Here’s The Thing – 12 Days Of The NFL Playoff Chase

By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
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We’re back, friends and you! As we barrel headfirst down the home stretch of both Christmas and the NFL Playoff race, I’d like to take today and do a Here’s The Thing version of the Twelve Days Of Christmas. I’d like to, but I don’t have nearly enough time for that song, and it’s really difficult to sing that “ladies dancing” part without making cheap stripper jokes and snickering like a 12 year old. So let’s just talk about the playoff chase, shall we? [Read more…]

Reid’s NFL Picks: Road Dogs in the Divisional Playoffs

By Reid Kerr
PSDC Offensive Coordinator

Before moving on to the next round, a couple of thoughts on the playoff teams who are now out. Congratulations! You’re all better than Philadelphia.

In Arizona, Bruce Arians has got to be the coach of the year. The Cardinals were using a practice squad quarterback and the worst pro punter I’ve ever seen, and still stayed in the game. I haven’t seen a postseason offense that bad since…well, Texas against Arkansas a couple of days ago. [Read more…]

Seattle Rallies to Top San Francisco in NFC Championship

By Brandon Davidson
PSDC Writer

It was an instant classic in Seattle, as Pete Carroll’s group came from behind in the fourth quarter to lock up the franchise’s second trip to the Super Bowl.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Richard Sherman batted Colin Kaepernick’s pass to linebacker Malcolm Smith to seal the Seahawk’s 23-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Moments later, he stood next to Erin Andrews and screamed into a camera that he was the best corner in the NFL.

This was a fitting end for two teams were on a collision course to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVIII. [Read more…]

Broncos Buck Their Way To The Super Bowl, AFC Title Game Recap

By Joe  Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Peyton Manning continued his legacy building tour by leading the Denver Broncos over New England to earn Peyton and the boys a Super Bowl reprise. The final score was 26-16, but it didn’t really seem that close.

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

Manning carved up the Patriot defense to the tune of 400 yards passing, and Denver controlled the tempo of the game. Tom Brady, who seems to be turning into a perennial bridesmaid, was off all day, missing open receivers downfield and the Patriots were unable to generate any running game. New England was exposed as an average team that worked their way to a 13-5 record with smoke and mirrors. The injuries and loss of other key personnel finally came back to bite them and their mediocrity was exposed by Denver. After CB Aqib Talib went out with an injury, Manning shot fish in a barrel and shredded the Pats’ mostly toothless defense. [Read more…]

Don’t Be Offended By Richard Sherman, Embrace Him

By Ryan Haidinger
PSDC Writer

By now I’m sure you’ve seen Richard Sherman’s little outburst after Sunday’s NFC Championship game. The thing is, if you’ve followed Sherman at all in the past few years this shouldn’t have surprised you. Sherman is one of the best players in the game, and he’ll tell anyone willing to listen.

Like many of you I was shocked at what I saw after the game. Only my shock wasn’t with Sherman in the seconds after, it was with everyone else hours after the game. People flocked to Twitter to call Sherman out for being a “classless thug” and worrying about his effect on humanity. Here’s the thing, Richard Sherman did nothing wrong, there was nothing wrong with his interview and there is no reason to be offended. [Read more…]

Old Fashioned Slobberknocker: 2014 NFC Championship Preview

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

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Today’s NFC Championship game between Seattle and San Francisco, contrary to the AFC game featuring old pros, is a throwback with young stars at the center of the fray. QB’s Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson trigger offenses that figure to struggle with good defenses.

Kaepernick showed his chops on his way to last year’s Super Bowl. The read option was nouveau and he was impressive running and passing his way to the big game. This year defenses have adapted a bit, learning to lean hard on the QB and neutralizing the read option. Kaepernick has had to adjust along with head coach Jim Harbaugh on the fly, and they are playing their best ball of the year just when it counts. Kaepernick hasn’t put up gaudy passing numbers for the 49ers, but with his running ability alongside RB Frank Gore, each facet of the offense leaves defenses unable to key on a particular player. I thought watching him last year, that Kaepernick was the quarterback of the future in the NFL. This year, he has seemed more ordinary and now he fits in with a host of young QBs that have the league in good hands for the foreseeable future. [Read more…]

Brady-Manning XV: An AFC Championship Preview

By Joe  Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

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In a rematch for the ages, Peyton Manning leads his Denver Broncos into battle with the New England Patriots Sunday in the 2014 AFC Championship game. Experts are touting this weekend’s games as the greatest in history. Manning is coming off the greatest regular season of his career, which is to say the greatest season ever by a quarterback. He re-seized the records for passing yards in a season as well as touchdowns in a season. Brady has willed his way through a 12-4 regular year while cobbling an offense together after having it shredded by injury and bad behavior. Many say this year has been head coach Bill Belichick’s best coaching job, and I would agree. He has rediscovered the running game while game planning Brady  into a downright game manager. [Read more…]

