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Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL awards Super Bowl Commercials NFL Hall of Fame New York Giants New England Patriots Tiquan Underwood 3rdStoneFromTheSun

Wow, what a crappy week. Itís always sad one of our own departs from our lives. It is never easy, but unfortunately we have to†move on with a heavy, heavy heart. I would like to send my deepest sympathy to the family of 3rdStonefromTheSun. An expert in everything NFL and NFL Hall of Fame, and deeply dedicated to his Redskins.. A place for you should be made in the Bloggers Hall of Fame.

This was my blog from last week, but I gave up my space when I heard 3rdStone passed. So in dedication to him, I will repost it†because it was strictly dedicated to football.

Classless Patriots, Commercials, Player Cut, Awards, Hall of Fame, and more in this weeks NFL edition ofÖ.

With a cheerleader like this, do you really want the season to end?

What a dumb ass, classless move by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick

Letting wide receiver Tiquan Underwood go the night before the Super Bowl. This move was done to give Chad Ochocinco more playing time in the Super Bowl. The Patriots activated DE Alex Silvestro. Ochocinco was a non-factor with 1 catch for 21 yards. I donít think that Silvestro even played as he didnít record a tackle or sack.

Super Bowl Commercials I found amusing:

Doritos stole the show with two of them:

Hatís off to the Super Bowl Champions New York Giants. Great game by both teams. Missed catches help zeal the deal for the G-Men as they defeat the New England Patriots for the second time in the Super Bowl 21-17.

Eli Manning no longer needs to be mentioned as Peytonís little brother, In fact, with two Super Bowl wins and two Super Bowl MVPís maybe Peyton should be referred to as Eliís big brother.

The New York Giantís arenít the only ones getting rings this year. Minutes after the G-Men won the Super Bowl, middle linebacker Greg Jones proposed to his college sweetheart Mandy Piechowski. Mandy is a former Michigan State Spartan basketball player and currently a model. She said yes minutes after the win. Greg had a teammate who was not playing to hold the ring. If the Giants lost he was going to propose on another day.

111.3 million people watched the Super Bowl on NBC according to stats released by the Nielsen Company. It topped last year's 111 million for Super Bowl XLV on Fox. 117.7 million viewers watched the final quarter of the 21-17 game.

NBC reported that the halftime performance by Madonna was seen by 114.0 million viewers, nearly four million more than last year's performance featuring the Black Eyed Peas (110.3 million). That sets a record for most-watched Super Bowl halftime show featuring entertainment, whose rating dates back to 1991.

Congratulations go out to the following winners of the NFL awards:

MVP: Aaron Rogers.

48 of 50 votes for the award. Aaron led the Green Bay Packers to a 15-1 record, a passing rating of 122.5, which led the NFL, 45 touchdowns and only six interceptions.

Offensive Player of the Year: Drew Brees.

Took 43 of 50 votes with Rogers finishing second. Brees set the mark for most passing yards in a season with 5,476, most completions in a season 468 and completed 71.6 percent of his passes. Under the leadership of Drew the Saints set NFL single-season records of 7,474 offensive yards and first downs with 416.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Cam Newton.

This was a no brainer as he had one of the greatest years a rookie has ever had. Cam set an NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 14 and became the first player in league history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 500 yards. He threw 21 touchdowns.

Defensive Player of the Year: Terrell Suggs.

Was a terror as Suggs had 14 sacks, 70 tackles, 7 forced fumbles and two interception. IS he the heir-apparent to Ray Lewis?

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Von Miller.

Miller had 11 Ĺ sacks and 64 tackles while playing the last 4 games with a cast protecting his surgically repaired right thumb.

Coach of the Year: Jim Harbaugh.

Turned around a sinking ship in the 49ers. The team went from 6-10, under Singleton and Tomsula and in 2011 went 13-3 under the first year coach.

Comeback Player of the Year: Matthew Stafford.

Went 1-2 only 3 games as injuries curtailed his 2010 season. In 2011 Matthew threw for 5,038 yards 41 touchdowns while guiding the Detroit Lions to their first playoff berth in 12 years.

Walter Payton Man of the Year: Matt Birk.

Matt supports you literacy with a program called ďReady, Set, Read,Ē through his HIKE Foundation. He has also agreed to donate his brain and spinal cord tissue to Boston Universityís Center for Traumatic Encephalopathy.

Never Say Never Moment of the Year: Tim Tebow.

For his performance in Denverís 13-10 overtime win against the Chicago Bears as voted by the fans.

