SD 28 - Indy 24
There are so many reasons the Colts deserved to lose this game, but I do not have time to list them all. The one thing that stands out among others is, the defense didn't show up. Neither did Manning. Sure he moved the ball down field and passed for a lot yards. But if you cannot get the ball in the end zone when you need to, it's all for naught. Yards aren't points. SD can savor this win now, next week they go home. Rivers taunting the fans was highly unprofessional and cheap. It will be fun to see him pouting next week. The way the Colts played today, they would have been embarrassed next week, anyway. Better the Chargers be the one to look incompetent on national TV, than my team.
NE 31 - Jax 20
There is this semi-permeable membrane the Jags seem to be trying to break through. Every time they get the opportunity to show why they should be given respect, they blow it. Too many mistakes at the wrong times. They are clearly not as disciplined as it takes to play at the level NE is playing right now, and they need someone to throw the long ball to. Plus, their defense was not able to stop the Pats enough, so they just came up short. Garrard is the real deal, he just needs a little more seasoning and more options down the field to take some of the workload off of the running backs. Running game may get through at the college level, but not in the NFL.
GB 42 - Seattle 20
Spotting the Seahawks two TDs to start the game off is not the preferred method of playoff football. But when you have the magical old man leading the team, it's no sweat. This is the fairy tale of the season, the least likely outcome anyone could have predicted. The Pack is back for one more run. Most old men like me cannot help but root for a cagey veteran that still has the ability to lead a football team. This is why he will be in the Hall of Fame first year ballot, when he's eligible.
NY 21 - Dallas 17
If I had slept all day and woke up to hear there's a Manning in the conference championship, I wouldn't have guesses Eli was the one. Gutsy performance by a young greenhorn that still has a way to go before being close to big bro. But knowing that Peyton didn't play as well as he should have, may have motivated Eli a little more. The Giant defense was a very important factor in stopping the Cowboys in their own stadium. These guys played better on the road than they did at home, so it comes as no surprise that NY handed it to them today. it's going to be tough beating GB at Lambeau in January. Not many can do it. They have a chance.