NFL Wild Card Sunday open thread

posted at 12:31 pm on January 5, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Ed: The weekend fun of the NFL playoffs continues today, with a visit to the City of Champions, and, er, Cincinnati. At least it’s not Cleveland, but then again, it never is. Speaking of losers, I picked the right two teams yesterday … if the game lasted 55 minutes instead of 60.

Jazz:Wild Card weekend always produces some wild rides, and this season will not go down in the record books as any exception to that rule. But at this point, Saturday is history and we don’t need to dwell on the past. (I mean, who can even remember which of us picked which teams yesterday?) Today’s results will be somewhat different, as I’m pretty sure that Ed and I picked the same winner in at least one of the games, so there won’t be any Full Stewie moments coming. Let’s get on to the picks, shall we?

Ed: The first game pits AFC North champ Cincinnati Bengals against the San Diego Chargers (1:05 pm, CBS). They might have been playing the Steelers if the refs had called an illegal formation against San Diego’s defense last week, but the Steelers could have gotten here if they’d, oh, beaten Oakland earlier in the season, too. (Details, details.) The Chargers won their last four games of the season, most impressively at Denver in Week 15, so they can’t be taken too lightly, but they only narrowly won last week against the Chief’s second string at home. The Bengals are undefeated at home, and their 5th-ranked pass defense should disarm Philip Rivers. Bengals 24-14.

Jazz: The Bengals (or “The Bungles” as some of their less die-hard fans tend to call them) have something of a history of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory when the season is on the line, so it always feels odd picking them. But San Diego has ticked me off one too many times this season, including knocking the Steelers out of contention. Also, when they needed to show up big to make it to the dance, they very nearly choked against a Chiefs lineup which, I believe, included a couple of their cheerleaders on the defensive line last weekend. With that in mind, I’m going to join Ed in going with the home field advantage and pick Cincinnati over San Diego, but with a more generous spread of 31-10. If Ed and I want to claim victory in this match we’ll have to go with the over/under, which we’re spotting at 39.5.

Ed: Today’s NFC game takes place at Lambeau Field, where the San Francisco 49ers take on the Green Bay Packers (4:40 pm ET, Fox). Oddly, Brian Faughnan argued that making the 12-4 49ers travel to the 8-7-1 Packers’ home field was somehow unjust:

I think Wisconsinites should denounce Brian, and force him to wear cheeseheads all day today. Either that, or make him spend three hours watching Aaron Rodgers’ “Discount DAAAAAA-ble Check” ads. Make no mistake — Rodgers is the real wild card today. Rodgers’ return and the cold weather will help the Pack move to the next level with a 34-31 win over San Francisco.

Jazz: Any great lover of tradition should be able to see how this game is being billed. A classic match up at Lambeau Field with temperatures expected to be in the below zero range and the spunky home town heroes ready to make history against the effete west coast prima donnas. The problem is, I’m not buying it. The return of Aaron Rodgers (assuming he’s over his case of the gout or whatever he had) simply isn’t going to be enough to take what is arguably a mediocre Packers team (who didn’t even manage a winning season, since ties don’t count in my book) to victory over the niners. San Francisco has been one of the class acts of the league this year, and while they have stumbled on a few occasions, they won’t go quietly into that good night in their first post-season outing. San Fran over the Packers in a cold weather, defensive struggle, 20 – 13.

See you back here next weekend, sports fans.

 

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Who Dat!

rubberneck on January 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Andy Dalton will throw four TDs for Cincinnati in an impressive victory… or four INTs in an embarrassing loss. It all comes down to him.

VastRightWingConspirator on January 5, 2014 at 12:35 PM

It’s easy to say play the games in any temperature-as long as your not the one playing. It WILL be COLD. I hope no one-players and fans -gets frostbite.

gerrym51 on January 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM

The 49ers will beat Green Bay at any place in any type of weather.

aunursa on January 5, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Way back in 1988 San Francisco (10-6) hosted Minnesota (11-5) in an NFC divisional playoff game. The 49ers defeated the Vikings and went on to win the Super Bowl on a 92 yard touchdown drive in the final 3 minutes.

We 49ers fans can’t really complain about the location. We knew the rules when the season started. If it were the other way around, and the 8-win 49ers were hosting a 12-win team, nobody wearing red and gold would be complaining.

aunursa on January 5, 2014 at 12:46 PM

GO BOLTS!!!!

repvoter on January 5, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I was ready to pick the Bengals until I saw that O for two Ed picked them now I must reevaluate.

tommyboy on January 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Come on Green Bay!