The NFL announced the 2012 class of the Hall of Fame. An impressive group to say the least. Here are the inductees:

Curtis Martin

Rushed for 14,101 (4th all-time) and 90 touchdowns rushing and 10 receiving while playing for New England Patriots and New York Jets.

Dermontti Dawson

A 7-time pro bowl selection, played 13 years as center for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played in 181 games in which he started 142.

Chris Doleman

A 8-time pro bowl selection, had 150 Ĺ sacks while playing for the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers during his 15 year playing career. He also had 8 interceptions two for touchdowns and 914 tackles.

Cortez Kennedy

A 8-time pro bowl selection had 58 sacks for a tackle in an 11-year career with the Seattle Seahawks.

Willie Roaf

A 11-time pro bowl selection made the All-Decade team of the 1990ís while playing for the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs while playing tackle.

Jack Butler

In a 9-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a corner backer he had 52 interceptions with four of them returned for a touchdown. He also was a 4-time pro bowl selection.

With that being said, as Jerry Rice said Sunday morning, with Tim Brown, and Chris Carter being left off again, what is the criteria that is needed to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

Til Next Time





Eric Wilbur is a Twat!
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Eric Wilbur Boston Globe Tom Brady Super Bowl New England Patriots New York Giants

†I'm here not just to defend Tom Brady, but also to make sure people know, that Eric Wilbur, of the Boston Globe is a twat!

After Brady and the Patriots lost the "Super Bowl", Wilbur had THIS to say...

Did you read it? Go fucking read it!

Holy shit, does this guy got some serious personal issues with Brady or what!?! Fucking reads like a fan-boy goes psycho...

Now Brady has been taking heat for the safety on the opening possession...Let's be honest people...None of us have ever seen an intentional grounding call on a pass thrown 50 yards down field...It was a garbage call...But whatever, the Pats got past it, why can't you?

Then there was the dropped pass, late in the game by Wes Welker...Dude never drops passes...But people have been bashing Brady for where he threw it...Welker had to turn the other way and jump for it...He got his hands on hit, and should have had it...But Brady is taking heat for where he put it...If he would have thrown it towards the middle of the field, over Welker's right shoulder, the safety was coming, and would have blown Welker up...Try watching replays closely ass-hat!

Never mind the pass that hit Hernandez right in the hands on the last drive...Yet Brady is taking the shit...Did Wilbur and the other haters not watch the part of the game where Brady completed 16 passes in a row...Oh how we forget...

The defense played well, but nobody wants to mention how they caved on the Giants last drive...Fucking Manningham looks like an all-pro, all of the sudden...

Last I checked, Football was a team game, and there were plenty of mistakes made, by plenty of people...And there were plenty of good plays made by the Giants...Maybe give them some credit, instead of just pissing on Brady...

Wilbur, I don't know what your beef is with Tom Brady...Maybe he didn't give you an autograph...Maybe he didn't say hi to you...Maybe he just hates your shitty columns...No matter what it is, the fact that you get paid to cover sports is a disgrace...You're a Twat!

Later, The Beeze.

The Beeze's "Super Bowl" Prediction
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Super Bowl Tom Brady New England Patriots New York Giants Football Predictions Shit Boston Guys Say

Yep, Tom Brady is going to get a fourth one...

It's been a long time since we had a blow-out "Super Bowl"...Well, it's time to end that...A bunch of the talking heads are getting on the Giants train..."They have a better defense."..."They're more balanced."..."Eli is playing great."...They're in love with the Giants....The Giants who barely won their shitty, overrated division...

Well screw that...The Patriots are going to roll...And when Eli goes bad, he goes really bad...And I think his hot streak is done...I'm looking for him to turn it over 3 times, to that Patriots bend but don't break defense, that everyone has been shitting on all year...

Brady is going to chuck it to everyone...Branch, Hernandez, Woodhead, big game for Welker...Gronk, big first half, while he's all shot up! Even the invisible man, Chad Ochocinco! And Ben Jarvis-Green-Ellis will have a nice game as well...
Patriots roll! Win by double digits!

Take the Pats, minus the points...Fuck, they'll win the coin toss too!

And here's some more Boston love...

Later, The Beeze.

