for +7 years the basic tackling tenet of "see what you hit"

Then I read someone write "coach my QB" and "when someone has the ball, he's free for all" and it all becomes crystal clear.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Gus (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:36pm

That was a personal foul like I'm a fucking ballerina.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Anonymous1234 (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:39pm

6 Playoff Games, only 1 has been competitive.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by tonic889 (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:42pm

I don't know what game you are watching, but the one I'm watching was competitive, at least for the first 28 minutes. May even be for the 2nd half. I don't know because, you know, it hasn't fucking been played yet.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by BillF (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:41pm

The call on Lewis is just not fair in football. I'm not even sure if the guy was defenseless or just willfully blind.

Ravens couldn't afford to leave the Colts 2 min on the clock. They get the ball to start, being down 7 wouldn't be bad. Calling a timeout and two incompletions was not smooth.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Still Alive (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:42pm

That Manning is a pretty good QB :)

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Mephisto :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:42pm

Am I the only non-Colts fan who thinks the personal foul call on Ray Lewis was a good one?

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by another non-Colts fan (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:44pm

You're not alone.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:45pm

Com'on.
If you're going to catch a ball in the end zone you'd better expect a hit.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by another non-Colts fan (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:47pm

I hate the call but think they got it right.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by CoachDave :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:50pm

He launches himself into the air, leading with the crown of his helmet, with one hand at his hip and one hand behind his head.

You can't draw up a spear that is more obvious than that.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by tonic889 (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:53pm

I don't agree with the claim that he "launched himself into the air".

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by CoachDave :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:56pm

Then I guess reality escapes you.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Ben :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:38pm

He leapt with both feet before he hit the receiver, which is "launching" with respect to this rule. While you might disagree with the rule, by the book, it was the correct call.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Big Johnson (not verified) :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 1:21am

it fits the rule but there is no other way that ray can make a play on collie. Should he have just stood there and watch him catch a touchdown? He made the only play he could, so regardless of whether it was a penalty or not, it was still a great play by ray

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by DrewTS (not verified) :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 2:15am

Hey ref, the only way I could stop that QB from throwing a touchdown pass was to slam into his knee and injure him. If I had done a better job prior to that, it might have been different, but I didn't, so I made the only play I could.

The answer to your question is yes, he should have watched Collie catch the touchdown. Alternatively, he could have made a legal hit to attempt to jar the ball loose. If you can't make a legal play to stop the catch, you have been beaten, and should not make a dangerous play out of desperation just to say you did the only thing you could. I don't necessarily expect Lewis to be able to make that judgment in a split second, but I can't sit back and call it a "great play."

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Rocco :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:01pm

I hate it, but Lewis dropped his head and smacked Collie helmet to helmet. Refs have to throw the flag.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by rast (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:42pm

On TD at the end of the first half, why didn't the ravens all grab the Colts receivers? Holding, half the distance to the end zone... but 3-4 seconds come off the clock and there's only time for a FG.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by SolomonsLines :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:44pm

no, he led with his helmet. seemed like a textbook call.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by The Ninjalectual :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 3:11am

I thought Lewis led with his shoulder; however, Collie led with his helmet, making it look like Lewis led with his helmet.

"Just look at that pumpkin."
-John Madden, looking at the moon.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Jerry F. (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:45pm

Announcers completely miss the obvious there, even as the cameraman are doing everything to call their attention to it. The last play before the touchdown to end the half only took 2 seconds off the clock, causing Harbaugh to run around like mad. Perhaps this was an instance where the official clock differed from the stadium clock, but it looked bad.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by jimbohead :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:55pm

they also thought manning took a delay as the refs came in with whistles 5 sec before the play clock expired, clearly indicating timeout. No one is accusing these jokers of knowing what they're doing....

but yeah, I was shocked at how little time came off, but not having DVR, I can't figure out if it was correct or not.

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End of half clock skew
by DVR (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:49pm

Thought this was completely glossed over as the critical few plays of the game, but here's what DVR said: Play ends with 0:09 on the clock. CBS broke to a brief replay, Clock read 0:11 when the feed returned to the game. I didn't hear an official's announcement to reset the game clock during the replay, and you could hear the live stadium sound behind the replay. The next play ran from 0:11 to 0:07, after which Harbaugh went ballistic, calling timeout to try to get the officials to explain "two seconds", eventually calling timeout. I'm guessing he was hoping for a replay on the game clock.

