Open thread: Championship Sunday 2014

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

Today is Championship Sunday and there are two games which promise to rather entertaining for fans of defensive and offensive contests alike so here’s our quick takes.

Patriots at Broncos — This might be one of the last times that these two great quarterbacks meet in the AFC Championship and should make for an interesting matchup.  After being on the vanguard of the two tight end sets in years past, the Patriots have struggled to keep their talent healthy and on the field and so the Patriots have pivoted into a run-heavy team and it certainly worked for them against the Colts last week.  Today, however, it might get harder for the Patriots to run the ball.  Denver’s secondary is the weak link, so look for the Patriots inside receivers to feast on the Broncos.  While we all know Brady can be clutch in key late-game drives, the talent at Peyton Manning’s disposal on offense is unquestionably better … who will end up on top after 60 minutes?

Niners at Seahawks – Each team won the game in their own buildings so far this season, so can the Seahawks hold serve with The 12th Man in their corner?  The Niners could be called the hottest team in football over the last two months and that can’t be discounted but the Seahawks have won some ugly games (witness Saints Divisional game) regardless.  Both teams seem to be bunkering down and turning into much heavier run attacks of late, but this game will come down to which quarterback can beat his opponent’s secondary.  Navarro Bowman is leading the Niners defense and playing out of his mind.  Everyone wants to talk about Luke Kuechly this year, but Bowman is the player who actually is the embodiment of what many seem to project onto Kuechly.  Meanwhile, the Seahawks secondary has had Kaepernick’s number in the past … can the stout Seahawks secondary do it again tonight at home?

Be sure to leave your comments in the thread below!




224 comments
Pat d
Pat d

What names did Hanknaples and jake100 used to post under.

harold
harold

a57se

Mythology is good facts are better.

Tyrone Garcia
Tyrone Garcia

I'm not that impressed with neither QB Wilson or Kaepaneck it looks  like there are  running backs that can throw a football.. I give them 4 years tops before there hurt and gone. I still believe more in the pocket passer who can scramble but throws. If peyton and the Broncos goes up 14 nothing i see a blowout. But if the weather is cold and nasty i give it to Seattle. This would of been a perfect SB for New England because their use to playing in the cold weather and I know Belacheat emotionally wanted to win at the Meadowlands... But tuff Im glad to see the Patsys eliminated.. And as for Boomer Esiason giving excuses for the pats not having their weapons. Shannon Sharpe shut him up by stating..  They got to the AFC game with this same team.....I think Brady is done.  It should be our time if we use our brains.and draft correctly 

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

Richard Sherman makes a pass breakup that ends the game, on a pass that if completed would have won it for the Niners - then he gets interviewed like a minute later and people are offended how jacked up he is? Add in the fact that Crabtree was trash talking all game, Sherman's response was pretty expected IMO

Tyrone Garcia
Tyrone Garcia

That guy sherman is a real Jerk off he's good but he kinda of over do it Revis had more class than this guy But Sherman to me could be very good but his attitude is terrible  

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

I'd like to see Peyton win it and cement the GOAT status.


Love watching Brady miss open receivers all game. Been living off this "clutch" reputation from ten years ago, when in reality he just crushes cupcake matchups in the divisional and gets owned in the conf champ game year after year

bob
bob

Blues clues,


Policy, Strategy and Central management.


So far we heard from Jets that the Jets will enter free agency thinking replacing the needs of the team to better positions which need to be upgraded. most likely short term contracts


and in the draft they will pic the best player available.


with the draft combine coming up and the Jets bras  showing up at various  colleges . Hens more clues.



I sure hope they draft a guard in the 2nd round building for the future maybe David Yanky or Cyrill Richardson...Please Draft me a bid bad guard in the 2nd round.




a57se
a57se

Sr. Bowl this week. There is a lot of talent showing up in Mobile and it will be interesting ti see who shows up among the prospects (stands out) and who the jets show interest in.

a57se
a57se

Top Offense vs. the top defense. Should be an interesting game. Hopefully no key players get injured and the referees know the rules this time.

Brendan
Brendan

Broncos are the early favorites, I'd take Seattle with points without hesitation. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Pat d Hank has always been Hank, but Jake used to be joeyboy, among other names. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Oh, this is perfect. 


They should just hire Mangini, amirite!?

harold
harold

Wilson is solid.  He protects the ball.  But because of his size he leaves the pocket quickly.  Kaepernick is much more of a work in progress.

Tyrone Garcia
Tyrone Garcia

@jake100 There dead and they suck we should of beaten them twice just face it the dynasty died years ago When you have the unpredictable jets  bills, and Miami, to beat out for the division its easy to win.

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

@jake100 clearly they're still gonna be in the playoffs but the good thing is neither the Dolphins or Bills have stepped up as the AFC East team of the future, and with a good draft/offseason we should be able to get in that conversation again

Brendan
Brendan

@Tyrone Garcia What did he do that was wrong? It's very obvious that Crabtree was talking trash himself, and that set Sherman off. He was targeted one time, which was a game-clinching defensed pass. 


I keep seeing people crush the guy over his interview yesterday and I have no idea why. We celebrate the violent, animalistic nature of a sport, but then criticize its best players when they exude pure emotion. It's hypocritical. 

McGeorge
McGeorge

@MarshRandy I too loved seeing the Pats and Brady lose and seeing Bradys face.

