The first round of NFL playoff is in the books and after Wild Card weekend we have a much clearer view of the road to Super Bowl 51. Saturday was the start of Wild Card weekend with the Houston Texans taking on the Oakland Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks taking on the Detroit Lions. Division foe, the Oakland Raiders, haven’t been in the playoff hunt for over a decade and things were on the up and up for the embattled franchise until their star quarterback Derrick Carr was sidelined with a broken fibula in the second to last game of the regular season. The Denver Broncos remained at the bottom of the AFC totem pole standings heading into Saturday’s game with a win at Mile High just a week before. Ex-Bronco Brock Osweiler started for the Texans despite being benched two thirds into the season for under-performing. The Texans went on to win the Wild Card match-up, 27 - 14.
The Seattle Seahawks dominated the Detroit Lions Saturday beating the Motor City team 26 - 6, while the Pittsburgh Steelers did much of the same to Miami in their win over the Dolphins. The most talked about match up of the Wild Cards was the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants, two NFC juggernauts and although the game was seemingly headed in favor of the Giants, Aaron Rogers and the Packers turned the tables just before the half with a Hail Mary pass that put the Packers up 14 - 6. It was all Green Bay the rest of the game as the Packers beat New York, 38 - 13.
This week’s playoff picture looks like this: The Seattle Seahawks will face the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta on Saturday at 2:35 p.m. MST; the Houston Texans will travel to New England to face the Patriots on Saturday evening at 5:15 p.m. MST; the Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs Sunday morning at 11:05 a.m. MST; while Green Bay heads to Dallas to face Dak Prescott and the Cowboys Sunday afternoon at 2:40 p.m. MST.
In other sports, the Denver Nuggets are hurting for experience and talent as they remain under .500 and dropping fast in the power rankings. The Nuggets have been shopping veterans with some incentive players they’re dangling for teams to bite. Unfortunately, Denver hasn’t had any success in trying to obtain veterans and the free fall remains. The Nuggets are riding a 5-game losing streak and haven’t won since December 28th. That’s almost two weeks since a win. The Nuggets are hosting the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, a team they face twice this season.
In College Football the big upset, hail to the new Clemson Tigers College Football Champions over the national-titled champs, Alabama Crimson Tide, 35-31. According to AP College Football Poll, the Colorado Buffaloes rank at #17 at season’s end.