It is Week 17. After a loss at home, the Steelers travel to Baltimore to take on the 6-9 Ravens. With the loss, the Steelers would need a Patriots loss in order to get the top seed in the AFC. Considering the Patriots are facing the Bills, the hopes aren't so high. Every starter will be playing in this game, which includes William Gay, who is back at Slot Corner after a shoulder injury kept him on the sidelines for a few weeks. Note: Damn it my typos. The final score was Ravens 17 - Steelers 38.
Los Angeles Chargers. 10-6. Clinched Playoff Birth.
Kansas City Chiefs. 9-7. Clinched Playoff Birth. Won tiebreaker against the Indianapolis Colts due to better won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference (KC's 6-6 vs. IND's 5-7)
The top seeds, as it becomes recurrent, are the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. The interesting starts after the top 2 seeds. The Denver Broncos, after apparently solving their QB situation, got the 3rd Seed. They are followed by a Tennessee Titans team that embarked on a 3 game winning streak to knock the Indianapolis Colts out of the playoffs. Finally, the 5th and 6th seeds are occupied by 2 AFC West teams. The LA Chargers and the KC Chiefs, who had a Week 17 matchup to determine who would be the highest seeded team.
Philadelphia Eagles. 12-4. Clinched Divisional Title and Home Field Advantage.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 8-8. Clinched Divisional Title.
Dallas Cowboys. 10-6. Clinched Playoff Birth.
Los Angeles Rams. 9-7. Clinched Playoff Birth.
As expected, the Eagles managed to get the Divisional Title as well as the Home Field Advantage through the playoffs. The only team that could oppose them, the Cardinals, was 1 win short. The Minnesota Vikings managed to beat both the Packers and the Lions for the Divisional title. Up next are the 8-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite a strong start, they eventually fell to a .500 record. The other teams on their division had sub .500 records. The next teams are the Dallas Cowboys and the LA Rams. The Rams won a tie breaker against the Lions to get the seed.
madden07eurocat wrote:Probably need to fix the score of the game in the graphic.
Nice season and it will be nice to see if you can go all the way in the playoffs. Please make it further than I did!
Yep, totally forgot that I had to alter the final scores.
The next 2 games will definitely be interesting. I'll be facing either the Broncos (Their offense is pretty good), the Titans (Who gave us an L, our offense couldn't get anything going consistently) or the Chargers (Who are pretty damn good). Then I'll definitely have to face the Pats, who should have gone 16-0. And the Road to the Super Bowl goes through Foxborough this time around. The Steelers never win in Foxborough in the playoffs with TB12 at QB. Never. Then the Super Bowl. The Eagles got us an L, so they are pretty tough. The Cardinals are also pretty good, and I'd like me some Super Bowl XLIII rematch. Then you have what would happen if the 'Boys make it and the Steelers make it as well. All of those games will be interesting. I'm hoping to at least making it to the Conference Championship.
Finally, we have the Playoff Picture before the Wild Card round starts. The top seeds in each Conference advance to the Divisional Round and get a first round bye. These teams are the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers on the AFC, and the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals on the NFC. For the first Wild Card games, the 3rd seed will host the 6th seed. In the AFC, this means a matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos. In the NFC, the matchup is between the Los Angeles Rams and the Minnesota Vikings. The next 2 games will be the 4th seed hosting the 5th seed. In the AFC, this is a matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans. In the NFC, the matchu is between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The first 2 Wild Card games are in, let's see them (No Game Summary Images for these. Didn't take any pictures): The Chiefs went to the Mile High City to take on the Broncos. The Broncos ended 12-4, and have one of the highest scoring offenses in the league. Can the Chiefs, who ended 9-7, upset the Chiefs in this Wild Card matchup?
1st Quarter 8:25 Broncos: Brandon McManus 51-yard field goal. 7 plays, 39 yards, TOP 4:33 5:41 Chiefs: Alex Smith 28-yard TD pass to Chris Conley (extra point good). 6 plays, 75 yards, TOP 2:44 2nd Quarter 11:00 Broncos: Brock Osweiler 74-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders (extra point good). 3 plays, 80 yards, TOP 1:28 6:03 Chiefs: Cairo Santos 23-yard field goal. 9 plays, 58 yards, TOP 4:57 1:52 Chiefs: Cairo Santos 25-yard field goal. 9 plays, 35 yards, TOP 4:06 0:07 Broncos: Brandon McManus 23-yard field goal. 4 plays, 18 yards, TOP 0:48 3rd Quarter 8:07 Broncos: Brandon McManus 29-yard field goal. 4 plays, 9 yards, TOP 2:11 0:39 Chiefs: Alex Smith 10-yard TD pass to Tyreek Hill (extra point good). 5 plays, 37 yards, TOP 2:37 4th Quarter 12:32 Broncos: Devontae Booker 4-yard TD run (extra point good). 6 plays, 75 yards, TOP 3:07 8:19 Broncos: Brock Osweiler 37-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas (extra point good). 6 plays, 75 yards, TOP 3:26
No, the Chiefs managed to do nothing on the 4th, leading to their demise and the Broncos managed to get and extend the lead. Being the highest seeded team, the Broncos will be facing the Steelers in Heinz Field. It's up to the Chargers and Titans to decide who will travel to Foxborough to take on the Patriots.