Someone else posted a comment to run clock on a defensive penalty; I would have sent 2 strings of defense onto the field until the game clock read 0:00. If the Colts wanted to go for it from the 1, so be it, but getting a free play for the TD was BS. Harbaugh was right to be steamed.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Anger...rising (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 10:58pm

That looked like a fumble to me. Wish they'd give a definitive replay during the timeout instead of pimping NFL.com.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by dfinberg (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:35pm

An an insanely stupid place to take a timeout. Good plan giving the colts a look at a reply before deciding on a challenge.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Anonymous1234 (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:08pm

Helmet to Helmet hit. Refs missed that on the kickoff.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by another non-Colts fan (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:11pm

Helmet-to-helmet hits on "the runner" have never been a foul.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Rocco :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:12pm

They only call it if you drop the helmet and lead with the crown of your helmet. If you have your eyes on the carrier and your helmets smack, the refs will usually let it go.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:15pm

can't chop the head off, eh?

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:13pm

Will the ravens score 14 more points in one-and-a-half quarter than the Colts will score?
No.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Anonymous1234 (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:16pm

If Colts get ANY points on this drive, game over.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:17pm

Best case this thing ends up 3 points making it 17 points.
It's time they play Painter and the Unusual Suspects.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Yaguar :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:18pm

Flacco's raw numbers look relatively decent, but I suspect his DVOA will be pretty ugly, and I think his actual play has been even worse. Lots of dumpoffs on third and long.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:19pm

Could-be game changing pick and return and a game changing fumble by Garcon. Whaaat.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by jimbohead :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:21pm

reminds me of a similar situation with dre bly earlier this season, minus the showboating, lack of speed, and lack of ball security. Truly incredible.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Rocco :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:19pm

When it's not your night...

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by another non-Colts fan (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:28pm

Dierdorf is busy adding insult to injury.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Rocco :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:28pm

What's the record for penalties that have negated turnovers or huge plays in one season? I think the Ravens should have it locked up by now.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Brian Davis (not verified) :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 1:17am

I think a lot of that math is invalid. For instance, in this game without the interference Ed Reed never has a chance at that interception. So the penalty didn't really negate the turnover IMO, it allowed it to happen in the first place. Certainly on some other plays this is not true, but I've seen several that fall in that category from the Ravens.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:29pm

Ed Reed will feel robbed tonight.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Raiderjoe :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:32pm

T Moore very shaky with sheet.
Nervous or early warning sign of Pakrinson's?
Not making fun. Is seirous question. He is getting up in age

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by DrewTS (not verified) :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 2:22am

If Tom Moore had Parkinson's, it would be obvious by now. Parkinson's tends to show itself in a younger age bracket than where our Senior Offensive Coordinator currently resides. So hey, he's got that going for him, which is nice.

He could have some other kind of tremor though. Old folks get those for a variety of reasons.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Raiderjoe :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 8:26am

okay, good to hear that it probably nto serious

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by B :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:34pm

Did you know that Matt Stover used to play for Baltimore?
Also, Jerome Bettis is from Detroit.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:36pm

he is?
wow that made the "tear" Bowl so much more special.

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AFC Champ Game
by cfn_ms :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:35pm

The Colts were definitely better than Baltimore, but if I'm San Diego or New York, I'm not really scared based on today's play. The Colt D was solid, but IMO Manning was pretty meh (a number of missed or dumb throws). This level of overall effort could definitely be beaten by tomorrow's winner. Probably Indy raises the level of play, but if they don't...

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Re: AFC Champ Game
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:38pm

I think Indy shuold only worry about NYJ's defense.
They can beat the Chargers defense.

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Re: AFC Champ Game
by B :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:45pm

On the other hand, Charger's offense can move the the ball against Indy's D.

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Re: AFC Champ Game
by DrewTS (not verified) :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 2:27am

Speaking as a Colts fan, I shall be rooting for the Jets tomorrow. Not that I think the Jets are a bad team, because they most certainly are not. They are a very good team, but what they are is a hell of a lot like the Ravens. The Chargers are an animal we have had trouble with in the past, and I'd just as soon avoid it when possible.

