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.