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Division Wrap 1: Top Seeds

Posted by Radatz on January 14, 2018 at 12:10 AM


We saw two top seeds win, one anticipated, the other perhaps not. One game was a blowout; the other was close, low-scoring and a shade controversial.



PHI 15 ATL 10: It was sort of heartwarming to see the maligned Nick Foles engineer a low-scoring win for the Eagles, but this somewhat poorly-officiated game had a climax nobody mentioned. When Clement got the first down at the end following Atlanta's ill-timed offside, I ran it back several times and each time it verified my initial observation that Clement's knee was down with the ball a foot or more short of the spot needed to ice the game. NBC never even showed a replay. The booth acted like nothing happened. Hmmmm sez I. Falcon fans probably also thought Jones, who "fell down" in the end zone on Atlanta's final offensive play, was helped fairly forcefully. Then again, the refs practically gifted Atlanta their first TD.


Having such a good game's key plays come down to officiating (or lack thereof) is a shame. Assuming these things had nothing to do with the outcome (which they may have), what was the key? There were several. Good as Ryan was, Foles actually outplayed him on paper after a hot 2nd half. Coleman was pretty good; Freeman was useless. Ajayi led Philly in rushing but was largely useless also. Clement ran once for the aforementioned 4 1/2 yards for which he was credited with the 5 which ended the game. Both teams clearly targeted the run, but you have to assume Atlanta sold out more with Foles in the game. Both coaches brainfarted timeouts away. But ultimately it probably really came down to 4th and goal from the 2. Despite falling or being knocked down, Jones had a shot at a good jump ball tossed by Ryan and couldn't get it. Perhaps the refs were wary about handing Atlanta a 1st-and-goal from the 1 for illegal contact, considering Atlanta's first scoring drive.


We also got Company Guy Collinsworth in all his glory. Everything he saw was subject to a shameless promo. Then again he's a product of his times. It's now entertainment first.



NE 35 TEN 14: Bye weeks have been a mixed blessing for NE lately. True to form, they came out stale, Tennessee scored and led after the 1st quarter, and Romo was rockin', analyzing how the Titans physically had what it took to derail the Patriots. Within minutes they tied the game. Not long after he was griping about every call that went against Tennessee or didn't go against New England. He steadied down after the half, possibly after a pep talk, and watched the physically overmatched Patriots stifle the Tennessee running game and sack Mariota 8 times while running up 35 straight points. His new analysis was that the Titans had lost RT Conklin. Actually, losing Jerry Kramer, Fuzzy Thurston and Forrest Gregg probably wouldn't have excused what happened. It was the one thing nobody seemed to have anticipated (except NE) and turned an early contest into a crushing rout as the Patriot offense similarly outplayed the vaunted Titan D. By late in the game, Romo was a fan-boy.


Theories of a fractured locker room and front office took a similar bath. Even with two games to go, it's a safe bet that NE will be seen as the team to beat at the end of the weekend. Ultimately, they looked that good after starting out that bad.


Statistically, it seemed surreal that Brady threw 53 times. The NE offense seemed rushing-dominated for large portions of the game and, in fact, they ran for 100 yards. But the fact was that NE just ran a lot of plays (80) using up-tempo on a number of drives in midgame, several of which were clock chompers. Neither team had a turnover.


But perhaps the most amazing stat of this game is historical. New England goes to its SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE AFC title game.


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19 Comments

Reply the immortal scurds
12:24 AM on January 14, 2018 
officiating aside, the falcon play calling was atrocious, that shovel pass........at some point ryan needs to just change the dam play. i saw another blown game by the falcons more than an eagle team stepping up. julio jones was playing hurt i guarantee.
Reply the immortal scurds
12:30 AM on January 14, 2018 
as for the pats, sigh. gotta love listening to romo retracting like cnn his comment about the pats cheating with the game clock. lol one og the best moments of the seasonj! if the clock was being controlled by the league in that game, then its the leafue who is cheating. lol. he mist have really gotten scolded. hahahaaa. i think romo knows the league.
Reply Radatz
12:31 AM on January 14, 2018 
The weather may have had something to do with Jones' performance, who knows? Or maybe Schwartz threw stuff at Ryan and his OC that they couldn't handle.

