NFL Divisional NFC/AFC Games 2010

On The Road to the SuperBowl

The 2010 NFL Divisional Playoffs are complete. The stage is now set for the AFC and NFC Championship games. With four teams left, we are one week away from knowing who will play in Superbowl XLIV. The question on everyone's mind now is who will usurp the Pittsburgh Steelers as champions? Super Bowl XLIV is Feb. 7 in Miami.

Drew Brees is in control. Peyton Manning the master of making adjustments. Mark Sanchez the rookie who has come a long way. And Brett Farve became the first quarterback to win a playoff game in his 40s.

One thing is certain the upcoming Championship games should be another great weekend before the big one.

But all i can think . . is how sad I am that the NFL football season is coming to an end!

Here Come The Colts

The Indianapolis Colts take the field before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 16, 2010. (Joe Robbins/NFL.com)
The Indianapolis Colts take the field before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 16, 2010. (Joe Robbins/NFL.com)
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens

Ray Rice Rattled

Colts DE Raheem Brock forces a fumble out of the hands of Ray Rice in the fourth quarter. (Matt Kryger/The Indianapolis Coplts)
Colts DE Raheem Brock forces a fumble out of the hands of Ray Rice in the fourth quarter. (Matt Kryger/The Indianapolis Coplts)
# Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) reacts as he walks off the field after a fumble in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 16, 2010. The Colts
# Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) reacts as he walks off the field after a fumble in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 16, 2010. The Colts

Baltimore Ravens 3

Indianapolis Colts 20

Lucas Oil Stadium was were the Colts were able to stop running backs Ray Rice and Willis McGahee, as the two combined for just 74 yards on 15 carries. Rice had the bigger numbers, running 13 times for 67 yards.

It was the second time these two teams met this season and in both of these games the Ravens offense was not able to score any touchdowns against the Colts.

Too many turnovers on offense and one too many defensive penalties added to the Ravens loss. The Ravens committed four turnovers , including two interceptions and two lost fumbles.

“We’re disappointed at the fact we didn’t win this game,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We didn’t play well enough to win this game, on this day, against this team. That’s our disappointment.

Peyton Manning completed 30 of 44 passes for 246 yards with two touchdowns coming in less than two minutes near the end of the first half.

Said Manning of the Colts snapping their post-bye losing streak, "I know there was a myth that we can't win at home after a bye week. I didn't believe in it."


For Reggie Wayne, he took a while to get going, but finished with eight catches for 63 yards and became the 11th player to gain 1,000 career playoff receiving yards. Add a touchdown to his day.

Before the Colts left the locker room after this win, the players huddled in the locker room to deliver one final message to their head coach Jim Caldwell . . .they wished him a Very Happy Birthday.

The Colts set a club record Saturday with an attendance of 67,535 inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark is tied up be Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth during the first quarter of NFL divisional football playoff game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark is tied up be Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth during the first quarter of NFL divisional football playoff game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

A Near Sack

Peyton Manning slides to the turf at Lucas Field Stadium (Sam Riche/The Indianapolis Star
Peyton Manning slides to the turf at Lucas Field Stadium (Sam Riche/The Indianapolis Star

The Jets Welcome You to the Island

Jets Jolt Bolts-Next Face Colts

New York Jets running back Shonn Greene runs for a 53-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter of the AFC divisional playoff game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, January 17, 2010 in San Diego. (Gary A. Vasquez/NFL.com)
New York Jets running back Shonn Greene runs for a 53-yard touchdown during the fourth quarter of the AFC divisional playoff game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, January 17, 2010 in San Diego. (Gary A. Vasquez/NFL.com)

Jump Ball

New York Jets safety Kerry Rhodes (25) reaches for an onside kick by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in San Diego. The Jets won 17-14. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
New York Jets safety Kerry Rhodes (25) reaches for an onside kick by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth quarter of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in San Diego. The Jets won 17-14. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
New York Jets
New York Jets
San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez celebrates with coach Rex Ryan during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers in an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez celebrates with coach Rex Ryan during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers in an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Compare The QB's

Sanchez vs Rivers

12    Comp      27
23    Att           40
100  Yards    298
4.3   Avg.       7.5
1      TD             1
1      INT's         2
1      Sacks       2
60.1 Rating  76.9

New York Jets 17

San Diego Chargers 14

Norv Turner called for an onside kick after cutting the lead t 17-14 when he probably would have been better served kicking it off deep therefore forcing the Jets offense to move the ball. Rex Ryan did not hesitate to go for it on fourth and 1 in the last minutes of the game.

