In a weekend largely defined by blowouts, we ended wildcard weekend with an instant classic. From the first round of playoff football, from the obvious to the no-so-obvious, from Megatron to a Tebow prayer answered, these past 48 hours were certainly something to take note of. So we did; 10 of them, actually.
1. Sure, they took the L on Saturday, but Cincy has something very, very fruitful in Andy Dalton and AJ Green (Jerome Simpson, too). In hindsight, expecting a team led by rookies to march into enemy territory to take on a defense which has been one of the league’s best all season was probably too much to overcome.
2. Andre Johnson made Pacman Jones look foolish on his 40 yard TD grab from TJ Yates.
3. Speaking of Houston, don’t exactly count them out vs. Baltimore. Arian Foster looked like a man possessed on Saturday and even had this year’s Marshawn Lynch’s “so-much-determination-doe” moment.
4. Megatron is that dude. There’s not much more to be said about him. Twelve receptions for 211 yards and two touchdowns. Good Lord. The Lions still need a consistent running game though.
5. What will be interesting to see if the Saints offense can continue to look as dominate when they travel to San Francisco next week. That being said, Drew Brees makes orchestrating an offense appear easier than a Republican party joke.
6. As a Cowboys fan, I hate the Giants. The Applebee’s in Harlem on 125th & Madison can testify to that. However, they can be your worst nightmare in the playoffs. Their front four is downright illegal at times and shout out to Hakeem Nicks for bringing back the “Dirty Bird!” Even Jamal Anderson approved!
7. New York proved something else on Sunday though. Atlanta sports, while entertaining at times, are not to be trusted. It may be about time to retire the nickname “Matty Ice,” too. Buddy’s 0-3 in the playoffs. And why the hell wasn’t Michael Turner in on that 4th & 1?
8. Give credit to Pittsburgh for battling back from being down 14 at halftime to tie the game up. I think everyone in America thought Big Ben would lead them to at least a game winning field goal as time died down in the fourth quarter.
9. I’ll refrain from a Tebow passing for 316 yards/John 3:16 joke seeing how it’s overdone already. But Tebow’s 80 yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in overtime was one of the wildest and most exciting plays in playoff history. There’s not even room for debate with that, so don’t bother trying.
10. Want to know why sports are the greatest drama? Follow this chain of events:
— Josh McDaniels drafted Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas.
— Josh McDaniels was hired to become the Patriots offensive coordinator next season following Bill O’Brien’s departure to Penn State. He actually starts next Sunday as an offensive assistant however.
— The Patriots play the Broncos Sunday.
See you next weekend, folks. We get to do this all over again.