Wild-Card Preview: 49ers Poised for a Run
NFL Wild Card - In this Wild-Card First-Look Preview edition of Walkthrough:
- Justin Herbert versus Trevor Lawrence? After all of those layoffs at Twitter? Terrible idea.
- Tom Brady hosts the Dallas Cowboys in the perfect playoff game for your grandpa to fall asleep on the couch while watching.
- Geno Smith and the Seattle Seahawks draw the short straw to face the San Francisco 49ers after Dan Campbell crams Aaron Rodgers' straw up his tuchus.
- Great news, Miami Dolphins: you squeaked into the playoffs! Now are you ready for the bad news? It involves Buffalo in mid-January.
- New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings, because the NFL said so.
- OK, Lamar Jackson. You proved your point. The Baltimore Ravens need you to beat the Cincinnati Bengals. Can you come back now? Please?
Plus Burn This Play, end-of-year awards, and the Houston Texans throwing themselves at the ground and missing.
Shall we get straight to the wild-card preview capsules?
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Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
Saturday, January 14, 4:30 p.m.
Opening Line: 49ers (-9.5)
Seattle Seahawks 2022 Season in a Nutshell
First, they looked like a feel-good post-Russell Wilson breakup story. Then they briefly looked like serious playoff contenders. Then they looked like frauds. Finally, they won two straight games, including Sunday's 19-16 overtime victory against the Rams, to once again look like a slightly fraudulent feel-good post-Russell Wilson breakup story that snuck into the postseason when the Packers played like Chumpzilla at home against the Lions on Monday night.
49ers 2022 Season in a Nutshell
Everything makes more sense if you pretend that Trey Lance and Brock Purdy are the same person and this was the plan all along.
49ers Vibe on Offense
There's a chance that Purdy is already turning into a pumpkin, but Kyle Shanahan is brewing pumpkin spice latte. Watch the 49ers offense closely and you'll see periodic brownouts, a few rookie lumps, and lots of settling for field goals. Then George Kittle breaks a tackle, Christian McCaffrey makes magic happen on a screen, or Trent Williams and the line clamp down so Purdy can execute one of Shanahan's custom-tailored deep shots.
Seahawks Vibe on Defense
On paper, none of it should work. On the field, youngsters such as Tariq Woolen and journeymen such as Uchenna Nwosu provide enough turnovers and sacks to keep even opponents like the 49ers (who scored 48 combined points in two victories) from running away with games.
Seahawks Vibe on Offense
Geno Smith is no longer channeling Drew Brees, but he's doing a fine Ryan Fitzpatrick impersonation as the mobile, unpredictable veteran who can both work within structure and improvise a little bit.
When Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, Noah Fant, and Kenneth Walker are healthy, Smith has plenty of clubs in his bag, and the Seahawks are unpredictable as long as they stay ahead of the sticks. Depth is an issue, however, particularly at wide receiver.
49ers Vibe on Defense
If you can protect your quarterback, and if you can run well enough to retain some semblance of balance, you may be able to exploit a 49ers secondary that ranks 27th at stopping deep passes and 30th against No. 3/No. 4 receivers. It is highly unlikely, however, that you will be able to protect your quarterback and run well enough.
49ers YAC note
The 49ers remain an outstanding YAC-producing team, but they have not become historically reliant on YAC now that Purdy has taken over. The 49ers average depth of target (entering Week 18) of 6.8 yards was the sixth lowest in the league; the Chargers, Giants, Buccaneers, and Bengals (two of those teams should surprise you) had lower aDOT. The 49ers led the NFL with 6.6 yards after catch per reception, but the Chiefs were narrowly behind them by hundredths of a decimal. Deebo Samuel (likely available for the playoffs) led all wide receivers with 8.6 YAC per reception, while Christian McCaffrey was 11th among running backs entering Week 18 at 8.0.
Seahawks Special Teams Note
Thanks to Michael Dickson and coverage units which allowed just 5.9 yards per return, the Seahawks netted 44.4 yards per punt, the second-best figure in the NFL (Chiefs).
It's hard to beat an opponent three times in one season. It's even harder to imagine the Seahawks finding a way to beat the 49ers. 49ers-Packers would have been a more compelling matchup, but the Packers proved unworthy of even getting the chance to be humiliated by the 49ers this time around.
The Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs clinched the first-round byes and the Buffalo Bills played inspired football on Sunday, but the 49ers are currently the best team in the NFL, rookie quarterback be darned.
Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Saturday January 14, 8:15 p.m.
Opening Line: Jaguars (+2.5)
Chargers 2022 Season in a Nutshell
How it Really Happened: A rash of injuries, particularly at receiver and on the offensive line, prevented Justin Herbert from having the MVP-caliber breakout that many expected as the Chargers sputtered to a 6-6 start. Several veterans got healthy in the second half, however, including Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, allowing the Chargers to waltz into a wild-card spot on the backs of some fading late-season opponents.
How Twitter Thinks it Happened: Justin Herbert single-handedly dragged a bunch of addle-brained stumblebums who would have gone negative-6-and-23 without him to the playoffs, and it's a travesty that there are not already Gothic cathedrals named in his honor.
Jaguars Season in a Nutshell
The Jaguars replaced 1980s prime-time soap-opera villain Urban Meyer with the affably competent Doug Pederson and instantly leapt from 3-13 to the top of the AFC South! It's as simple as that!
Oh, and the Jaguars also rebuilt their entire receiver corps through free agency. And got Travis Etienne back after he missed his rookie year. Rookies such as Travon Walker and Andre Cisco have also been a factor.
Come to think of it, some second-year improvement from Trevor Lawrence was likely, no matter who was coaching. And the Jaguars started 3-7, so their improvement was hardly instantaneous. Plus, they caught the Jets with Zach Wilson and the Titans with Josh Dobbs down the stretch.
So … maybe we are making a little too much of the Meyer-to-Pederson thing. Which is fine, because shaming Meyer is appropriate and fun.
Anyway, the Jaguars clinched the AFC South on Saturday night by overcoming multiple mistakes (a fumble on a Silly Special, Lawrence missing a wide-open Zay Jones in the end zone, etc.) to beat the Titans 20-16 on a fourth-quarter fumble return by Josh Allen.
Jaguars Vibe on Offense
Lawrence still displays his inexperience at times, especially when it comes to ball security, but makes throws that only about five other quarterbacks can make. He has also become more decisive and consistent as the season wears on. Christian Kirk is an adequate go-to guy, while other Jaguars receivers take turns alternating between surprising and disappointing and Etienne mixes big plays with fumbles. The offensive line is showing signs of collapse since Walker Little replaced Cam Robinson at left tackle.
Chargers Vibe on Defense
The Chargers defense ranked second in DVOA from Week 13 through Week 17. Like the offense, the Chargers defense has improved as some starters (Joey Bosa) got healthier while others (Michael Davis) have stepped up late in the year.
A Sunday injury to Bosa could prove costly for the Chargers.
Chargers Vibe on Offense
Coordinator Joe Lombardi loves horizontal passing concepts, in part to protect the rookie-laden offensive line, in part because he's just a sideways kind of guy. The Chargers averaged 6.3 air yards per pass attempt entering Week 18, the lowest figure in the league.
The Chargers running game, meanwhile, ranked 26th in second-level yards. So there is much dinking, dunking, 4-yard Austin Ekeler rushing and waiting for Herbert heroics.
A Sunday injury to Williams could prove costly for the Chargers. Brandon Staley is one of those NEVER-EVER RISK A STARTER IN A PRESEASON GAME coaches, but he had multiple starters on the field for a meaningless game on Sunday.
At least Herbert didn't get hurt; smartphones and laptops across the country would have burst into flames.
Jaguars Vibe on Defense
Allen and Walker headline a speedy edge rush. Rayshawn Jenkins produced game-winning plays against the Cowboys (overtime tip-drill pick-six) and Titans (he forced the fumble that Allen returned), but the back seven is extremely vulnerable; the Jaguars pass defense entered Week 18 ranked 29th in DVOA.
A Jaguars Dropped Pass Note
The Jaguars entered Week 18 tied with the Browns and Dolphins for the most dropped passes in the NFL with 37. They were only eighth in dropped pass rate, however, because the Jaguars threw more passes than many other teams.
Zay Jones finished the season with 12 drops (these numbers are final), Christian Kirk with six, and Evan Engram with five.
