Once we made it through the drama of whether or not three of the four Wild Card Playoff games would sell out to avoid local market blackouts, and the fear of freezing temperatures in Green Bay, the first weekend of postseason football was great for the most part.
-Each game had its own storyline in the end.
-An amazing comeback, a team that continues to disappoint in the playoffs.
-Two matchups that ended on game-winning field goals.
The Colts looked dead in the water at halftime against the Chiefs. Down 28 points early in the third quarter, Indianapolis stayed a comeback that will go down as one the greatest in NFL playoff history, winning 45-44. A second half that re-wrote an early chapter in Andrew Luck's history as the Colts quarterback in the postseason.
The Saints and Eagles was another another game where the Eagles had their own mini-comeback that fell short when New Orelans drove down the field for a last second, game-winning field goal.
The least interesting game was Sunday's early game that featured the Chargers, the sixth seed that just made the playoffs after holding off the scrubs from Kansas City the week before.
It seems to be the same old song and dance for the Bengals. Andy Dalton had a bad game that included two interceptions and a total of four turnovers by the offense and some breakdowns by the defense in another short-lived playoff run by Cincinnati.
And then there was Green Bay. All we heard this past week that it would be cold. It turned out that it was not "Ice Bowl" cold. If they would've played Monday, then we would have been talking about record setting cold.
The 49ers came out strong early in the first quarter. In a game where the officials missed a couple of pass interference calls and holds (or they feared ripping their lips off with the whistles because of the cold), the game stayed close and it was an entertaining back and forth one in which Colin Kaepernick beat the Packers the same way he did last year: With his feet. He ran for 98 yards and setting up a last second, Phil Dawson game-winning field goal to send San Francisco to Charlotte and for Frank Gore to get warm.
In the end, three of the four wild card games were entertaining. Three of the four division winners were eliminated and next week should be just as good.
Hopefully, they sell out all the divisional round games and the temperature goes up a couple degrees by Saturday. With the Super Bowl being in New Jersey, cold weather won't be a major problem.
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