@TSFSports Wildcard Sunday: Poor weather will be an equalizer in today’s contests


Colin Kaepernick and Aaron Rodgers look to add another chapter to the Niners/Packers post season rivalry.

A wintry mix in Cincy and sub-zero wind chills in Green Bay could neutralize some off the offensive output in today’s games. The Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers won their regular season meetings against the San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers, respectively.

Do the visitors from the West Coast have what it takes to survive the harsh conditions of playoff football in the East?

Saturday January 4, 2014:

Indianapolis Colts 45, Kansas City Chiefs 44 - The Indianapolis Colts became the second team in the modern era to win a postseason game after trailing by 28 or more points. Kansas City led 38-10 early in the third quarter only to be outscored 35-6 the rest of the way. The pivotal point of the game occurred when running back Donald Brown’s fumble ricocheted into the arms of Andrew Luck who lunged into the end zone from five yards out. Luck rebounded from three interceptions to pass for four touchdowns

The Chiefs lost leading rusher and receiver Jamaal Charles with a probable concussion, but still managed to score seemingly at will. The Colts didn’t help matters by turning the ball over four times. T.Y. Hilton hauled in 13 passes for 224 yards and two scores. The Chiefs end the season losing six of eight games after a 9-0 start.

Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
A. Smith 30 46 378 4
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
K. Davis 18 67 3.7 1
A. Smith 8 57 7.1 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Bowe 8 150 18.8 1
D. Avery 1 79 79 1
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
A. Luck 29 45 443 4
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
D. Brown 11 55 5 1
A. Luck 7 45 6.4 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Hilton 13 224 17.2 2
L. Brazill 4 54 13.5 0


New Orleans Saints 26, Philadelphia Eagles 24 - Philadelphia’s improbable run to the playoffs ended when Shayne Graham — who was signed two weeks ago kicked a 32 yard field goal to send the Eagles into the off season. The Saints were unfazed by the below freezing conditions in Philly at game time. In fact, several Eagles who were playing in their first playoff game seemed a little rattled. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was pressured throughout the evening and Chip Kelly’s potent offense sputtered like a car that sat in the cold too long.

The Saints won their first postseason game outdoors since entering the league in 1967. Drew Brees wasn’t as electrifying on this day, but he received a major boost from running back Mark Ingram who rushed for 97 tough yards on 18 carries. New Orleans will travel to Seattle to face the top-seeded Seahawks next weekend in the NFL’s Divisional Round.

Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
D. Brees 20 30 250 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Ingram 18 97 5.4 1
K. Robinson 8 45 5.6 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Graham 3 44 14.7 0
R. Meachem 1 40 40 0
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
N. Foles 23 33 195 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
L. McCoy 21 77 3.7 1
N. Foles 1 3 3 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Cooper 6 68 11.3 1
D. Jackson 3 53 17.7 0


Sunday January 5, 2014 1:05 pm:

San Diego Chargers (9-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (11-5) - Andy Dalton is faced with the pressure of leading the Bengals their first playoff victory in 23 years. Even if Dalton is less than stellar, rookie running back Giovani Bernard and a deep defensive unit should pull Cincinnati through. A.J. Green and Marvin Jones should fare well against a shaky San Diego secondary. Dalton has to be careful not to force the issue, but rely on his backs when receivers are covered.

The Chargers scraped and clawed their way into the playoffs by winning 5 of their last 6 games — the lone loss in that stretch was a 17-10 defeat to the Bengals in Week 13. San Diego is confident in Phillip Rivers (9-2) record in cold weather games. Running back Ryan Matthews can ill afford any miscues against an opportunistic Cincinnati defense. Outstanding rookie Keenan Allen (71 receptions, 1,046 yards, 8 touchdowns) will have his hands full against an aggressive Bengals secondary. Antonio Gates has to get his share of looks today to keep things within reach for the visitors.

Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
Philip Rivers 378 544 4478 32
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Ryan Mathews 285 1255 4.4 6
Danny Woodhead 106 429 4 2
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Keenan Allen 71 1046 14.7 8
Antonio Gates 77 872 11.3 4
Eddie Royal 47 631 13.4 8
Danny Woodhead 76 605 8 6


Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
Andy Dalton 363 586 4293 33
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 220 756 3.4 7
Giovani Bernard 170 695 4.1 5
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
A.J. Green 98 1426 14.6 11
Marvin Jones 51 712 14 10
Giovani Bernard 56 514 9.2 3
Jermaine Gresham 46 458 10 4

Prediction: Bengals 21 – Chargers 17

Sunday January 4, 2014 4:40 pm:

San Francisco 49ers (12-4) at Green Bay Packers (8-7-1) - The Niners and Packers are meeting for the fourth time in sixteen months with the San Francisco winning the last three contests. The Packers come into the post season with a loss and a tie, but the return of quarterback Aaron Rodgers makes Green Bay a team no one is eager to face. Running back Eddie Lacy carried the offense in Rodgers’ absence. Lacy and James Starks will need to get positive yardage if the passing game is shut down. Jordy Nelson and James Jones will have to be in formations that spread out the Niners secondary. Keep an eye on Eddie Lacy’s touches as he suffers from asthma. Green Bay’s defense is still a sieve without linebacker Clay Matthews and will have to do their best without him.

Colin Kaepernick has been less than dynamic this season, but he remains effective and very dangerous. The off-season trade for wide receiver Anquan Boldin was made for this moment. Boldin was the MVP of the entire postseason in 2012-13 and with a healthy Michael Crabtree on the other side, the Niners should be able to produce on short routes. Frank Gore could see 25 or more carries today. I believe the Niners are going to run heavy and try to wear the Packers defense down from the outset. Kaepernick could be in store for a big day as well. If the defense can shorten the production of Lacy and Starks, Rodgers dropping back in the cold will play into the Niners hands.

Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
Colin Kaepernick 243 416 3197 21
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Frank Gore 276 1128 4.1 9
Colin Kaepernick 92 524 5.7 4
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Anquan Boldin 85 1179 13.9 7
Vernon Davis 52 850 16.3 13
Michael Crabtree 19 284 14.9 1
Bruce Miller 25 243 9.7 0


Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
Aaron Rodgers 193 290 2536 17
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Eddie Lacy 284 1178 4.1 11
James Starks 89 493 5.5 3
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Jordy Nelson 85 1314 15.5 8
James Jones 59 817 13.8 3
Jarrett Boykin 49 681 13.9 3
Randall Cobb 31 433 14 4

Prediction: Niners 28 – Packers 23

8 Responses to “@TSFSports Wildcard Sunday: Poor weather will be an equalizer in today’s contests”

  1. D.N. says:

    After yesterdays stress Im not sure I even want to watch. .. but I agree re Bengals. I got Packers though.

  2. mapoui says:

    I disagree on the Bengals.

    I don’t like Jay Gruden. I think he is incompetent. he has a lot of offensive talent and he cant or wont make full use of it. the Bangals always fall behind and must come from behind against good teams.

    the Bengals are mostly not ready to go from the bell also and got run out of Pittsburgh for that reason.

    I love the Bengals and Marvin Lewis but I dont like Gruden.. and bet against the Bengals today for that reason along..Jay Gruden.

    and so far my ticket is in good shape. he Bengals will have to come off the pace again. hey might not be able to do it this time

  3. mapoui says:

    Marvin Lewis prolly just lost his job. he should have gotten rid of Gruden at least last year. he needed an offensive coordinator who could use all his offensive talent, given fits to opposing defensive CO.

    no good defensive team had much trouble with Gruden’s offense..not even Cleveland.

    I shut my TV off by the end of the third quarter so certain I was that Cincy would lose..and unhappy about it even though I would win if the lost.

    I hate to get upset by games but this game got me pissed.

    anyway I will collect tomorrow for I got both GB and SF. it does not matter which one wins. I play point spread… I got the Saints, KC and the Chargers already.

  4. mapoui says:

    I shut off my TV at the end of he first quarter not the third. my mistake

    I was on my PC doing other things by the third quarter. Cincy is the most talented side in the first round and out they go. poor coaching!

  5. CAvard says:

    *** The Indianapolis Colts became the second team in the modern era to win a postseason game after trailing by 28 or more points. ***

    Was the other one Buffalo vs. Houston in 1993?

