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2010 NFL Divisional Weekend Recap

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I did a lot better on my picks this week. Just sayin'.

Steelers over Ravens: So, you know, the Ravens were up 21-7 at halftime. And they were getting to Big Ben so much it was like they had a few extra guys out there. But they had no counter for one unassailable fact: Troy Polamalu was playing. OK, he didn't have a big game or anything, but he's like Kryptonite for other teams. Mistake prone game on both sides, with a total of what, 5 or 6 turnovers? But in the end, the Steelers at home were too much for the Ravens. Again. Also, a little tip to players on both sides? Even if the whistle has blown (which it hadn't on Saturday), cover up the ball. Apparently, everyone but Cory Redding missed that week in football school.

Packers over Falcons: I feel a little less bad about losing to the Packers last week now that, if I had to guess, they're going to the Super Bowl with a reasonable chance to win it. Why? Aaron Rodgers is on fire. On fire. 48-21 makes the game look closer than it actually was. The Pack never punted. Not once. Roll that around in your head for a minute or two. And the Falcons started the game well. Unfortunately, they exhausted all their scoring magic in the first 10 minutes. I barely watched the second half, in common with the Falcons "fans," who all headed for the exits by the third quarter. I know your team was getting whupped, but it's the playoffs, man. Sit down and watch it! Even if the Packers do put in their backup QB. Oh, the humanity!

Bears over Seahawks: Did you know that was Jay Cutler's first playoff game since high school? I'll bet you did, since they mentioned it about every 10 seconds. Nothing like starting off with a softball pitch right over home plate, to mix my sports metaphors for a minute. 35-24 also makes it look a lot closer than it was. I'm pretty sure the Bears' starters all left the field to start the celebration in the locker room before the start of the 4th quarter. That's the only explanation I can come up with for 21 points by the Seahawks in the 4th.

Jets over Patriots: This was the surprise of the weekend. I know a lot of people think Rex Ryan is an obnoxious loud mouth. Personally, I think he's hilarious, and the Ryan/Sanchez combo is far preferable to Big Cheater Bill Belichick and his pretty-boy dunderhead QB Tom Brady, at least in my world. Also, Bill? Buy a shirt with sleeves. You look homeless. Tom Landry is turning over in his grave, buddy.

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