2010 NFL Playoffs: Wildcard Round Remix

After his record setting performance in the Green Packers 21-16 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, RB James Starks is the 2010 NFL Wildcard Round’s Game Ball Winner

2010-11 NFL Wildcard Games

Seahawks (8-9) over Saints (11-6), 41-36… Records don’t matter in the playoffs “Win or Go Home”…The unthinkable happened as the NFL’s only losing playoff qualifier dominated the defending Super Bowl Champs (Fredo takes Mike out to the boat and shoots him)…Veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck (22-35, 272 yds, 4 TDs, 1 INT) comes back from a hip injury to throw 4 TDs (could have been last home game as Seahawk)…Seahawks O-line gave Hasselbeck a clean pocket…RB Marshawn Lynch (131 rushing yards and 1 TD) spun, broke several tackles (8), and darted his way through the Saints defense on a spectacular game-closing 67-yard TD gallop that could be the best run of the 2010-11 NFL Season…The Saints didn’t have enough horses as injuries hurt them…TE John Carlson had a 2 TD game for Seattle…New Orleans was too pass-happy (20 rushes to 60 passes) in a game that screamed for some clock-churning drives…Brees kept chucking it and ended up with FF numbers, but no “W”  (39-60, 404 yds, 2 TDs) …Seattle’s defense, led by rookie FS Earl Thomas (9 TKLS) and veteran DL Raheem Brock (4 TKLs, 1 sack, 1 FF) showed some teeth when it mattered most…Seahawks could go into Chicago next week and surprise the beatable Bears as they are now playing with “House Money”

NY Jets (12-5) over Colts (10-7), 17-16..Rex Ryan’s Brash Team tell the Colts to “Get the Folk Out of the playoffs”…This was a heavyweight slugfest that came down to the final seconds…Colts QB Peyton Manning was solid but now his team will watch and the future HOF has a losing record in the playoffs (9-10)…Colts head coach Mike Caldwell calls an ill-advised and unneeded timeout that later helps the J-E-T-S…NY Jets 2nd year quarterback Mark Sanchez comes of age before the Nation’s eyes as he passes his team down the field for kicker Nick Folk’s Game-Winning FG…Colts receiver Pierre Garcon had a big game (5 Rec, 112 yds, 1 TD)…Colts kicker Adam Vinateri shows the league that he still has ice in his veins as he drilled a 50-yarder to give the Colts a late two-point lead…LT (16 Rush, 82 yds, 2 TDs) and Shonne Greene (70 yards rushing) gave New York the running game they had been missing…Saw a lot of jack-of-all-trades Brad Smith at QB for Jets…NY Jets CB/KR Antonio Cromartie had a huge KR return to setup Sanchez’s drive that helped Folk…Both teams from Super Bowl XLIV are elminated on Saturday…The NY Jets next take on the Patriots and we will see if they have closed their 42-point gap from their earlier loss.

Ravens (13-4) over Chiefs (10-7), 30-7…The Wildcard rounds most boring game…On a cold day, the Ravens showed the young Chiefs what it takes to win in the playoffs…Baltimore QB Joe Flacco (25-34, 265 yds, 2 TDs) became the first QB to win his first three playoff openers…Ravens did a nice job bottling up Bowe, Cassel, and Charles (9 rushes for 82 rushing yards and 1 TD)…Turnovers were a big part of the Ravens win…Baltimore safety Ed Reed plays through a heavy heart (brother missing) to get an INT and the game ball…TE Todd Heap had a big game as Flacco’s No.1 option (108 yards)…A good battle was waged the entire game between Ravens OT Michael Oher and Chiefs speedy pass rusher Tamba Hali…When the Ravens needed it most, they took the air out of the football and relied on their 3-headed backfield monster of LeRon McClain, Willis McGahee, and Ray Rice…Next up the Ravens and Steelers will have a “Rubber Match” game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh

