Sportige http://sportige.com The Sports Know-It-All Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:45:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 20 Best Memes of Ryan Lindley & the Arizona Cardinals Crushed by the Seattle Seahawks http://sportige.com/best-memes-of-ryan-lindley-the-arizona-cardinals-crushed-by-the-seattle-seahawks-12-22-2014/ http://sportige.com/best-memes-of-ryan-lindley-the-arizona-cardinals-crushed-by-the-seattle-seahawks-12-22-2014/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:45:55 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=72776 More ]]> Any hope the Arizona Cardinals had in their third quarterback, Ryan Lindley, got crushed underneath the boot of the mighty Seattle Seahawks, resulting in memes celebrating the dominant win which resulted in them clinching a playoff spot.

Unless something very surprising happens on the final week, the Seahawks should win the NFC West for a second straight season and end up with home field advantage throughout the playoffs. They gave up just six points to the Cardinals in Arizona, allowing Lindley to complete just 18-of-44 throws.

That spells trouble for the Cardinals who are in the postseason as well, but are going in with a defense that knows it’s not going to get a lot of help from an offense led by their third or fourth string quarterbacks.

For the Seahawks, the confidence is headed in a different direction. Five wins in which they’ve allowed more than seven points just once, and an offense riding the same shtick all season long, but it seems to be working.

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29 Best Memes of Tony Romo & the Dallas Cowboys Destroying Andrew Luck & the Indianapolis Colts http://sportige.com/best-memes-of-tony-romo-the-dallas-cowboys-destroying-andrew-luck-the-indianapolis-colts-12-22-2014/ http://sportige.com/best-memes-of-tony-romo-the-dallas-cowboys-destroying-andrew-luck-the-indianapolis-colts-12-22-2014/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:30:37 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=72745 More ]]> The Philadelphia Eagles thought Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts might be able to save their season. Instead they saw Tony Romo playing a perfect game and the Dallas Cowboys destroying everything in their path, clinching a playoff spot and spawning an endless amount of memes, celebrating and making fun of the losing sides.

Romo, behind the immense offensive line he has seen assembled over the last few years, had only two incomplete passes while throwing four for touchdowns. He never saw pressure coming his way, and even when there was some danger, his feet carried him towards first downs.

The Colts were so bad they benched Andrew Luck at some point. No need to risk him in an awful game for him and the team (two interceptions), as the Colts got on the scoreboard only after trailing by 42 points.

The Cowboys redeemed themselves this season after missing the playoffs four years in a row. Tony Romo is all of a sudden out of his December curse, recognized as clutch by some. It’s still soon to call them Super Bowl contenders, but they’re on the right path to get there.

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Los Angeles Lakers – Kobe Bryant Terrible Again, Jeremy Lin Ignored Again http://sportige.com/los-angeles-lakers-kobe-bryant-terrible-again-jeremy-lin-ignored-again-12-22-2014/ http://sportige.com/los-angeles-lakers-kobe-bryant-terrible-again-jeremy-lin-ignored-again-12-22-2014/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:15:58 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=72741 More ]]> Kobe Bryant6 e1419255538392 Los Angeles Lakers   Kobe Bryant Terrible Again, Jeremy Lin Ignored Again

The joke that is Kobe Bryant in the 2014-2015 NBA season continues to set new records (or depths) of bad taste with a catastrophic and selfish performance, costing the Los Angeles Lakers the game against the Sacramento Kings. Jeremy Lin, left to fend for shots and possessions between the all mighty dictator and Nick Young, can’t really succeed in what Byron Scott is giving him.

The Lakers lost 108-101 to the Sacramento Kings. The only way for the Lakers to win this season is play like a team because when it comes to individual talent, they’re inferior to almost every team in the league. The problem is the construct was the presence of Kobe Bryant. His ego, his goals. He’s working and playing on a different plain of existence and motivation. The heart of the team supposedly, and it’s beating to a whole different drum than the rest of his teammates.

