Conference Championship Games make your picks!
Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:49 PM
"It's like going from Alcatraz to Dorney Park."
It is better to destroy than create what is meaningless, so the picture will not be finished.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:59 PM
"I'm glad that the Gillette field was soft and messy
since I spent so much time down on it."-Tom Brady
Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:21 AM
New England were always in control against Houston and I don't think Flacco is good enough to keep stride with Brady.
I'll take the 49ers over Atlanta. Seattle should really have won yesterday - they should have had six points on the board at half time rather than zero, which would have made the difference in the game, while their defence was pitiful in allowing Atlanta to move within field goal range at the end. The Falcons' defence didn't seem capable of containing Russell Wilson, so Colin Kaepernick (if he avoids making daft mistakes like on their opening drive against Green Bay) should be capable of having another big day. Plus I wasn't overly impressed with Matt Ryan yesterday even if he did throw three TDs as his two INTs came following really poor decisions.
Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:21 PM
First, let's look at the Texans here, throughout most of the season. For the final five games of the regular season, which was incredibly for the Texans, their offense only elicited an average of 17.8 ppg (18 points per game rounded). For an offense that has all those stars, to have what totals just to two touchdowns and a Field Goal, not a team that was going to head into New England and shock the world.
The Baltimore Ravens, who admittedly have had a God awful defense up until the playoffs, have had a very decent offense as of late since it has averaged around 23 points per game. Definitely short of New England by 7, but at least it's a touchdown difference, which is perfectly at least plausible to beat.
Another interesting thing to note here, when Baltimore faced New England last season, they had the pressure of facing all the people New England has right now (exception to VeReen and Ridley) AND Gronkowski. Gronk is out indefinitely cause it's pretty obvious he broke his arm after that play. Now New England still has had a more than dominant offense without Gronkowski in the game, but since he's out, Ravens have a lot of film to look at with New England.
Other interesting stat to look at, the level of competition. in terms of New England, the combined records of all the teams they beat was 68-75-1, and against legitimate competition (playoff teams, including potential) they have a losing record of 2-3
The last stat would be for the Ravens level of competition, which is at a total of 68-73. Similar, however in terms of the level of competition, 5-4 (final game they used replacements, doesn't count in my eyes.) If there's anything to take away from that it's at least the notion that the Ravens have played a lot more competitive teams this year than New England, and it has lead to them being one step away, just like New England, to the Super Bowl.
And never forget, who knows what factor Ray Lewis will be forcing into the team. They have played at another level these past two weeks since Ray announced his retirement at the end of the run. It's gonna be a good game guys, so don't give up yet that we'll be seeing New England and San Fran again in the Super Bowl.
Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:44 PM
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