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Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:11 pm
 
If you're the Detroit Lions, you hope Green Bay doesn't play its starters in the season finale. In fact, you say a prayer the Packers don't.

No Aaron Rodgers would lessen the chances of a Green Bay win, and that's critical to Detroit's playoff future. Even though the Lions are headed to the playoffs, they don't want the sixth seed ... and neither does Atlanta. The reason: You have to go to New Orleans, where the Saints don't lose.

Draw the sixth seed, and say goodnight.

New Orleans doesn't just beat opponents at home; it clobbers them, with Monday's rout of Atlanta the latest example. The Saints are built for the Superdome and excel there, with the Saints four times putting 40 or more points on oppnents and once sticking 62 on Indianapolis.

Atlanta doesn't want to meet them there, and neither do the Lions. So the rush is on for the fifth seed, and Detroit holds it -- pending, of course, the outcome of Sunday's game in Green Bay.

The Falcons' hope is that Rodgers and the Packers' first team not only play but play long enough to win. The Lions' hope is that Rodgers and the first team don't play ... or play so little that the Lions can prevail.

Bottom line: Detroit needs this game. So does Atlanta. Only the Falcons need Green Bay to win.

The fifth seed would play at Dallas or the New York Giants, and tell me where you'd want to play: There or in New Orleans. Uh-huh, so would I. That's why the jockeying for the NFC's fifth seed is one of this weekend's biggest stories.




Category: NFL
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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:35 am
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

All this implies the Falcons can beat the Bucs. Yeah the Bucs stink, but seems like when they play the Falcons, these two match well against each other and it winds up a low 20's score for both that is differentiated by who got the td or fg on a drive or two ? I think after listening to the Falcons whine about Brees breaking the record on them. That's too bad. The Falcons gave the ball to the Saints at their own 33 with 5 minutes to go. Maybe the Falcons would've preferred Brees to take a knee 4 times and give it back around the 35 yard line ? Here's another reason Brees should've broken the record ? The game was nationally televised in New Orleans for their fans. The game offers no guarantees, Saints could easily get bounced like 2010 and what Seattle did to them just the same. So take the glory when it presents itself. So next time Atlanta, punt the ball and stop Brees on 3 plays so they have to punt it back. Any playoff team looking to dodge GB, SF & NO is living a fantasy, the NFC SB spot goes thru 2 of those 3 teams and at their best, the way each is playing, one of them is going to have to knock one of the others off as a favor. Lions can beat SF, they almost did earlier this season. Tells me when they are clicking, they might be a tough out themselves and can play with any of the other 5 teams.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

Better check the weather in  Green Bay again.....no way the average low is  in the forties. I am south of Green Bay qnd the high in the last week has been 42 low of 18 and it is not January yet it gets colder from this point.




Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

I can't wait until all the stupid cocky toothless 'Aints fans get a gallon of Shut Up juice courtesy of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game, provided New Orleans makes it that far. The average high in Green Bay in January is 24, with the average low being around 7. Good luck to the Saints (3-2 outdoors this season) in that kind of weather. Green Bay may not have a good defense in terms of yards allowed, but that means next to nothing when you have a team that puts up 34 points per game as a whole and a defense that is second in turnovers and first in interceptions. New Orleans will be toast in Green Bay. Period. 



Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

Saints play just fine outside. They may not score 45 points like last night, but you can bank on 35 pts for sure. The avg low in January is in t=he 40's, that wont be a problem for the Saints. I keep hearing people talk about how bad of a road team the Saints are, but dont go believing all that talk. They lost the opening game to GB on the road, a game in which the SB champs have not lost since they started doing the Thursday night SB team opener. Then they lost to Tampa Bay when Sean Payton was taken out on the third play of the game, and an assistant coach had to take over paycalling duties. The their 3rd road loss was to the Rams in their dome, not sure what happened there, but they all looked like they were sleepwalking or something.  



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

I do not think it makes a difference who plays who, I do not see the saints being stopped by anyone.  The 49ers showed that you can run on them and their offense is not strong enough as Alex smith is mediocre.   The packers have no running game so it will suit the Saints in the cold green bay weather when running the ball and for the record those that say the saints d is not any good they are a top 10 team against the run and their pass defense is just tired as they along with greenbay put so many points up that other teams abandon the run and try to keep up.   Even last night in NOLA saints gave up a ton of passing yards but only one TD. 



Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

I wouldn't bet on that. NO has to come out of their comfort dome, and play the 9er's in real weather, and grass



Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

Let's see now, Alex has 5 fourth quarter comebacks this year, with 4 of those being on the road, tying Joe's record. Three of those were on the east coast. I have two questions, is it a slurping sound while you pull your head out, and does breathing oxygen alter your reality in the least? 



Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

It is apparent that you haven't watched many 9er games. Guess SMOKE-and MIRRORS is how you ended up with your head stuck, where methane is the main element while inhaling. I'd ask you what it sounds like when you pull your head out, but it sounds like it's been buried for awhile




Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

They are locked out unlees the 9er's lose to the rams, so yes, they are locked out of the 2 seed!!



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Please, don't make me NFC's sixth seed

What the hell? If you're scared of the Saints, you're sure as hell not going to beat the Packers either, so what is the point of being in the playoffs exactly? To maybe luck out and probably lose to either the Niners or Packers the next round?

Also are the Saints locked into that #3 spot now? I didn't think they were eliminated from the #2 spot already, they should have enough wins and will win again next week probably.


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