A Chargers Special Teams Note
DeAndre Carter averaged just 19.1 yards on 26 kickoff returns entering Week 18. As a result, the Chargers' average starting field position after a kickoff was the 24.38-yard line, second-worst (Broncos) in the NFL.
The Chargers are just a more highly evolved version of the Jaguars, so Walkthrough leans toward taking Herbert and company and laying the points. The Williams and Bosa injuries cloud the picture, however. Whatever the result, the Internet popularity of Herbert and Lawrence guarantee that this game will be half as entertaining as your timeline will claim it is.
Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Monday, January 16, 8:15 p.m.
Opening Line: Buccaneers (+3)
Dallas Cowboys 2022 Season in a Nutshell
When Dak Prescott was injured, the Cowboys were pesky, resilient, and resourceful, winning games with a sack-happy defense and clever game plans from coordinator Kellen Moore and maybe head coach Mike McCarthy. Then Prescott returned and the Cowboys went back to being the overdramatic mistake-prone meme factory we all know and love.
Though when you think about it, playing better with the white backup quarterback in the lineup just made the Cowboys even MORE of an overdramatic meme factory.
Buccaneers 2022 Season in a Nutshell
It was as if someone created a little therapeutic space for Tom Brady where he could still be the Eternal Champion, and they called it the NFC South.
Buccaneers Vibe on Offense
Fifty-five minutes of a running game that would bore a 1950s high school coach and lots of creaky-cranky Brady scowls, followed by five minutes of Gandalf shit.
Cowboys Vibe on Defense
Micah Parsons, Tank Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong, and Dante Fowler stir the drink. Trevon Diggs, Donovan Wilson, and Malik Hooker headline a capable secondary. Slot cornerback DaRon Bland looked like a weak link against the Packers but intercepted five passes in his last six games.
Cowboys Vibe on Offense
Prescott led the NFL with 15 interceptions (tied with Davis Mills) despite playing just 12 games, throwing a pick-six early in a not-at-all meaningless Week 18 loss to the Commanders. But some of those interceptions were not his fault, which means interceptions do not matter at all in quarterback evaluation, and shame on us for mentioning it.
You probably know the rest: Tony Pollard is more effective than Ezekiel Elliott but gets fewer touches because Jerrah; CeeDee Lamb is the only true go-to receiver (though the others are more "below average" than "the Bears"); Moore and McCarthy ran out of new ideas in early October.
Buccaneers Vibe on Defense
No longer Super Bowl-caliber but capable of holding weaker opponents to 16 points per game.
Buccaneers First-Down Rushing Note
The Bucs averaged just 3.6 yards per first-down rush entering Week 18, tied with the Colts for the lowest figure in the NFL. They ranked 29th in first-down rushing DVOA but fifth in first-down passing DVOA. Perhaps Todd Bowles and coordinator Byron Leftwich could use this information to shape game-planning a bit. They really have not so far.
Cowboys Red Zone Note
The Cowboys finished the season with 40 red zone touchdowns on 56 trips. The Eagles went 1-of-5 in the red zone on Sunday to finish with 40 touchdowns on 59 trips to give the Cowboys the best red-zone conversion percentage in the NFL.
The Cowboys should rip the Buccaneers to shreds in this Casual Fan Bowl. The Cowboys pass rush should send Brady scampering off to the broadcast booth while Dak/Lamb/Pollard score the 23 points generally needed to put a Buccaneers game out of reach. But the Bucs beat the Cowboys 19-3 in the season opener, and the chance that the Cowboys get swept up in the Brady-ness of things and swept out of the playoffs cannot be understated.
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Sunday, January 15, 1 p.m.
Opening Line: Bills (-10)
Dolphins 2022 Season in a Nutshell
Let's see … there was Unstoppable Tua, Concussed Tua, Figured-Out Tua, Figured-Out AND Concussed Tua, plus various Teddy Bridgewater and Skylar Thompson misadventures.
The 2022 Dolphins remind me of the Chip Kelly Eagles in many ways. They caught the NFL by surprise for a few months. Then opponents learned their limitations, and Kelly could never counter-adjust.
Kelly's Eagles lost their only playoff appearance in 2013 and spent the next two seasons slowly unraveling amid power struggles. Could that happen to the Dolphins? Have you followed the Dolphins franchise over the past few days/months/decades?