Spank the 49′ers and send ColiKaper home for the winter.

portlandon on January 5, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Cincy by 6. Niners by 3.

TXUS on January 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I’m too depressed from yesterday to care. Go on people drink your white wine spritzers.

celtic warrior on January 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I’m going with Cincinnati and Green Bay.

TarheelBen on January 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

What is it with Chip Kelly and bad field goal kickers?

DAMMIT!!

portlandon on January 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Without that, what’s the point of divisions? We’d just put the top six teams in a conf into the playoffs, Mr. Fairness. :-)

Or, adopt the NHL post-season model, where more than half the teams get to the playoffs.

If you can’t get to the NHL post-season, you truly suck at the game.

BobMbx on January 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Happy Birthday to Sam Wyche, or as the late Cleveland sports radio loudmouth Pete Franklin used to call him, “Wacky”.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

What is it with Chip Kelly and bad field goal kickers?

DAMMIT!!

portlandon on January 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

And the ultimate irony? The Saints’ winning field goal was kicked by a dude who wasn’t even on the team a few weeks ago.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

So, the NFL playoff system is bad, but only because of random cold weather?

mmkay…

Meremortal on January 5, 2014 at 1:11 PM

And the ultimate irony? The Saints’ winning field goal was kicked by a dude who wasn’t even on the team a few weeks ago.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Repeatedly Bangs head on keyboard

They should have signed Chris Kluwe./

portlandon on January 5, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Happy Birthday to Sam Wyche, or as the late Cleveland sports radio loudmouth Pete Franklin used to call him, “Wacky”.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

He still alive? He was like a hundred and thirty when he coached the Bucs.

Lanceman on January 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Sam Wyche was the 49ers QB coach during our first Super Bowl season.

aunursa on January 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

…Go LIONS!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

…Go LIONS!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s like saying “Go Dolphins!”!!!!!!!!

Lanceman on January 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Happy Birthday to Sam Wyche, or as the late Cleveland sports radio loudmouth Pete Franklin used to call him, “Wacky”.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

He still alive? He was like a hundred and thirty when he coached the Bucs.

Lanceman on January 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

He’s 69 today.

And guess what? He’s now a Republican politician. In 2008 he beat a Democrat and won a seat on the County Council in Pickens County (SC). He got 6 times as many votes as his opponent.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

It’s easy to say play the games in any temperature-as long as your not the one playing. It WILL be COLD. I hope no one-players and fans -gets frostbite.

gerrym51 on January 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM

You know some idiot in GB is going to be running around without a coat/shirt on.

I have my heat on 71, I live in a concrete building, am covered up under a quilt, the sun is shining and I’m still cold.

I can’t imagine playing or watching a game in this.

gophergirl on January 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Its 70 degrees in my part of California right now. Coldest weather I experience each year is like 45 degrees.

I visited relatives in Colorado once, it was -2. I felt paralyzed.
Good luck and Go NINERS!

El_Terrible on January 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Happy Birthday to Sam Wyche, or as the late Cleveland sports radio loudmouth Pete Franklin used to call him, “Wacky”.

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I loved him. He was one of my all time favorite NFL coaches.

gophergirl on January 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Its 70 degrees in my part of California right now. Coldest weather I experience each year is like 45 degrees.

I visited relatives in Colorado once, it was -2. I felt paralyzed.
Good luck and Go NINERS!

El_Terrible on January 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Tonight with the wind chill it’s going to feel like -56. BLECH!

gophergirl on January 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Tell Brian that he is a wuss just like mark dayton who thought nobody could think for themselves and was big daddy by giving all the schools a day off to score political points.

crosshugger on January 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Tonight with the wind chill it’s going to feel like -56. BLECH!

gophergirl on January 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM

They’ve so sissified the NFL that this is perhaps the last time they will not call a game on account of it being too cold. Another couple years, the NFL will be playing touch football and there will be no score. Winner to be determined by call-in voting as to which team was the best sports.

Happy Nomad on January 5, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Mr. Old School NFC Central

Real Old School NFC Central would be the Vikes v. the Cheeseheads at the old Met fighting it out in the playoffs.

whatcat on January 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Actually, allowing a mediocre division champ I like Green Bay should be award enough. They shouldn’t get a home game just because they won a weak division. The team with the better record should get home field.

Bitter Clinger on January 5, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Real Old School NFC Central would be the Vikes v. the Cheeseheads at the old Met fighting it out in the playoffs.

whatcat on January 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Closer to legend than “real old school” at this point.

Happy Nomad on January 5, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Even though I’m a Packer fan, I would rather see the game played in San Francisco because of the weather. But Ed is right, what’s the point of having divisions if people are going to whine about the results?