:-)


I'll root for Denver, but I think Seattle will win.

harold
harold

I think we should look guard in the 3rd round.  In the first two we need offensive skill position players or OLB.  You can get a starter at guard in the 3rd round.  Lions got an excellent one last year.

bob
bob

@a57se


Oh this is gonna be a good one.. So far low ball tickets are around 3 grand up to  10 gran, $

bob
bob

@Brendan


I think the D hawks have the edge..

a57se
a57se

@Brendan 

You rooting for the Shehawks or just betting on them?

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Brady will also be 37? 36? Not many Qbs perform at that age too.

Tyrone Garcia
Tyrone Garcia

@jake100 @Tyrone Garcia once teams stop respecting the pats and fearing them you will see teams approach them differently and start to beat them. Brady didnt look like himself yesterday and he looks like he is getting frustrated.. The Pats have a good team but once that QB starts to fall off the beam its over for the Pats.

Tyrone Garcia
Tyrone Garcia

@Brendan @Tyrone Garcia I understand and agree..but I remember back when he was talking trash about how he was better than revis and he might be. I'm ok with it on the field but he just looked ignorant when he did it on the interview...Yes I remember Bart Scoot Famous Cant wait but that was portrayed better Sherman looked like he was lost and just wanted to vent IDK it just didn't come out right...

bob
bob

@a57se@MarshRandy



Oh I sure hope this will be a good game...


I just want to see a battle and may the best team win..


Do defense still win championships. If so the D hawks should take that or if offenses win championships the Broncos should win it interesting this is truly football at its best and in NY. cool

bob
bob

There's 4 good guards in the draft. then it drops off . I expecting all 4 to go in the 2nd round maybe one in the 1st round . I'm thinking the Pats may take one  to counter what the Jets have on their d-line.

bob
bob

Who drafted Aaron Glenn?

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Rooting for them. I've liked them since Carroll got there and one of my good friends is a Seahawks fan, so I'm rooting for them for him, if that makes sense. 

Pat d
Pat d

I really can't keep track with everyone that posts here, especially when they keep changing their names. But I was wondering is Hanknaples the one waiting for the perfect storm in Miami

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Sanchez didn't just do better in games played. He had a very positive TD/INT ratio, a better winning %, more cumulative stats, a higher TD %/lower INT %. They had nearly identical completion%'s and QB ratings. 


Sanchez had a better year, it's not up for debate. 


At least you gave up on the Leon Washington thing, though. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples You're right, I did. But you can't remember them, so I wasn't going to demand you post them if you forgot what they are. Post them if you remember, no big deal. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Feel free to post those, as well. I'd happily read them if they're as good as the first 10. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Tyrone Garcia They interviewed a guy a minute after making the biggest play of his life, I'm surprised he could even formulate a sentence he was so juiced up on adrenaline. 


It's just not fair to use that to generally bash the guy, he's an intelligent person (graduated from Stanford), he was just fired up beyond belief because he played the game of his life in the game of his life. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan@a57se 

Oh just stop trying to tell everyone how they should think, it is getting old.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Great. It wasn't a joke, it's 100% true. It's hypocritical to call out Sherman for being pumped up after the game when that's what he gets paid to be like, and that's why we turn into watch. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Great reply, 57. 


What I said was an honest, insightful opinion, laughing at it is insulting. 

a57se
a57se

@harold 

Missed that, sorry.....been up all night.

harold
harold

No I mean like Larry Warford!! Idid say Detroit!

bob
bob

@a57se@bob


And it may be freezing outside into the night.

a57se
a57se

@Brendan@a57se 

You just can't help but insult people when they disagree with you....I won;t bother to try and engage in an adult conversation with you anymore.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se So because you're going to use some unquantifiable measure ("over the edge") you'll just cement yourself in the "they're dirty" stance and that's that? 


Do they lead the league in after-the-whistle personal fouls? Is there anything substantial besides 57's eyetest at work here? 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan@a57se 

I disagree. I have seen plenty of great defenses over the last 49 years of watching games. I've seen dirty teams and teams that played hard but played clean.

The Seahawks play over the edge as far as I am concerned and that comes from Carroll

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se They're not a dirty team, they just beat up other teams and people don't like that. 


And the DB's do the same exact thing Revis did to earn his "best CB" title. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan@a57se  

 Over the edge? I don't get what you mean. Are you talking about the DB's constantly pulling/pushing receivers downfield and getting away with it? Or do you think they play dirty?


Yes.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Over the edge? I don't get what you mean. Are you talking about the DB's constantly pulling/pushing receivers downfield and getting away with it? Or do you think they play dirty? 


From my POV, they're a fast, physical defense that intimidates offenses in a lead dominated by offense. As a fan of defense I love it. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan@a57se 

No. I don't like THESE Shehawks either. Carroll coaches them to play over the edge as far as I am concerned and I don't like that. I think they get away with way too much on Defense.

I also don't like all the drug issues out there.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se So it's more that you just don't like the Seahawks than you not liking these Seahawks. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan@a57se 

I don't like the yapping no matter where it comes from but I wouldn't dislike the Jets for it.......

I am a Jets fan more than a football fan.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se The '09 Jets did quite a bit of "yapping." I'm just wondering if you liked that team any less because of it. 

a57se
a57se

@Brendan@a57se 

I don't like them.....goes back to the Dave Krieg days plus I can't stand their yapping.