Eagles boot Giants,: while Patriots take Jets.
posted by justgary to football at 11:10 PM - 20 comments
Was nervous all week, confident they could do it but would they? Shaky at times but over all I thought they looked pretty darn good. Take back a rookie penalty and add another seven points. Back to the Big Easy to exact a little revenge. Hit 'em low, hit 'em high, and watch our Eagles fly!! Fly Eagles fly on the road to victory!! E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!
posted by GoBirds at 12:16 AM on January 08
@ 5-6 all us Philly fans could do is think about next season and/or what went wrong after starting 4-1. Philly's best D-lineman went down early (week 2), then the franchise QB was lost for the year. Now after 6 straight wins and a division title, all we can think about is winning 3 more games. Is this a monster Superbowl team? Not likely. Will I bet or pick against them in the playoffs this year? Not likely. Will Brian Westbrook pick up where Tiki Barber left off in the NFC East? He already has. Eagles vs. Giants was smashmouth football at it's best. Both QB's throwing under 200 yrds and both teams producing 135 yrd+ rushers. Back and forth running action with a TD pass here and there ending with both teams tied with 3 seconds on the clock. After 2 recent games end with botched holds, Philly's Koy Detmer was resigned before the game (after being cut a few months back) and in a steady rain, in a pressure situation, working with a different long snapper, for the playoff win, the holder grabs a slightly high snap and gets it down like clockwork. The kick is good. The AFC match-ups look like 2 Superbowls themselves. Some scary good football is ahead.
posted by Bishop at 12:51 AM on January 08
Oh come on people these playoffs have gone just the way their records would say they would! Wild card teams that can at least say they made it, but let's be honest, thats about it. Now that we have the wanted to be teams outa the way, the real playoff's can begin. That wildcard thing was put in so the NFL could make the season longer, and make more money.
posted by robi8259 at 03:35 AM on January 08
The loss of Lito Sheppard is bad, bad, bad news for Philadelphia. Can't wait for this weekend's games. Is it Saturday yet?
posted by SummersEve at 06:13 AM on January 08
Eli Manning was adopted!
posted by mrc237 at 07:13 AM on January 08
That wildcard thing was put in so the NFL could make the season longer, and make more money. And so the Steelers (last year), the Ravens (2000) could win Super Bowl championships from the wild-card position. I believe nine wild card teams have advanced to the Super Bowl. That being said, I do think this year's wild-card teams were more along the line of pretenders. Most were tripping over themselves practically all season, and were probably more surprised than anything to find themselves in the hunt.
posted by dyams at 07:22 AM on January 08
Now that we have the wanted to be teams outa the way, the real playoffs can begin. That wildcard thing was put in so the NFL could make the season longer, and make more money. Yep, you can say that the New England, Oakland, Baltimore, Denver, and last years Pittsburgh world championships teams that were wildcard teams weren't worth a damn, I reckon.
posted by mjkredliner at 07:28 AM on January 08
On review, Dyams beat me to the punch, and said what I felt about my Cowboys all year very eloquently. Tripping over themselves, indeed.
posted by mjkredliner at 07:31 AM on January 08
Let's face it, Kansas City went from practically no-one knowing their record to facing the Colts. It was a case of 'Huh, they're in the playoffs, how did that happen?' after the Denver game last week. They were the playoff team that wandered in off the street. For the Giants, it was an extra week of suffering before the backstabbing could resume. Of the four losers, the Jets were probably most deserving of their spot, and had the AFC matchups been switched, at least one of them might have been more competitive.
posted by etagloh at 08:00 AM on January 08
Honestly, though, didn't Romo, sitting on the field after his blunder, remind Cowboys a little of Jackie Smith in Super Bowl XIII?
posted by dyams at 08:39 AM on January 08
when I saw that long snap go high, i almost creamed my pants and thought about how karma was coming back to kiss me after the Giants long snapper botched the game against the Niners a few years back. but... detmer nailed that hold and put it down perfectly, laces out and everything. Finkel and Einhorn would have been proud. Giants didn't deserve to win that game, but I wouldn't get too pumped if I was an Eagles fan. The fact that they only beat the Giants by 3 is pretty sad. And even if they do make the bowl, the Pats, Ravens, Colts, Chargers (take your pick) will destroy them. So, Philly, be prepared for some dissapointment of your own.
posted by antwan at 09:20 AM on January 08
That same kind of talk was going on around here about World Series time, too, if I recall...
posted by mjkredliner at 10:15 AM on January 08
'Of the four losers, the Jets were probably most deserving of their spot, and had the AFC matchups been switched, at least one of them might have been more competitive' This makes great sense, How exactly? Jets are just a product of weak schedule (NE is only team above .500 that they beat) Dont tell me u didnt see this coming The only team I feel Bad for are the Cowboys, got a Bad break on late 3rd down (after replay) and it just spiralled down from there on
posted by andyscool at 11:08 AM on January 08
In every case, I think the best team won on the day, even the Pats (though as a Jets fan, there's an awful lot of optimism going into next year). Some years, on the whole, the Wild Card games are real nailbiters, and some years, like this one, they're placeholders. (I love that Peyton Manning can complete 30 of 38 passes in a convincing win, and still be considered to have had a bad day.) But yeah, next week is where the drama starts to thicken.
posted by chicobangs at 11:48 AM on January 08
(I love that Peyton Manning can complete 30 of 38 passes in a convincing win, and still be considered to have had a bad day.) It's the ones he completed to Ty Law that people are thinking of, chico.
posted by lil_brown_bat at 12:03 PM on January 08
No more Giants. Hurrah. The constant sideline shots of this team during a telecast is boring to everyone but New York Giant fans. Tiki Barber is first class and and fun to watch and is the only Giant that I would like to see win a Super Bowl (with another team). The Jets will be good and are ahead of the Giants for next year but have to play in the AFC and not get a cakewalk thru the NFC conference. Not a Jet fan.
posted by NoSpin at 04:07 PM on January 08
I wouldn't get too pumped if I was an Eagles fan. The fact that they only beat the Giants by 3 is pretty sad. And even if they do make the bowl, the Pats, Ravens, Colts, Chargers (take your pick) will destroy them. So, Philly, be prepared for some dissapointment of your own. Antwan: Us Philly fans are just happy they made it after a really odd season. The chances of getting anywhere from here on is slim, but its better than a lot of other teams that have already cleaned out there lockers!
posted by myshtigo at 05:17 PM on January 08
Are you really surprised?
posted by yay-yo at 06:29 PM on January 08
Yeah, I know, LBB, but still, if any other QB in the league had a day where only 5 of their 38 passes hit the ground, that'd be a pretty good sign. The big news was that Pey-Pey was not the best player on his team, for once. And frankly, that bodes well for the Colts going into next week. (Not that they're a shoo in to win, but if Sanders & Freeney show up like that again, I think they have at least a fair shot.)
posted by chicobangs at 09:11 PM on January 08
The pats are for real.
posted by LA_Dude at 07:36 PM on January 14
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