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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NFL Through My Eyes: Conference Champ Edition

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NFL Through My Eyes:
Conference Championship Edition
By Wild on Sports Analyst Jennifer Jeffery

I think Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers, were the favorable team to win this past Sunday in the NFC championship game. But, the Seattle Seahawks disagreed.

The game did not start off so hot for the Seahawks. The Niner’s had them in an early 10 point deficit.
Marshawn Lynch ran a third down touchdown, quarterback Russell Wilson threw a 4th quarter touchdown to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and kicker Steven Hauscha kicked 3 field goals. The Seattle defense did all the rest.

Kaepernick was on top early in this game. The Niner’s forced a turnover by Wilson on the first play which helped them gain a 10-0 lead after a touchdown in the 2nd quarter by Anthony Dixon.

Kaepernick threw a pass to Anquan Boldin in the 3rd quarter and after scoring a touchdown, San Francisco was still in the lead with a 17-10 score.

Seattle snatched their first lead when Wilson threw a 35 yard touchdown to Kearse.
The momentum finally changed, Kaepernick fumbled the ball when we got sacked by Cliff Avrie.
The play that sealed the win for Seattle was the pick from Malcolm Smith. And, in case you didn’t know, Kaepernick had three 4th quarter turnovers.

Linebacker for the Niner’s, NaVorro Bowman, had a horrible injury to his leg. If you saw the play that he got injured on, you saw that one of his legs bent sideways and kept bending until he lay, yelling, obviously in great pain.

As he was carted off the field, Seahawk fans threw food and stuff at him. Way to stay classy Seattle.
Richard Sherman was not able to remain humble after the 23-17 win. Pretty much saying, you can’t mess with the leagues “best corner”, especially if you’re mediocre, like apparently Michael Crabtree is.

The New England Patriots and Denver Bronco’s game was a little hard for me to take, being a Patriots fan.
With that said, I am not a sore loser, the Bronco’s outplayed New England, from the start of the game all the way up until the end.

Peyton Manning had so many offensive weapons in Wes Welker, Demaryous Thomas, Julius Thomas and Eric Decker. Manning is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, no one can argue that. The Patriots defense just could not stop the Denver offense, they got trampled over.

Tom Brady is also one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, people try to argue that fact, but, come one now, stop hating. He did not have a good game Sunday. He overthrew the ball a few times, he just wasn’t on target. People can make excuses and put the blame on anyone they choose, but the simple fact is, Manning and the Broncos just played better.

It was a slow day for the overall team: Julian Edelman had 10 catches for 89 yards, Austin Collie had 4 catches for 57 yards and Danny Amendola had only one catch and one drop (0 yards).

New England’s defense was almost a non-factor against the Denver offense. Peyton threw for 400 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The Patriots team doesn’t see it the way fans and non-fans do. They don’t use the excuses that they had no receivers or too many injuries. Belichick said they just did not play good enough, they were outplayed. Would’ve, could’ve, should’ve.

As much as it pains me to say this, Denver deserved to win this game.

The Pats didn’t have a good day, it’s time to accept what is and move on.

These two conference champs had the best record in the league. It is the first time since 2010 that the two top seeds played against each other in the Super Bowl, #1 offense (Denver) and #1 defense (Seattle).
Neither game was pretty to watch, but in the end, the two well deserved winners will meet in New Jersey (where Eli Manning plays) for Super Bowl XLVIII (which means 48, just so you know).

Who will win the ring? A quarterback that wants to leave his legacy with one more Super Bowl or the young, fresh quarterback who wants to prove his worth?

Sunday, February 2, the whole nation will find out.


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