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01-03-2009, 04:40 PM
Wild Card Weekend Preview
Byes: NFC- 1 New York Giants, 2 Carolina Panthers
AFC- 1 Tennessee Titans, 2 Pittsburgh Steelers
Saturday NFC
5 Atlanta Falcons @ 4 Arizona Cardinals
4:30 pm ET on NBC

Saturday AFC
5 Indianapolis Colts @ 4 San Diego Chargers
8 pm ET on NBC

Sunday AFC
6 Baltimore Ravens @ 3 Miami Dolphins
1 pm ET on CBS

Sunday NFC
6 Philadelphia Eagles @ 3 Minnesota Vikings
4:30 pm ET on FOX

01-05-2009, 11:14 PM

01-06-2009, 01:39 AM
Fucc matt ryan he killed the game once again the falcons let down theres always next year

01-06-2009, 08:28 AM
god dammit, man, the Dolphins got owned by the Ravens with 27-9
I really rooted with the Dolph's since they finally made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2001... but they got smashed, man!
ATL got beaten by the Cards too which is a sad day for South Hip-Hop fans :(
I guess I'm gonna go along hoping that the Ravens will keep the same rhythm till now and kick-ass!

01-10-2009, 05:59 PM
^Matt Ryan's only a rookie though so I expected that to happen
if they couldn't run it with Turner. They should be one of the top
teams next year though and they can't be too mad considering
nobody expected them to do anything this year anyway. The
Ravens defense looked crazy last week but the Titans are a
whole lot better than the Dolphins. It should be a good matchup.

01-10-2009, 06:07 PM
Divisional Round Preview
Saturday AFC
6 Baltimore Ravens @ 1 Tennessee Titans
4:30 pm ET on CBS

Saturday NFC
4 Arizona Cardinals @ 2 Carolina Panthers
8:15 pm ET on FOX

Sunday NFC
6 Philadelphia Eagles @ 1 New York Giants
1 pm ET on FOX

Sunday AFC
4 San Diego Chargers @ 2 Pittsburgh Steelers
4:45 pm ET on CBS

I got the Ravens, Panthers, Eagles, Chargers winning

01-10-2009, 06:14 PM
lets go ravens!!!!!!!!!!!

ay loki....ur team is gonna go down tomoro....get at me!!

01-12-2009, 07:12 PM

01-18-2009, 12:51 PM
Championship Games Preview
NFC Championship Game
6 Philadelphia Eagles @ 4 Arizona Cardinals
3pm ET on FOX

AFC Championship Game
6 Baltimore Ravens @ 2 Pittsburgh Steelers
6:45pm ET on CBS


Conference championship game previews

Philadelphia at Arizona - Jan. 18, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.


Not since the organization resided in Chicago and played its games in Comiskey Park have the Cardinals reached a conference title game, the final NFC team to do so since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

Both the Eagles and Cardinals won road games against the top two seeds in the NFC, the Giants and Panthers, to reach the conference championship game. As late as New Year’s Day, there was serious doubt that either of these teams could win a playoff game. Now the winner heads to Tampa for the Super Bowl.

The Cardinals and Eagles met in Week 13 under far different circumstances. The Cardinals, with three days’ rest, traveled to Philadelphia on Thanksgiving and were throttled 48-20, as Eagles RB Brian Westbrook scored four TDs (two rushing, two receiving) and Cardinals QB Kurt Warner threw three interceptions. The Eagles took a 21-0 lead on three Westbrook TDs.

When the Eagles have the ball

QB Donovan McNabb was benched in the game prior to Week 13, a loss to the Ravens, but head coach Andy Reid went back to his starter against the Cardinals on Thanksgiving night. McNabb responded with as strong a game as he has had this season, completing 27-of-39 passes for 260 yards and four TDs.

