Both Patriots Nation and Broncos Country are looking forward to Brady/Manning XV. The rest of the planet will probably enjoy the game, too.
It may not be the Beast Quake, but Marshawn Lynch had another great game against New Orleans in the Playoffs as Seattle was able to outlast the Saints 23-15 and advance to the NFC Conference Finals next weekend.
The New Orleans Saints played a much better game on defense as they faced off with the Seattle Seahawks this time, but there were plenty of other problems. It was a hard-fought effort and a really good season, but the road woes have got to stop.
The Indianapolis Colts were hoping to not end up having to come from behind in another huge deficit this week. Well, they didn’t have to until they got to the fourth quarter and the New England Patriots opened it up.
Thanks to big games by running back LaGarrette Blount and linebacker Jamie Collins, the New England Patriots are in the AFC Championship Game once again.
The Carolina Panthers were thrilled to get the first-round bye in the NFL playoffs because it meant one less game between them and the Super Bowl. They were also very grateful for it because it allowed a number of players to fully heal up.
When the San Diego Chargers went into Denver last month and beat the Broncos, no doubt some eyebrows were raised. Now, imagine if they do it again this Sunday.
The only two notable names that could miss this Sunday’s game between the 49ers and Panthers are Steve Smith and Carlos Rogers. While it’s unlikely that Smith will sit, it would not be a surprise to see Rogers not dressed. Regardless of what happens, both teams will be fine, and shouldn’t have to make any major adjustments.
The New Orleans Saints have lost a few players to injured reserve over the course of the season, but right now, they’re looking extremely healthy for those still on the active roster. With all 53 players at practice and some new methods implemented by coach Sean Payton, the Saints are as ready as they’ll ever be.
Andrew Luck showed last week that he takes advantage of just about every single offensive weapon that he has at his disposal, and gets the most out of his players. If one of those key components is missing, the whole machine could come to a screeching halt.