The NFL playoff schedule 2011 shocked everyone on Saturday. Therefore, yesterday’s NFL playoff schedule 2011 was watched closely for more surprises. Would Seattle and New York’s upsets be a sign that the entire postseason would become unpredictable? On one level, it was, as two road teams won to close out wild card weekend. However, in other ways, the NFL playoff schedule for wild card weekend ended conventionally, given the two road warriors that won.
Even before the weekend started, the Ravens were considered a solid favorite over the Chiefs. Yet Kansas City hoped to be the latest West champion to pull an upset at home, and got off to a 7-3 lead behind the run.
However, the only blowout on the NFL playoff schedule 2011 was secured by the Ravens. Once they took a 10-7 lead at the half, they weren’t challenged, as they forced five Chiefs’ turnovers and scored the game’s last 27 points. The 30-7 win was vintage Ravens football, and set up a third showdown with the Steelers.
This was the first postseason game in which things went as expected. But as for the Packers-Eagles battle, expectations were divided. The Eagles were the betting favorite, yet the Packers were the popular pick to win in Philadelphia for the second time.
To that end, the NFL playoff schedule 2011 for wild card weekend ended as expected. Green Bay led throughout, as Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, and Michael Vick was held in check. However, Vick seemed destined for one more miracle comeback, until he threw an end zone interception to seal the Packers’ 21-16 victory.
In the end, three out of four road visitors won on Saturday and Sunday, which is what many predicted. However, those people expected the Colts to be the only home winner, and not the Seahawks. Either way, it was a weekend that was both filled with upsets, and yet was a bit unsurprising.
Now the NFL playoff schedule 2011 has the Patriots, Jets, Ravens and Steelers left in the AFC. But these were the conference’s four best teams all along, although the Jets and Ravens had to win on the road. Meanwhile, the loss of the Eagles and Saints has made the NFC even more wide open – as the sixth seeded Packers could be regarded as the favorite now.
Wild card teams have done very well lately in the postseason, as those with bye weeks often crumble. Given how the Ravens, Jets and Packers won, and how the Seahawks shocked the world, a few of these winners could have at least one triumph left in them.
After the insane way that the NFL playoff schedule started, fans won’t catch their breath until Saturday. But they’ll likely lose it again then, with the Steelers-Ravens and Packers-Falcons rematches to begin divisional play.
SB Nation Seattle- “NFL Playoff Schedule: AFC, NFC Brackets And Times For Divisional Round”
SI.com- “The AFC’s power rematches, the Pack’s breakthrough, more Snaps”