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Re: AFC Champ Game
by Spoon :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 12:49am

I agree Manning was pretty "meh" (though much of that is due to the ridiculously high expectations we have for his play); but if you're the Jets or the Chargers can you count on that two straight weeks? Maybe the Jets have the defense to force a similar performance from Manning, but certainly the Chargers don't.

If I'm the Jets or Chargers, I'm scared that the Colts won by 17 and all they needed was a "meh" performance from the league MVP. Imagine if he's on.

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Re: AFC Champ Game
by bobx (not verified) :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 2:14am

I don't think he was very meh. He had a handful of bad throws, but the Ravens defense was on. There were practically no open receivers the entire game, almost any time he hit a pass it was to someone well covered but managing to get it in the perfect place. The Ravens made some boneheaded mistakes but their defensive play was great (they shut down the run totally and still had guys well covered) so you have to set your expectations for the QB based on that.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Paul R :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:42pm

Pain-TER! Pain-TER! Pain-TER!
Bring on lucky #7!

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by Anger...rising (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:51pm

17-point deficit with eight minutes left...AND YOU PUNT?!?!

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Yaguar :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:57pm

They're betting that their defense is more likely to make a big play than their offense.

Let's consider this: Instead of putting their QB up against an average-ish defense to get 8 yards, they're putting up their defense against the greatest quarterback of all time, because that gives them a better chance of a big play.

And the sad thing is that they're probably right.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by DrewTS (not verified) :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 2:32am

I said the same thing at the time, and I was told "they have to punt; they don't want to give us the ball at the 20." Well, yeah, but they needed to score three times in 8 minutes -- beggars can't be choosers. Punting at that moment was a concession of defeat. Am I the only one who reads TMQ?

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Gryfyn1 (not verified) :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:52pm

Hey Pats Fans hows your day going!! Notso Good? Here's some salt in that wound-- Look its David Tyree!!

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sat, 01/16/2010 - 11:58pm

They just don't understand their urgency.
They have 17 points to make.
When this is a TD, they still got to make a TD and a FG. In 5 minutes.
Oh and a pick that seales the game.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Jim B. (not verified) :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 12:00am

Man, Flacco looks like garbage.

Is this the same guy that played for the Ravens last year?

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Rocco :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 12:03am

That's how he usually looks in the playoffs. 5 games, and not one of them you'd charitably call "good".

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Yaguar :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 12:15am

His last drive was littered with dumpoffs to receivers who had no possible way of getting out of bounds. There was a negative-one-yard completion to Ray Rice inbounds on that drive.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Theo :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 12:48am

If your rushing 3 and leave 8 in coverage.... how the hell can you leave someone open for 12 yards?!
You've got everyone but one (HB) doubled..........................

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Will Allen (not verified) :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 1:22am

I was shocked to see the over/under so low on Saints/Cards. After last week, did anyone really think that the Cards would hold the Saints below 40? I mean, when you only force the Packers to punt one time, in AZ, what is likely to happen when you travel to 'Nawlins, and play a team with a better offensive line and a qb who makes good decisions more quickly? Did somebody think that the Cards offense would start to run the ball, and go on 9 minute drives?

I guess it wasn't Casey Pendergast's fault.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by cfn_ms :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 2:13am

the contrarian in me thought about under 57, but decided to not bother. as it was the total was only 59 (though offenses went bye-bye in Q4, which was kind of weird). I could absolutely have seen one or both of the teams go run-heavy in their offenses, and have drives that still score, but score in 6 minutes rather than 1:30. Or occasional field goals instead of touchdowns. Any time a line looks THAT obvious, my first instinct is always to head the other direction.

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by Eddo :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 2:41am

"I was shocked to see the over/under so low on Saints/Cards. After last week, did anyone really think that the Cards would hold the Saints below 40?"

Well, the over came in by only two points, so it really wasn't that bad a line.

That's the danger of betting an over in a game like this; if it turns into a blowout, the leading team tends to go into turtle mode, dampening scoring considerably.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Will Allen (not verified) :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 11:25am

To me, the key play in the game, in terms of keeping the number close to 57, was the first fumble, on the Cards 2nd possesion, after the completed pass. If the Cards go down and score then, then I think everyobe is off to the races again, and the number ends up being around 80. You are right, though, that it ended up being pretty darn close.

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Re: Saturday Divisional Round Discussion
by Raiderjoe :: Sun, 01/17/2010 - 8:25am

went 2-0 vs spred and 2-0 on over/duners yesterday

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