Super Bowl XLIX is quickly approaching as the Divisional Playoffs took place over the weekend in different cities around the United States as the New England Patriots faced off the Baltimore Ravens for a final score of 35-31 in favour of the host team.
Brady led a masterful march – completing eight of nine passes and running for a first down – to the decisive 23-yard touchdown completion to Brandon LaFell with just over five minutes left to give the Patriots their first lead. Tom Brady completed 33 of 50 passes for 367 yards for an offense that picked up just 14 on the ground, the second fewest in team playoff history. His 46 career playoff touchdown passes surpassed Joe Montana’s 45 for most in NFL history.
The top-seeded Patriots (13-4) will host the winner of Sunday’s Indianapolis-Denver game in the AFC title game. The sixth-seeded Ravens (11-7) had won 2 of 3 playoff games in Foxborough over the past five seasons. ”We’re all faced with challenges in life,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said, ”and, as a teacher and coach that’s what you ask of your guys. I guess what I’m saying is I’m so proud of the way they handled it.” source: cbssports.com
There is no doubt, the Ravens and Patriots gave us a great show which featured another brilliant playoff performance, and then a forehead-smacking interception, from Joe Flacco. As the drama swung back and forth, it was impossible to know who would win or which strategic call would be the decisive one. Twitter buzzed with a nation of fans sharing every delicious moment.
Check out this video on Joe Flacco´s speech after the clash versus New England: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-five-things-we-learned-baltimore-ravens-new-england-patriots-35-31-20150111-story.html#page=1
On the other hand, the Carolina Panthers arrived in Seattle at Century Field Link for a ticket for the Conference playoffs. But, the game turned out quite different and now the Seattle Seahawks are defending their Super Bowl title.
”It’s exciting but the job is not done. There is still a lot more to do,” Russell Wilson said.
Wilson threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns, Chancellor returned an interception 90 yards for a TD midway through the fourth quarter and the Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers 31-17 on Saturday night in an NFC divisional playoff game.
Wilson was nearly flawless in one of the best playoff performances of his young career. He took shots downfield and was perfect on third downs. Here is a quick video on the latest news of Seattle: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000456504/article/pete-carroll-makes-football-fun-again-for-seattle-seahawks
Furthermore, the Green Bay Packers (13-4), helped immensely by a video reversal with 4:06 remaining, went undefeated at Lambeau Field this season. They head to Seattle next weekend for the NFC title game. Green Bay might not have had any time left in its season if not for referee Gene Steratore decision. Dez Bryant’s leaping, bobbling 31-yard catch at the Packers 1 on a fourth-and-2 play was challenged by Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy. Instead of first-and-goal for Dallas (13-5), the ball went over to the Packers.
Green Bay closed it out before a Lambeau-record 79,704 on Randall Cobb’s diving 12-yard reception of a deflected pass on third-and-11. That gave Cobb eight catches for 116 yards and set off a raucous celebration at the iconic venue. The game´s final score was 26 -21 in favour of Green Bay. source: cbssports.com
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