Bryant shot just 8-of-30 from the field. He turned the ball over nine times. He kept shooting and making bad decision one after the other. He held up play and made it easy for the Kings to play defense. It’s funny to say and probably blasphemy to some Lakers fans, but the team would have done better without him on the court. If Bryant decides he’s willing to actually play basketball and not some twisted version of the sport he has going on in his mind, than fine. But like this? The Lakers don’t benefit a single thing from him tossing up contested shots one after the other.

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Nick Young scored 26 points including four 3-pointers, but with Bryant playing 38 minutes, there were very few moments for Lakers players to actually feel like they’re in a basketball game they’re a part of. Lin spent only 21 minutes on the floor (less than Ronnie Price again!!!), finishing with just four points and five assists. When you take three shots a game and so few balls go your way, it’s hard to really make a difference.

The Kings, once again playing with DeMarcus Cousins, should really stop thinking about that idiotic potential Deron Williams trade. Cousins led the way with 29 points, Rudy Gay added 24, Ben McLemore scored 23 and Darren Collison, as all point guards thrive against the no-defense the Lakers present, finished with 19 points. The Kings have bad contracts they need to get rid of, but taking on someone like Williams is setting themselves back a couple of years.

When a team is this bad, this undisciplined and prone to these streaks of selfishness, the coaching staff is often to blame. Byron Scott looks helpless, because he and his assistant have one constant they can’t change: Kobe Bryant will play as much as he wants and do whatever he wants on the floor. If Bryant was the same player he was from a few years ago, maybe there was an easy way around it.

But when the Lakers are short on talent and confidence, having such a huge chunk of your shots and time of play being wasted on a player who doesn’t actually care about the end result, instead worried about the number of points he leaves the game is the perfect recipe for a loss. Not showing any kind of cohesiveness defensively or on offensive possessions is another example of the zero work done to improve this team beyond simply signing players and moving them around in the rotation.

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2014 NFL Playoff Scenarios http://sportige.com/nfl-playoff-scenarios-12-22-2014/ http://sportige.com/nfl-playoff-scenarios-12-22-2014/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:45:19 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=72738 More ]]> NFL Playoffs e1419253848419 2014 NFL Playoff Scenarios

One game and one more week left in the 2014 NFL regular season. The NFC South is the only division in the conference that remains undecided, as either the Carolina Panthers or the Atlanta Falcons will be the sixth team in the playoffs. In the AFC, there are two spots up for grabs, with the San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans all with the ability to clinch one of them.

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Things aren’t that complicated. Five teams are in the playoffs: Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. The sixth spot will go to the NFC South winner – either the Carolina Panthers or the Atlanta Falcons. The two teams go head to head in week 17, and the winner goes to the postseason. A tie, and the Panthers advance (6-8-1 to the Falcons’ 6-9). No second team comes from this division.

So what is there to play for? Seeding, and the first round bye.

At the moment, Seahawks and Lions have the edge for the top two spots, but both need to win their division. The Seahawks will be NFC West champions once again if they win at home against the Rams or the Cardinals lose to the 49ers. For the Cardinals to win the division, they need Seattle to lose and to beat the 49ers themselves. The only tie break they win among the five 11-4 teams is against the Packers right now.

In the NFC North, it’s quite simple: The final game of the season is between the Packers and the Lions. Detroit won the first game, so a win or tie will make them the division winners for the first time since 1993, when they were still playing in the NFC Central. The Packers can only win the North if they win this game, and it won’t promise them a first round bye.

The Cowboys, also in the playoff and the only guaranteed division winners, play on the road against the Redskins. A win, and it becomes an intrigue of inner calculations for them to get the first round bye. If they win in Washington, a Detroit or Seattle loss gives them a week of rest. Both teams losing gives them home field advantage in the playoffs.

AFC

The AFC still hasn’t completed week 16, as the Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos go head to head. The Broncos have already clinched the division, and can clinch a first round bye if they win one of their two remaining games (including Oakland in week 17).

The Bengals, playing the Steelers on the final week, can clinch a playoff spot if they win one of the two games, or if both San Diego (playing in Kansas City) and Baltimore (at home vs the Browns) lose their games.