  6. mapoui says:

    Hey Ron!

    Does my take on Cincy make any sense?

  7. mapoui says:

    I guess not!

    anyhow my take on those weekend games.

    I figured that the colts would win that but only barely. I thought that the Chiefs would not finish well and that the Colts would.

    I was was right.

    on the eagles/saints it was pretty clear to me that the saints had all it took to beat Philly particularly experience in the coaching and the QB.

    I have looked at Sean Payton and he is a really good coach and very experienced now. he looks at a game in progress and analyses it in that way. he may start a game out with a plan but he adjusts all the time…especially at half time.

    you have to play a full hour, a full game to beat him. as long as there is a chance he can pull it out.

    twice I saw Nick Foles waste scoring opportunities..at least field goals.. that Michael Vick would not have wasted. and those 6 points was the game right there.

    that is precisely what I expected..a cold calculated, experienced game by Breese/Payton and one that featured sufficient mistakes to secure a loss by Philadelphia.

    on Sunday expected that Cincinatti would come out cold, insipid running plays and a pass or 2, get stopped and give up the ball. I expected Cincinnati to do that all through the first quarter, fall behind and play from behind all game..and if they won, it would be late, maybe miraculous with Dalton Throwing for all he was worth.

    any side that is good enough and takes a serious look at Cincinnati is likely to find a spot to hammer to defeat them. that spot is likely to be there all game as Cincinnati does the same thing all the time.

    the again I don’t see that Dalton is given a lot of confidence by how he is used. I don’t see that they have worked out what or who Dalton really is and play to his strengths. Dalton is in the wrong place if he is to become a successful QB. he is already good enough

    I don’t think that entire Bengal team….offence and defence is properly worked out and used according to their talents. and that is the fault of the coaching staff..Zimmer and Gruden in particular.

    on Sunday I saw 4 teams and we got professional performances from 3 and a barely professional one from Cincy. that’s right.

    I figured San Francisco would win but refused to write off Aron Rodgers in Green Bay and the cold. indeed I wont write him off anywhere, any time.

    Green Bays defence is injured and undermanned. Rogers has many new pieces on offence, yet he makes them competitive…he and his coaching staff. the Niners are the better team but……

    so I played them both..especially since GB had beaten Chicago last week. they were in form and ready. they could have pulled off an upset in Green Bay.

    so in the play offs it comes down to experience basically, quality of team and coaching skills, previous success etc.

    the teams that won are better than those who lost in all of those ways..except San Diego. San Diego has a classy QB and a side running into a good one..but new head coach etc.

    Cincinnati theoretically had the experience advantage except it is a losing experience. and all the same culprits are there in Cincinnati for 3 straight years now. they are known quantities
    and they can be bet accordingly

    I mean what serious side playing for position in the post season, is going to go into Pittsburgh a traditional enemy with which football wars have been fought, start at a snails pace, give your hated opposition a head start of great lengths?

    that was a huge sign to me of a bad side. you never caught up and went home toting some 56 points..to zero for you.

    there is no logic to that save bad logic. Ben J Green can hold forth forever on the importance of the running game in the post season an that they should have run the ball more. so if you run the ball 25 times to no avail would 10 more have made a positive difference?

    what about 15 more, or 20 more…..?

    by that time, game time would have run out.

    that’s how I look at it anyway. I want Cincy to win. I like Marvin Lewis and want him to win because he is a black coach and I want black coaches to win everything every year. that is why I am so into Cincy.

    but Cincy wont win anything with Gruden and Zimmer..Zimmers defence collapsed yesterday as well..and maybe Lewis too. I must admit that Lewis himself may not be capable of going all the way.

    Lewis may keep his job because Cincinnati is a small franchise and my be perfectly satisfied to make the plays offs each and be satisfied.

    Zimmer and Gruden may be there for that reason as well. they are not top flight coaches and the franchise can afford them where it not be able to afford more capable top flight coaching talent

    anyhow that is the way I looked at the past week ends’ games. I am not as expert as the others are who comment here but my approach works for me. I win most of the time. I though I might make some sense here but I guess I do not

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