7 Jan 2013

Wild Card Weekend Roundup: everything went as expected

Well, unless you’re a fan of the Redskins, Colts, Bengals or the Vikings, you probably knew which teams are going to advance to the divisional playoffs. Only one game was slightly close (Cincinnati vs Houston) and the other three could be considered easy victories, even though the difference on the scoreboard wasn’t too big.

Three rookie quarterbacks plus Joe Webb (who got the start for an injured Christian Ponder) started in the wild card weekend and Seattle’s Russell Wilson is the lone rookie QB remaining.

Seattle Seahawks 24, Washington Redskins 14

Wilson teamed up with Marshawn Lynch to lead the Seahawks to a 24-14 comeback victory over the Washington Redskins, who finished the game without Robert Griffin III because he reinjured his knee.

RG III was a shadow of the fantastic player we’ve seen during the regular season and, even though the Redskins took a surprising 14-0 early lead, I was expecting the Seahawks to be back and boy they came back in style with 24 unanswered points, overcoming their biggest deficit this season. The Seahawks will visit the top seeded Atlanta Falcons next Sunday and I’m pretty sure the Falcons are not to thrilled about this.

Baltimore Ravens 24, Indianapolis Colts 9

In Baltimore we could easily talk about a blowout victory as the Ravens beat Indianapolis Colts 24-9 in a game where Anquan Boldin set a franchise record with 145 on five receptions and a touchdown. Probably the most important part of this game was the last dance in front of the home crowd of star linebacker Ray Lewis who will retire after at the end of the playoffs. Baltimore will go to Denver next Saturday where they’ve lost three weeks ago.

Green Bay Packers 24, Minnesota Vikings 10

The rematch between Green Bay and Minnesota was a actually mismatch. The Packers dominated from start to finish and showed everyone how dangerous they really are with a 24 – 10 win over the Vikings, led by a brilliant Aaron Rodgers and the hero of the day, John Kuhn, who scored two touchdowns.

Adrian Peterson was held to just 99 yards, a massive improvement for the Packers’ defense, who allowed him to run for 199 and 210 yards in the first two games. Joe Webb, the backup of Christian Ponder, was off target all night, and even though he passed for a 50 yard touchdown, he was one of the reasons why the Vikings lost this game easily. Packs will face the 49ers next and we might see a close game there.

Houston Texans 19, Cincinnati Bengals 13

The closest game of the weekend was the one between the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals. Things have started to work in the Houston offense, but even though they’ve won 19-13, they weren’t a big threat for the Bengals. Arian Foster was the man of the game, running for 140 yards, receiving the ball eight times and scoring a 1 yard touchdown.

Cincinnati’s offense also struggled in this game, gaining less than 200 yards, with the team’s only touchdown scored on Leon Hall’s interception return. Next for Houston is a game at the New England Patriots and if they can’t get their offense going, I don’t think they’ll be able to do anything against the Pats.