Zibikowski of Notre Dame takes a knee in the end zone...
OT: Patriots vs Ravens Open Thread
I wonder who Greg Mattison is pulling for...
No i don't. He's probably pulling for MEECHIGAN!
ps- did anyone else just see the punter fall without any provocation? reminds me of the prick who got me a yellow card in indoor soccer this morning.
A defender's helmet hit his foot, throwing him off balance. Chill
if you believe that, i'd like to talk to you about a wonderful investment opportunity...
the helmet hitting his foot had nothing to do with him falling.
lol how much do you think it takes to push a guy over trying to land on one foot while in mid air, I gaurantee every punter goes down with that exact same contact and none of it is flopping.
I'm kinda rooting for a Har-bowl. Anyone else?
I'm kinda rooting for a Har-bowl. Anyone else?
It's kinda sad but true!!! Finding great kickers is very hard in college football these days
I hate ravens + Tom Brady = Go Pats.
Two 3 and outs by the Patriots defense. Not too shabby.
Yeah that was the first time the Ravens didn't double team Wilfork and he bull rushed his guy and caused the sack.
The short pass is eating up the Baltimore D right now.
...should not quarterback in the Super Bowl.
"nobody makes me bleed my own blood, nobody!!"
"Nobody puts baby in the corner. Nobody."
Ravens defense holds right outside the 10. Field goal. If the Pats are going to win, they need to convert their opportunities into touchdowns.
...just blanketed Welker's end zone route. Impressive for something like a 36-year old MLB.
Live in Bal'more/DC suburbs...
Still rooting for the Pats!
Flacco and cameron need to take a page out of the patriots play calling book, they either run the ball or throw a bomb, no mid level game for this offense and it is terrible.
Troy Woolfolk's big brother Vince has two TFL's already. Big man with a big motor early.
OMG...Brady throws a pick! The apocolypse is nigh. Had to be the WR's fault, right?
They are letting them play, which favors the Ravens.
After watching Tom Brady through the college and pro ranks, why do you think he's blown up in the pros? The right system? Coaches? I'm not sure.
He played pretty well in college but his stats werent jaw dropping and he wasn't taken til the 6th rd.
What do you think? Does Tom just have 'it'? To me he seems to have it all...can make all the throws, team leader, moves when he HAS TO, smart, etc.
I understand he draft is a crap shoot but many said he couldn't do certain things. Seems to me, he's just a tad good.
Brady showed flashes of collegiate greatness in a few games where he was unleashed ('98 OSU, '00 Orange Bowl). He first started as a junior and threw his share of picks his first year (15 TD/12 INTs), so it's not like we was convincingly a superstar after his first year. I think he's a classic case of a player who progressively developed (20 TD/6 INTs his senior year) over time and finally reached his ceiling in the pros. He also played during our power running era - although that was loosening a bit during the 90's - so we just didn't pass that much. He only had 3 300+ passing yard games, with a few more over 270+ yards. And Drew Henson was looming over his shoulder for his two years as starter. Henson threw for 500+ yards during Brady's senior year, so that's a lot of college stats potentially taken away from Brady.
He found a perfect home in New England. Their offensive scheme perfectly matches his skills. I was bummed that he lasted until the 6th round, but I honestly didn't think he would evolve into arguably the best NFL QB we've ever seen....definitely the most clutch NFL QB we've ever seen.
No one predicted that he would be THIS good. He could be the best ever.
I would say it's the system maximizing his potential. But it could just be that he went to Michigan...
Baltimore is threatening after converting 3rd and 5.
Tied at 3
Does anybody else still make a "Z" with their hands when Zoltan comes out to punt? I sure do!
Patriots running well and Ravens passing well.
Tied up. Pleanty of time for the Pats to score before halftime.
Wow....still cant believe the difference in the Pats D from where it was 5 or 6 yrs ago up to now.
I Love Bill...but wow their drafting of defensive players has been really bad.
13-10 Pats. Can the Pats defense hold them for 3 minutes??
lol at the patriots being so scared of the ravens defense, pats getting punched in the mouth and not used to it. What happens when you only play 3 teams with winning records all year and lose to all of them.
Jake Long sighting singing Wind Beneath My Wings on that NFL commercial
Ravens convert on third and long. This seems familiar.....
Great defense Pats. Also their play calling in the red zone as been conservative as hell.
Nice of the Ravens to allow Denard Robinson to play WR for them, and score on that TD play.
I'm not sure how the Pats have not mad any moves in the last couple yrs to improve that D....your not gonna have Brady forever and the fact that the O has to pretty much get a TD every drive cant be a good thing.
I have ZERO confidence that the pats can get a lead and hold it.....
damn.....Brady got folded in half on that one....ouch.
That the Pats seem to have no interest in obtaining a decent RB (how long did they keep paying Maroney to suck...?) maybe they'll snatch up Denard since it appears they need to get their tough yardage from their QB.
the Pats have a pretty good QB, where'd he come from?
Wow.....not sure how Belichik can be happy with an awful tackling team like this....just sad for a Patriots D.
How could you fail to notice Spikes?
So he pulled a denard
Now put it in the endzone and start to put these guys away!!!
They give it right back.
Jeez Brady....you have the lead and your short passing game is killing them. Yet you force one for no reason...dammit Brady you're better than that.
luckily Cam Cameron is calling odd plays to keep the NE D in it....3rd and 3 throw it to your TE....
Wilfork is turning back the clock today.....hell of a last 2 plays for him.
why not kick the FG? 51 Yarder to Tie...
Green-Ellis....I know you want to kill a little clock, but you have to at least attempt to move forward. That twinkle toes crap just made this upcoming 3rd down a little harder than it needed to be.
Edelman on Boldin? Really??
1. Brady's two picks were bad throws...but also incredible catches. Most times those passes simply gets knocked down. Great plays by the Ravens secondary.
2. Why did the Patriots run the ball on 2nd and 3 right before the two minute warning? Isn't that the time to pass? Your strength is passing the football and a first down puts the pressure on Baltimore to use their timeouts if you get the first down. Plus, because there is the clock stoppage, there is no downside to an incompletion.
Wow. What a game.
HE MISsED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow Cundiff just shit himself when it counted......that is a chip shot for a NFL kicker.
He should have thought about brunette girls.
Of maybe the year.
damn. so much for the harbaugh bowl.
Ties Joe Montana with most playoff games won- 16th win
Against the Giants.
Cundiff is no Brandon Gibbons.
One more chance for the next ring.
Congrats to the Pats, but they'll have a hard time going the distance if they allow 50%+ on 3rd down conversions again.
Must not have been thinking about Brunette Girls.
Brady was fortunate to get to this first Super Bowl (Tuck-rule) and he is fortunate that this one didn't go to overtime. I hardly think he cares though. Hoping for a Michigan QB battle two weekends from now!
That the Colts somehow made a comeback on his defense and he didn't get to murder the Bears; and that The Giants can make catches off their helmets. So it all ends up equally out.
People will be PISSED at work tomorrow...except for my colleague who is a Steelers fan.
Zoltan shanked his last punt a little...
Does ring number four finally shut up the Peyton Manning lovers forever?
it puts him above Manning for their careers, assuming Manning doesn't do anything crazy if he comes back. I think he's already there as is, but this would cement it. But he needs to have a good game where he is a legitimate candidate for MVP of the game. One of those 25-33, 300+ yds, 3+ TD type games.
4 Super Bowls, 3 Super Bowl MVPs, 2 Regular season MVPs...would put him right up there with Montana.
No. Signed a Peyton Manning lover.
But really yes.
Peyton might not even be the most successful quarterback in HIS FAMILY.
Colts supporting cast does not equal the Giants supporting cast.
This has always been the case for the Colts on defense. The one year the Colts won they finally had a formidable defense, and that defense only came together for the post season run. I've also always contended that the Colts with Manning have won more so in spite of the coaching staff not because of it.
The Colts have had more offensive talent in a given season than the Giants have had Eli's whole career.
I'll agree with this for the most part (the talent around Eli right now is not too shabby). It's that old cliche "defense wins championships."
Or I'm just bitter that the Colts have only gotten one ring with Manning.
Well that keeps the next coach of PSU away from the team until after National Signing Day.
The decision to hire what's-his-name is still mind-boggling to me. The people running PSU are idiots. They're going to go through some tough times.
He met the top two requirements: Cheap and easy to fire in 4 or 5 years when scandal/sanctions are all wrapped up. Anyone who was a good HC was busy gunning for A&M, UCLA, Illinois, Ohio State, or one of the other BCS programs that was hiring.
Who is running the ship while the captain is on vacation? Their recruiting class is going to be full of 2 star kids. Too bad. All because of some dumb ass predator.
Looks like the Ravens turned out to be more of an "Everybody murders" kind of place than "Family values" for Mr. Plow. More importantly, Michigan is guaranteed yet another Super Bowl ring thanks to Harbaugh and Goodwin (Niners) and Baas and Manningham (Giants) along with Brady and Space Emperor of Space. Michigan puts the Blue in Super Bowl!
Stolen from Cleveland?
More seriously, I'm glad they didn't win the Super Bowl the year AFTER Mattison leaves.
And Ira will be a little less insufferable tomorrow morning on WTKA.
The Ravens might have lost but they were gashing the Pats defense with the run. Brady looked good and I hope their TE is OK. But I am worried about the defense. They can't stop the run. They will play a team, either SF or NY with a better QB and run game. Still I hope NE wins it all.
Lee Evans had the game winning touchdown pass in both of his hands in the endzone and couldn't hold on... then Cundiff misses a 30 yard chip shot.
Vince Wilfork player of the game. Brady was pretty pooty tang, actually.
But congrats to he & Belichick. They just find a way to get it done again and again.
next to the Giants game.
Brady wasn't that bad at second glance. He missed Gronkowski on a TD. And while both his picks weren't great throws, the Ravens secondary made great plays on each catch. I mean, you watch Eli Manning throw up at least 3 much more dangerous passes that are just dropped by the 49ers and you realize how much luck is involved in not throwing an interception into coverage.
He also made a great touch throw to Gronkowski that was barely out of bounds and on second look actually looked like it might have been inbounds and made it first and goal. I'm surprised that wasn't a bigger talking point at the time it occurred.
Plus the Ravens just played great defense. On Brady's last throw to Hernadez, watching all the replays, there is literally no one open. He puts the ball in a good spot and Reed just makes a great play.
Not Brady's best game but not nearly as bad as it seemed the first time around.