Rose on January 5, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Happy Nomad on January 5, 2014 at 2:25 PM

They’ve made it more exciting in a way that girly men and women can spend money for.

Give me the cold, the mud, hard hitting, flags restrained, etc… any day. That was real football.

Kermit on January 5, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Actually, allowing a mediocre division champ I like Green Bay should be award enough. They shouldn’t get a home game just because they won a weak division. The team with the better record should get home field.

Bitter Clinger on January 5, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Why? By that same mentality, why discriminate by just letting division champs and wildcards play? Everybody should go to the playoffs and not just in football. Why discriminate on all those NCAA basketball teams that have “better” records than the actual conference winners. Bracket everybody!

Seriously, the “better record” case can be made. But doing so on the eve of a game in record cold by team members from the other team seems like sour grapes.

Happy Nomad on January 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM

They’ve made it more exciting in a way that girly men and women can spend money for.

Give me the cold, the mud, hard hitting, flags restrained, etc… any day. That was real football.

Kermit on January 5, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Yep on both counts.

They’ve emasculated football so that “men” wearing onesies drinking hot chocolate will watch- if nothing else for the rear shots of the players. They have players wear pink to attract women.

Whatever the NFL is now, it is not the real football that grew the sport.

Happy Nomad on January 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM

…Go LIONS!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s like saying “Go Dolphins!”!!!!!!!!

Lanceman on January 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

…at least the Dolphins have some playoff history…1970′s on…the Lions since the 50′s…not so much!
the Dolphins never went 4-0 in the pre-season…and than 0-16 in the regular season!…I’m SO PROUD/…and I still watch!…I feel like a progressive!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Closer to legend than “real old school” at this point.

Happy Nomad on January 5, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Used to be legend. The 60s/70s Vikes v. the Pack games on open fields of sleet, snow, ice…

whatcat on January 5, 2014 at 3:20 PM

…my daughter went to the Detroit Red Wing festivities all day in below zero temperatures on Tuesday…then…the next day went to Ann Arbor and had to walk 2 miles to the Big House to sit in conditions that won’t be as bad as Green Bay…she hasn’t been the same since!…will be interesting to see how the conditions affect the fans…let alone the players…the two days in a row…did her in!…one day in that shit…is doable!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2014 at 3:21 PM

And that seals it for the Chargers win.

rbj on January 5, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Ed is 0-3 now. Will he be skunked again this weekend?

Kermit on January 5, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Andy Dalton will throw four TDs for Cincinnati in an impressive victory… or four INTs in an embarrassing loss. It all comes down to him.

VastRightWingConspirator on January 5, 2014 at 12:35 PM

More the latter. Love it.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Ed is 0-3 now. Will he be skunked again this weekend?

Kermit on January 5, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I hope so, since I’m rooting for the Niners. :)

GOPRanknFile on January 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

You can flip a coin to pick the teams and get a better record than Ed.

Kermit on January 5, 2014 at 4:11 PM

a mediocre Packers team (who didn’t even manage a winning season, since ties don’t count in my book)

Green Bay had 8 wins, 7 losses, and 1 tie in the regular season.

Even if you don’t count ties, the number of wins (8) was more than the number of losses (7).

That’s a winning season.

Emperor Norton on January 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Norton -in the end they won only half their games. Actually pretty impressive considering Aaron Rodgers was out for son long. Hard to call them mediocre.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

The Bengals screwed the pooch today. Still no playoff win for 25 years now.

Paul-Cincy on January 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I hope so, since I’m rooting for the Niners. :)

GOPRanknFile on January 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Agreed.

aunursa on January 5, 2014 at 4:23 PM

I cannot believe they are going to play a football game in Green Bay today. This is insane.

Jaibones on January 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM

…at least it’s not snowing in Green Bay

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM


http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/nfl-playoffs-2013/

NFL playoffs 2013
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI, US
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Official at kick-off from Lambeau Field, temp is 5, windchill -10; wind-chills expected to be in -20s by end of game – @Edwerderespn
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Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI, US
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Photo: Fans at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field for the NFC Wild Card game vs the 49ers; the wild chill is expected to below zero – @JoeFonzi
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https://twitter.com/JoeFonzi/status/419943938137411584/photo/1/large
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Cincinnati Bengals
23m

San Diego Chargers overwhelm Cincinnati Bengals in 2nd half to win wild card game 27-10 – CBSSports.com
read more on cbssports.com
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Winter storm, bitter cold expected in Midwest, Jan. 4-6, 2013
8h