Bills 2022 Season in a Nutshell
The Super Bowl favorites entering the season, the Bills had a solution for just about every problem, even the ones they worked very hard to cause for themselves.
Bills Vibe on Offense
The reason superheroes never use their most powerful attacks until the movie's final act is because they don't want to look like Josh Allen. Allen led the NFL in deep-passing DYAR (749) and entered Week 18 seventh in deep-passing DVOA but ranked 12th in short-passing DYAR (733) and 19th in short DVOA.
When Allen isn't attempting to punch holes in the sun (too often throwing interceptions that kept opponents in the game as a result, as he did again on Sunday against the Patriots), the Bills sometimes remember to run the ball and throw underneath to easily pull away from weaker teams. Then they forget and bust out the Snyder Cut tactics the following week.
Dolphins Vibe on Defense
Tough against the run, ordinary against the pass, not quite as reliant on the blitz to provide pressure as it was before Bradley Chubb arrived.
Dolphins Vibe on Offense
Skylar Thompson specializes in running for his life and heaving off his back foot. Tua Tagovailoa appeared to be rediscovering his rhythm before getting injured against the Packers. It's not clear which Dolphins offense will show up in the playoffs, but odds are it won't be the Greatest Show on South Beach that we saw in late October.
Bills Vibe on Defense
Von Miller is long gone, Tre'Davious White has never quite been himself (despite a key Week 18 interception), but the Bills defense remains sound from top to bottom. Playing with the lead helps keep opponents unbalanced: entering Week 18, the Bills averaged a 7.06-point lead when their defense was on the field, the highest figure in the NFL.
Bills Special Teams Note
The Bills punted just 46 times in 2022, by far the lowest figure in the NFL.
Dolphins Special Teams Note
The Dolphins average just 5.8 yards per punt return and 18.1 yards per kickoff return. Jason Sanders finished the season 2-of-6 from 50-plus yards, though he made the last one count.
That line may be a little rich if Tagovailoa returns, but these aren't the Dolphins who played the Bills to a close split in the regular season, and there's no way they're pulling off a road upset in the playoffs.
New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, January 15, 4:30 p.m.
Opening Line: Vikings (-3)
Giants 2022 Season in a Nutshell
How Giants Fans Saw It: Wow, Brian Daboll did a great job rebuilding the team culture while Joe Schoen erased lots of cap mistakes. Now it's time to get serious at quarterback and the skill positions!
How National Observers Saw It: Wow, Brian Daboll did a great job rebuilding the team culture while Joe Schoen erased lots of cap mistakes. Now it's time to get serious at quarterback and the skill positions!
How John Mara Saw It: Daniel Jones is Eli Manning II and Saquon Barkley is Jim Brown. Bestow upon them the budget-busting contracts! Tradition and continuity are what make us great!
Vikings 2022 Season in a Nutshell
The luckiest bunch of flukes to ever luck their way into a fluky lucky division title.
Also, a veteran team full of guys with Pro Bowl pedigrees who have played together for a long time, which might at least partially explain some of the narrow victories and fourth-quarter comebacks.
Vikings Vibe on Offense
Solid, balanced opening drive; mediocre rest-of-first-half; turnover-filled third-quarter disaster; inexplicable fourth-quarter transformation into the 2007 Patriots.
Giants Vibe on Defense
Dexter Lawrence, rookie late-season sensation Kayvon Thibodeaux, and the front four smash everything in sight. What they cannot smash turns around to bite the Giants.
Giants Vibe on Offense
Four-yard Barkley run on first down. Four-yard Jones scramble or designed run on second down. Carefully constructed 3-yard toss to Richie James on third down. Repeat until the Washington Commanders beat themselves.
Vikings Vibe on Defense
Coordinator Ed Donatell encourages his defense full of savvy-but-pokey veterans to bend like a silly straw, but not break. The Vikings ranked 29th in DVOA against short passes and 29th against WR1s entering Week 18
Vikings Penalty Note
The Vikings entered Week 18 with the best net penalty yardage differential in the NFL at +258. Opponents were flagged for pass interference against the Vikings 11 times for 158 yards and defensive holding 11 times for 55 yards entering the final week. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen coaxed four DPI penalties each from defenders. The Vikings offense had been flagged for holding just 11 times, the second-lowest figure in the NFL.
