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NFC: The Cat Eats the Bird But the ‘Big 3’ in the ‘Big D’ Thrill!

NFC: The Cat Eats the Bird But the ‘Big 3’ in the ‘Big D’ Thrill!

~ Amy Lignor

When we speak about the NFC, are we speaking about the division that will once again win the Super Bowl no matter which team heads there? Well, according to most experts the NFC does have the best shot at holding the Lombardi trophy high in the air, yet again, when all is said and done. But this IS the division that has the toughest contenders to overcome.

 

Dallas_CowboysSpeaking of tough contenders… The best game of the Wild Card weekend came in the Big D when the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions went head to head. This is the game that had the most hype…and this was the game that definitely lived up to it. Can a new Big Three bring back Cowboys fame? Can a Lions defense stop the run, yet again, and finally win a post-season game after all these years? Nope. Even with Suh in there, definitely bringing down Romo on more than one occasion, the Cowboys put on a nail-biting, exciting, frightening performance, and ended up making Dallas cheer! Not to mention, almost made Jerry Jones fall down in his skybox; he was that happy.

 

However…the game began with Dallas fans not looking all that happy. Three and out for Dallas, but then supplying a Special Teams monster hit on Golden Tate which led fans to issue their first cheer of the night. But then there was a problem. It took little more than two minutes for Detroit to head down the field where Golden Tate caught the first TD of the game. A 51-yarder, to be precise. The top run defense in the NFL, the Detroit Lions, also began by holding Murray to one and two-yard gains at best. But things can change on a dime in the NFL, and this game most certainly did. Right after halftime (after finally scoring a touchdown) and being behind by only 10 points instead of 14 when they came out of the locker room, the Cowboys came up with an interception. Downside? One of the most accurate field goal kickers in the game came out to close the Detroit lead by only 7 and…missed.

 

Romo is on a roll, but not in this game. He did come up with the big plays when they needed them. But it was the Dallas defense that thrilled. In the end, they were the ones to make the plays that allow Dallas to head straight to Green Bay. Whether or not the Green Bay Packers can slam the door on their Super Bowl hopes next week remains to be seen. They will face some cold weather, and an even tougher QB who knows exactly what he’s doing. Dallas has shown that they are unstoppable on the road this year, but the frozen tundra is a far cry from any other stadium out there.

 

Aaron Rodgers is a lot like Brady is for the AFC this time around. He is a QB who got criticized for being too old at the beginning of this season after the Packers lost their first two games. But Mr. Relax proved them all wrong, looking like he is most definitely the MVP of the league. Can Romo and his crew continue their fantasy season and finally go back to the big show? Well…most likely not. But there is always hope on their side of the ball that perhaps Aaron will smile wide, be a nice guy, and say: “Go ahead. You deserve it.”

 

Of course, no matter who wins next week between the Packers and the Cowboys, there is still the Seattle Seahawks waiting in the wings to once again crush their opponents in the NFC Championship Game so they can return to the Super Bowl and repeat. As far as they are concerned not Brady, nor Manning, nor anyone from the AFC can beat them in Arizona. But they do have to get through the Pack or the Cowboys in order to get there. Dallas has already beaten them on their home turf…Green Bay remains to be seen.

 

The other wild card for the NFC this weekend? Not nearly as interesting. Cam Newton was in a car accident, had issues all year, and basically is heading up a team that others counted out because of their off-field ridiculousness. There were those fans screaming for Arizona to win because of the horrific issues they had to overcome (and DID overcome) this season, especially when it came to piecing together a team that made a run for it all. There are those (many out there) who believe they deserved the NFC West title and that Seattle should be wiped off the NFL menu of teams because the only one with any class on their team is the QB.

 

Alas, Arizona lost and Cam Newton survived. A slightly ugly game to watch, but the Carolina Panthers move on to the land of the Seahawks where, hopefully, the cat will digest yet another bird on their road to the Super Bowl.

 

But as far as what will be the most thrilling game to watch…the Cowboys will leave Jerryworld behind and face a ‘Pack’ led by a QB who will never say die!

 

For those sports fans and others out there, take a moment to say goodbye to Stuart Scott. An amazing man who brought energy, intelligence and spirit to Sportscenter, Stuart lost his battle to cancer at the young age of 49 this weekend. His voice, his truth…his imprint on the world will never be forgotten. “Booyah!” We shall miss your voice, friend…RIP.

~ Amy Lignor

When we speak about the NFC, are we speaking about the division that will once again win the Super Bowl no matter which team heads there? Well, according to most experts the NFC does have the best shot at holding the Lombardi trophy high in the air, yet again, when all is said and done. But this IS the division that has the toughest contenders to overcome.

 

Speaking of tough contenders… The best game of the Wild Card weekend came in the Big D when the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions went head to head. This is the game that had the most hype…and this was the game that definitely lived up to it. Can a new Big Three bring back Cowboys fame? Can a Lions defense stop the run, yet again, and finally win a post-season game after all these years? Nope. Even with Suh in there, definitely bringing down Romo on more than one occasion, the Cowboys put on a nail-biting, exciting, frightening performance, and ended up making Dallas cheer! Not to mention, almost made Jerry Jones fall down in his skybox; he was that happy.

 

However…the game began with Dallas fans not looking all that happy. Three and out for Dallas, but then supplying a Special Teams monster hit on Golden Tate which led fans to issue their first cheer of the night. But then there was a problem. It took little more than two minutes for Detroit to head down the field where Golden Tate caught the first TD of the game. A 51-yarder, to be precise. The top run defense in the NFL, the Detroit Lions, also began by holding Murray to one and two-yard gains at best. But things can change on a dime in the NFL, and this game most certainly did. Right after halftime (after finally scoring a touchdown) and being behind by only 10 points instead of 14 when they came out of the locker room, the Cowboys came up with an interception. Downside? One of the most accurate field goal kickers in the game came out to close the Detroit lead by only 7 and…missed.

 

Romo is on a roll, but not in this game. He did come up with the big plays when they needed them. But it was the Dallas defense that thrilled. In the end, they were the ones to make the plays that allow Dallas to head straight to Green Bay. Whether or not the Green Bay Packers can slam the door on their Super Bowl hopes next week remains to be seen. They will face some cold weather, and an even tougher QB who knows exactly what he’s doing. Dallas has shown that they are unstoppable on the road this year, but the frozen tundra is a far cry from any other stadium out there.

 

Aaron Rodgers is a lot like Brady is for the AFC this time around. He is a QB who got criticized for being too old at the beginning of this season after the Packers lost their first two games. But Mr. Relax proved them all wrong, looking like he is most definitely the MVP of the league. Can Romo and his crew continue their fantasy season and finally go back to the big show? Well…most likely not. But there is always hope on their side of the ball that perhaps Aaron will smile wide, be a nice guy, and say: “Go ahead. You deserve it.”

 

Of course, no matter who wins next week between the Packers and the Cowboys, there is still the Seattle Seahawks waiting in the wings to once again crush their opponents in the NFC Championship Game so they can return to the Super Bowl and repeat. As far as they are concerned not Brady, nor Manning, nor anyone from the AFC can beat them in Arizona. But they do have to get through the Pack or the Cowboys in order to get there. Dallas has already beaten them on their home turf…Green Bay remains to be seen.

 

The other wild card for the NFC this weekend? Not nearly as interesting. Cam Newton was in a car accident, had issues all year, and basically is heading up a team that others counted out because of their off-field ridiculousness. There were those fans screaming for Arizona to win because of the horrific issues they had to overcome (and DID overcome) this season, especially when it came to piecing together a team that made a run for it all. There are those (many out there) who believe they deserved the NFC West title and that Seattle should be wiped off the NFL menu of teams because the only one with any class on their team is the QB.

 

Alas, Arizona lost and Cam Newton survived. A slightly ugly game to watch, but the Carolina Panthers move on to the land of the Seahawks where, hopefully, the cat will digest yet another bird on their road to the Super Bowl.

 

But as far as what will be the most thrilling game to watch…the Cowboys will leave Jerryworld behind and face a ‘Pack’ led by a QB who will never say die!

 

For those sports fans and others out there, take a moment to say goodbye to Stuart Scott. An amazing man who brought energy, intelligence and spirit to Sportscenter, Stuart lost his battle to cancer at the young age of 49 this weekend. His voice, his truth…his imprint on the world will never be forgotten. “Booyah!” We shall miss your voice, friend…RIP.

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