Rookie running back Shonn Greene continued to be a difference-maker for the Jets, giving them just enough offense with 128 rushing yards, that makes 263 yards rushing in the playoffs.

Interceptions by by Jim Leonhard and Darrelle Revis gave the Jets the edge in turnovers and Mike Devito sacked Philip Rivers.

A change back to man-to-man defense keyed New York's pass defense in the second half. The Chargers had only 7 first downs in the second half and were held to 139 passing yards in the final minutes and didnt get any more big plays.

Philip Rivers' playoff record fell to 3-4 after the upset loss to the Jets.

"We'll see what happens in the match-up that probably nobody wanted, but too bad," Rex Ryan said after the game. "Here we come."

Vincent Jackson's kick of a red challenge flag was one of ten penalties by the Chargers. (It was also the straightest kick the Chargers had all day.) Nate Kaeding had made 69 field goal attempst in a row inside 40 yards before missing from 36 and 40 yards in this game.

Not many people had faith in that the Jets cpould get this far. But here they are one win away from making Super Bowl preparations. New York get ready!

Its Over My Head

The ball goes over San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on a botched snap in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in San Diego. Rivers recovered the ball for a loss. (AP P
The ball goes over San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on a botched snap in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in San Diego. Rivers recovered the ball for a loss. (AP P

A Pretty Greene Win!

Shon Greene celebrates after his fourth quarter TD that sealed the win for the Jets.
Shon Greene celebrates after his fourth quarter TD that sealed the win for the Jets.

Jets beat the Chargers in the Divisional Playoffs.

The Sensational Saints

New Orleans Saints Courtney Roby celebrates with running back Reggie Bush after Bush scored on an 83-yard punt return during the third quarter of an NFL football divisional playoff game in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/David J. Phil
New Orleans Saints Courtney Roby celebrates with running back Reggie Bush after Bush scored on an 83-yard punt return during the third quarter of an NFL football divisional playoff game in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/David J. Phil

Warner Worn

Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints

Going My Way

New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (91) reacts after intercepting a pass from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner during the second quarter of an NFL football divisional playoff game in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/D
New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (91) reacts after intercepting a pass from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner during the second quarter of an NFL football divisional playoff game in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/D

Arizona Cardinals 14

New Orleans Saints 45

The Cardinals set a record for most points allowed in consecutive playoff games in their 45-14 loss to the Saints.

Said Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, "We played with a depleted secondary today. That hurt us. The Saints exploited those matchups. That was pretty obvious."

Cardinals RB Tim Hightower's 70-yard touchdown on the first play of the game was the longest run of his career.

Cardinals QB Kurt Warner said the hit that briefly knocked him out of the game won't impact his retirement decision.

The Saints defense allowed only 31 yards rushing and seven points following Hightower's game-opening touchdown.

"These are games where your stars need to show up and make plays and be a difference-maker," Reggie Bush said. "That's what I try to do."
 Bush ran five times for 84 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown. He caught four passes for 24 yards. And he returned three punts for 109 yards, including an 83-yard touchdown that was the third-longest in NFL postseason history. It was his first punt return for a touchdown since the Vikings game in 2008.

Saints QB Drew Brees completed 23 of 32 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns.

DT Sedrick Ellis recorded the only sack, but the Saints pass rush had a bigger impact on the game than the stat sheet implies.

Larry Fitz Leaps Last for 2010

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) catches a pass with New Orleans Saints cornerback Randall Gay (20) defending during the second quarter of an NFL football divisional playoff game in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. (AP Photo
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) catches a pass with New Orleans Saints cornerback Randall Gay (20) defending during the second quarter of an NFL football divisional playoff game in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. (AP Photo
Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo is seen on the bench during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo is seen on the bench during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)




Second Half Gonna Need Some Magic

Mile High

# Dallas Cowboys' Miles Austin (19) catches a pass during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
# Dallas Cowboys' Miles Austin (19) catches a pass during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings

The Headache Is Just Begun

Head coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the closing moments of a 34-3 divisional playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Head coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the closing moments of a 34-3 divisional playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Minnesota Vikings' Brett Favre talks to Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo (9) after the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 34-3. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Minnesota Vikings' Brett Favre talks to Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo (9) after the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 34-3. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Dallas Cowboys 3

Minnesota Vikings 34

After lighting up the Cowboys for four touchdowns and 234 yards in Sunday's 34-3 division-round blowout, Vikings QB Brett Favre needs just 228 yards passing in the NFC title game to surpass Joe Montana's all-time record for career postseason passing yards. And with the Vikings win today he gets another stab at that record.

