|01-08-2006, 11:36 PM||#1|
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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Ceti Alpha V
RMN: Broncos Take on Patriots in Playoffs
Broncos take on Patriots in playoffs
By Barry Wilner, Associated Press
January 8, 2006
Do-overs, all over the place.
All four of next weekend's playoff games will be rematches from the regular season: Washington vs. Seattle and New England vs. Denver on Saturday, Pittsburgh at Indianapolis and Carolina at Chicago on Sunday.
The Panthers manhandled the Giants at the Meadowlands on Sunday 23-0, becoming the first road playoff team to post a shutout since 1980. A day earlier, Washington went into Tampa Bay and won 17-10.
Next up for Carolina is that return trip to frigid Chicago. The Bears beat the Panthers 13-3 at Soldier Field on Nov. 20, one of the NFC North champion's most impressive wins all season.
Washington goes to the conference's top seed. They met on Oct. 2 in Washington, where Nick Novak's overtime field goal beat the Seahawks 20-17.
The two-time defending Super Bowl champion Patriots moved on with a decisive 28-3 win Saturday night against overmatched Jacksonville. They fell at Denver 28-20 on Oct. 16.
Pittsburgh earned its return to Indianapolis with a 31-17 victory at Cincinnati. On Nov. 28, the Colts took down the Steelers 26-7.
• Redskins (11-6) at Seahawks (13-3) (Saturday 4:30 p.m. EST)
Seattle was spotless at home in compiling the NFC's best record, but one of its two meaningful defeats came at Washington, 20-17 on Oct. 2. The Seahawks, led by NFL Most Valuable Player Shaun Alexander and an opportunistic defense, took off from there, not losing until the season finale in Green Bay that had no bearing on the standings.
The Redskins are nearly as hot. They won their last five games to get into the playoffs as a wild card, then handled Tampa Bay on Saturday. Washington beat the Bucs with big plays on defense and will need the same against the Seahawks, whose 452 points easily led the league.
And remember that the Redskins gained a mere 120 yards at Tampa Bay.
"You don't care about numbers," quarterback Mark Brunell said.
"You don't care how pretty it is, or how effective it is, or how effective you were on offense. To get a win is huge. You are on the road in the playoffs against a very good defense. We will take it."
But they will need more than double those 120 yards against the Seahawks. If Washington can't come close to matching Alexander's production with running back Clinton Portis, it could be a long afternoon in Seattle.
• Panthers (12-5) at Bears (11-5) (Sunday 4 p.m. EST)
Carolina dominated New York, looking much like the team that won three postseason games two years ago to get to the Super Bowl. NFL Co-Comeback Player of the Year Steve Smith scored a pair of touchdowns, DeShaun Foster ran for 151 yards and the staunch defense rattled Eli Manning into four turnovers.
Blanking an offense with such playmakers as Tiki Barber, Jeremy Shockey and Plaxico Burress was impressive, and the Bears can't match such firepower. But Chicago doesn't win with offense, even though it has a 1,000-yard rusher in Thomas Jones.
Indeed, when Chicago ended Carolina's six-game winning string in November, the Panthers gained only 238 yards and Jake Delhomme was sacked eight times.
Eight times! "I knew when we went there that their defense was good," Carolina offensive coordinator Dan Henning said. "We didn't know it was as good as it was." Still, the Panthers have a big edge in experience and are unafraid in postseason road games. They won two of them after the 2003 season and already have a lopsided one this winter.
"Everybody may say we're a Super Bowl team — we're not," Smith said. "All we are is a one-win playoff team."
• Patriots (11-6) at Broncos (13-3) (Saturday, 8 p.m. EST)
Nothing will faze the Patriots as they seek an unprecedented third straight Super Bowl crown. Indeed, a snowy night game in January plays right into their hands.
New England's romp past Jacksonville wasn't exactly prime preparation for Denver. The Jaguars were inexperienced in the playoffs, while the Broncos made their third straight trip.
Jacksonville also had little offensive spark and Denver can move the ball.
In their last meeting, the Broncos built a big lead, 28-3, only to see the Patriots storm back within eight and begin a drive. But Denver held on.
These Patriots are healthier, especially on defense, and on a roll. But the Broncos were 8-0 at home this season, and teams have run well against New England. Denver ranked first in yards rushing.
•Steelers (12-5) and Colts (14-2) (Sunday 1 p.m. EST)
Indianapolis was still unbeaten when it hit a long touchdown pass to Marvin Harrison on its first play of the Monday night meeting with Pittsburgh. The Colts led the rest of the way, and their defense continually pressured Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Pittsburgh struggled just to hear the snap count in the raucous RCA Dome.
The Colts look like a team on a mission, with a vastly improved, speedy defense that can bail them out if the offense sputters. And while the Steelers have won five in a row with solid defense, a potent running game and some trick plays, they will need a sensational performance to eliminate Indy.
Of course, if Pittsburgh's defense can knock out Peyton Manning early the way it did Carson Palmer in Cincinnati on Sunday, who knows?
|01-09-2006, 12:21 AM||#2|
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Arcadia, CA
You still remember, Tom Terrific. I cannot help but be touched. We ofcourse remember you.
Khan, what is the meaning of this divisional playoff game?
Surely, we have made our intentions clear, Tom. We seek to avenge ourselves upon you for the 03 MNF heartbreaker and the fact that over the course of the last few years you have wrongfully taken our place as the AFC's elite. Just weeks ago, we deprived your team of its manhood and on Saturday Night we will deprive you of a chance of a third straight title, but first I wanted you to know which club it was in advance that had beaten you.
....ahh Tom Brady, my old friend, do you know of the Klingon proverb which states that revenge is a dish best served cold......it will be very cold on Saturday Night at Invesco.
(watching New England soundly defeating Jacksonville and a shot of New England's helmet).....there she is.....there she is......not so wounded as we were let to believe....so the much the better.