TDR: Championship Monday
* Off the bench *
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NFL Wildcard Weekend recap
- Eagles vs. Bears – Might as well start with the best game/worst game. The Bears had such a solid season thanks to their fantastic defense. The Eagles were the struggling little engine that could. It was a tight game that came down to the last few seconds after the Eagles pulled ahead by one point with a minute to go. The Bears took the ball down the field, got into field goal position and then their kicker Cody Parkey executed the double doink. The ball simply flying through the uprights would have gotten Chicago the win, but he hit it off the upright and then off the crossbar. The double doink. Poor guy was booed into oblivion after the game. He owned the mistake, his teammates supported him and it actually looks like ball was tipped. So the Eagles keep chugging along.
- Chargers vs. Ravens – This one was all Chargers until Baltimore tried to make it interesting toward the end. It was a roughhhh game for Ravens QB Lamar Jackson. He was sacked seven times and was just a hot mess. He finally remembered he was a pro QB during the fourth quarter and threw two touchdown passes, but it like JoJo once said, it was just too little too late. So the Chargers, whose kicker Michael Badgley hit five field goals setting a new franchise record, got the win and will face the Patriots next weekend.
- Seahawks vs. Cowboys – The Cowboys are moving on in the playoffs thanks to Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. They done good. It was a close one though, Dallas got the W 24-22, which ended the Seahawks streak of nine straight victories in playoff openers. Dallas’ defense showed Seattle’s top-ranked rushing offense who was boss, and they will now face the Rams next weekend. TBH I was bored during this game. Other than the moment I almost vommed when Allen Hurns broke his ankle and they insisted on showing that replay.
- Colts vs. Texans – This was def an interesting matchup between two AFC South rivals who were not looking too sharp at the beginning of the season. The Colts started off 1-5, so it was kind of a historic turn around for Indy. They came in and just absolutely dominated the Texans 21-7. There was never a moment when it felt like the Colts weren’t going to win. Indy’s reward is getting to face the top seeded Kansas City Chiefs next week at Arrowhead Stadium aka one of the toughest places to play on the planet. Best of luck, baby horses.
College Football Playoff National Championship
Well, wouldya look at that. The college football season ends today. Boo. It all comes down to No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson, as God intended it. The two southern powerhouses will meet in the college football capital of the country … California’s Bay Area. This is the third meeting of these two in the finale to the College Football Playoff. Both teams have young gun quarterbacks with Tua Tagovailoa coming on the scene as Alabama’s hero in last year’s Natty, while Clemson’s’ Trevor Lawrence has proven he has got the right stuff all season long. The Tigers’ defensive line is v strong, except they will be missing Dexter Lawrence (no relation to our boy Trev) bc he failed a drug test. You couldn’t wait until literally tomorrow, Dexter? If you are looking to get steep on each of the teams, ESPN really got into the nitty gritty with this one. Otherwise, we will have a very important Insta story rolling all day long with our resident Clemson fan Meghan Cantwell, so give @thedailyrally a follow. This is when she liveblogged a couple years ago, and it’s also why we are inviting her back today.
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