The Texans showed why they had the 1 seed locked up until they let it slip through their fingers in the final weeks. The protected Shaub like they had for the majority of the season. They started off slow and sluggish, but in the second half turned it up on the Bengals. Marvin Lewis showed that he is still incapable to make the adjustments needed to win big games. Foster is the first nfl player to have 100 yard games in each of his first 3 playoff games. The Bengals were only in this game due to Leon Hall and the defense, if Shaub had made a better decision, game wouldnt have even been close. Dalton had -6 yards passing in the first half. Dalton was pedestrian on the day, 14 for 30 for 127 yards, and 1 INT.
Christian Ponder had a bruised triceps…a fucking bruised triceps, and he doesn’t play the game?! Take a shot, suck it up, and get out and try to win a playoff game. I don’t care if it was on your throwing arm or not, in the playoffs, you do what you can to put your team in the best position to win. If you have to be pulled and benched, at least you went out and did what you could, instead of putting in a guy who hadn’t thrown a pass all year. He ain’t Charlie Batch. That deserved a loss right there, and that is what came out of it. Vikings couldn’t get anything going, and even Peterson couldn’t win the game solely on his legs.
There still better not be any talk of Flacco being Elite after this game. Luck’s luck ran out. All Joe is good for is throwing the ball up, and hoping a receiver gets it, or the defensive gets called for Pass Interference. The defense played on fire for the ravens, due to Lewis being back on the field. He almost had a pick, but his cyborg arm just couldn’t bring it in. The Colt’s squandered opportunities to score, and they were hindered by the absence of their OC, who was in the hospital, but they still had chances to score to tie, and they let them slip by. Hopefully they learn from this game. This is Ray’s last game at M&T Bank. Next week though, they aren’t facing a rookie QB.
RG3 was hurt worse than he wanted to let on, even though that didn’t seem to hinder him at the start of the game when they jumped out by 14, but by halftime, you could tell that his knee was bothering him, whether he wanted to admit it or not. Shanahan should have made the call and put in Kirk Cousins after the half, but probably gave him the benefit of the doubt. By the 4th quarter though, he definitely should have been pulled though. Seattle and the defense did their job, and played hard on the road where they have been lackluster this season. Seattle has to go into Atlanta next week, and probably hope on rust and the fact that Atlanta and Matt Ryan haven’t won a playoff game.