By Samihan Dani
Last week’s championship had two opposite games. The thriller, Packers at Seahawks, is probably going to go down as one of the best playoff games of all time. The Colts at Patriots was a blowout with the Patriots winning 45-7.
Packers at Seahawks
The Packers started off to a great start defensively with having 3 interceptions and recovering a fumble on special teams. Aaron Rodgers threw a pick in the endzone to Richard Sherman. On the first Seahawks possession the Russel Wilson threw to Jermaine Kearse and the ball popped up in the air for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to pick it off and bring it inside the Seattle 5. The Packers got Stuffed short and opted for a field goal. The first three possessions were turnovers. In the 1st half Russel Wilson threw 3 picks with Seattle having 4 turnovers losing 0-16. In the 2nd half Seahawks got stopped in Packers territory. The Hawks faked the field goal with Jon Ryan passing to Garry Gilliam for the touchdown. With 2:05 to play Russel Wilson scored a touchdown to be down by 5.The Hawks kicked an onside kick and recovered it. Ryan Bostick Jumped up to go for the ball instead of doing his blocking assignment. The Seahawks marched down the field to finish with a 24 yard touchdown by Marshawn Lynch. The Hawks went for a 2 point conversion so the Packers can’t win with a field goal. Russel Wilson was running back as 2 Packer pass rushers came after him, and he chucked it into the air and Luke Wilson brought it down. The Packers then marched down and tied with a field goal. At the st art of overtime Seattle won the toss and elected to receive.Seattle had 2 huge plays. A 35 yard pass to Doug Baldwin, and a 35 yard pass to Jermaine Kearse, who had been the target on all of Russel Wilson’s interceptions, for a touchdown. After losing 16-0, having five turnovers, a fake field goal, an onside kick, two touchdowns in the last 3 minutes, a 2 point conversion, and a 35 yard pass under good coverage the Seahawks pulled off one of the greatest victory of all time.
“Just making the plays at the end and keep believing,” said Wilson, who was overwhelmed and sobbing after the game. “There was no doubt … we had no doubt as a team.”
“It’s going to be a missed opportunity that I’ll probably think about for the rest of my career,” Rodgers said. “We were the better team today, we played well enough to win. We can’t blame anybody but ourselves.”
Colts at Patriots The Colts vs Patriots, unlike the Packers vs Seahawks, was a blow out. In a rainy Gillette stadium the Pats beat the Colts 45-7. Blount had a huge game against the Colts last year in the divisional round with 4 TDs. Although he had a slow start this year with the Steelers, Blount came back strong with the Patriots. This game Blount had 148 yards and 3 TDs. The patriots also used some trickery making offensive lineman eligible. Tom Brady passed to Nate Soldier for a 16 yard TD.
After Tom Brady got picked off by D’Quell Jackson, he gave the ball to the Colts equipment manager. The Colts Staff recognized that the ball was deflated. Each team brings 12 balls for the game and the Patriots used the ball that they brought. 11 of the 12 balls were deflated. Deflated balls make it easier to grip for a quarterback and makes it easier to handle the ball as running back.
As this video shows the deflation does not make as much of a difference. But in the heavy rain in Foxborough it could make more of a difference. IF proven guilty, the Patriot’s punishment would be severe.
“When I pick those footballs out, at that point, to me, they’re perfect,” he said. “I don’t want anyone touching the balls after that. I don’t want anyone rubbing them, putting any air in them, taking any air out. To me, those balls are perfect, and that’s what I expect when I show up on the field.”