How many awesome story lines surround the remaining Super Bowl contenders and their relationships to each other? The NFL 2013 Playoffs are rife with more movie of the week dramatics, emotions and subplots than we’ve seen in a long time and plenty of these connections are totally possible or penciled in to planners with the start coming in four short days. Okay, more than one of these are Ravens playoff scenarios, but what did you expect? Anyway, on with the show.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning played for the batimore colts from… wait…sorry. He’s not that old. However, he did lead the Indianapolis version of bmores former franchise for over a decade, popping into the city from which the horseshoe was plucked to totally annihilate the Ravens on a yearly basis. The ravens beat him once way back in 2001 when he and 52 were kiddies and bmore were the defending superbowl champs. They are both pretty old in football years now, but while manning is experiencing his bionic man 2nd wind ray is headed for the hills. Its lewis’ last chance to put his big boy icey-hot on and handle the evil qb who has managed to bring him multiple L’s year after year after heartbreaking year.
Atlanta Falcons vs. well… anyone
On paper I guess they are one of the best teams in the NFL, but buying into a top seed that had less points than quarters to score them in their last playoff game is pretty difficult. It’s a different squad. We know. And Matt Ryan has developed into a sharp shooter with an amazing amount of talent (Gonzalez, White, Jones etc) hovering at the opposite end of his perfect spirals. But the bottom line fellow Atlantans is… no one is going to feel the Falcons’ supremacy from the gut until they beat the Seahawks. Atlanta can be one miserable sports city with 3 franchises that rarely ever make good on their promise. Want some respect? Score more than two points. Unless, of course, the Seahawks only score 1.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs… Umm Yeah
Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots
Last time the Texans ventured to Foxboro, it didn’t turn out well. I’d like to say that they are this energized, hot-like-fire franchise turning up the amps at just the right time, but the truth is, they shit-canned their 1 seed by playing pretty lousy at the end of the season and squeaked past a Bengals team last week that was playing its worst game of the year. Possibly the corniest team of all time, they’d like to take that letterman look to Massachusetts and show Brady and company what a high school JV squad (yes that is what they look like in those outfits) can do when heavily un-favored. Just a guess, but I don’t think there will be any Watt finger wagging on Sunday. But what do I know? I believe the Ravens are going to beat the Broncos.
Baltimore Ravens vs. The New England Patriots
This is what I’m saying is going to happen in a week and a half and you can’t talk me out of it. When it does (and it will) I suggest the Ravens watch the tape of last year’s AFC championship game and Sterling Moore stripping our destiny out of Lee Evans’ weak little hands over and over again. Then if they haven’t had enough, they can check tape of Billy Cundiff’s immaculate deflection. Get mad. Then get even.
Okay, I guess I’m done. I’ll talk about the Harbaugh/Harbaugh Superbowl next week and I don’t really care what the Packers do, unless they beat the 49ers. But that’s just not going to happen. Happy playoffs folks.