On January 20, 2013, the NFC Championship Game (San Fransisco 49ers at the Atlanta Falcons), and the AFC Championship Game (Baltimore Ravens at the New England Patriots) have been played. The NFC and AFC representatives for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on February 3, 2013 have been decided.
The two teams going for all the marbles are the San Fransisco 49ers for the NFC, and the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC. We NFL fans will be treated to, or bored by (depending on ones point of view) the “Harbaugh Bowl,” as the 49ers head coach is Jim Harbaugh, and his brother, John Harbaugh, is the head coach for the Ravens.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]Aside from this, for two whole weeks, the talking heads at ESPN and NFL Network will be heaping praise on the (thankfully) soon to be retiring MLB Ray Lewis of the Ravens. Fans will be subjected to a two week retirement party for Lewis, and the glorification of Ravens QB Joe Flacco as an “elite” QB, besides the aforementioned hoopla over the Harbaugh brothers and their father, Jack.
In this blog, I will be giving a quick recap of both games, and grading them with the star system (DUD to 5 stars (*****). I will also give a general commentary.
Here it goes.
In the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome, the Falcons jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. However, the 49ers, lead by QB Colin Kaepernick, bounced back with 2 TDs. Matt Ryan, quarterback of the Falcons, didn’t waiver, and also lead his team to score 2 TDs, to keep the Falcons in front 24-14 at the half.
After the half, the 49ers pretty much took over. In the third and fourth quarters, the 49ers offense scored a TD. The Falcons, both offensively and defensively, had no answer in the second half. There was also some strange play calling also. QB Matt Ryan suffered a sprained AC joint as well in the game.
Final Score: 49ers 28 Falcons 24
Rating: **1/2 (2 1/2 Stars) – The game was fine. There were some exciting moments when Kaepernick got the 49ers back in the game. The Falcons and their failure to respond just took some of the life out of the game.
In the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots were held to a field goal in the first quarter, and that ended any scoring in that quarter. The Ravens offense kept running the ball, and had Flacco throwing when necessary. Nevertheless, the Ravens did score a touchdown, and the Patriots scored 10 points, and the Patriots lead at the half by a score of 13-7.
Both defenses looked pretty good at this point, but then the second half came.
In the second half, the Ravens just took over the game, both on offense and defense. The Ravens took off the handcuffs, and let Flacco throw, and Flacco just picked apart the Patriots defense. Flacco had a solid game overall, but that Patriots defense made Flacco look like Joe Montana. I mean, did the Patriots defense know how to make a tackle?
The Ravens defense surely knew how to make a tackle and more. They shut down New England’s offense. New England’s offense had their own problems. They could not take advantage of the good field positions. They could not take advantage of penalties called on the Ravens defense. They had critical drops.
They could only manage 6 points in the second half, and were just beaten by a better team.
Final Score: Ravens 28 Patriots 13
Rating: * (1 Star) This was a terrible game. It was so boring. I wanted to change the channel a few times.
Now, a little commentary on the entire weekend.
Overall, I just thought the games were just average to below average. That being said, it is good to see new QBs going to the Super Bowl. I don’t plan to watch much of the hoopla though.
I want to address some of the silliness that has come from the fallout of the AFC Championship game. It is the legacy of Tom Brady. Seriously? The man’s legacy is pretty secure. He is still a first ballot Hall of Famer. He lead his team to 7 AFC Championships, etc. People questioning it do not make sense.
Besides, it’s not Brady who got worse, it is the team.
Of course, the chorus of “the Patriots have not won anything since Spygate” came up. Let me simplify it for you. Since the team was punished for the incident, why haven’t they stopped winning? They are still winning games in the regular season. They’re still a Super Bowl threat every year. They still win playoff games.
The last two Super Bowls they lost were by a combined margin of 7 points. Why weren’t they absolutely destroyed by the Giants. I AGREE the practice was shady, but the logic about them not winning is faulty.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]It is sad to see TE Tony Gonzalez of the Falcons (Chiefs also) retire without getting a shot to be in the Super Bowl. Gonzalez is a great guy off the field, and a great guy on the field. He’s a team player. I really wish the sports media would glorify him, and good players who are good people like him.
Before the Ravens fans, and Ray Lewis apologists jump on me, I believe in redemption. The Bible commands it. I am just saying that it would be nice to see someone like Gonzalez get some attention. That’s all.
That is all I have to say about Championship Sunday.
Right before the Super Bowl, I will have a Super Bowl blog.
Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan
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