2012 NFL Playoffs: RG3′s Knee and 13 Things Worth Noting From the Wild Card Round
Before the 2012 NFL Playoffs got rolling, I declared this year’s version of the best tournament in sports to be the most unpredictable in the league’s history. I should have been more specific.
After all, I predicted all four first round games correctly. What I meant was, once the divisional round hits us, it’ll be like a Mike Tyson jab to the face. In other words, it is literally anyone’s game when it comes to the Texans, Patriots, Broncos, Ravens, Falcons, Seahawks, Packers and 49ers.
I can see any one of those teams winning this week and going on to win the Super Bowl. And we even have a slew of ridiculously awesome playoff matchups that could go down. The Harbaugh Bowl, should the Ravens and 49ers meet in the final game of the year, is just one possibility.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. For now, let’s embrace what was in the wild card round, and check in and see what we learned from every team in the first round of post-season play with some one-liners:
Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens
- The Colts need to fix their offensive line and protect their #1 overall pick better – fast.
- Ray Lewis is one inspiring individual and it’s hard not to love his story. He still should have caught that interception, though.
- I’m still not sold on Joe Flacco, but it’s hard to knock a guy who has won at least one playoff game in each season he’s played. No one else has done that. Ever.
- Vick Ballard has been a nice surprise for the Colts in the second half of the year and should be their main man next year. But he really dropped the ball (literally) on Indy’s final 4th down play.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans
- I’m not sure Andy Dalton has what it takes to take the Bengals to the next level.
- I’m not overly convinced Matt Schaub does, either.
- Cincinnati really needs more explosiveness out of their back-field. If they don’t draft a running back with their first 2013 draft selection, I’d be shocked.
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
- Well, there goes any doubts about Christian Ponder’s value to this team.
- And at the same time, how in the hell is Joe Webb in the NFL?
- I know the Packers won, but why hand the ball off to John Kuhn of all people twice in one goal-line series? I mean, you have this guy named Aaron Rodgers. Dude’s pretty good. If not for that odd play-calling, Green Bay would have won 28-10.
Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Redskins
- Mike Shanahan’s handling of Robert Griffin III’s injury was his second huge gaffe of the year. His first? Giving up on his team at 3-6.
- Five rushing attempts for Alfred Morris in the second half. In a close game. When RG3 was hurt. Unbelievable.
- Seattle overcame a 14-0 hole and looked like the scariest team in the league in the process. I won’t be shocked at all if they claim their first Super Bowl title this year.