I think it’s been ingrained into our minds that this was the Dallas Cowboys first postseason trip to Green Bay since 1967’s famous “Ice Bowl”. I mean how can we not remember that for the rest of our lives, ESPN and FOX only mentioned it every few minutes for a week straight. While the Ice Bowl was 16 years before I was born, I’m probably not going to forget this “Dez Catch/No Catch” game for at least a decade. When the play happened I immediately thought it was a catch and once they showed the first replay I knew it was going to be reversed. Based on the way the rule is written sure it was the right call but based on logic and real life it was a catch. The “bobble” to me was made during a football play, IE: stretching for the goal line to score a touchdown. The NFL doesn’t view it that way and that’s fine because the NFL also doesn’t view themselves at fault for botching the Ray Rice case so their opinion means nada to me. I definitely think Dez should’ve got the benefit of the doubt but based on last week’s defensive pass interference reversal helping the Cowboys over the Lions I guess Karma’s a bitch.

“I ain’t never seen nuthin’ like it. I tried to reach for the goal line. I caught it. I came down with it. I tried to reach for the goal line. I can’t believe it. (asked about ball in the air) I knew it was mine. I knew it was mine. Clearly it’s a catch.” — Dez Bryant

Leave it to the Baltimore Ravens to make something out of nothing when it comes to losing to the New England Patriots. The game was an instant classic and yet another feather in the cap that is Tom Brady’s Hall of Fame resume. Twice the Patriots rallied from 14 point deficits becoming the only team in NFL playoff history to do so and win. The Patriots tied the game on a 51 yard touchdown pass not from Tom Brady but wide receiver and one time college QB at Kent State Julian Edelman to Danny Amendola. The Ravens played great, they even had a shot late in the game but a Joe Flacco interception was the finisher. But despite all that the Ravens are claiming the Patriots cheated, gee how original.

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This isn’t Spygate or anything like that but Jon Harbaugh is claiming the Pats “trick” plays were illegal. After a few days of media pumping this up into conspiracy thankfully Harbaugh spoke to clarify. While he didn’t think those plays altered the outcome of the game he does have a problem with the officiating of those plays. In other words he believes the officials should have force the Patriots to slow down and allow the defense time to identify the eligible/ineligible players before hiking the ball. No where in the rule book does it state the officials need to do so, all they need to do is announce that a player is or is not eligible based on that particular substitution or formation.

I’m not going to speculate as to whether Peyton Manning is going to retire or not, I’ll let that play out and then discuss. What I am going to say is that anyone who thinks the Colts made a mistake by letting Manning go when they drafted Andrew Luck is crazy. Absolutely crazy. I don’t think I need to explain this one at all.

BALTIMORE RAVENS VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Patriots 35, Ravens 31

  • Patriots reach 4th straight AFC Championship Game (9 in last 14 years)
  • New England first time ever in to erase two 14 point deficits in playoff history
  • Tom Brady has 46 post season TD passes (NFL record) passing Joe Montana
  • Baltimore out-rushed New England 136 yards to 14 yards
  • Play of the Game: 51 yard touchdown pass from Julian Edelman to Danny Amendola

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CAROLINA PANTHERS VS. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Seahawks 31, Panthers 17

  • Seattle first Super Bowl winner since ’06 to win their first playoff game the following year
  • Russell Wilson on 3rd Down: 8-8, 199 yards, 3 TD
  • Cam Newton: 23-36, 246 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, Fumble
  • Richard Sherman 1st career post season interception vs. Cam Newton
  • Play of the Game: 90 yard interception return for TD via Kam Chancellor in 4th Q

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DALLAS COWBOYS VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS

Packers 26, Cowboys 21

  • Aaron Rodgers final 10 passes: 10-10, 163 yards, 2 TD, 8 1st Downs
  • Tony Romo & Aaron Rodgers Combined: 39-54, 507 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT
  • Randall Cobb & Devante Adams 3rd pair of GB WR to have 100 yards in same playoff game
  • Dallas has lost 7 straight road playoff games tied for 2nd longest streak in NFL
  • Play of the Game: Overturned comp/incomp on Dez Bryant on 4th and 2 in 4th Q

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS VS. DENVER BRONCOS

Colts 24, Broncos 13

  • Peyton Manning playoff record since winning ’06 Super Bowl is now 4-7
  • Peyton Manning has 9 opening game playoff losses (aka One & Done) most in Super Bowl Era
  • Andrew Luck has 1,703 passing yards in his 1st 5 playoff starts (NFL Record)
  • Entering the game, Denver this season was 8-0 at home with a 35 ppg. average
  • Play of the Game: Andrew Luck 15 yard touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks to push lead to 21-10 in 3rd Q

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