Monday Moaning 1-23-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL The Beeze Little Beeze New England Patriots New York Giants NHL Sledding Joe Paterno Jerry Sandusky OpieRadio Billy Cundiff

So, Friday night I wrote about being in a†SLUMP...Well thankfully this weekend brought plenty to write about...Starting with the Patriots moving onto the "Super Bowl" after beating the Baltimore Ravens 23-20...It was a pretty good game, but it was clear that Tom Brady didn't look right/comfortable all day...And as for Joe Flacco, he didn't look awful, and I'd like to see him tell Ed Reed to shut the fuck up, and don't bite on the play-action...If Ed Reed watched some tape, he'd see that Flacco's shitty receivers hardly ever get separation from the coverage...I'm so happy the Ravens lost!

They had their chances...But the Patriots defense, which has had people shit on them all year, knuckled up at times...And then with 15 seconds left, the Ravens trot out their kicker Billy Cundiff to tie it up...Poor bastard went all Scott Norwood! And after the game, he gave Patriots fan a high-five!

Then there was the 49ers and Giants...Two teams playing really good defense...Two offenses who grind it out...These two teams went at it back and forth and punch for punch...So much so, they had to take it to overtime...And as the Patriots can thank Billy Cundiff, the Giants can thank San Fran return man Kyle Williams, who was a fumble machine, setting up the Giants game winning field goal...

Now we have two weeks of over-hyping the "Super Bowl"...And my wife, born in Boston, will actually be watching the game.......For the commercials!

-The other BIG story in the sports world...Joe Paterno died early Sunday morning...When I saw that he was near death Saturday night, I won't lie...I had spent the entire day in bed sleeping, or on the crapper with the green apple splatters...The Flu had struck me at 2:00AM and was kicking my ass...But the news of Paterno's failing health brought a smile to my face...The only thing that would have been better is if they would have found him dead, with Jerry Sandusky's cock in his mouth, and a shotgun in Sandusky's mouth...Yeah, let that visual soak in for a minute....Fucking scumbags!

Of course Twitter was buzzing when the word came down that Paterno died...And Opie from the O&A Show never fails to smack people in the face with a solid dose of honesty, tweeting this...

"What an insult! Penn State having a MOMENT OF SILENCE for Joe Paterno. That's what got him in trouble in the first place!"

After taking some shit from some dolts, he came back with this...

"So strange how many people are sticking up for Joe Paterno seeing how Joe didn't stick up for innocent children. #GetHelp"

After more bullshit from dolts he said this...

"Maybe the haters are right saying it's too soon for Joe Paterno jokes. I guess I'll be like Joe Pa and wait 10 years. #ZingZangZoom"

I'm all in with Opie...These people trying to blow off the evil shit that went on at Penn State, while Paterno was suppose to be the all knowing, all powerful, perfect example of class and ethics, are fucking insane...The man deserves no moment of silence, no honor, no tribute of any kind...He let the worst type of predator run lose for more then decade, and he let him use Penn State University to help catch his victims...When Sandusky finally does die, Paterno will be waiting for him in hell!

-As I said, after dealing with two sick kids last week, it finally struck me...The wife kept the kids out of my hair, and besides crapping and sleeping, I watched the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins in overtime Saturday...It was everything that is great about hockey...Hard-nosed play...Both teams blocking shots, killing penalties, skating hard, hitting hard, and taking desperation shots to win it in OT...I know I speaking to a minority, but people, forget about that basketball garbage...Check out some hockey, it'll be good for ya!

-Friday night before I got sick, the wife and I had some quality time...A few minutes afterwards, she burped and said, "My burp tastes like your cum." That has nothing to do with anything, but I just thought I'd embarrass the Mrs...Maybe that explains why she had a minor case of the splatters Sunday!

-Sunday afternoon I was doing somewhat better, so I shoveled the driveway...Yes, it snowed Friday night, and the local news stations acted like this was some shocking, event...It's January in Cleveland, can we stop getting so worked up when it snows!

So after the shoveling, I took the Little Beeze sledding...there's a great hill near our house, just don't go there late at night, because some queen will be looking to pick you up for a rear-end fondue!

It was like a Norman Rockwell Winter scene...Well, a Rockwell scene with blood, tears, and compound fractures...Kids just flying down the hill, wiping other kids out...Some ass-hat adult wiped out Little Beeze and four other kids...I ran down to check on him, and the guy was handing him his sled, and the douche said, "He got drilled pretty good." I said, "No, shit asshole, you drilled him!" He asked if there was a problem, and I said, "No, just show me your kid, And I'll spend the rest of the day aiming for him!" He walked away, and I didn't see him again...