But McNabb will be seeing a defense that looks far different from the one he carved up that night. In two playoff games, Arizona has forced nine turnovers, including seven interceptions (five against the Panthers by five different players). Previously unheralded players such as DE Antonio Smith and CB Ralph Brown have stepped up, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has developed into a playmaker and standouts WLB Karlos Dansby, FS Adrian Wilson and DT Darnell Dockett have raised their games.

RB Brian Westbrook was a thorn in the Cardinals’ side in the first meeting, collecting 130 yards and four TDs on 25 touches, but he has had a tough time consistently breaking runs of late. The Eagles even have used Correll Buckhalter more to keep Westbrook from wearing down.

The Eagles’ passing targets are limited — more so if Jason Avant’s knee injury keeps him out — but they have spread the ball around to WRs DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis, TEs Brent Celek and L.J. Smith and the backs.

The Cardinals’ secondary has come up big lately. Rodgers-Cromartie has matured quickly and can handle speed and size; Brown has three interceptions in the last three games; LCB Rod Hood had an INT against the Panthers, but if there’s a weak link in coverage, it’s Hood.

When the Cardinals have the ball

The Cardinals entered the playoffs with an unbalanced offense but have discovered a run game and are showing toughness on the O-line, two things that were lacking. Although the line is not considered a premier unit, the interior — namely undersized C Lyle Sendlein — has showed great improvement in the two playoff wins, especially in run blocking.

QB Kurt Warner has limited his mistakes and looked crisper in the two playoff wins, and that was without WR Anquan Boldin for part of the Atlanta game and all of the win over the Panthers. Boldin’s hamstring should be healed enough to play, but he could be limited.

Even without Boldin, the Cardinals took advantage of WR Larry Fitzgerald’s amazing jump-ball skills and separation ability at Carolina. He should see some terrific one-on-one matchups with Eagles CB Asante Samuel, who had another interception last week. Both Eagles safeties, Brian Dawkins and Quintin Mikell, have been playing oustanding ball the past two months, and each had a pick of Warner in the first meeting.

The Eagles love to bring pressure and have a deep DL rotation. Their linebackers and DBs are fast and instinctive and also will be a part of coordinator Jim Johnson’s blitz package. The Cardinals must be able to stay out of 3rd-and-long situations in order to make life easier for Warner.

They can do that by continuing to run the ball as they have. RB Edgerrin James, who was benched midseason and did not play in the Week 13 game, has had two effective games as a runner and pass blocker and can keep the Eagles honest if he can run effectively between the tackles.

Baltimore at Pittsburgh - Jan. 18, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.


The Steelers are going for the ultimate season sweep of the Ravens. A third win vs. Baltimore would put the Steelers in the Super Bowl for the seventh time in franchise history. Meanwhile, the Ravens are looking to exact the ultimate revenge they can exact vs. their AFC North rivals: a win with a trip to football’s biggest game on the line.

The regular-season matchups were slugfests. The first game, a 23-20 OT win by Pittsburgh on Sept. 29, saw the Ravens blow a 10-point lead but come back to force an extra period before falling. In the rematch in Baltimore, the Steelers came back late to win 13-9. The deciding play — a four-yard Ben Roethlisberger TD pass to Santonio Holmes — was one of the season’s most controversial. Holmes was originally ruled down at the Ravens’ one-yard line, but referee Walt Coleman overturned the play. The win gave the Steelers the division title.

It also set the stage for Round Three.

When the Ravens have the ball

No offense is gaining fewer yards per game in these playoffs than Baltimore’s. Rookie QB Joe Flacco has completed less than half of his passes. The Ravens rushed for a paltry 50 yards on 30 carries vs. Tennessee.

So how did the Ravens get here? Well, they haven’t made many mistakes. A fumble by FB Le’Ron McClain in the wild-card win at Miami is the Ravens’ lone turnover. And Flacco has made enough plays for the Ravens to sustain enough drives to beat the Dolphins and Titans. Twelve of Flacco’s 20 completions in this postseason have gone for first downs.

Flacco’s second start vs. Pittsburgh was one of his worst. He completed just 11-of-28 passes for 115 yards and was intercepted twice. The Ravens did not score a touchdown in any of their three trips into the red zone.

