Most NFL playoffs wild-card weekend games have been duds in recent years. Seems like we had a stretch of thrillers for a while a few years back, but last few seasons I remember being pretty boring.
And except for a few exciting minutes of the second half of Pittsburgh-Baltimore, when the Steelers briefly came to life, this weekend looked like it would be another snoozer.
Carolina cruised past Arizona and their third-string QB. The Joe Flacco-led Ravens (the pride of my alma mater, Delaware!) won another big playoff game on the road. And Andy Dalton came up tiny in the playoffs, yet again.
Then, out of the boredom came Dallas-Detroit. The Lions dominated early, took a 20-7 lead, and actually looked like they’d win a playoff game for the first time since the first Bush was President.
Then, predictably, the Cowboys rallied to make it close. Then they got a HUGE break on a picked-up flag for pass interference that would’ve hugely helped Detroit, and then the ‘Boys scored to take the lead, and we got Chris Christie hugging and squeezing Jerry Jones (above) which, I mean, I just can’t stop staring at that photo, and suddenly Dallas had its first playoff win in five years.
Hate the Cowboys. Hate seeing the Lions fans suffer yet again, when this was a game they absolutely had. Hate that Stafford and the Detroit offense came up small yet again.
Love the delicious matchups next week: Ravens going into Foxboro, where they’ve beaten New England in the playoffs twice before; Colts and Andrew Luck going into Denver where the legend Peyton Manning tries to beat his old team, and Dallas going into Green Bay, two iconic franchises with a rich playoff history squaring off.
And oh yeah, Seattle slaughtering Carolina by like 47 points.
**Next up today, my smart friend Christine posted this on Facebook the other day and it pretty much blew my mind. It’s a street artist outside of Malaga Cathedral in Spain who paints these gorgeous tiny landscapes using only his fingers.
His name is Fabian Gaete; you can find more about him here.
**And finally today, my feelings about the utter uselessness of America’s war on drugs should be well-known to you if you read me regularly; it’s an enormous waste of time and money, and there have been thousands of stories since it started of innocent people having their lives ruined because of overzealous policing.
But this story, pointed out to me by the great Twitter feed @spiderstumbled, might take the cake for offensiveness. This occurred five months ago, but I never heard about it and I’m guessing 99 percent of you didn’t either.
Here’s the lede: “Officials in Habersham County, Ga., said Monday they do not plan to pay for the medical expenses of a toddler seriously burned during a police raid based on faulty intelligence.