Journal Of A Mad NFL Fan Conference Championship Sunday
by, 01-24-2012 at 01:45 AM (2420 Views)
HOT DOG! That was a GOOD Conference Championship Sunday! Ok; I know not for Baltimore & San Francisco fans, but still. This is part of the reason why I Love the Game. I Love this time of Year & Yes Why I Love Football! This is riveting stuff. I Love It. I think this is part of the reason why the NFL does get so popular each & every year. There are teams that add intrigue & drama & you can't take your eyes off of it. There's the Twitter connection to it. There's the Fantasy Football connection to it. There's planning the Super Bowl party & living the tradition each year. Gotta Love this Stuff. Ravens & Niners came further than I Ever thought they would this year. I felt like they could be one & dones if they did make the playoffs. They showed me! Shout-out to SI.com & NFL.com for the information. I'm on my Tweet Game on Twitter.com/BuckeyeRidley. That's @BuckeyeRidley. For Super Bowl XLVI Latest News & Notes, checkout NBCSports.com & NFL.com.
-AFC Championship Game. BAL: QB Joe Flacco played decent. He was 22/36, 306 yards with two TDs. Honestly, I said that Flacco needed to have a Good Game as a key to the win for BAL. He needed to have been better than decent. Joe wasn't terrible but he has to show that he's better than average & not just good or ok in 2012. When the team is put to the task, they have to show they can beat the Steelers AND the best of the NFL too. Mind you, they only lost by three but it was still a loss to go to the Super Bowl. That's painful stuff. Flacco is not to be replaced. They have their guy. He's reminds me of Eli Manning when he was needing to go over the hump & prove who he is. Some guys need a few knocks before they can get it together for a championship run. Problem? Some of the pieces there now, won't be there within the next season or two. Folks like Anquan Boldin, Ricky Williams & Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis [Twitter passed along that he was coming back next year] & Ed Reed may hit the open market when the deals are up or retire. The time is now because every year there is a new hungry team. The Ravens won't be going to the current home of their old team. The Colts left Baltimore in 1984 for Indianapolis. No chance of that reunion. Torrey Smith had 82 yards from three receptions with a touchdown. His longest was 42 yards on the day. Good to see him involved. He'll shine bright with his future with the Ravens but there were some missed cues on SUN that I felt could have been handled with more veteran tenure. Hats off to Anquan Boldin for his 101 yards from six receptions with his longest being 37 yards. He had no touchdowns but his presence was important especially in the fourth quarter with under two minutes left. Ray Rice has 21 carries with 67 yards. On defense, shout-out to Jimmy Smith with the INT. He may feel swole that he got one from Tom Brady. I felt confident that the Ravens D would show up on SUN. They had good moment as such. Ray Lewis said he was not retiring & I believe him. I hope he does come back with no contract issues with the team. I foresee his leadership possibly converting him to a coaching spot hot out the box like Keenan McCardell after retiring or Brian Shaw with the Lakers. He's been key for certain. I understand the Lee Evans dropped pass was certainly another key factor, according to what I hear on Twitter. Some will say it wouldn't have been a TD. Nonethless, Billy Cundiff had a chance to put the game in OT, but it was a no-go when he missed the 32 yarder in the fourth quarter & the Ravens are sent home. When Cundiff walked by camera in the postgame, he covered the lens as he walked by. Rough Day. You saw the replay after the game of Harbaugh, Rice & Suggs with their mouths open/anticipating their reaction; other Ravens player were dejected after the missed FG that sent NE back to the Big Game At The End. It'll be a key offseason for BAL with getting Flacco more in tune with his position & ensuring that the team further focuses on beating PIT in '12 like in '11 & that they are masters of studying film. They are certainly a talented bunch. NE: Gotta Love Tom Brady's postgame proclamation that he played bad. That honesty is a good measure of how a quarterback truly is in the game. Also, it was said that he hadn't watched Super Bowl XLII back because it was too painful for him. That's a commonism for guys who lose the Conference Championship Game or Super Bowl. However. Since Brady & Bunch are going to go back to facing the Giants in the Super Bowl, they must watch it back. I feel since there's some of the same guys on the team, they must see where they failed on the field. No Tyree & No Harrison are on their respective teams to be a part of history but the schemes & plays could run the same. In this game, Tom Brady was 22/36, 239 yards, no touchdowns & two INTs. Man can Ball Out but this game certainly saw his off days. He's been on off days in previous seasons when his team lost to folks like the Ravens. His Receivers & Running Backs were rather quiet on the day. The leading Receiver was Hernandez with seven receptions & 66 yards; Gronk wasn't as Gronked this game with five receptions & 87 yards. However, Gronkowski was hurt in the bottom of the third quarter & limped off the field with the help of trainers & went back to the locker room at one point. Needless to say, I think this game was about the Patriots making their statement that they can be the Top Seed despite their efforts not being the caliber that we're used to seeing & expecting. Winning by three points is different in the NFL than in College Football. A Win is a Win. However, to me I see this as being a chance that the Patriots didn't take to show up an opponent that was not as talented as them; I feel the talent edge certainly goes to NE despite their defensive whoas. Nonetheless, this team is built to go to the Super Bowl. The previous experiences, the history, doing it in the memory of Myra Kraft are some of the reasons why people will be favoring them in the Big Game At The End. This time is a little different than the last trip. There's no veterans like Randy Moss or Junior Seau who are trying to get a ring & won't have one. This is going to be an entertaining game. The Patriots are likely going to take that Eli/Peyton/Elite Quarterback talk & used it as motivation for Brady & the others. I think they listen to the media more than they let on to. Brady was slighted coming out of college. He's been facing that down since he was playing & winning Super Bowls. This is certainly going to be Epic. Also, I think there are going to be so many good things that people will see about the era that will allow them to cave in or just plain hate to admit that this duo of Brady & Belichick is One of the Best in All of Sports. They just do it well. Very Well. The Patriots are off to their seventh Super Bowl in team history; 5th for Brady-Belichick who are sitting at 3-1 in the Super standings. According to Jim Nantz on CBS, this win was Tom Brady's 16th postseason win & he ties his childhood idol, Joe Montana, for Most All-Time Postseason Wins. Now THAT'S Elite. For What It's Worth, Brady was voted the #1 Player among the Top Players of 2011 going into the preseason. Things like these help to put him above Peyton Manning or Drew Brees. Just Incredible. Yeah; It hurts me to say that as I'm a fan of Brees & Manning & their teams LOL. I'm in the "Hate To Admit It" category right now LOL. A Shout-Out goes to Sterling Moore on defense for the ball being knocked out with under one minute left to play. This defense does remind me of the Colts [who will host Super Bowl XLVI in Lucas Oil Stadium/"The Oil Drum"] from 2006, when the defense stepped up & beat teams in the playoffs despite their regular season defensive whoas. Imagine the defense that's in the playoffs trying to stop Victor Cruz or Hakeem Nicks. Or trying to contain Eli's throwing or even his running ability. It's gonna be some Game in Indy. This NFL thing never grows old. Other notes to make: Drew Bledsoe & Robert Kraft kisses on both cheeks was a unique moment after the game LOL. This team is certainly happy to be where they are. Classy of Bledsoe to come back despite being replaced by Brady over ten years ago. I know that he is a Grown Man & appears to understand this was a business that he had to survive in but yet I think this was still a fascinating sight. Also, with the Patriots winning, the Ravens don't get to go to the home of the team that left them in the middle of one night in 1984 to go to Indianapolis. That's just another let down on the day. You can't script this stuff.