Giants Special Teams Note
Graham Gano was 8-of-9 on 50-plus-yard field goal attempts.
The Vikings managed to draw the least threatening of the NFC wild-card teams. Now all they must do is beat a team they needed a last-second field goal to defeat 27-24 in Week 16 in a rematch. Of course, the Vikings need last-second field goals to defeat everyone. Walkthrough is leaning toward the Giants: if we don't get the upset, at least we get a push if this game ends like all other Vikings games (except for the ones in which they are mortally embarrassed by actual playoff-caliber competition).
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, January 15, 8:15 p.m.
Opening Line: Bengals (-5.5)
Ravens 2022 season in a nutshell
Lamar Jackson's contract squabble and knee injury cast a gloomy shadow over the team's season and future. Gossip-mongers perceive Jackson's lonnnnng convalescence as quiet quitting or a business decision, which reflects poorly on both Jackson and the organization. The Ravens will go nowhere with Tyler Huntley (let alone Anthony Brown) in the playoffs, but Jackson's absence cost the team winnable December/January games and left them behind the playoff-seeding 8-ball.
Bengals 2022 Season in a Nutshell
They're the defending AFC champions. They employ two of the NFL's most exciting young stars in Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase. They overcame an 0-2 start and a midseason Chase injury to win 12 games. But the Bengals are a small-market team with a miniscule fanbase, which is why we placed this capsule last.
Bengals Vibe on Offense
Burrow learned to manage the pocket better when his offensive line was still wearing name tags at the start of the season. He also grew more comfortable working underneath when Chase was gone. Zac Taylor finally turned to Page 2 of the rushing section of his playbook in midseason and got positive results from both Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine.
Both Taylor and Burrow appeared to unlearn those lessons a bit late in the season, especially after Hakeem Adeniji stepped in for injured La'el Collins at right tackle. A Week 18 injury to guard Alex Cappa merits monitoring.
Ravens Vibe on Defense
Still sturdy but buckling under the weight of trying to win 17-9 and 13-3 games, and also very vulnerable to the deep ball: the Ravens rank 31st in DVOA against deep passes entering Week 18. That's not a weakness you want against this particular opponent.
Ravens Vibe on Offense
With Jackson: A top-10 unit, despite a receiver corps that reads like a 2018 fantasy bench, at least until it's time to convert a critical fourth-and-1, when Wanda Maximoff shows up to settle an old grudge by warping probability itself.
Without Jackson: A blurry copy of a copy of a copy of the Jackson offense, or what the Patriots would look like if Mac Jones could run a tiny bit.
Bengals Vibe on Defense
Awesome up the middle, good enough on the edges. D.J. Reader has brought the thunder since returning to the lineup in Week 11. Logan Wilson is a force as a run defender and in underneath coverage. Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell are among the NFL's best safety duos. The cornerbacks aren't great, but at least there are plenty of them.
Bengals Special Teams Note
Ken Huber averaged just 37.4 net yards per punt, with nine punts inside the 20 on 31 kicks. Since taking over against the Steelers, Drue Chrisman has averaged 42.6 yards per punt with 13 punts inside the 20 on 28 kicks.
Ravens Fourth-Down Note
The Ravens finished the season 8-of-20 on fourth-down conversions, with two failures in Week 18: bad, but not catastrophic. They ranked 19th in power success and 20th in offensive DVOA on third-/fourth-and-short. But from Jackson's fumble at the 1-yard line against the Dolphins in Week 2 to Patrick Ricard getting stuffed at the 7-yard line in a 13-3 loss to the Browns in Week 15 to an early-game fourth-and-1 stop on Sunday, it's tempting to suggest that the Ravens should throw the analytics out the window and play for field goals.
The Ravens have no shot without Jackson. With Jackson, this game may come down to the health of the Bengals offensive line: the Ravens secondary has little to worry about if Burrow is on the run. At least we were spared the dreaded "coin toss" scenario; the Bengals earned homefield advantage in this game. If Jackson emerges from his Yurt of Mystery and Drama, they may actually need it.
Week 18 (and some 2022 Season) Awards!
Let's start with a few end-of-year categories, then award this week's supporting actors and randos.
