Sunday, January 22, 2006

Grab Bag: The AFC Championship Game

Jake In Regress
Seeing Plummer's performance today made me feel like I was watching an alcoholic fall off the wagon. After playing good, largely mistake-free football all season, the wheels came off in a hurry today. The most telling stat was that the Broncos, after turning the ball over 5 times in 9 previous home games this season, committed 4 turnovers today.

Nice Pick Indeed, Cowher
Ben Roethlisberger has really stepped up this season, especially in the playoffs. After a stellar performance at Indy, he went 21/29 today with 2 TD passes. He's playing as well as any QB in the playoffs, which should be more than enough to ensure that the Steelers are competitive in the Super Bowl.

Missed Chances By Denver
There were two passes they should have intercepted in the end zone, which if they had capitalized on would have shaved 10 points off the board. John Lynch dropped one halfway through the 4th when the Broncos were down by 10 that would have given his team great field position with plenty of time to play.

The Ground Game Gets Grounded
Both Bettis and Parker averaged under 3 yards a rush, which Steeler faithful better hope is an aberration, not a sign of things to come.

Fast Start, Slow Finish
For the second straight week, the Steelers started fast and built a huge lead, but let the opponent slowly climb back into the game. Last week, they fluked out and pulled out a win, this week they slammed the door when they had to in the 4th Quarter. Still, great teams put their opponents away for good when they have the chance, and the Steelers haven't shown that they're able to do that.

Back with thoughts on the NFC Title Game.


At 4:44 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Normally I would be cheering for Jerome Bettis to win the Superbowl. Imagining Kimmis' 4 hour homoerotic telephone conversation with his twin brother after this game, however, prevents me from doing so. Kimmis, you better be planning on going to Detroit, because if not, I am gonna drive you insane on Superbowl weekend. I am gonna be the Carrot Top of the NFL. I am gonna bring a full Tickle Trunk of swag for whatever team from the NFC gets in. I may even pull out my Steve Largent jersey if the Seahawks get in, and wear it to your party.

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

BTW, we really need to go to Seattle and watch a game. That stadium is awesome.

At 6:31 PM, Blogger Alex said...

One reason not to cheer for the Steelers:

Hearing Terry Bradshaw refer to them as "my" Steelers. He's absolutely right.

So if they win, look forward to lots of 10-10-220 commercials with Terry and Big Ben - maybe Alf and Toby Keith will pop in for cameos too.

Also, I don't normally watch the FOX pregame or half-time show, so can someone clarify something for me: do Terry and JJ always yell at each other, or is this a one time thing? They're like a non-entertaining version of Wilbon and Kornheiser.

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

The Panthers look awful. The defence looks tired and beat up, Smith is getting triple coverage, they have no running game, and Delhomme is forcing passes into interceptions. Awful.

At 7:03 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

1.6 QB rating for Delhomme? So much for him being a "money" playoff QB. In fairness, Seattle is getting lots of pressure, and Smith has more men on him than Kimmis in a bathhouse.


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