Packers (11-6) over Eagles (10-7), 21-16…(Attended in Linc Pressbox) The Magical Ride of Michael Vick and the Miracles comes to an end…Eagles fall behind 14-0 early and never can recover…Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (18-27,180 yds, 3 TDs, 0 INTs) gets his first playoff win as Green Bay out-physicals Philadelphia…Packers Defense especially LB Clay Matthews (3 TKLs, 1 sack, 1 TFL) were all over Vick all-day (3 sacks and numerous hits)…Eagles had plenty of opportunities to tie or win the game that they squandered (Mikell missed Fumble Recovery, Unable to get Packers off the field on 3rd downs (8 for 13; 62%), Jason Avant drops of a crucial 3rd down pass, Vick overthrowing D-Jax on a long bomb, Penalties (7 for 50 yards), missed FGs, non converting 3rd downs (5-13; 38%), punting or FG attempts on 4th and shorts, only 2 sacks with both on blitzes, etc)…Pro Bowl Eagles kicker David Akers had a rough game as he was 0 for 2 on makeable FG attempts (42, 34)…Andy Reid finishes his 12th year and still no ring (fans frustrated more than ever with “Ground Hog Day” routine)…Officials almost mess-up by not giving Philly a 2nd chance at a 2-pt conversion after a penalty (Celek stepped out of bounds) negated their first attempt…Eagles need to get better on offensive and defensive lines…Packers win their 3rd straight game while the Eagles lose their 3rd straight game…Eagles redzone woes continue (Packers were 3 for 3 with 3 TDs) and DC Sean McDermott is under fire…Packers find a weakness in the Eagles smallish defense and run the ball for 32 rushes for 138 yards and a healthy 4.3 yards per carry…Packers rookie James Starks, who had been on the PUP list for most of the year, sets a Packers postseason rushing record by running for 123 yards on 23 carries (5.3 ypc)…Vick (20-36, 292 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT with 1 rushing TD) has to fight through a hurt ankle to finish the game..After a tough game where he struggled with Packers speed rushers, Eagles RT Winston Justice was benched in the early in the 4th qtr…Vick leads the Birds to a TD after halftime to cut the score to 14-10, only to have the Packers answer with a 6-minute plus drive for a TD…Neary a sighting of WR DeSean Jackson (2 catches for 47 yards with first catch in 4th qtr) or DE Trent Cole …Eagles running back LeSean McCoy only gets 13 carries as opposed to over 40 pass attempts called…Eagles give their fans “false” hope at the end, only to fall short…After Vick hit D-Jax for a big play from the Packers’ 27-yard line after a frantic hurry-up offense situation, Eagles season basically ends when Vick throws a “bad” INT to CB Tramon Williams in the endzone (trying to reach rookie WR Riley Cooper)  with :33 seconds on the clock…Vick later says he wants to come back as an Eagles, but he understands the business aspects of football…Vick said he got too greedy in trying to hit Cooper for the big play rather than spiking the ball and re-grouping…Reid liked the fight of his team and focused on a “young” team getitng an opportunity rather than the Eagles finishing their 50th season without a championship…Eagles will take their time evaluating their roster (February) and have some tough decisions to make (A lot of F\A’s including Vick, MLB Stewart Bradley, K Akers, and others)…In the offseason (F\A or Draft) the Eagles must get another CB, a bigger DT, pass rusher to help Trent Cole,O-line help especially at center, and a playmaking LB..Eagles back-up QB Kevin Kolb wants to be a starter and all signs are pointing to the Eagles re-signing Vick to an extension or “franchising” him…Kolb to Cleveland???…Packers move-on to face the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional RD

Wildcard Round Leaders

Passing
1. D. Brees NO  404 yds
2. M. Vick PHI  292 yds
3. M. Hasselbeck SEA  272 yds
4. J. Flacco BAL  265 yds
5. P. Manning IND

Rushing
1. M. Lynch SEA  131 yds
2. J. Starks GB  123 yds 
3. J. Charles KC  82 yds 
3. L. Tomlinson NYJ  82 yds
5. S. Greene NYJ  70 yds
 
Receiving 
1. P. Garcon IND  112 yds
2. T. Heap BAL  108 yds 
3. J. Avant PHI  93 ydsl 
4. D. Henderson NO  77 yds
 
TDS   
1. M. Hasselbeck SEA  4 TDs
2. A. Rodgers GB  3 TDs
3. J. Jones NO  2 TDs
3. J. Carlson SEA  2 TDs