In Foxboro it started playable and went to frigid as NE turned it up and TEN shut down.

I thought the replay vindicated the clock time at the half, the OPI and the reversed call. Romo and Collinsworth should have a debate.
Reply the immortal scurds
12:37 AM on January 14, 2018 
but the game was won finally on a 16 play ne drive that included 3 egregiouslt dubiuos penalty first downs. . gronk push offs really r legendary. the league needs a referee turnover worse than congress
Reply the immortal scurds
12:42 AM on January 14, 2018 
i hate the way romo does his pre snap reads on every single down of the game.like gruden.,
Reply Radatz
12:52 AM on January 14, 2018 
the immortal scurds says...
but the game was won finally on a 16 play ne drive that included 3 egregiouslt dubiuos penalty first downs. . gronk push offs really r legendary. the league needs a referee turnover worse than congress

So it would have been won on the next drive. The only reason the calls were 'egregious' was that they benefited NE so Romo called 'em that way.

ps Bruins beat the Habs at the Bell Forum.
Reply Radatz
12:54 AM on January 14, 2018 
the immortal scurds says...
i hate the way romo does his pre snap reads on every single down of the game.like gruden.,

If he ever loses the cheerleader complex I think he'll be pretty good. Collinsworth has become just another NFL toady. Maybe he's nervous about being too old and getting replaced by Kim Kardashian.
Reply the immortal scurds
12:58 AM on January 14, 2018 
it was bad, really really bad
Reply Radatz
12:59 AM on January 14, 2018 
the immortal scurds says...
it was bad, really really bad

What was bad? Montreal? Atlanta? NE? At least you picked NE, didn't you?
Reply the immortal scurds
1:26 AM on January 14, 2018 
the reffing in the pat game. its already a raging controversy
Reply Radatz
1:29 AM on January 14, 2018 
At 35-14 with the last TD a gift? With whom? Sounds like a Darwin Award exam.
Reply the immortal scurds
3:24 AM on January 14, 2018 
youll be hearing all about it for awhile
Reply vapor5
7:25 AM on January 14, 2018 
Atlanta has been erratic the entire season and this game was no different.
Reply Radatz
2:48 PM on January 14, 2018 
the immortal scurds says...
youll be hearing all about it for awhile

Like Russian collusion? You never saw that before because NY never overturned bad calls before this year. End of story on that.

I can't help it if your guys hired Julien.
Reply Radatz
2:50 PM on January 14, 2018 
vapor5 says...
Atlanta has been erratic the entire season and this game was no different.

Ryan looked good except when he had to, but I think it's on Quinn and his OC. Eagle D was good and so was Foles, though.
Reply the immortal scurds
4:38 PM on January 14, 2018 
Radatz says...
Ryan looked good except when he had to, but I think it's on Quinn and his OC. Eagle D was good and so was Foles, though.


totally.
Reply the immortal scurds
4:39 PM on January 14, 2018 
Radatz says...
Like Russian collusion? You never saw that before because NY never overturned bad calls before this year. End of story on that.

I can't help it if your guys hired Julien.


i didnt ask for him thats for sure
Reply Radatz
6:27 PM on January 14, 2018 
Speaking of Russian collusion... I didn't see much of the game but what I saw seemed to be a gang of Russkies doing a weave. They were good too. What's with the losing record?
Reply the immortal scurds
10:01 PM on January 14, 2018 
Radatz says...
Speaking of Russian collusion... I didn't see much of the game but what I saw seemed to be a gang of Russkies doing a weave. They were good too. What's with the losing record?


i dont have a good take on them. does anyone?