New England Patriots versus the Baltimore Ravens – it is hard to go into New England and win. This is the one thing that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have proven over the last 10 or more years. The talking heads were trying to tell us that Joe Flacco had figured out how to win in New England. The Baltimore Ravens had their opportunities to win this ballgame. Unfortunately, the defense let him down; specifically, their pass defense. Tom Brady carved them up. New England negated the “great pass rush” by the Baltimore Ravens using tons of short passes. I would be extremely surprised if the New England Patriots weren’t in the Super Bowl yet again this year.
The Carolina Panthers versus the Seattle Seahawks – This game was not close. The Seattle Seahawks played lights out. Cam Newton needs more weapons and a better offensive line if he is going to seriously take on Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.
Dallas Cowboys versus Green Bay Packers – I know that everybody’s talking about the catch that wasn’t. I’m extremely disappointed, because the Cowboys had an amazing season. They had an opportunity to win this game with or without the catch. We cannot forget the importance of DeMarco Murray’s fumble. The Dallas Cowboys had exactly the right call for exactly the right defense. DeMarco Murray was running for a touchdown. There was nobody over there. Julius Peppers popped the ball out with DeMarco in the hole. This was the game. Aaron Rodgers played terribly during the first and second quarters. The reason that I think he’s the best quarterback in the game is performance in that second half. He was brilliant.
Indianapolis Colts versus the Denver Broncos – I have no idea what is wrong with Peyton Manning or the Denver offense. They simply got manhandled, again (like in the SuperBowl). The receivers could not get open. Peyton Manning missed wide open receivers. Andrew Luck played the way he usually does. He moves around. He makes plays. He throws the ball hard. He throws the ball accurately. He was amazing. The Annapolis Colts will be moving on, while the Denver Broncos are scratching their heads looking for answers.