In addition to DE Ray Edwards, Vikings LB Ben Leber turned in a monster statistical line Sunday, racking up nine tackles, an interception, two pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

Vikings NT Pat Williams believes that his team's win over the previously red-hot Cowboys "surprised everybody" and said the Vikings "weren't worrying about what nobody was saying, what NFL Network was saying, [or] Inside the NFL."

Can someone explain why the Vikings mascot Ragnar attempted to console Dallas' players as they made their way off the field, patting RB Felix Jones and WR Kevin Ogletree on the back?

On the bright side for Dallas, the team advanced as far as it's been in the playoffs in 13 years this postseason. Next year I believe we will see the Cowboys in full force with an even more mature Tony Romo.

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips called Vikings WR Sidney Rice's first-quarter, 47-yard touchdown, which came against incognizant Cowboys SS Gerald Sensabaugh, "unbelievable" and "the strangest play I've seen in a long time."

Jean-Jacques Taylor, of the Dallas Morning News, singled out Cowboys RT Marc Colombo as a goat for the season-ending defeat, and absolves QB Tony Romo of blame.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he wasn't discouraged after the loss.

Dallas Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick (32) tackles Minnesota Vikings' Sidney Rice (18) after a catch during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
Dallas Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick (32) tackles Minnesota Vikings' Sidney Rice (18) after a catch during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

You know where I stand on the Jets' chances tomorrow, Shari! These poor guys have nothing to celebrate in the past 40 years (jeezum crow that's a long time!). I bet it's great to be in the Big Apple with all the hoopla going round! Another awesome hub, babe!

J * E* T* S* Jets! Jets! Jets!


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zatchj62 6 years ago from Michigan

nice article


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

Can't wait for this Sunday's games! The Jets played a great game vs. Chargers. My Cowboys looked horrible and deserved to lose. What do you think, Shari, Jets/Saints Superbowl?

You do such a good job on your NFL Hubs. What's next the NBA? Go MAV's!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

@dohn121- GMTA . need I say more. Your thoughts and words never seem to amaze me . .for we think so alike. . .

@zatchj62-glad you stopped by .. and you already know I am a fan of yours . keep up the great work!

@Jai Warren - I would love a Saints/Jets SB. But if it is a Jets/Vikings one it will be easier to dislike the opponent! Thanks for the thumbs up on my NFL. . .I used to be a huge Basketball fan . back when the Knicks were the Knicks.. I guess the coming weeks will tell if I can get into it again . ha ha I am already feeling football withdrawal! see you on Twitter at kickoff!!!!! Go Jets!


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richbrown80 6 years ago

hey I love lost on Revis Island pick, priceless


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

richbrown80-too bad no one got lost on it today! All in all the Jets went farther than anyone ever gave them credit for. Would have been nice to see them in the SB. . but the Colts took it back and thats the game of football!

Thanks for stopping by.


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EYEAM4ANARCHY 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

I think they would have probably lost a close game anyway, but losing Shonn Greene in the third quarter really put the brakes on the Jets' chances.

They had a good run and there's a lot of potential for them to be good in the future.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Eye. . Shonn was a huge loss. .but I agree with you .. Peyton figured it out and thats all there is to it. . Once he has control and knows what is coming there aint no stopping him. What was exciting to see was some new blood in the Jets. . maybe the heart breaking days are over for them . Sanchez has potential and I dont care what anyone says . .Rex Ryan has my vote. . honestly I dont think I have liked a coach so much since Parcells..


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hey Shari, the JETS played well,,,but of course P. Manning was there so ---

Thanks, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hey Shari, the JETS played well,,,but of course P. Manning was there so ---

Thanks, Maita


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Maita . . the Jets were sure a surprise and I know they will be back even stronger next year. . gotta say most people dont like the coach but Rex Ryan really got my attention . and so did Mark Sanchez. . lol!

Always great to see you,

shari

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