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AFC Championship – New England Patriots 45, Indianapolis Colts 7

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Impact Players –
LeGarrette Blount returned to New England during the season after Pittsburgh had no use for him. He repeated his 2013 playoff performance and dominated with 148 yards and 3 TDs. Tom Brady had his typical efficient postseason game with a 100.4 QB rating and 3 TDs. WR Julian Edelman chipped into the first down total of 28 with chain moving catches (caught 9 of his 11 targets totally 98 yards).

Game Changing Moments – There was no game changing moment other than New England stepping onto their home field with domination on their minds. The offense totaled nearly 400 yards and the defense held Indy’s offense to 209 total yards. Not to mention their 2 INTs of Andrew Luck’s passing and holding him to a terrible 126 yard, 36.4 completion rate. This was the number one passing offense in the league for almost the entire year. It just goes to show you the expert preparation and unflappable focus the great Patriots have. The system works.

What’s next? – The Colts will be perennial contenders in the playoffs but will obviously have a lot to still learn as a team to get to the ultimate goal. The Patriots fulfill many predictions with a Super Bowl 49 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. It should be a great game.

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NFC Championship – Seattle Seahawks 28, Green Bay Packers 22

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Impact Players –
Rookie Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had 2 first-half interceptions and the front 7 controlled Russell Wilson’s movements perfectly, limiting him to 12 yards on 2 of 9 passing and 2 yards on 1 rush. In the second half they continued bottle up Wilson and rattled him out of his game….until the last 4 minutes when they let up and the Seahawks erupted for 15 points.

Despite two INTs and a low completion rate (55.9%), Aaron Rodgers never lost his poise and focus and kept drives going. His efforts were wasted by the defense in the last 4 minutes and in overtime. Marshawn Lynch was a true beast as he gained 157 on the ground with a score. Russell Wilson was terrible most of the game aside from when it mattered most, at the end.

Game Changing Moments – Seattle gave the Packers some life with two penalties in the opening drive, but it was ended with a Richard Sherman interception in the endzone. But then Packers’ CB Tramon Williams pick off a tipped ball and took it right back into the redzone for Green Bay. All the Packers could muster was a short field, and on the ensuing kickoff, a fumble on the kickoff return led to another short field goal. The first half stats ended with 4 Seattle turnovers (3 Wilson INTs) and Green Bay holding a huge advantage in total yards and first downs 178 and 12 to 59 and 3. Aaron Rodgers had 2 picks himself but the Seahawks couldn’t capitalize off them as the Packers did, carrying a 16-0 into the locker room at halftime.

In the second half the Green Bay defense continued to surprise with a fourth interception of Russell Wilson and general all-around great play. They sacked him four times on the day and pressured him into forced throws from the pocket, not letting him use his legs as he does so expertly so often. Green Bay tacked on another field goal and the Seahawks scored a TD on a fake field goal. There were some big lapses in the secondary for Green Bay late in the second half. In the last 4 minutes they allowed Seattle to march down the field for a TD through the air. I understand them relaxing a bit but they really were giving up way too much, the scoring drive only took 1 minute and 43 seconds to take the score to 19-14.

Then the Seahawks recovered an on-side kick giving them new life. Suddenly now on these last two drives, Russell Wilson got in his groove and played great, marching the team down the field in the last two minutes. They let Marshawn Lynch rumble for a 24 yard TD only 44 seconds later. They were lucky enough to tie it with a field goal, otherwise the defensive collapse would have ended it.

The OT period should never have happened and the Packers’ defense completely let the Seahawks back in it in the last 4 minutes of regulation. The Seahawks got the ball first and

What’s next? – Super Bowl 49 is next for the Seahawks as they go to defend their title. The Packers had this game until the last 4 minutes and then the defense deflated and let Seattle come all the way back to tie to force and eventually win overtime. What a great shame all the work before then was wasted by the last four minutes and overtime, where the Seahawks were frankly unstoppable.

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NFL Playoff Preview – AFC Championship – Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots

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Strengths –
The key to stopping the Patriots offense is doubling TE Rob Gronkowski and getting pressure on QB Tom Brady. The Colts have had the defensive discipline and skill to do just that so this is a really good matchup for them. If either team can find a way to run the ball and keep the other teams’ high-powered passing attack off the field, that would go a long way toward victory.

Weaknesses – In their week 11 matchup, RB Jonas Gray broke out for a 201 yard game on 37 carries. Gray hasn’t done a lot since so chalk that one more to the offensive line. They averaged 5.6 per rush in that game compared to Indy’s very sad 1.2. If a similar stat line starts to play out again, it’ll take perfect play in the passing game to stay with the Pats on the scoreboard.

Bottom Line – The home crowd will be a big plus for New England but an Indy win isn’t out of the question. One reason the Colts have shied away from running the ball is their league-leading 12 rushing fumbles in the regular season. As part of the bigger picture, the Colts rank 29th in the league with 31 giveaways and the Patriots were the best at protecting the ball, giving it away only 13 times. Unfortunately for the Colts, that’ll make the difference and turning the ball over to the Patriots is always a game changing mistake as they always take the best advantage of mistakes. Patriots win.

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NFL Playoff Preview - NFC Championship – Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

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NFL Playoff Recap - AFC Divisional Round – Indianapolis 24, Denver 13

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NFL Playoff Recap - NFC Divisional Round – Green Bay 26, Dallas 21

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NFL Playoff Recap - NFC Divisional Round – Seattle 31, Carolina 17

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NFL Playoff Recap - AFC Divisional Round– New England 35, Baltimore 31

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NFL Playoff Preview - AFC Divisional Round – Indianapolis at Denver

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NFL Playoff Preview - NFC Divisional Round – Dallas at Green Bay

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