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Wildcard Weekend in Review

Week in Review – Wildcard Weekend

 

Seahawks 35 — Redskins 14

The score doesn’t portray the game very well, but it was certainly dominated by

Seattle for the first half and the last few minutes.

Washington was in a position to take at least a 4-point lead after scoring a TD to be up 14-13 when they recovered a pooch kickoff. No one touched the ball for

Seattle and the Skins recovered a “deep onside kick” inside

Seattle’s 15 yard line. The Redskins ran 3 plays and then missed a 30-yard FG. The Seahawks went on scoring the last 22 points of this game and the Redskins emotional 2nd half of the season came to a close.

 

Matt Hasselbeck

threw for 229 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INT’s (both to

LaRon Landry).

DJ

Hackett caught the game-winner and only TD pass from Hass with just over six minutes to go. Hackett finished with 101 receiving yards while Shaun Alexander ran for only 46 yards.

Leonard Weaver had a 17-yard TD run in his only carry of the day.

Marcus Trufant and

Jordan Babineaux each had an INT to the house in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter.

Seattle will travel to

Green Bay next week in Holmgrem’s return to

Green Bay…again.

 

As for the Redskins, their run finally came to an end.

Clinton Portis ran for only 52 yards on 20 carries.

Todd Collins threw for 266 yards, 2 TD’s, and 2 INT’s. However, it was the offensive line’s lack of support that had him hurried and pressured all day.

Randel El and

Santana Moss each had TD receptions for

Washington. The Skins magic carpet ride is now over, but they’ll still remember this season for other reasons for years to come.

 

Jaguars 31 — Steelers 29

It was a thriller in

Pittsburgh and the game’s leading rusher,

David

Garrard, was also the hero. On a 4th and 2 from the PIT 42,

Garrard scrambled for 32 yards on a QB draw with just under two minutes to go to keep the drive alive and the Jaguars season alive.

Josh

Scobee would make a 25-yard FG to give the Jaguars the win with under 40 seconds left.

Jacksonville withheld a 4th quarter comeback by the Steelers to advance. Pittsburgh trailed by 18 points in the 4th quarter, but came all the way back to take a 29-28 lead, but only saw it disappear in the closing seconds.

 

Maurice Jones-Drew

and

Fred Taylor each ran for a score, but

MJD also had a 43-yard receiving TD. However,

David Garrard led the way with 58 yards on the ground and also threw for 140 yards, 1 TD, and 2 picks.

 

The Steelers are one-and-done and taking the heat for that was

Ben Roethlisberger. Maybe he was a bit rough on himself in his post-game presser, but he did throw 3 INT’s, one of which was returned for a TD.

Big Ben did post 337 yards and 2 TD’s, but the running game was ineffective as

Davenport ran for 25 yards on 16 carries with 2 scores.

Hines Ward finished with 10 catches for 135 yards while his counterpart,

Santonio Holmes, caught 8 balls for 85 yards and a TD. The loss of

Willie Parker and the inconsistent play down the stretch doomed

Pittsburgh.

 

Giants 24 — Bucs 14

Well, what do you know,

Eli

Manning really is unstoppable, just like his Citizen Watch promo says. Ok, I won’t go that far, but

Eli stepped up with a big day after having a lot of pressure put on him by the

New York media this past week. He finished 20 of 27 with 185 yards and 2 TD’s. He completed key 3rd downs to his favorite, reliable 3rd down WR,

Amani Toomer. The veteran had a big day making clutch catches at key times finishing with 7 catches for 74 yards and a TD.

Tampa

Bay had control of this game from the start, scoring the first points of the game with an

Earnest Graham (18-63) TD. However, they allowed 24 unanswered points after that.

Brandon Jacobs, who had struggled with drops all year, caught two big passes, including a 5-yard toss from

Eli for the Giants first TD. He also ran for 34 yards and a TD.

Ahmad Bradshaw also provided a spark off the bench for Big Blue with 17 carries for 66 yards.

 

Garcia

, who failed to complete the 3-team, 3-game sweep of the Giants in the playoffs, threw for 207 yards, 1 TD, and 2 picks. The Bucs shot themselves in the foot beginning the 2nd half with a fumbled kickoff return before the fans even got back from the concession stands.

Corey Webster recovered that fumble and also had an interception in the endzone as the Bucs appeared to be on the move inside the Giants 30 in the 3rd quarter.

 

The biggest play of the game was the last play of the 3rd quarter when

Manning hit

Toomer for 11 yards on a 3rd and 7 from the NYG 11 when the score was still 17-7 Giants. The Giants wound up with a TD capping a 15-play, 92-yard drive that took over 8 minutes. With the win, the Giants won their eighth consecutive road game. Their only road loss this year was opening day in

Dallas, where they’ll be this Sunday.

 

Chargers 17 — Titans 6

Tennessee

held their own for a half in this game, but unfortunately for them, there are two half’s in football. They led 6-0 at the half and

Antonio Gates left the game early with a foot injury for SD. Things were looking up for the Titans, but the Chargers came out fired up to begin the 2nd half.

Philip Rivers had a big day throwing for 292 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. His top two WR’s had big days as

Chris

Chambers caught 6 balls for 121 yards and

Vincent Jackson caught a TD and had 114 receiving yards.

LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 42 yards and a score, but had a lot of trouble finding running room against the stout TEN rush defense.

 

San Diego

will face the Colts next week in a rematch of the game where

Peyton threw 6 picks. However, this one is in the dome and Rivers will need to have the same success as he did against

Tennessee on Sunday.

 

The Titans don’t have much offense and it showed as

Vince Young threw for only 138 yards and an INT.

LenDale White rushed for 69 yards and a key play in this game came in the 1st half when

Chris Brown fumbled inside the red zone when the Titans could have built a bigger lead.

Tennessee still has to be happy making the playoffs and the success of their defense this season in the toughest division in the AFC. The regression of

Vince Young is a bit of a concern, though.

 

 

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Enjoy the games next weekend as each has a major storyline:

 

Saturday, Game 1:

Seahawks @ Packers – Holmgren returns to

Green Bay.

Saturday, Game 2:

Jaguars @ Patriots – That undefeated thing the Pats have going on.

Sunday, Game 1

: Chargers @ Colts – The rematch of Peyton’s 6-Pick game.

Sunday, Game 2

: Giants @ Cowboys – The Giants have won eight straight road games and the Cowboys go for the 3-game season sweep.

 

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