Earlier today Bill Belichick called the Wes Welker hit that sidelined cornerback Aqib Talib in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game “one of the worst plays I’ve seen.” ESPN analyst and former Patriots li…
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What a night, and what a finish.
Near midnight I still had about 70 unread text messages from friends and family, most of which read, “Best interview ever!” Many of my Twitter mentions were less supportive. My body ached. I was thrilled and proud and upset, all at once.
Here’s what happened …
I spent most of the game on an island: I was targeted only twice during the entire NFC Championship. The first produced a BS holding call against me; the second ended the game. Michael Crabtree stutter-stepped out of his break on first down and sprinted toward the end zone. I was in good position for a pick until he pushed me in the back. My interception became a tip and an interception for Malcolm Smith in the end zone.
Game over. The Seahawks are in the Super Bowl.
I ran over to Crabtree to shake his hand but he ignored me. I patted him, stuck out my hand and said, “Good game, good game.” That’s when he shoved my face, and that’s when I went off.
I threw a choking sign at 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Why? Because he decided he was going to try the guy he was avoiding all game, because, I don’t know, he’s probably not paying attention for the game-winning play. C’mon, you’re better than that.
Erin Andrews interviewed me after the game and I yelled what was obvious: If you put a subpar player across from a great one, most of the time you’re going to get one result. As far as Crabtree being a top-20 NFL receiver, you’d have a hard time making that argument to me. There are a lot of receivers playing good ball out there, and Josh Gordon needed 14 games to produce almost double what Crabtree can do in a full season. And Gordon had Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell playing quarterback…
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If this years AFC Championship is the last primetime showdown between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning it will be one to remember, both in terms of NFL history and ticket prices. The average listing price on the secondary market for Broncos tickets for the AFC Championship game is $779, which makes it the most expensive AFC Championship over the last four years…by a lot. The next closest price for AFC Championship tickets was for the 2011 game in which the Steelers hosted the Jets. At an average price of $532, that game was 31% less than this year’s game. Below is a list of the last four AFC Championship games and ticket prices for each.
|Year||Teams||Venue name||Avg Ask Price|
|2011||Steelers vs. Jets||Heinz Field||$532.94|
|2012||Patriots vs. Ravens||Gillette Stadium||$514.29|
|2013||Patriots vs. Ravens||Gillette Stadium||$530.78|
|2014||Broncos vs. Patriots||Sports Authority||$779.65|
Other than the Manning-Brady intrigue, it’s also been 15 years since the Broncos last played for a chance to buy SuperBowl tickets. That means that there’s a lot of pent-up demand in Denver, and likely a bit of envy. During that stretch, Broncos fans have seen the Patriots reach the AFC championship game an astounding seven times and host the game four times. For Broncos and Manning fans, there would be no more satisfying way to reach SuperBowl XLVIII than by going through Tom Brady and the Patriots.
This will be the third time that Brady and Manning have met in the postseason. While Brady took the first two games, Manning won the last meeting in the 2006 AFC Championship. More recently, Manning and Brady met in week 12 of this season. At an average price of $413, that was the most expensive Patriots home game all season. It was also the second consecutive year that Manning and the Broncos visited Foxborough. Last years game was Manning’s first visit as a Bronco and that game had an even heftier average price of $471. The Patriots won both of those games, and this year’s game was particularly thrilling as they came back from a 24-point halftime deficit. It’s unlikely that either team will build that kind of lead in the game next weekend, and it’s hard to imagine that the game wont come down to the final two minutes.
Unlike the NFC championship, in which the away team has won three out of the last four years, the AFC championship game seems to have real home field advantage. Over the last four years, the host for the AFC Championship game has reached the Superbowl three times. The only exception to that was last year’s Patriots team that lost to the Ravens. At a combined age of 73, Brady and Manning are 22 years older than the combined age of Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson, the two quarterbacks facing off in the NFC Championship game. While it’s a good bet that Kaepernick and Wilson will face off in a few more conference championships before they hang up their cleats, this could the last time for Manning and Brady. Of course, there’s a lot of other things that you could spend $700 on that have nothing to do with football, but for anyone who’s a fan of the Broncos, Patriots or even the sport, this isn’t one to miss. It will surely be fodder for a lot of watercooler discussion on Monday, and if you’re lucky enough to see it live, it may even be something to tell your grandkids about.
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The Seattle Seahawks punched their ticket to the NFC Championship Game a few minutes ago thanks to a 23-15 victory over the visiting New Orleans Saints. Who will head to the pacific northwest as the Seahawks’ next opponent is yet to be determined, but what we do know is that the celebration from Saturday’s win will last into next week.
Alaska Airlines, which is based in Seattle, was clearly in a celebratory mood following the game and offered to share its joy with patrons.
Congratulations Seahawks fans
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The postseason is finally here. After 17 weeks the field is set, with the AFC Wild Card Round to kick off Saturday in the early evening. The Indianapolis Colts will play host to the Kansas City Chiefs, then give way to the NFC wild card opener between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles beginning in primetime