The boy loves when get geared up for a fight...Then he took his energy back on the hill...He wasted a couple of teen age girls, as he clipped on in the back of the legs and flipped her, he ran over her friends head...Bitch shouldn't have been laying there!

Another successful run!

And here he is getting ready to for another one!

It was a blast, and he can't wait to go again...

That's it for now...Have a week...

Later, The Beeze.†

Tim Tebow's 2011 NFL Playoff Appearance Symbolizes A Chaotic Season
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers NFL New York Giants Houston Texans Denver Broncos New Orleans Saints Cincinnati Bengals Atlanta Falcons Tim Tebow

When historians look back at the 2011 NFL season, there will be little attention given to the fact it was one of the sloppiest seasons ever played in the league's history. Perhaps a slight nod of acknowledgement to the players lockout that pretty much wiped out training camp and retarded the development of the game.

Another footnote was how the game got softer, thanks to another laundry list of rules that effeminate football to the point it now practically resembles basketball with pads on. This mission, led by commissioner Roger Goodell, contradicts a history the league uses in their advertisements with pride. Commercials that celebrate gridiron warriors bloodied in a battle amongst the trenches that haven't been seen throughout the NFL in decades.

As the playoffs commence this weekend, no team may better personify the league right now than the Denver Broncos. After beginning the season 1-4, Denver rattled off seven victories in eight weeks before finishing the year with three straight losses.

Tim Tebow got a lions share of the credit for the Broncos victories, which included three in overtime. The defense gave up 17 of fewer points seven times this year, but the quarterback dominated the headlines. His image of being a wholesome religious boy captured so much attention, it drowned out critics who pointed to Tebow's miniscule 46.5 completion percentage this season.

Some considered him no more than a glorified fullback when he entered the 2011, while others of a modern day version Bobby Douglass. A second round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 1969, the fellow lefty quarterback ended his 11 NFL seasons with a 43 percent completion percentage.

Douglass could run better than Tebow, once holding the record for most rushing yards gained by a quarterback when he churned out 968 yards in 14 games during the 1972 season. He averaged 69.1 yards rushing per game, which is better than the 64.9 yards Michael Vick had in 2006 when he surpassed Douglass' record in a 16 game season.

Tebow piled up 660 yards and six touchdowns on the ground this year. He played mistake-free football much of the year until the last two games of the year, where he tossed four of his six total interceptions. Tebow completed just 19 of 51 attempts for 245 yards over that time.

Denver still reached the playoffs despite an abysmal ending to a forgettable NFL season, thanks to playing in a division where three teams finished 8-8 and the fourth team went 7-9. The AFC West was perhaps the most mediocre in the NFL in 2011, which is a statement in itself because the NFC West, NFC East and AFC East were far from impressive as well.

Coaches and general managers on many inept teams suffered from the shortened season to the extent they lost their jobs. Yet the NFL, as it has for the past 40 years, continued to rake in piles of cash even though the product they present today recedes and mollifies each snap of the ball under the Goodell regime.

Image over substance is now in play as receivers and quarterbacks prance around untouched. College football shows the future is bleaker with recent bowl games where teams frequently combining to put up 80 or more points.

Defense is now as extinct as the commercialized images the NFL sells of warriors battling because now accolades are attained minus a struggle. Where honing skills through practice has now joined the defense as a spectator.

My cousin 7thStoneFromTheSun is nowhere to be found, though I did receive a blank postcard from Guam recently. While I will assume his prediction duties this week, it should be noted he finished 2011 with an overall record of 154-95.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans

The Bengals got into the playoffs because of a stingy defense that carried an erratic offense led by two rookies. The defense ended the season ranked seventh in yards allowed and ninth in points given up. While wide receiver A.J. Green, running back Cedric Benson and quarterback Andy Dalton are the key offensive weapons, Jermaine Gresham and Jerome Simpson also contribute heavily.

The Texans are playing in their first playoff game in franchise history. It is also the first time Houston has hosted a playoff game since 1993, when the Oilers accomplished the feat before becoming the Tennessee Titans not long afterwards. The Texans are also the first team from Houston to win a division title since that 1993 season.

Much has been made of the key injuries Houston's offense incurred this season. Quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart were lost for the season by the 12th game, and star wide receiver Andre Johnson suited up for just seven contests himself.

But the team finished with a 10-6 record thanks to a smothering defense that was second in the league in yards allowed and fourth in points given up. This was even accomplished despite losing star defender Mario Williams in the fifth game for the season.