The Rams travel to U.S. Bank Stadium and face the Minnesota Vikings. On one side, you have one of the best running backs in the league in Todd Gurley, who rushed for 1200 yards this season. On the other side, one of the top secondaries in the league featuring Aqib Talib, Malcolm Butler and Harrison Smith. One part of this secondary, SS Andrew Sendejo, is injured. On one side, you have one of the most scary defensive fronts in the league, starring Corey Liguet, Michael Brockers, Margus Hunt and Aaron Donald. The other side, lost their work horse backs in Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook, but still possess a great passing game.
Rams at Vikings 1st Quarter 5:29 Rams: Greg Zuerlein 18-yard field goal. 7 plays, 27 yards, TOP 4:31 2nd Quarter 14:13 Vikings: Kai Forbath 30-yard field goal. 12 plays, 58 yards, TOP 6:16 8:33 Rams: Greg Zuerlein 39-yard field goal. 9 plays, 58 yards, TOP 5:40 4:53 Rams: Greg Zuerlein 39-yard field goal. 5 plays, 28 yards, TOP 2:07 1:01 Vikings: Kai Forbath 22-yard field goal. 10 plays, 58 yards, TOP 3:52 0:07 Rams: Greg Zuerlein 44-yard field goal. 10 plays, 66 yards, TOP 0:54 0:00 Vikings: Kai Forbath 47-yard field goal. 0 plays, 33 yards, TOP 0:00 3rd Quarter 9:10 Vikings: Kai Forbath 38-yard field goal. 10 plays, 63 yards, TOP 5:50 7:04 Rams: Jared Goff 7-yard TD pass to Sammy Watkins (extra point good). 1 plays, 8 yards, TOP 0:04 4th Quarter 10:23 Vikings: Aqib Talib 89-yard interception return (extra point good). 10:13 Rams: Jared Goff 75-yard TD pass to Cooper Kupp (extra point good). 1 plays, 75 yards, TOP 0:10
A game which featured a match between kickers eventually turned into a fight for survival in the 4th quarter. Both offenses were unable to make anything happen during most of the game, even when they drove the ball into the red zone they couldn't punch it in. The Rams were able to shake that off, winning the game in the process. The Vikings were unable to do so, and will watch the next rounds from outside. The Rams move on to face the Eagles. It is up to the Buccaneers and Cowboys to determine who will face the Cardinals in the Divisional Round.
The next 2 games are in, let's see them then watch the Playoff Picture as we head into the Divisional Round.
The Chargers are facing the Titans for the second AFC Wild Card game. The Titans had a great 3 win streak to steal the AFC South from the Colts. Solid play by the offense, as well as their defense led them to the Divisional Title. The Chargers come from the very competitive AFC West. Phillip Rivers has been struggling, but managed to lead his team all the way to the Wild Card round. A solid receiving corps, as well as a devastating defensive line on the opposing side of the ball, has managed to get the Chargers to the playoffs. Which team will be able to pull through the 1st round?
Chargers at Titans 1st Quarter 11:42 Titans: Marcus Mariota 4-yard TD pass to Rishard Matthews (extra point good). 6 plays, 91 yards, TOP 3:18 8:08 Chargers: Younghoe Koo 40-yard field goal. 8 plays, 60 yards, TOP 3:34 4:40 Chargers: Philip Rivers 12-yard TD pass to Keenan Allen (extra point good). 4 plays, 70 yards, TOP 2:14 1:18 Titans: Ryan Succop 41-yard field goal. 6 plays, 58 yards, TOP 3:22 0:27 Chargers: Philip Rivers 42-yard TD pass to Keenan Allen (extra point good). 2 plays, 78 yards, TOP 0:51 2nd Quarter 10:46 Titans: Ryan Succop 24-yard field goal. 9 plays, 58 yards, TOP 4:41 1:01 Titans: Ryan Succop 42-yard field goal. 9 plays, 65 yards, TOP 1:58 0:06 Chargers: Younghoe Koo 33-yard field goal. 5 plays, 58 yards, TOP 0:55 0:00 Titans: Ryan Succop 42-yard field goal. 1 plays, 43 yards, TOP 0:06 3rd Quarter 11:21 Chargers: Younghoe Koo 18-yard field goal. 7 plays, 58 yards, TOP 3:39 2:34 Titans: Ryan Succop 17-yard field goal. 12 plays, 48 yards, TOP 6:11 4th Quarter 12:06 Chargers: Philip Rivers 6-yard TD pass to Antonio Gates (extra point good). 11 plays, 75 yards, TOP 5:28 7:20 Chargers: Younghoe Koo 21-yard field goal. 6 plays, 55 yards, TOP 3:29 5:04 Chargers: Younghoe Koo 51-yard field goal. 5 plays, 32 yards, TOP 2:11
An initial shootout with no team under real control turned into a victory for the Chargers. The Titans offense couldn't keep drives going consistently in the 2nd quarter and Marcus Mariota could never get in sync. On the other hand, Phillip Rivers had an amazing game, throwing for over 400 yards, most of which went to veteran TE Antonio Gates, who showed up as an unexpected Deep Threat for suck a big guy. The Chargers will be traveling to Foxborough to take on the 15-1 Patriots. It will be a game similar to the 2007 AFC Championship, but will the result be different?
