Happy New Year, football fans…
Condolences if 2013 wasn’t the best year for your sports town (I at least hope it avoided making this list) – and congratulations if you’re lucky enough to be able to pencil your team’s upcoming playoff game into at least one of the 31 squares on the January page of your new calendar.
Speaking of pages, I’ve decided to take one from Andy Reid, who let his key players rest up in anticipation of the playoffs. I, too, am gonna take it easy today. Y’know, so my eyeballs and chip-scooping fingers are nice and fresh for this quartet of beauties the Commish has delivered for the first weekend of the year.
Like Reid and his peers, let’s spend some time watching tape (or, more accurately, streaming video). It’s been a long season, after all, so let’s take a stroll/drive down memory lane/the road that led us here. I’m speaking, of course, about the road(s) in Culver City, California, where I got to spend some preseason time in my “sports” car with a number of NFL players, several of whom you’ll be watching this weekend. If your team isn’t in the post-season, maybe watching one of these guys will sway you to root for his team over the next few weeks.
We’ll start off with Eagles WR DeSean Jackson:
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles…
Bengals CB Terence Newman…
And Niners WR Michael Crabtree…
Swell fellas, no? Best wishes to them all this weekend. Speaking of which, let’s get to the games…
Warning: Do NOT continue reading if you don’t want to know the resuls of the Wildcard Round games.
(last week: 11-5; 165-93 on the season)
KC – J. Charles: 167 yds/scrimmage, TD
IND – A. Luck: 304 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
NO – J. Graham: 128 yds, 2 TDs
PHI – L. McCoy: 114 yds, TD
SD – N. Novak: 2 FGs missed after illegal formation penalties
CIN – A. Dalton: 399 yds, 2 TDs
SF – F. Gore: 19 carries, 106 yds, TD
GB – E. Lacy: 19 carries, 53 yds
Enjoy the wildcard games, everybody! I hope your team wins…