Rookies J.J. Watt and Brooks Reed were special this year, but linebackers Conner Barwin and Brian Cushing have been stars in their own right. Cornerback Johnathan Joseph made the Pro Bowl, but his bookend, Jason Allen, was just as effective. Brice McCain and Kareem Jackson have also been solid, so opponents have found it difficult to pass the ball successfully often this year.

Cincinnati will need their defense and running game to be special this week. Houston will have Johnson back to help their rookie quarterback, but his limit appears to be no more than 45 snaps. The Texans have a powerful running game that was first in attempts, second in yards gained and third in touchdowns scored. While the Bengals were tenth in rushing yards allowed, they finished 20th in touchdowns given up.

Halfbacks Benson and Arian Foster will get a lot of attention, but the effectiveness of reserves Ben Tate and Bernard Scott may determine the outcome. Tate churned out 942 yards this season as he proved to be the best backup running back in the game today.

Dalton may make less mistakes than T.J. Yates, thanks to more snaps, but both teams will have the benefit of playing in the climate controlled Texans stadium. Return men Jacoby Jones, Danieal Manning and Brandon Tate could make a big play that breaks open the game.

These two teams battled just under a month ago, where the Texans prevailed with a 20-19 victory on a late touchdown pass from Yates to Kevin Walter. Houston had gained 127 more yards but coughed up two more turnovers than Cincinnati.

Johnson and Green will draw special defensive attention from two units that have excelled all season. Both franchises rosters are young and inexperienced, so several members will be participating in the first playoff games of their careers.

Once all the nervousness subsides, the defenses should take over. Houston's home field advantage will help carry their team a long way, but the combination of Foster and Ben Tate should drive the Texans into the next round.

Texans 24 Bengals 16

Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints

Many pundits are expecting an offensive battle in this game, mainly because both teams have offenses that can put up points in bunches. The two teams squared off in the beginning of December and gained 904 yards, with the Lions outgunning New Orleans by 28 yards in their 31-17 loss to the Saints.

Detroit's defense has been a major disappointment in 2011. Their vaunted defensive line never excelled as expected and the secondary was frequently ripped apart by the opponents passing attack. The Lions gave up 20 or more points 12 times this season, while giving up less than 312 total yards just once.

The Lions final game of 2011 saw them cough up a season high 550 yards, which included six touchdown passes and 480 yards to a fourth-year backup quarterback who entered the contest with 515 career yards and nine touchdowns off of 88 attempts. Detroit gained 25 more yards but lost 45-41.

The offense ranked fourth in scoring and fifth in yards gained this year, but Detroit's defense ranked 23 in both points and yards allowed. The running game was amongst the very worst in football, ranking 29th in total yards gained.

New Orleans was led by a balanced offensive attack that relied mainly on Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees. Brees set an NFL record this year with 5,476 yards passing, surpassing Hall of Famer Dan Marino. Detroit's Matthew Stafford wasn't too shabby himself, tossing the ball for a franchise record 5,038 yards and 41 scores. Brees had 46 touchdown passes.

The Super Bowl XLIV MVP now has set or tied several Saints franchise records. He set six NFL records in 2011, which includes most completions in a season, most 300 yard passing games in a season, most consecutive 300 yard passing games, most consecutive games with 350 yards passing and highest completion percentage in a season. He also has set or tied 16 other NFL records in his career thus far.

The Saints gained the most yards in the NFL this season while scoring the second most points. Besides having the top passing attack, the running game gained the sixth most yards in the league this season.

New Orleans relies heavily on Brees, but the quarterback has a plethora of weapons at his disposal. Four different running backs gained 374 yards or more while nine players ended up in double digits in receptions.

Detroit will be facing a defense that finished 24 in yards allowed, but 13th in total points scored upon. The Saints only picked off nine passes this season, but safety Roman Harper finished the season by leading the team with 96 tackles and a career best 7.5 sacks.

If New Orleans cannot rush the football, the arms of both Brees and Stafford will be put to use seemingly every play. The Saints run defense was the 12th best in the NFL this year, so the Lions anemic ground game faces quite a challenge ahead of them.

Greg Williams is a defensive coordinator who is known to love blitz packages to throw opposing quarterbacks off their game. If Detroit fails to run the ball, he will load up his Saints defense with complex packages. The New Orleans defense garnered 33 sacks this season, but Detroit gave up 36 sacks this season.

New Orleans has scored over 40 points six times this year and have never scored less than 20 in a game. Their defense has given up 20 or less than points in nine contests while Detroit has accomplished that feat just five times.