The Cowboys are headed to Tampa to take on the Bucs. The Cowboys had to deal with an injury to a critical player, QB Dak Prescott, who will not be able to play until the Divisional Round. He has been dealing with injuries all season long. This has not fazed Big D at all, as backup QB and 2017 UDFA Cooper Rush had managed to get the team in good shape and allow them to take a Wild Card spot. The Buccaneers have been interesting. They went 8-8, and won the division due to the lack of performance from other teams. Their passing game has been good, and Jameis Winston might be nominated to the Pro Bowl, but their running hasn't got them anywhere with any consistency. With all this, the Cowboys probably have the upper hand. Will the Bucs upset the Cowboys and proceed to the Divisional Round, or will the Cowboys get the win and move on?
Cowboys at Buccaneers 1st Quarter 10:58 Buccaneers: Nick Folk 52-yard field goal. 8 plays, 58 yards, TOP 4:02 5:16 Cowboys: Alfred Morris 2-yard TD run (extra point good). 10 plays, 75 yards, TOP 5:42 2nd Quarter 12:31 Buccaneers: Nick Folk 30-yard field goal. 9 plays, 67 yards, TOP 5:17 7:14 Buccaneers: Nick Folk 50-yard field goal. 8 plays, 50 yards, TOP 4:30 3rd Quarter 13:23 Cowboys: Cooper Rush 37-yard TD pass to James Washington (2-point conversion failed). 4 plays, 74 yards, TOP 1:37 8:53 Cowboys: Dan Bailey 33-yard field goal. 3 plays, -14 yards, TOP 1:23 1:08 Cowboys: Cooper Rush 19-yard TD pass to Terrance Williams (extra point good). 7 plays, 53 yards, TOP 2:53 4th Quarter 6:39 Cowboys: Dan Bailey 25-yard field goal. 10 plays, 48 yards, TOP 6:02 1:35 Cowboys: Dan Bailey 20-yard field goal. 7 plays, 20 yards, TOP 3:01
What was initially a slow game turned into total Cowboys domination, as they shutout the Bucs in the 2nd half. A solid defensive effort by Dallas, a fact through out the whole season, managed to get them the win and the nod to move on to the Divisional Round.
The Playoff Picture has been updated.
The Los Angeles Chargers are headed to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots. The Los Angeles Rams are headed to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles. The Denver Broncos are headed to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Finally, the Dallas Cowboys are headed to the University of Phoenix Stadium to take on the Arizona Cardinals. This leaves 16 possibilities for the Super Bowl:
The Chargers and the Rams reach the big game, and the battle for Los Angeles ensues. I wonder, whoever losses leaves LA?
The Broncos face the Cowboys.
Patriots face the Eagles, repeating the Real Life Super Bowl LII (Wait, Super Bowl LII was between Steelers and Seahawks, the heck are you talking about?)
Steelers face the Cardinals. Super Bowl XLIII all over again. With AB making another crazy catch. Or Fitz finally getting a ring. I'd rather have the first possiblity.
Chargers vs Eagles. Veteran Phillip Rivers vs. 2 Year vet Carson Wentz.
Broncos face the Cardinals. On this scenario, I like Fitz getting a ring.
Patriots face the Rams. Again, but with Gostkowski this time around.
Steelers vs. Cowboys. I'm all in for that. Either it will be Super Bowl XIII or Super Bowl XXX.
Chargers meet the Cowboys.
Broncos face the Rams.
Patriots face the Cardinals, and Fitz gets a ring ... that, or Brady gets his 6th.
Steelers vs. Eagles. And it will be awesome.
Chargers vs. Cardinals. And I would want both to win.
Broncos face the Eagles. See how that one goes.
Patriots face the Cowboys. That would be hard to watch for Pittsburgh fans.
Steelers face the Rams. This one would be interested.
To let you know, I'm rooting for the Chargers (I'll root for anyone on the other side of the Patriots. Even the Ravens ... uhhh ... actually, no. Not the Ravens. Or the Bengals, they can go and lose. I'd say the Browns.), the Rams (I am not rooting for Philly unless something hate more is on the other side), the Steelers (I mean, it's the name of the Journal) and the Cardinals (Won't root for Dallas either. Unless is ... hmm ... Baltimore on the other side or worse)