Temperatures in Green Bay, Wis., expected to fall to -15 ahead of Packers game – @todayshow
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canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

…at least it’s not snowing in Green Bay

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Snowing here in Toledo. Everything is already closed for tomorrow, so I get an extra day off. Which I will spend shoveling yet again. Already have done it 5 times this past week.

rbj on January 5, 2014 at 4:46 PM

…at least it’s not snowing in Green Bay

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

KOOLAID2:

Ooooooo dats cold,..check out the image,..(below).
..that just popped up,..the icicle outfits are price
less!:)

canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 4:47 PM

And we get Joe “I’ll talk about any baseball team named the Yankees at the drop of a hat, even if I am covering a game not involving the Yankees” Buck.

What a tool.

Thanks Fox.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Temperatures in Green Bay, Wis., expected to fall to -15 ahead of Packers game – @todayshow
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canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Fox just showed an on-field thermometer at about 8 degrees. I thought it was going to be below zero, but it’s a little better than expected.

Jaibones on January 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Fox just showed an on-field thermometer at about 8 degrees. I thought it was going to be below zero, but it’s a little better than expected.

Jaibones on January 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM

The temp is forecast to drop as the game goes on and the sun goes down…

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM

NWS Tallahassee ‏@NWSTallahassee 9h

This graphic pretty much says it all – forecast wind chills Monday AM as #ColdOutbreak spills south. pic.twitter.com/wymMmsCQfZ
Retweeted by NWS Twin Cities

https://twitter.com/NWSTwinCities
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https://twitter.com/NWSTallahassee/status/419815633644052480/photo/1/large

canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Ed
As Mike McC said the day after the game. The refs gave us this one but they gave Denver 3 touchdowns early in the season so we lost then This just evens the score.

Refs have been very bad this year; but maybe it evened out.Of course living in Cerritos I am biased Bolts. But Broncos were gifted 3 TDs early in the year.

rod stanton on January 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM

canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Fox just showed an on-field thermometer at about 8 degrees. I thought it was going to be below zero, but it’s a little better than expected.

Jaibones on January 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Jaibones: Interesting, and good news for the athletes!!:0

canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 5:08 PM

They’ve emasculated football so that “men” wearing onesies drinking hot chocolate will watch- if nothing else for the rear shots of the players.

Happy Nomad on January 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Different sport, but same problem. I was watching a Wings-Penguins game on ESPN in a bar down in the Virgin Islands back in ’94. The bartender, a former college hockey player, was the only one in there, and he and I were enjoying the game. Two couples walk in, sit at the other end of the bar, completely ignoring the game. Eventually Probert and McSorley square off and have a great fight. The couples, who had previously ignored the game, start watching. After the fight, the declare how barbaric and go back to ignoring the game. My point being, those people have no interest in the sport at all, they shouldn’t be catered to.

Flange on January 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM

** Blame Canada*, haha,…ahems:

NWS Twin Cities ‏@NWSTwinCities 9h

Tracking the arctic air:
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Where has it reached so far? 6 AM #windchill across U.S. #coldoutbreak #wiwx #mnwx pic.twitter.com/iW3h0Mz8rF
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https://twitter.com/NWSTwinCities/status/419812512112996353/photo/1/large

canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Ed why?!? Why?!? Did you pick us!!! We’re doomed!

Oh well my seats are nice at least.

Green_Bay_Packers on January 5, 2014 at 5:31 PM

39m

Photo: The frozen turf at Lambeau Field, in Green Bay, Wisc., for the NFC Wild Card game – Instagram’s gelina1980
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http://instagram.com/p/izXlqsjGEC/#

canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 5:34 PM

A nice sidebar to last night’s game in Philly:

Rob Ryan declared his intentions without ever saying a word.

The blustery defensive coordinator came out on a blustery Saturday night with an old photo of his dad emblazoned on his play sheet. There Ryan was, gray locks flying, positioned right behind the laminated visage of Buddy in the Eagles cap he wore when he coached here. It was a shot not only at the opponents, standing across the field with their offense-minded head coach, but maybe also at the Dallas Cowboys, who rid themselves of Ryan last summer. Rob and Buddy were going to take them all down. We’re going to beat you for the present, Ryan seemed to announce, and we’re going to beat you for the past.

The Saints did both.

Picture of Rob Ryan on the sidelines with Buddy

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Le Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr:

Green Bay Packers
1m
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Photo: At halftime, the San Francisco 49ers lead the Packers 12-10, as fans endure near-zero temperatures – @nfl
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https://twitter.com/nfl/status/419968356360261633/photo/1/large

canopfor on January 5, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Ed
As Mike McC said the day after the game. The refs gave us this one but they gave Denver 3 touchdowns early in the season so we lost then This just evens the score.

