VIP Pigskin Picks | The NFL Playoffs Preliminaries, known more commonly as Wild Card weekend, is complete with two games going to form and the other two producing upsets.
The NFL Playoffs Preliminaries, known more commonly as Wild Card weekend, is complete with two games going to form and the other two producing upsets.
The field of 12 has been trimmed to 8 as Buffalo, Carolina, Kansas City and the LA Rams have been eliminated.
Kansas City was seeded fourth in the AFC and the Rams third in the NFC. Each was a solid favorite to win their games against Tennessee and Atlanta.
The Chiefs jumped out to a 21-3 halftime lead but never scored again as the fifth seeded Titans rallied for a 22-21 to advance to this week’s Divisional round game in Pittsburgh.
The Rams never led and trailed 13-0 in the second quarter of their game against the sixth seeded Falcons although they did manage to close within 13-10 at the half. Atlanta padded its lead to 9 points with a pair of third period field goals and eventually won, 26-13.
Atlanta coach Dan Quinn and ex-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan were rightly criticized for the game mismanagement in the latter stages of last season’s Super Bowl. This time there was no epic collapse and they were fortunate to survive and advance.
But it does bring into question if in this multi-billion dollar a year business an NFL team should have an assistant coach in charge of clock management and game situation advice.