If Flacco’s accuracy is sometimes a little shaky, his arm strength remains a tremendous asset nonetheless, and it gives offensive coordinator Cam Cameron the option of testing the Steelers’ secondary vertically. And Flacco likely is going to have to complete some downfield throws for the Ravens to have a chance. The Steelers’ run defense was dominant in the divisional-round win vs. San Diego, holding Chargers RB Darren Sproles to 15 yards on 11 carries. McClain, who has rushed for 39-150-1 vs. Pittsburgh this season, gained only 12 yards on 12 carries at Tennessee as he played through an ankle injury.

If the Ravens have to lean on the passing game, Flacco frequently will be looking for veteran WR Derrick Mason. And he’ll also face no shortage of zone blitzes from the Steelers.

When the Steelers have the ball

The Steelers’ offense looks like a group that relished the extra week afforded to it with the club’s first-round bye. RB Willie Parker looked as fast as he has all season in the divisional-round win vs. San Diego, rolling up 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 27 carries. QB Ben Roethlisberger was efficient in victory, completing 17-of-26 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked only once.

While the Steelers looked refreshed in victory, the Ravens’ defense very much looks like a group getting by on smarts and guts, not to mention a knack for forcing turnovers.

In one of the surprises of the divisional round, the Ravens surrendered 391 yards to Tennessee, with 256 coming in the first half. Before leaving the game with an ankle injury in the first half, Titans RB Chris Johnson gashed the Ravens’ defense for 72 yards on 11 carries. Parker, who never has gained more than 63 yards in an entire game vs. the Ravens, suddenly looms as a tough matchup if Baltimore can’t fix what ailed it last week.

Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan was put to the test at Tennessee, with ROLB Terrell Suggs (shoulder), SS Jim Leonhard (concussion) and CB Samari Rolle (groin) all leaving the Tennessee game with their ailments. While his “D” has struggled at points in the first two rounds, it has forced eight turnovers and allowed opponents to convert only 6-of-24 third downs. However, the Ravens allowed Pittsburgh to convert 8-of-17 third downs in the loss in December. Roethlisberger can be very tough to stop in those situations, so getting pass-rush pressure is a must for Baltimore.

01-18-2009, 01:05 PM
Im Choosin Arizona Cardinals.....and im Choosin Pittsburgh Steelers

Eagles are not winnin the Superbowl...

Loki once again..ITS ONNNNNNNNNNNN l0l

01-18-2009, 01:22 PM
^lol I beg to differ...we'll see who's right
If the Ravens was healthy, I'd be more
inclined to go with them but since they're
not I say Pittsburgh as well.

01-18-2009, 01:38 PM
l0l either way....2 very interesting games imo

01-18-2009, 07:52 PM
1 down......1 more to goooooo

LOKI WHAT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

01-19-2009, 11:42 PM
1 down......1 more to goooooo

LOKI WHAT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm speechless...like the Cardinals...WTF???
We lose every fuckin NFC Championship Game
and they go to the damn Super Bowl the first
time they get in the playoffs. As far as the game
itself, our defense let us down major, Fitzgerald
was a nightmare, I look back at the trick play, Akers
was terrible, and Donovan was very inaccurate even
though he was great in the second half until that final
drive. There were major amounts of points left out on
the field. So once again, another NFC Championship
disaster. Why do I even bother? SMH :angry:

01-20-2009, 12:26 AM
that trick play was the turning point of the first half....as was the play of Fitzgerald
eagles were sleepin...but then that strong comeback in the 2nd..i admit i was like smh...this cant be...then i looked at my boy n im like...mannnnnnnnnn...this is how all joy rides end...then boom...cardinals got that TD.....and the 2 point conversion...and i knew it was wrap.....nice try by the eagles on the comeback....but u know..it wasnt meant to be

No Homo @ the superbowl game this year tho...lmao..Steelers vs Cardinals