Offensive Line of the Year
The Eagles, 49ers, and other lines had outstanding seasons, but this award can only go to the Detroit Lions offensive line, which was tasked with making Jared Goff look effective when throwing to a skill-position corps populated by upstarts and unknowns. So let's hear it for Taylor Decker, Frank Ragnow, Penei Sewell, Jonah Jackson, Evan Brown, and backups Dan Skipper, Logan Sternberg, and Kayode Awosika. Yeah, some of those backups got pushed around, but they were still part of the pack.
Sorry you were eliminated from the postseason without getting a chance to state your case in Week 18, Lions. Enjoy being the Next Big Thing all offseason!
Special Teamer of the Year
Ryan Stonehouse of the Titans broke an 80-year-old yards-per-punt record set by Sammy Baugh. Greg Joseph nearly crammed Adam Vinatieri's entire career of late-game heroics into one season. But Keisean Nixon came from nowhere to completely flip the script for the Packers special teams at a point when they needed to get serious in all three phases.
Defender of the Year
Nick Bosa: 18.5 sacks, 48 (forty-eight) quarterback hits. 'Nuff said.
Best Supporting Actor in Someone Else's Highlight
Runner up goes to Colts defender Rodney Thomas, who inadvertently helped his team in the long run by letting this Davis Mills-to-Jordan Akins Hail Easterby sail through his hands:
— NFL (@NFL) January 8, 2023
One two-point conversion later, the Texans had a victory and the Bears earned the first overall pick as a result. Assuming the Bears realize that they don't need a quarterback (a huge assumption), the Colts or some other team can now trade up for their choice of Bryce Young or others, something which would not have been possible if the Texans had lost.
As for the Texans sabotaging their own effort to pick first overall: their loss is competitive integrity's gain. Tanking is bad for the game and boring to watch. Giving some rookies and backups a late-season look is fine, but no one wants the players on the field to play to lose. No one wants Lovie Smith to coach his team to lay down either, and ABSOLUTELY no one wants ownership telling coaches to tell their players to lay down.
So what the Texans did on Sunday was a good thing. Roast them for a thousand other foolish things over the last five years, but don't roast them for doing their jobs and playing with pride.
Anyway, the real BSASEH winners were the BillsMafia, all 70,000 of them in attendance at Highmark Stadium, on Nyheim Hines' first of two kickoff return touchdowns on the afternoon.
The @BuffaloBills return the opening kick. You couldn't write this script.
— NFL (@NFL) January 8, 2023
What do you think, Damar Hamlin?
Love you more! 🏾3️⃣💕 https://t.co/ZWPFDY627L
— 𝐃𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐇𝐚𝐦𝐥𝐢𝐧 (@HamlinIsland) January 8, 2023
Watching Hamlin Tweet about as frequently as Walkthrough on Sunday afternoon was more inspiring than watching anything that happened on the field. Nothing screams "road to recovery" like too much screen time.
Burn This Play!
Some trick plays work much better on a quiet practice field in the middle of the week than they ever could in a pulsating playoff-atmosphere stadium: they are so over-engineered that they are begging to become turnovers if the adrenaline is really flowing.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 8, 2023
That was one of those trick plays.
Rando of the Week
Let's see, there's Paul Wane, the Florida Man and Master of the Telecaster who went full DUUUUUUUUUUUUUVALLLLLL on the National Anthem
They really got a guy who looks like he jobbed to Arn Anderson on a 1995 episode of WCW Saturday Night to shred the national anthem.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are truly America’s team. pic.twitter.com/BM8z04Z0pJ
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) January 8, 2023
There's also Raiders "We Deserve Better" Fan, who looks a lot like my Uncle Carmine and speaks for so many of us on so many topics.
raiders fans have been holding up this sign since 2003 pic.twitter.com/cRy2eY1aNt
— Austin Gayle (@austingayle_) January 7, 2023
But let's use this space to honor Buffalo Bills trainer Danny Kellington, who saved Damar Hamlin's life with his quick medical attention on Monday Night:
— Dion Dawkins (@DDawkins66) January 5, 2023
A "rando" can be a hero, and a hero can be a rando. In fact, most heroes are doctors, nurses, first responders, teachers, and other everyday folks who react quickly and wisely when they are the first on the scene of a crisis. Thank heavens for workaday heroes like Kellington; an emergency is never more than a heartbeat away, and our lives are always in one another's hands.