Saturday, January 5, 2008

Wild Wildcard Saturday...

The NFL playoffs got off to a wild start on Saturday in Seattle and Pittsburgh, as the Seahawks and Jaguars advanced. In Seattle, Washington had a golden opportunity with a one point lead and the ball at the Seahawk 11 in the 4th quarter. No TD, and a shanked field goal gave a lift to Seattle, and Matt Hasselback cashed in. The score is deceiving do to two late interceptions for TDs. For the Redskins, the reality of losing a friend and teammate may now sink in a second time as they clean out their lockers...

In Pittsburgh, the Steelers fell behind early as Ben Rothliesberger played catch with the Jags defense. In the second half, after falling behind by 18, the Steelers rallied, and then made a critical error from the sideline. And I have a phone call in to Shaffer to document this as a first guess, not second! With 10:25 left in the game, the Steelers pulled within 5 and went for 2. It wasn't worth the risk from the 3 and it certainly wasn't worth it from the 13 after a holding penalty nullified a completion to Hines Ward. When they took the one point lead minutes later, they had to go for 2, and ran an extremely unimaginative fade that never had a chance. What should have been a 3 point lead was 1, and soon, the Steelers season was over. Congrats to the Jags, and you've got to believe the Patriots will now be Titans fans for a day....because no one really wants Jax right now....






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