A Look at the Records of the teams left playing
1 team — (14-2) Patriots
1 team — (13-3) Falcons
1 team — (13-4) Ravens
1 team — (12-4) Steelers
1 team — (12-5) NY Jets
1 team — (11-5) Bears
1 team — (11-6) Packers
1 team — (8-9) Seahawks

A Look at the Records of the teams on the sidelines
1 team — (11-6) Saints
6 teams — (10-6) Bucs, NY Giants
6 teams — (10-7) Eagles, Chiefs, Colts
1 team — (9-7) Chargers
2 teams — (8-8) Jags, Raiders
3 teams — (7-9) Dolphins, Rams
7 teams — (6-10) Redskins, Titans, Vikings, Texans, Cowboys, Lions, Niners
2 teams — (5-11) Cardinals, Browns
3 teams — (4-12) Bengals, Broncos, Bills
1 team —  (2-14) Panthers

Only 14 teams had a winning records in 2010

Current Streaks

Winning: Patriots (8); Ravens (5); Packers (3), Steelers (2), Seahawks (2), NY Jets (2)
Losing: Eagles (3), Titans (2), Bills (2)

2010-11 Playoff Seeds….
NFC — 1. ATL, 2. CHI, 3. PHI (out), 4. SEA, 5. NO (out), 6. GB
AFC — 1. NE, 2. PIT, 3. IND (out), 4. KC (out), 5. BAL, 6. NYJ

How 2009 Playoff teams are faring  — Saints (11-6; Out), Eagles (10-7; Out), Packers (11-6),  Vikings (6-10; No Playoffs), Cowboys (6-10; No Playoffs), Cardinals (5-11; No playoffs), Patriots (14-2), Ravens (13-4), NY Jets (12-5), Colts (10-7; Out), Chargers (9-7; No Playoffs), Bengals (5-11; No Playoffs)

2011 NFL Draft Selection Order (updated)

1. Carolina Panthers (2-14)
2. Denver Broncos (4-12)
3. Buffalo Bills (4-12)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-12)
5. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)
7. San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
8. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
9. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
10. Washington Redskins (6-10)
11. Houston Texans (6-10)
12. Minnesota Vikings (6-10)
13. Detroit Lions (6-10)
14. St. Louis Rams (7-9)
15. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8)
17. Oakland Raiders (8-8)
18. San Diego Chargers (9-7)
19. New York Giants (10-6)
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6)
21. Kansas City Chiefs (10-7)
22. Indianapolis Colts (10-7)
23. Philadelphia Eagles (10-7)
24. New Orleans Saints (11-6)
25. Seattle Seahawks (8-9)*
26. Green Bay Packers (10-6)*
27. New York Jets (11-5)*
28. Chicago Bears (11-5)*
29. Baltimore Ravens (12-4)*
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)*
31. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)*
32. New England Patriots (14-2)*

January 15th deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2011 NFL Draft
Even if there is an NFL lockout, the 2011 NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30 in New York City

Looking Forward to the Divisional Round and Beyond

Saturday, Jan. 15
4:30 p.m. ET — Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS — Gumbel and Dierdorf)
8 p.m. ET — Green BayPackers at Atlanta Falcons (FOX –Buck/Aikman/Oliver)

Sunday, Jan. 16
1 p.m. ET– Seahawks at Chicago Bears (FOX — Johnston, Albert, and Siragusa)

4:30 p.m. ET — NY Jets at New England Patriots (CBS — Nance/Simms)

Sunday, Jan. 23
3:00 p.m. ET — NFC championship
6:30 p.m. ET — AFC championship

Sunday, Feb. 6
6:30 p.m. ET — Super Bowl XLV 
 
Upcoming Key Dates
• January 15 — Deadline for Underclassen to Declare for 2011 NFL Draft
• January 15 -16 — Divisional Playoffs (CBS and FOX)
• January 23 — AFC and NFC Championship Games (CBS and FOX)
• January 29 – College Football’s Top Senior football players culminate a week of training by playing in the 2011 Senior Bowl at 3PM on NFL Network (Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL)
• January 30  — NFL Pro Bowl — AFC All-Stars vs. NFC All-Stars in Honolulu, Hawaii (FOX)
• February 6  — Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas (FOX)

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

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One Response

  1. The first game today is a very good game. The winner will most likely face New England next week. I have no idea who ends up in the Super Bowl.

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