A bunch of yards should be gained in this game, but it may end up where the Lions end up fruitlessly try to catch up to the Saints all game. The Lions have had a habit of giving up a ton of points early before coming back, but not many teams have stopped the Saints from scoring in 2011.

Saints 48 Lions 34

Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants

Two of the most erratic and inconsistent teams of the 2011 NFL season meet here. Both barely made the playoffs following underwhelming seasons that will soon be forgotten.

While injuries basically buried the Giants before the season started, they fought through a mediocre NFC East to capture the division crown in the last game of the season. Atlanta did finish the year with a respectable 10-6 record, but it seemed a far cry from expectations that had been placed on them after winning the NFC South in 2010 with a 13-3 record.

Atlanta might have seemed to regress slightly on offense this year, after moving up in the draft to snag wide receiver Julio Jones in the first round of the 2011 draft. They finished fifth in scoring in 2010, averaging 25.9 points per game, while finishing seventh in scoring this year by averaging 25.1 points per contest.

But the Falcons did gain 532 more yards while quarterback Matt Ryan and Michael Turner had very similar seasons to 2010. Star wide receiver Roddy White had 15 less receptions and eight less scores this season, but Jones picked up the slack while future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzales remained consistent and excellent as always.

The defense was also an area that regressed in a few areas as opposed to 2010. While finishing fifth last year in points allowed, Atlanta finished this season 18th. They also finished at plus eight in the giveaway/ takeaway ratio differential this year, as opposed to the plus 14 they had in 2010.

Atlanta did improve in yards allowed, interceptions, sacks and run defense this season, but they also had eight contests where they gave up 23 or more points. The Falcons offense had 11 games where they scores 23 or more points.

Atlanta is a well balanced team that has the talent, but gives the impression they are on the verge of exploding and have yet to do so. Most see the roster and fear any week will be the day they put it all together on a consistent basis, but it has yet to happen. Yet it is evident there is enough firepower there to win a Super Bowl.

The Giants winning their division, no matter how mediocre it was in 2011, shows a great deal of experience and character. They went through much of the season with a defensive secondary filled with players that would not have made the team if it were not for the numerous injuries to hit that unit.

The New York defense finished 29th in passing yards allowed, 27th in total yards allowed and 25th in points given up. Yet the offense finished eighth in yards gained and ninth in points scored. The running game was the worst in the NFL, but the passing game was ranked fifth in yards and sixth in passing attempts and touchdowns scored.

Pro Bowl quarterback Eli Manning had nine receivers end up with double digits in catches. Wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks combined for 158 catches for 2,728 and 16 touchdowns this year.

If the Falcons cornerback duo of Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes shuts down Cruz and Nicks, New York will be in major trouble. Atlanta may have too many weapons for the Giants to stop, bit no one can really be sure what versions of these teams will take the field Sunday.

Falcons 37 Giants 20

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos

Tim Tebow will run onto the field Sunday with the cameras fixated on him. Mainly to appease a nation where religion is important, but also because he happens to play a position the NFL puts on a pedestal and carries like a golden child. Tebow truly embodies this NFL dream.

Yet he will face a nightmare on the sabbath in the form of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. A unit that ranked ranked first in both points a yards allowed, this veteran group will come into the salivating at the chance the expose a limited player with a questionable arm.

Pittsburgh will be dealing with injuries to starting halfback Rashard Mendenhall and strong safety Ryan Clark, but the team has more than enough depth at these positions to succeed. Plus their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl rings and obviously knows how to win the big game.

The Steelers win the old school way of controlling the clock while the defense destroys their opponents. Tebow, playing in the first playoff game of his very young career, will have to summon all of his abilities to keep his team within reach of victory.

Ten Steelers have 11 or more receptions, so the Broncos defense will have their hands full trying to contain the Pittsburgh offensive onslaught. Denver's defense finished the 2011 season 20th in yards allowed and 24th in points scored upon.

The Broncos offense wasn't any better, finishing 25th in scoring and 23rd in yards gained. Their best player, halfback Willis McGahee, finished the season with 1,199 rushing yards. Denver had just two players with more than 19 receptions this season.

This game should get ugly quick. Unless the Broncos special teams and defense is exceptional, it should be over before halftime. This learning process may help Tebow one day, but teams have recently figured him out and there needs to be a dramatic improvement in his game if he wants to remain the starting quarterback for Denver in the future. This improvement, however, will probably not happen this Sunday.

Steelers 27 Broncos 9
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