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NFL Wildcard Weekend Open Thread ~ Update: Sunday Line-up Added

posted at 6:04 pm on January 7, 2012 by

Houston’s back into the lead 17-10.    No predictions on who’s going to win this one.

Update:Final score Texans 31, Bengals 10

Texans/Bengals Box Score

The Texans have earned a date in Baltimore against the Ravens after winning the franchise’s first playoff game at home against the Bengals 31-10.

Do the Lions have a chance against the Saints at home?  Or, in the Tebow-eese sense, do the Saints get thrown to the Lions?

Update:  Final score: Saints 45, Lions 28

Saints/Lions Box Score

The Saints move on to face the 49ers in the divisional round. For the Saints to advance to their third NFC championship game in six seasons, they’ll have to do something they’ve never done before — win a road playoff game.

Bottom line:  You’re not going to win many games against a team that is #1 in team offense, (Saints), and your team, (Detroit), is ranked #23 in total team defense.

(note: The Saints are ranked #24 in total team defense for the season)

We’ll see what happens next week when this high powered offense meets a San Francisco team that ranks #4 in total defense, #2 in points allowed (14.3), and #1 in rushing yards allowed, (77.3)

 

Falcons @ Giants

Offensively, these two teams are not far apart with the Giants at #8 and the Falcons at #10.  On defense the Falcons rank #12 overall in the league and #6 in rushing yards allowed, (97.0).  Conversely, the Giants #27 in total team defense giving up an average of 121 yds on the ground, and 255 yds through the air.  With the home field advantage going to the G-Men, this game should be fairly close when they reach the fourth quarter.  It could come down to who has the fewest turnovers or special teams play.

Steelers @ Broncos

Ben vs. Tim.  The Steelers visit the confines of Mile High Stadium ranked #1 in total defense in the league with Denver at #20.  On offense, the Steelers are ranked #12 with the Broncos at #23, however they both rank towards the bottom of the league in average points scored, Steelers #21 at 20.3 and Broncos #25 at 19.3.  If the Steelers play up to their defensive ranking, they should come out on top of this road game setting up a date with New England in Foxboro.

 

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Texans in the playoffs, Cowgirls out. Jerry Jones must be fuming. Hee hee.

rbj on January 7, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Hey RBJ.

Go Texans!!

CW on January 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

It never hurts Niner fan’s feelings when the “Boys” are sittin’ out rbj.

Rovin on January 7, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Go Texans!!

CW on January 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

My G-men are playing tomorrow. I predict they win tomorrow, but lose next week.

rbj on January 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM

My G-men are playing tomorrow. I predict they win tomorrow, but lose next week.

rbj on January 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I just wish they were playing the boys again. I would love to see them beat them one more time.

CW on January 7, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Another year without a Bengal playoff win? If so they cannot blame Kimo.

CW on January 7, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Bungles continue to bungle.

rbj on January 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Young team rbj, I’ve got a hunch they’ll be back in the playoffs next year too.

Rovin on January 7, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Go Niners!

El_Terrible on January 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM

They’re gonna score so many field goals next week!

El_Terrible on January 7, 2012 at 8:55 PM

At least in this game we don’t have to listen to Jon Gruden—that guy drives me nuts!

Rovin on January 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Houstom’s going to Baltimore and the Stealers to N.E. can’t wait to see Raven’s vs. Stealers for the AFC title. Ravens
will be going to SB, cause they already beat ‘em when Ben was healthy it’ll be easier now that he’s not. Of course they still have to beat N.E., Denver shouldn’t be much of a problem.

WV. Paul on January 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM

fat finger Houston, oops

WV. Paul on January 7, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Detroit 14-10 at the 1/2. Lion’s looking pretty good!

WV. Paul on January 7, 2012 at 9:36 PM

wow, Lions have the lead. This would be a big upset.

rbj on January 7, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Drew Brees and N.O. picking it up a notch. Saint’s 24-14

WV. Paul on January 7, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Lions trying to come back. Actually a good game.

rbj on January 7, 2012 at 10:32 PM

I agree, a lot of fun to watch. Rooting for the Saints only because they’re playing against Detroit.

WV. Paul on January 7, 2012 at 10:34 PM

The 49ers can beat Drew Brees and the Saints. There’s no way they would run un-contested like they are against the Lions. We’ll see how Brees deals with a real pass rush when he’s got two seconds to find out his receivers aren’t open, and his running backs are laying on the ground behind the line of scrimmage.

Rovin on January 7, 2012 at 10:47 PM

N.O. is starting to walk away with this one. Up 17, see what happens in San fran, I don’t think Brees and co. can beat a strong D either. The Harbaugh brothers are both hard to beat.

WV. Paul on January 7, 2012 at 10:54 PM

that’s the ball game.

rbj on January 7, 2012 at 10:57 PM

And with that Lions just get a T.D.

rbj on January 7, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Saint’s posession with 4 minutes left. Game Over

WV. Paul on January 7, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Game ball goes to Pierre Thomas. GEAUX, SAINTS!

Christien on January 7, 2012 at 11:29 PM

With the home field advantage going to the G-Men, this game should be fairly close when they reach the fourth quarter. It could come down to who has the fewest turnovers or special teams play.

You haven’t been following the Giants’ history under Tom Coughlin, have you? I’d be much more confident if this game was in the Georgia Dome, since Coughlin’s teams have historically been among the best road teams in the league and among the absolute worst teams as a home favorite (yes they beat Dallas last week, but the Cowboys have even more head-case problems than the G-men thanks to their megalomaniac owner — even in their wins at Met Life this season, they appeared unmotivated at home against everyone else except Green Bay. Hopefully they can pretend Matt Ryan is Arron Rodgers and get a little fired up today).

jon1979 on January 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

jon1979 on January 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I was aware of this stat jon, (home vs road), but after they did beat the ‘Boys at home, I stubbornly figured that perhaps they had overcome the stigma. (I do remember back in the glorious 80′s the 49ers had some killer road game records, and Bill Walsh had said he thought there were less distractions on the road and the teams stayed more focused.)

Rovin on January 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Rovin on January 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

The Giants only seem to get fired up to play well at home when they’re really afraid they’re going to lose, as with last week and the Green Bay game. I hope that’s the attitude they took this week, but all the “It’s just like the 2007 Super Bowl team” talk makes me worried they’re already looking towards a rematch with the Packers (which they will get … but not until near fall if they don’t play hard today).

jon1979 on January 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Wow, Broncos take the lead 7-6, still don’t think they can win.

WV. Paul on January 8, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Stealers are so beat up they may not pull this one off. If it is even close they won’t be able to beat Brady and the Pat’s again.

WV. Paul on January 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Pitt’s done, beat by the Bronco’s. Who saw this coming?
Great game in OT. Alot of fun to watch, simply unbelievable.

WV. Paul on January 8, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Well, that was a real short overtime.

Congrats to the Broncos.

J.E. Dyer on January 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM