The Patriots and Ravens will matchup for the first time since competing in the AFC Championship game last season back in January. New England was able to squeeze out a 23-20 victory once Baltimore’s Billy Cundiff (who now plays for the Redskins) missed the game-tying field goal in the closing seconds. It’s clear that this veteran Ravens squad is (more)
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts, Saturday 8:00 EST
The AFC playoffs get under way Saturday night when the New York Jets travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts. The game will be a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game, which the Colts won by a score of 30-17. This match-up is arguably the most intriguing of the weekend, as both teams have been inconsistent this season despite being among the most talented teams in the NFL.
The Colts, of course, are led by Peyton Manning, who has carried the team to the playoffs this year after they suffered an onslaught of injuries that would have spelled doom for almost any other team. And it almost did. Just a few weeks ago, the Colts looked like they had a legitimate shot at missing the playoffs for the first time since 2001, as they sat at 6-6 and were looking up at the Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite that hole, the Colts were able to fight their way into the playoffs by winning their final four games, and also earn another AFC South division title, giving them at least one home playoff game.
On the other side, the Jets have slowed down considerably after talks of them taking the AFC’s top seed, losing three out of five. The slide took the Jets from potentially having home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs to being the sixth seed and having to play three road games if they get to the Super Bowl. The Jets have been held back by quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has a completion percentage of just 54.8, an atrocious number for this day and age, and a quarterback rating of 75.3, which puts him at 27th in the NFL. (more)
The 2010 NFL playoff race has become even tighter in light of this week’s results with ties featured in five Divisions. The AFC East is still undecided between the 9-2 New England Patriots and New York Jets following their Thanksgiving Day victories over the Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens lead the AFC North at 8-3 after defeating the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. View all NFL Week 12 scores below!
Thursday, November 25, 2010New England Patriots 45, Detroit Lions 24 – Tom Brady racked up 21 completions for 341 yards and four touchdowns to earn a perfect passer rating.
New Orleans Saints 30, Dallas Cowboys 27 – Drew Brees hit Lance Moore for the go-ahead TD from 12 yards out with under two minutes left in regulation.
New York Jets 26, Cincinnati Bengals 10 – Brad Smith broke out for a 53 yard touchdown run in the third quarter and returned a kickoff in the following block to put the Jets on top. (more)
The 2010 NFL regular season has reached the halfway point and a number of teams are still neck and neck within their respective divisions. The New England Patriots and New York Jets are currently competing atop the AFC East at 6-2. The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers also hold a 6-2 record in the AFC North. The AFC South has the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts at 5-3 with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans not far behind. This week’s bye teams were Denver, Tennessee, St. Louis, San Francisco, Washington and Jacksonville. Monday night’s contest showcased the Steelers beating out the 2-6 Bengals 27-21 at Paul Brown Stadium. Check all NFL Week 9 scores below!
Sunday, November 7, 2010Atlanta Falcons 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 – Michael Turner rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns from 24 carries to keep the Falcons ahead in the NFC South.
Chicago Bears 22, Buffalo Bills 19 – Jay Cutler drove the Bears downfield, hitting Earl Bennett for the go-ahead score with 6:41 left in regulation.
New York Jets 23, Detroit Lions 20 – The Jets rallied back with an overtime field goal to recapture the AFC East lead. (more)
All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis made an interception and broke up two passes yesterday in his first practice since holding out through all of New York Jets training camp. After a number of meetings over the past 36 days, the Jets and Revis finally agreed on a four-year deal worth $46 million. Revis was thrilled to be back on the field with his teammates, saying “I didn’t know how my they were going to accept me because I haven’t been here for a month. I had butterflies, but after they started chanting my name a little bit, it was a good feeling.”
The Jets are scheduled to begin their regular season campaign at the New Meadowlands Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens Monday, September 13th at 7:00 PM. Ravens fullback LeRon McClain shared his excitement for Revis’s return, saying “there won’t be any excuses now.” New York head coach Rex Ryan then found the nearest media outlet to respond: “I don’t know what’s wrong with LeRon. He said something about there’s no excuses…He must have us confused with somebody else. I don’t think we make any excuses. Last year, we didn’t have our starting 11 guys on defense for a single game and yet we led the league.” Jets vs. Ravens tickets are now available!
The Baltimore Ravens just recently acquired wide receiver Donte Stallworth following the termination of his contract with the Cleveland Browns. The one-year deal will provide the seven year veteran with $900,000 and another $300,000 in incentives.
Stallworth’s previous long-term deal with Cleveland closed after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell lifted his year suspension. In March of 2009 he was arrested for killing a pedestrian while driving under the influence. The Ravens organization is now prepared to welcome Stallworth for a second chance.
“We’ve given a lot of thought to this and we’ve done extensive research into Donte’ beyond football,” said Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. “He made a huge mistake. There’s no doubt about that…But, we’ve signed him because we want to get better, and we think he has a chance to help us. We worked him out and it’s obvious he is working hard to be effective.”
The Baltimore Ravens were held scoreless through three quarters while handing the ball over four times as the Indianapolis Colts posted 17 points in the first half to win 20-3 Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. The game was tied up at three apiece until Peyton Manning hit Austin Collie for a 10 yard completion and TD with two minutes remaining in the second quarter. Manning was able to make reservations for six again before heading into the locker room; this time with Reggie Wayne in the final seconds to tack on the extra insurance.
“There’s no question how the guys used the off week,” said Manning. “We kind of called it preparation week. I thought we had good preparation coming into this game, thought we came out sharp and kind of set the tempo from the get-go.” The Colts will now take on the underdog New York Jets in the 2010 AFC Championship game. They last hosted title match three years ago when they went on to win the Super Bowl in Miami (the same site for this year’s main event).
The 2009-2010 Indianapolis Colts are ready for their first playoff test against the Baltimore Ravens this Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium as part of the AFC Divisional round. Coach Jim Caldwell and crew will be able to see if their exit strategy was well worth it following their 14-0 campaign to start. “The ultimate goal is to get to the Super Bowl and win,” said DE Raheem Brock. “16-0 sounds great, but I don’t really care what the record is because no one remembers that. Unless, of course, you’re 16-0.”
Although the Ravens were successful last week against the former 3X Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, they certainly realize what’s left to accomplish in order for them to advance to the Super Bowl. “We got the two best quarterbacks in the game back to back,” said linebacker Terrell Suggs. “We definitely have to bring our ‘A’ game.”
The Colts have shown better offensively this season, averaging 26 points per game to Baltimore’s 24.4. The Ravens defense held up better in 2009, allowing 40 less yards per game. Colts vs. Ravens tickets are now available!