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2013 NFL Playoffs: Let the Games begin!

January 4th, 2013 · No Comments

So it’s that time once again, can you say NFL Playoffs Baby? As the three games I’m most intrigued by this coming weekend includes the Three Amigos and 9yd shy! As in the top three rookie Quarterbacks and Minnesota’s rushing phenom…

Saturday, Jan 5
Although the Houston Texans squandered their chances to be the AFC’s number one seed with home field advantage before slipping to the No. 3 seed, expect Arian Foster looking to run roughshod over those upstart Cincinnati Bengals; huh? When is the last time ever that the Bengals made the Playoffs? As why do visions of two slow “white guys” named Kenny Anderson & Chris Collinsworth come to mind? As surely the Texans must be favoured to knock off the No. 6-seed Bengals, who travel to Houston’s Reliant Field at 4:30PM ET on NBC for the day’s early game.

Meanwhile, in what will be a rematch of last weekend’s high flying circus act, where Adrian Peterson came up just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s amazing single season rushing record, now nearly thirty years ago… Look for “AD” and the rest of his No. 6-seeded Minnesota Vikings to run into a yellow wall ‘O vociferous Cheeseheads cheering madly for Aaron Rogers and the No. 3-seed Green Bay Packers at the notoriously frigid Lambeau Field, where the ‘Pac hopes to begin a return march to the finals and ultimately Superbowl XL VII. The evening’s game can be seen on NBC at 8PM ET.

Sunday, Jan 6
Suppose this is the feel good “Cinderella” team of the year due to its coach Chuck Pagano’s successful bout with cancer and his ultimate return to the sidelines “Just-in-Time” for this year’s playoffs… As I’m somewhat intrigued to see how the leagues number one overall draft pick Andrew Luck fairs against Ravens fifth-year Pro QB Joe Flacco?

As the No. 5-seed Indianapolis Colts travel to their original birthplace, not to mention Pagano’s previous employer as Defensive Coordinator to face off against the No. 4-seeded Baltimore ravens, as 37yr old perennial bad ass linebacker Ray Lewis has just announced his impending retirement after the playoffs - and expects to play after having been out with a torn muscle the past nine games.

Can the Colts continue their amazing run or will Baltimore wreak revenge on the team that spurned their city? Tune-in Sunday at 1PM ET on CBS to find out.

And naturally, with my new found interest of rootin’ for my ‘Homeboyz Seattle Seahawks, I’ll have to wait until the weekend’s final wildcard matchup to see if they can be victorious over another young gun and bad arse tailback.

Thus it’s funny to think of the Seahawks as a vastly different team then the 2010 NFC West Division champs, albeit the first team to ever enter the playoffs with a losing record of 7-9.

As obviously this is the game I’m most interested in, as I’ll admit I was rootin’ for Washington to win against duh Cowboys last week in order to see Russell Wilson match up against Robert Griffin III. (And probably the NFL too, eh? Can you say TV ratings bump…)

As it’ll be fascinating, hopefully to see how the No. 5-seed (11-5) Seattle Seahawks perform on the road at DC’s sold out Fed Ex Field, where the No. 4-seeded (10-6) NFC East champions led by RG3 hope to continue the magic. Not to mention how the battle royale between Marshawn “BEAST MODE” Lynch and Alfred “the Butler” Morris will play out? As I’ll be intently glued to the “boob-tube” Sunday night when kickoff occurs at 4:30PM ET on FOX; GO HAWKS!

Waiting in the wings with a first round bye are the four Division champions, as the No. 1-seed Denver Broncos await the lowest seeded AFC winner, while the No. 2-seeded New England Patriots await the divisions (AFC) highest seeded winner.

In the NFC, the No. 2-seed West Division champion San Francisco 49ers await the divisions (AFC) highest seeded winner; while the No. 1-seed Atlanta Falcons ponder who the lower seeded opponent will be? As wouldn’t it be funny if the 49ers and Seahawks met up in the Bay for the Division title chomping at the bit to avenge that nasty smack down the ‘Hawks gave ‘em earlier? We’ll see, as after all, first Seattle’s got to knock off RG3 & Co…

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