Refs have been very bad this year; but maybe it evened out.Of course living in Cerritos I am biased Bolts. But Broncos were gifted 3 TDs early in the year.

rod stanton on January 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Did they give them 3 tds?

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Props to Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Lightning Bolts. Nervous Norvus Turner could not be reached for comment.

A+

Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Props to Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Lightning Bolts. Nervous Norvus Turner could not be reached for comment.
A+
Del Dolemonte on January 5, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Yeah, good job. I didn’t give the Bolts much of a chance until I saw Ed had picked the Bengals.

tommyboy on January 5, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Congrats to the Forty-niners!

And Ed goes for a perfect 0 for 4 this weekend!

I predict teams will be lining to pay him to pick their opponents.

rbj on January 5, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Ed is 0-4 which should not surprise anyone. If he’s a betting man, he’s broke.

Kermit on January 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Ed, would you mind picking the Panthers next week? :)

GOPRanknFile on January 5, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Go Panthers!

TarheelBen on January 5, 2014 at 7:54 PM

NINERS!!!!!!!!!!

El_Terrible on January 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Just got home from the packer game.

As someone who lives 2 miles from the stadium, but is a niners/bears fan. That loss felt pretty great.

kaanan on January 5, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Ed, would you mind picking the Panthers next week? :)

GOPRanknFile on January 5, 2014 at 7:51 PM

I second this motion! Talk about a game of inches:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1912129-packers-nearly-block-49ers-phil-dawsons-game-winning-field-goal

Rovin on January 5, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I second this motion! Talk about a game of inches:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1912129-packers-nearly-block-49ers-phil-dawsons-game-winning-field-goal

Rovin on January 5, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I saw this, but even had they blocked it, it wouldn’t have mattered as they Packers got called for offsides on that play. If blocked, the Niners would have obviously accepted the penalty, and Dawson would have had an easier attempt.

GOPRanknFile on January 5, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Next week let the girls pick too.

meci on January 5, 2014 at 9:17 PM

I still can’t fathom that Green Bay’s supposed genius defensive coordinator Dom Capers hasn’t yet figured out an answer to Kaepernick in 3 games over 2 seasons, but it was great to see GB, after all their adversity this season, take advantage of the moment when it came to win their division, considering they didn’t have a real quarterback for half of their games and were missing key offensive and defensive starters for most of the season. I’d like to see how good the Niners would have been without Kaepernick and their top defender for half the season. One team’s 8 wins can be more of an accomplishment than another team’s 12 wins.

So for those whining about who gets the playoff home games, consider the 2007 NY Giants and the 2010 Green Bay Packers, neither winning their division but both making the playoffs on the last day of the season, then each winning three road playoff games to get to their ultimate destination: Super Bowl Champs. Doesn’t matter where the games are played if you want it badly enough.

stukinIL4now on January 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM

stukinIL4now on January 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I’m a Niner fan, but I was incredibly impressed with the Packers. Rodgers is obviously a great player, but he still manages to impress me more and more with each game. How he escaped a couple of those sacks was incredible. He was dealing with pressure all game. Green Bay is also very lucky to have a back like Lacy. He’s a beast. The defense also did a pretty good job, considering all the injuries they already had before the game, and which continued to pile up during the game.

The Packers played their hearts out. Hopefully, your main guys will be healthy next season just to show everyone how good the team can really be.

GOPRanknFile on January 5, 2014 at 10:58 PM

How he escaped a couple of those sacks was incredible. He was dealing with pressure all game.

He didn’t “escape” in the play on forth down early in the fourth quarter. Ray McDonald had him wrapped up in a pretty package and was about to take him down, when McDonald was grabbed from behind and literally ripped off the tackle. It was blatant holding, but the refs “let them play”, which was a load of crap. Pretty embarrassing when most sportscasters pointed out what should have been an easy yellow flag for the referees instead of setting up a go-ahead touch-down.

Rovin on January 6, 2014 at 5:10 AM

Andy Dalton will throw four TDs for Cincinnati in an impressive victory… or four INTs in an embarrassing loss. It all comes down to him.

VastRightWingConspirator on January 5, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Looks like he went with the latter, although most of the embarrassment was in the second half, when he had two picks and lost a fumble. Add the reception that his receiver fumbled in the first half and you have four turnovers, three of which are directly attributable to Dalton, so pretty close to what you called.

The Schaef on January 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM