I encourage everyone to read Bullard47's fine article on the NFL utilizing new media, like iTunes, to show games. When I was at the NFL.com launch party waaaaaaay back in August, I talked with many of the NFL.com guys about how they should invest in a YouTube-like service that would allow fans to post and watch NFL material. It didn't get much love, but Bullard47's post offers additional ideas.
So, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Washington Redskins, and true to John Morgan's prediction, Marcus Trufant had himself a game. Also, Chris at Big Cat Country is doing back-flips after his Jaguars fought off a late Pittsburgh Steelers comeback to win their first playoff game in ten years. I noticed two things from both games:
- Former Colts TE Marcus Pollard caught a two point conversation pass from Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck in the second half. Afterwards, he went to the stands and tossed the ball to a fan. That fan was wearing a Colts jersey. Thanks Marcus. We love and miss you too.
- It's tough to hate on Ben Roethlisberger. Even when he and his team were beating the Colts in 2005, it was tough to hate on him. The guy is just likable. David Garrard continues to show how dangerous he is as a QB.
I would like to think they are carrying momentum on their side that would lead to a solid, complete performance and a rout of the Buccaneers. It wouldn't surprise me if that is precisely what happens.
On the other hand, this being the Giants and Eli being Eli it wouldn't shock me if Sunday becomes a turnover festival with the Buccaneer secondary feasting on poorly thrown Eli passes. That, of course, would lead to the Giants getting bounced out in the first round of the playoffs for the third straight time.
Everyone on the line except 10 year Veteran Center John Wade will be making their first Playoff Appearance. Starting Left Tackle Donald Penn, who took over for Off-Season Acquisition Luke Petitgout, will have a tough task protecting QB Jeff Garcia from DE Osi Umenyiora. Petitgout has been preparing Donald for Osi this week...
The Battle in the Trenches will definitely be something to watch for both teams...
The late game features a very intriguing match-up between the Tennessee Titans and the San Diego Chargers. Like the Jaguars v. Steelers game, these two teams faced each other a few weeks ago. San Diego won that game in OT on a LaDanian Tomlinson TD run. Jimmy at Music City Miracles feels that his Titans must protect the football to have a chance:
With the Jaguars and Seahawks advancing, who do you want to win today? This is an open thread.