Lansdowne

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  1. Re: bulletin board material Jags had plenty of material before playing the Steelers and were clearly motivated by it. Didn’t screw them over one bit. Re: Brady injury People bitch when the Pats disclose injuries and people bitch when the Pats don’t disclose injuries. What can you do? Either way Brady won’t make any excuses for how he plays, that’s not his style, he’s not Roethlisberger like that. He’s played through a sports hernia (2005 season) that wasn’t disclosed until after the season. He’s been playing through an Achilles tendon injury since midseason this year, which obviously has been disclosed.
  2. Not as lazy as the argument/implication that one team will definitely struggle to win their next game simply because they needed a “miracle” to win before, or that said miracle team is undeserving of their spot. Also I never said nor implied the Eagles needed a miracle to win their game, you reached that conclusion all on your own. My point with including their win over the Falcons is...surprise, surprise...playoff games are often competitive and closely contested, and can come down to one big catch or one critical stop. It’s real simple. Every game is different. Every opponent is different. Nick Foles sure as heck will not give the Vikings defense the same challenge that Drew Brees did, but I’m wise enough to know that the game is a lot more complex than one position on the field. The Vikings had a rough time of it because the Saints were a tough, balanced team. Still, the Vikings played the full 60 minutes, made the plays when they had to, and won the game despite the late odds. In all honesty, if Marcus Williams times that tackle attempt correctly, there’s no miracle, and I pick the Saints to win their game against the Eagles without giving it much thought. That was how confident I was in these Saints, and that’s a credit to the Vikings to “survive” that (that’s the word Eagles fans in this thread are rallying around, right?). I also cited multiple historical examples that mirror the Minneapolis Miracle, including the Music City Miracle (I don’t have the numbers, but I’m pretty sure the Bills had like a 99% chance of winning right before that play happened, and it sure didn’t have any bearing on how the Titans did after that). You chose to gloss over all that and that’s your prerogative. However I consider *that* to be lazy.
  3. The mistake many people make is to focus on one play to marginalize the fact that the team won. Do remember that it was widely expected to be the game of the weekend and it lived up to its billing. Two evenly matched teams (I was among many who favored the Saints to win the NFC), and the playoffs will provide competitive games that come down to one play. You can’t just assume one team’s game will translate to the next. Struggling at home early and getting a fortuitous win hasn’t stopped some teams from going far. The 92 Bills were down 32 points at home in the wildcard to the Oilers and had to play their backup QB. Somehow still managed to find their way to the Super Bowl that year. 99 Titans struggle at home in wildcard round to Bills who are, interestingly enough, playing their backup QB, and then the Music City Miracle happened. Titans still made it to the Super Bowl. 01 Patriots struggled at home to the Raiders and then the Tuck Rule played occurred, followed by Vinatieri’s golden foot. The Pats remained heavy underdogs after that but won it all anyway and never looked back. The Saints may have been the most balanced team in the league following Wentz’s injury with the Eagles, so it shouldn’t have been a shock to anyone that the Vikings needed some luck (in this case, insane luck) to get past them. The Eagles provide a different challenge (better defense than Saints, great special teams, an outdoors road environment). Likewise the Eagles will have a tougher go of it as the Vikings are objectively a better overall team this season than the Falcons were, and to use the same argument the Eagles had to struggle a bit to get past the Falcons last game. The Falcons final drive they marched down to the 2 yard line with a minute left and it could’ve ended very differently for the Eagles. It should be two closely contested, great conference title games and I wouldn’t be surprised with any result.
  4. Wait, Axe Elf posts here too? Holy crap, I haven’t heard from that dude since the old FantasySportsWire days in the early 2000’s. Also Henry didn’t stand a chance. I think everybody except DHC knew ahead of time Belichick was going to gameplan him out of the picture early.