NFL Playoffs: San Diego Chargers vs Denver Broncos Recap

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

The Denver Broncos manhandled the San Diego Chargers in Sunday’s divisional playoff game, finally holding them off 24-17 to secure their spot in the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots. Manning-Brady XV. Rumble in the Rockies. Call it what you will, these familiar foes will meet to decide the AFC entrant to Super Bowl 48. I think this is a trend. Refer to classic QB matchups in Roman Numeral style, Super Bowls now referred to in regular old numbers.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Workmanlike. That’s the word that comes to mind as I try to wrap up the tenor of the game neatly. From the first snap of the game, offensively Peyton Manning mixed short passes with an effective running game with Knowshon Moreno and Monte Ball in pummeling the Chargers into submission. Even in the second half when San Diego seemed to make a game of it, the outcome of the game never really seemed to be in doubt. The Bronco defense imposed its will on Philip Rivers and made most of the game heavyweights vs. lightweights. [Read more…]

NFL Playoffs: San Francisco Powers Past Panthers, Prepare to Face ‘Hawks

By Brandon Davidson
PSDC Writer

The San Francisco 49ers were firing on all cylinders as they captured a 23-10 divisional playoff road victory over the Carolina Panthers Sunday at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Jim Harbaugh is the first coach to take his team to the NFC Championship game in each of his first three seasons. Now, the Niners will face division rival and the NFC’s No. 1 seed— Seattle Seahawks.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has now won four postseason games in his young career, throwing for 196 yards and a touchdown. He also added a key four-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Kaepernick continued to display great chemistry with offseason acquisition Anquan Boldin. Boldin had 136 of the 196 San Francisco receiving yards. That should give you an idea of how dominant Boldin was against the Panther secondary. [Read more…]

NFL Playoffs: New Orleans Saints vs Seattle Seahawks Recap

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Director of Randomness

If I were to tell you in some random playoff game that the Saints gained 409 total yards of offense, 301 of which were through the air and 108 were on the ground, and their opponent gained only 207 yards of total offense, 174 yards of which were on the ground and only 103 were through the air, it would be a lead pipe lock that the Saints won that game running away… Unless that game happens to be in Seattle in the last three years.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

It was yet another display of the playoff frustration that has plagued this team in every year except 2009, and a glaring example of how the Seahawks defense has become a silver-tipped stake to the heart of the otherwise immortal Saints offense. Seattle took advantage of an uncharacteristically slow start by Drew Brees and held off a late surge to advance to the NFC Championship game for the first time since their improbable Super Bowl run of 2005. [Read more…]

NFL Playoffs: Colts Smoked By Blount, Patriots Advance To Face Broncos

By Brandon Davidson
PSDC Writer

Insert Blount force trauma joke here.

Photo Credit: ESPN

Photo Credit: ESPN

Before this game started everyone was focused on the matchup between Tom Brady and Andrew Luck. Brady became the first QB in the history of the NFL to pass for 6,000 yards in the playoffs, but it was LeGarrette Blount that did the heavy lifting for the Pats in their 43-22 win over the Colts. Blount carried the ball 24 times for 166 yards and four touchdowns. His four TDs set a new franchise record for New England. Let’s not forget New England traded Jeff Demps and a seventh-round pick for LeGarrette Blount. That could go down as one of the best trades Belichick has ever made. [Read more…]

NFL Playoffs: San Diego Chargers vs Denver Broncos Preview

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Sunday’s contest between Denver and San Diego may profess to be another step on the road to the Super Bowl. The victor wins the right to play New England next weekend in the AFC Championship. These are true statements, but what this game really is at its core is Peyton Manning’s Road to Greatness.

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We all know Manning’s track record throughout the course of his illustrious 18-year career with the Indianapolis Colts and of late with the Denver Broncos. There are a lot of folks, when dissecting the arc of the career of No. 18, place him in a slot somewhere less than Brady, Montana and Bradshaw because of his one and lonely Super Bowl title in 2006 compared to the three and four titles won by the aforementioned greats. The fact is this; Peyton Manning has won only the one Super Bowl. His career record in the playoffs is 9-11. Granted the playoff schedule doesn’t include many patsies, but if you want the title of Greatest Ever to Play the Game, your record needs to be better than below .500. [Read more…]