New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints finally came up with the right plan for outdoor playoff football in cold weather. It got them their first postseason road victory.
Ten years after Drew Brees led Westlake High School to the Texas state championship, Nick Foles came along and broke many of his passing records but couldn’t deliver another title for the Austin-based school.
Every game this weekend has fascinating plots, from Cincinnati trying to break its playoff futility to the Frozen Tundra earning its sobriquet with a 30-below wind chill expected Sunday.
Seattle has already faced, and beaten, both the Saints and 49ers this season but not the Packers. Does the unknown help or hurt a team in the Playoffs?
Last year, the 49ers made an improbable run to the Super Bowl, before falling one play short of reaching the ultimate team goal. They lost to the Baltimore Ravens, a more experienced team that rode momentum all the way to a Championship. This year it’s San Francisco who fits this description and unlike last year, the Niners have everything in place to get past the rest of the NFC.
The Cincinnati Bengals had a great season and are looking forward to welcoming the San Diego Chargers into Paul Brown Stadium for the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Even with that game on the immediate horizon, the 2014 opponents for the Bengals have now been set.
You again? It begins with the Colts hosting the Chiefs on Saturday. At night, in the only first-round game not involving teams that faced each other this season, New Orleans is at Philadelphia.
Both the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers sit tied atop the NFC South at 10-4. One of them will emerge as the winner of the conference in two weeks. The question is, who will secure the division title?
The Jets coach said this week he’s talked at length to his brother Rob, defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, about stopping Cam Newton and the Panthers.
At some point, even if they won’t admit it, Gus Bradley and his Jacksonville Jaguars must have wondered if a victory would come this season. They can stop wondering.
Here’s a stunner: The Jets would be in the playoffs if the regular season ended today. Yes, those Jets. The group many thought would struggle to come close to last year’s total of six wins.
Most experts also had the Jets penciled in as 3-6 heading into their bye. Muhammad Wilkerson and Co. obviously had other ideas, beating two of the three first-place teams they faced during the hardest part of their schedule.
The Jets graduated Sunday. They beat a good Saints team, led by a good quarterback in Drew Brees, 26-20, through timely offense and fantastic defense.
What makes sports so fascinating to watch? You can’t know for certain what will transpire.
Rex Ryan’s defense outperformed twin Rob’s unit as the New York Jets upset the New Orleans Saints 26-20 Sunday.