Zeros on the clock plus a lead should end the game
January 16, 2018 3:00 AM
by Andy Iskoe
VIP Pigskin Picks | Three of last week’s four NFL Divisional Playoff games turned out to be dramatic, entertaining or both while the fourth game still came down to the final two minutes before bettors learned the fate of their Over/Under wagers.
Three of last week’s four NFL Divisional Playoff games turned out to be dramatic, entertaining or both while the fourth game still came down to the final two minutes before bettors learned the fate of their Over/Under wagers.
That game was New England’s 35-14 win over Tennessee in which the Titans touchdown with two minutes left sent the game OVER the Total of 48 after the ‘all important’ extra point was kicked. Interestingly the Titans scored both the first and last touchdowns of the game but their 7-0 lead was followed by five New England TDs which send the Patriots to their seventh straight AFC Championship game.
The Pats will host Jacksonville, 45-42 winners at Pittsburgh for their second win of the season in the Steel City. The Jags took control early with some aggressive play calling and their usual defensive tenacity that allowed them to jump out to leads of 21-0 and 28-7. The Steelers rallied to within 7 points a couple of times before ultimately falling in a game that featured 87 total points. The betting Total of 40 was exceeded when Pittsburgh scored just before halftime to trail 28-14 at recess.
The two NFC games were about as contrasting as possible. On Saturday Philadelphia won a tightly contested, low scoring 15-10 game over Atlanta. On Sunday Minnesota took a 17-0 lead into halftime only to see New Orleans rally and appear to have completed a successful comeback, leading 24-23 with just 25 seconds remaining. And then the play you’ve probably seen dozens of time as Minny QB Case Keenum found Stefon Diggs on the sideline of what resulted in an improbable 61 yard touchdown as time expired.
In the NFC we have a matchup of 1 seed Philadelphia hosting 2 seed Minnesota and in the AFC it’s No.1 New England hosting No. 3 Jacksonville. Of the four only Jacksonville is playing a third straight Playoff game as the other three had Byes during Wild Card Week prior to last week’s Divisional round games.
The NFL needs to do away with that silly rule that requires the extra point to be attempted following the touchdown on the play the sends the clock to 0:00 at the end of the fourth quarter, absolutely the final play of the game. There really is no need for that attempt (except for those bettors who laid minus 5 or 5.5 with the Vikings on Sunday).
On to the games that will determine which two teams will play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy that goes to the winner of Super Bowl 52 in two weeks, February 4, in Minneapolis.