You require to go back to 1968 to find the last time Pittsburgh gave up 35 points in a half, and even then it’s rarely happened in franchise history.
4 of the group’s best players were lost to Covid procedures, 4 more coaches joined them– including head coach Kevin Stefanski. He was required to watch alone, from his basement, while his group made history.
It simply all seemed like excessive for the Browns to get rid of. The absence of gamers, support, practice ahead of the most significant game of their lives. Another chapter in the grand tragedy which is the Browns franchise. And yet, they did the difficult. Sure, they were assisted along by a Steelers group who have actually been lost for the better part of six weeks, however still they earned this. Cleveland earned this. It wasn’t offered to them, in fact it was more or less eliminated.
The guts and decision this team revealed not to fold with so many cards stacked against them is completely different to the futility we’re used to seeing in the past from a team that typically appeared completely comfortable losing. On this freezing night in Pittsburgh it was time to not utilize misfortune as a reason, however as fuel– and dammit, the Browns did it.
Cleveland will travel to Kansas City to deal with the Chiefs, which is the toughest video game in the NFL. At this point I have to feel like Browns fans are happy.
Winner: Josh Allen
There was more to just playing well that makes Allen a winner this week. At this point he’s currently an enormous hero in Buffalo, and bringing the Expenses back to the playoffs strengthened that– but it was also an opportunity to show a nationwide audience just how great he is.
To a lot of people Josh Allen is still the “reach” from the 2018 NFL Draft who professionals said was destined to be a bust at the next level.
The maturation has actually been so pronounced that it hasn’t taken long for Allen to not simply become a winner who can lead one of the best groups in the NFL, he’s making a case as one of the best quarterbacks in the league duration. It’s got to feel excellent that more individuals were around to see it.
Loser: Russell Wilson.
It’s not a lot that Wilson played poorly, it’s how totally overwhelmed he protested the Rams on Saturday afternoon that tells the story here. The most significant catastrophe in the NFL isn’t losing, players are used to it, it’s the gnawing feeling that you never got a possibility to play your finest– and make no mistake, Wilson was unable to be his best.
The Seahawks‘ offensive line never ever stood a chance versus the Rams from the first snap, the Los Angeles secondary totally reduced the dangers of Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. The outcome was a sadly familiar song and dace. It’s another disappointing end to a Seattle season that held a lot guarantee.
It’s going to be a long offseason for Wilson and co, while the team attempts to fill its remaining spaces and discover a method to get better. At some time though this cycle of dissatisfaction is going to require to end.
Winner: Taylor Heinicke.
The growing mythos behind Taylor Heinicke may be one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while in the NFL. First of all, yes, he looked method better than any depth quarterback should in the playoffs versus the Buccaneers, however I ‘d swear, if you were watching social networks on Saturday night you ‘d believe he was the second coming.
In reality, it was an absolutely great, satisfactory game. Nothing more. He finished 26- of-44 for 306 lawns, one goal and one interception. That’s fine, and definitely really remarkable given the situations. However it’s not fantastic.
I think Washington fans have ended up being so numb to terrible quarterbacking the even an average game is cause for surprise.
Here’s a man who would have been fighting for a roster spot, most likely not even having a group, then he plays decently on national TV and now there’s huge buzz. I believe it’s an error to presume he’ll ever be a starting quarterback, however we’re witnessing the beginning of an amazing backup profession that will last him a years. Heinicke might quickly end up being the next Ryan Fitzpatrick off this game, and make a life for himself due to the fact that of it.
Loser: Derrick Henry.
Another case of this not being his fault, like Russell Wilson you could tell King Henry was extremely frustrated that he couldn’t get much done against the Ravens.
Baltimore made its whole focus stopping the run, and it resulted in holding Henry to 40 backyards on 18 carries. They took the most significant weapon Tennessee had, and made him a total non-issue in front of Titans fans in the house.
It was a fantastic, apparent technique– however still a shock the generally outstanding offensive line for Tennessee could not get any push at all. It left the game on the table, and considering this came down to simply one rating, it’s entirely likely a big video game from Henry would have been the distinction.
The network’s first attempt at broadcasting the NFL Playoffs was a success beyond anybody’s wildest dreams. Sure, it was an occasion that wasn’t intended for everyone, and its simplistic method to football was targeted to kids– however it was enjoyable, which’s what football is everything about.
From a less major tone in the booth, to virtual slime cannons in the end zone, the entire presentation was spot-on, and made for a truly distinct way to view football. It was a great modification of speed from how major things had actually remained in the past, and made Bears vs. Saints the best combination cleanser of the weekend.
Loser: Mike Tomlin.
On some level it made sense, considering the Browns were struggling on offense– but keeping the pressure up was crucial to getting Pittsburgh back in the game, and he seemed allergic to making a tough decision.
— > CLE (35) @ PIT (23)