NFL Playoffs Day One, Where No Fan Won

Despite the announcers’ continual lavishing of praise upon the Green Bay Packers, and in particular on their defense and their now healthy defensive backfield, tonight’s playoff game against the Vikings was not nearly the one sided game they thought they were watching. Viking receivers were open all night against the touted Packers’ secondary, and any one of the top 20 or so NFL quarterbacks, probably including the injured Christian Ponder, could have made this a close game, and one in which the Vikings could have won. However, while last minute sub Joe Webb continually eluded the Packers’ rush, and had time to locate receivers, he continually threw wild, sometimes under throwing, but most often overthrowing, an open receiver.

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I saw that Tuesday night game at the end of the 2010 season were Webb made his first NFL start and played the entire game, outplaying Michael Vick and beating the Eagles, but I remember thinking then that he looked like a great athlete who could run the ball and evade the rush, but that while he had a really strong arm, he needed much improved accuracy to ever become a good NFL quarterback. He has played sparingly since that night, and despite what I am sure have been relentless practices and coaching sessions, his still horrible accuracy was the difference in tonight’s game. The game ended with the Vikings

at the GB 15 yard line. Had there been 30 seconds more to play, the game would quite possibly have ended 24 to 17, a one score difference. How many opportunities did the Vikings miss due to bad throws by Webb? A few more completions and there would have been more running room for Adrian Peterson, and all those Green Bay platitudes aside, Minnesota could have won the game.

The game completed a day of boring, lackluster playoff football, with both games being total disappointments to any real fan. The Vikings-Packers game at least had some talented players on the field, and with Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson, any play had the potential of being a highlight. The earlier Houston-Cincinnati game however, was a total yawn. Neither team resembled a real playoff team, and despite the Texans totally outplaying the Bengals despite the close score, they will be one and out after next week’s trip to New England. Fellow vegan Arian Foster had his usual fine performance, and a hot second half by Matt Schaub kept the ball in the Texans’ hands, dominating time of possession by almost two-to-one for the game. Despite an awful performance by Andy Dalton and a mere 80 yards on the ground, the six point differential says a lot. It says that the Texans, as they have shown for much of the second half of the season, are pretenders, and like so many such pretenders in various sports over the last few years, most notably the 2009-2010 61-21 Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, they rolled thought the regular season with a gaudy record, but are shown up as mediocre in the playoffs.

Some better games appear to be on tap for tomorrow. The Ravens’ game against Indianapolis is promising, and I plan to thoroughly enjoy seeing Washington beat the crap out of that miserable scum uncle petey and his Seahawks.

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6 Responses to NFL Playoffs Day One, Where No Fan Won

  1. Dr. Pepper says:

    I bet if Webb and Rodgers exchanged teams, the Vikings would have beat the Packers. Regarding the other game, didn’t the Houston team perform poorly going into the playoffs (after a great start of the season)? On the other hand, had the Rams kept Namath for the entire season, they would have gone to the Super Bowl… well, probably just to the picnic with Mr. and Mrs. Jonah… Also, had the Dodgers not traded Wills to Montreal, he could have played banjo during the Dodger Blue week of 1967…

    • theHoundDawg says:

      “I bet if Webb and Rodgers exchanged teams, the Vikings would have beat the Packers.” Absolutely. Even a healthy Christian Ponder might have been able to win the game for the Vikings. Maybe even Joe Kapp or Fran Tarkington.

      As for the Rams, they should have brought back Bill Munson – he would have gotten the job done. OR, they could have put Wills in at QB, and Montreal could have made Namath into a shortstop. Or not.

  2. Dr. Pepper says:

    Also, why does your banner show mostly (as opposed to partly) deceased people??

  3. theHoundDawg says:

    Only Coach Wooden and Big D are deceased, that I know of. I have no idea about the guy trying to guard Jerry West.

    And what are the standards to determine 1) if someone is partly deceased, and 2) if someone is mostly deceased?

  4. Dr. Pepper says:

    Re: SF vs. Atlanta. With a few seconds remaining in the game (6 seconds, I think), SF leading 28 to 24; no times outs left [both teams]; SF in possession, 4th down, deep in their own territory… SF decided to punt from inside their 15 yard line (I believe). Looking back, was this the best strategy? I think NOT. What if the punt were blocked? What is Atlanta recovered the ball inside the TD line… Atlanta would have won! As it turned out, Atlanta got possession around mid-field and tried a last-second desperation pass… what if they scored? Again, a potentially dangerous situation. If I were the SF coach, I would not have attempted a punt (after all, Atlanta would be coming in full force to try and block the kick). Instead, I would have had the SF QB over center. Snap the ball to him, have him run around toward the end zone for the remaining 6 seconds and then run out of bounds for a safety. Then, the score would have been SF: 28; Atlanta: 26 … with time having run out. In my opinion, this would have been a very safe play for SF, since it would not have given Atlanta an opportunity to take the game into their own hands (be it a blocked punt; a Hail Mary pass; etc.). SF would have run out the clock on a very safe play… and, since neither team had a time out left, the game would have ended on the safety! Comments??

  5. theHoundDawg says:

    Generally coaches do not like that kind of play and you will never, at least in the NFL, see it. What if Kaepernick fumbled in the end zone and an Atlanta defender fell on it for a TD giving Atlanta the win as time ran out? Ok – less likely than a blocked punt or a runback for a TD, but my name, unlike that of EVERY SINGLE NFL HEAD COACH IN THIS YEAR’S SUPERBOWL, is NOT Harbaugh!

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