This NFC conference championship will be remembered not for how the Rams won it—overcoming the sea of noise hindering the Los Angeles offense—but for the missed pass interference call against the Saints, which ultimately proved to be the difference-maker.
The Superdome was ready to play ‘Choppa Style,’ the Saints’ anthem this postseason, early and often against the Eagles, but the opportunity wasn’t there until the third quarter, when an 18-play touchdown drive gave New Orleans the lead, which they never gave up.
After a needed bye week, allowing Tom Brady to rest a nagging MCL sprain, the Patriots came out hot against the Chargers, banishing any doubts of whether or not this New England team had another deep playoff run in it.
In a box during the Chiefs-Colts divisional-round matchup, Patrick Mahomes's family and closest friends exuded a nervous confidence throughout the game. As they watched Mahomes brilliantly step up to the occasion, those closest to the quarterback knew all along that the importance of the situation wouldn’t sway him.
Jerry Jones has become something of a punch line for his meddling with the Cowboys’ roster over the years. But when you watch Dallas play in Saturday’s divisional round playoff game, you’ll see a team built in the image of the NFL’s most audacious owner.
He was an NFL coach a decade before any of his current players were born. But everyone’s favorite septuagenarian defensive coordinator has had no problem teaching a football life’s worth of lessons across generations while still learning some new ones along the way.
The Chargers defense proved to be too much for Jackson and the Ravens this time around, but the rookie quarterback got his team this far, and he’ll be their leader under center for the foreseeable future.
Los Angeles gambled on installing a specific package that included seven defensive backs in hopes of slowing Baltimore’s mobile quarterback—a completely different plan from the last time the two teams played—and it worked.