The Steelers have already clinched their playoff spot. To win the division, they need to beat the Bengals on the final game. The Chargers can’t win their division, but if they beat the Chiefs, they’ll be in on the last day at the expense of the Ravens for a second straight year.

Baltimore, once again complicating things for themselves, have to beat Cleveland and need San Diego to lose against the Chiefs.

And there are the two extra long shots: The 8-7 Texans and Chiefs. If Houston manage to get in the playoffs, that means they beat the Jags (very reasonable) while both the Chargers and Ravens lost. In order for the Chiefs to make it in, it meant they beat the Chargers while both the Ravens and the Texans lost.

The Patriots have already clinched their first round bye, and if they win their final game of the season against the Bills, they’ll clinch home field advantage in their two games. They can still get it if the Broncos lose one of their two remaining games. The only the Broncos finish with the number one seed is if the Patriots lose to Buffalo while Denver beat Cincinnati and Oakland.

The Colts will finish as the winners of the AFC South. At 10-6 or 11-5, they can’t clinch one of the first round byes.

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Serie A Teams Need Money so Badly They’re Playing the Supercoppa in December http://sportige.com/serie-a-teams-need-money-so-badly-theyre-playing-the-supercoppa-in-december-22-12-2014/ http://sportige.com/serie-a-teams-need-money-so-badly-theyre-playing-the-supercoppa-in-december-22-12-2014/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:30:20 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=72735 More ]]> Supercoppa Italiana Serie A Teams Need Money so Badly Theyre Playing the Supercoppa in December

As the scavenging for funds from every possible resource carries on, Italian Football will play its Supercoppa Italiana match between the Serie A champions, Juventus, and the Coppa Italia winners, Napoli, in December, in the middle of the season, at the small venue of the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

This isn’t the first time the Italian Super Cup has been played abroad. It’s actually turned into something of a tradition. In 1993, preparing for the 1994 World Cup, Milan played Torino at the RFK in Washington DC in front of 25,000 fans. Not a huge success. Nine years later, Juventus and Parma played in front of 40,000 fans in Libya, when Italy had its controversial connection with the Gaddafi regime going on.

A year later Juventus and Milan, a few short months after playing for the Champions League title, met at Giants Stadium in New Jersey in front of 54,000 fans. In 2009 Inter and Lazio clashed in Beijing, which hosted the Super Cup match in 2011 and 2012, bringing 155,000 fans to the last two matches. After 57,000 watches Juventus thrash Lazio in the Olimpico last season, it’s back to the highway again, this time to Qatar.

A regime funding terror in the Middle East is trying to whitewash its sins away by hosting as many sporting events as possible. Why in December? Every Supercup match is played before the season begins, in August or September. That’s right. It’s impossible to play football in Qatar during the summer. Italian teams are starving for funds in order to start competing a bit more impressively against their European counterparts, so making the match even more meaningless than it usually is by travelling to Doha and playing four months past its due date isn’t really something they feel too worried about.

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Carolina Panthers – Somehow Still in the Playoff Picture http://sportige.com/carolina-panthers-somehow-still-in-the-playoff-picture-22-12-2014/ http://sportige.com/carolina-panthers-somehow-still-in-the-playoff-picture-22-12-2014/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:15:42 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=72732 More ]]>  Carolina Panthers   Somehow Still in the Playoff Picture

The NFC South continues to be a source of amazement, as the Carolina Panthers somehow, someway, find themselves leading the division after being dead and buried less than three weeks ago. The New Orleans Saints are out of the playoff picture, the Atlanta Falcons are still alive, and play the division leaders on the final week of the season.

The Panthers beat the Cleveland Browns 17-13, enjoying the quarterback drama and festival they’re going through. Cam Newton, back from being bruised and beaten in a car accident, ran for a touchdown and threw for another, as the Panthers continue their ways from last season: Playing ugly, but at least they’re winning.

From October 12, the Panthers failed to win seven games in a row. It began with a tie against the Bengals and carried on with six consecutive losses. Teams that fall apart that way in the middle of the season shouldn’t be anywhere near a playoff spot. Not in late December. But the New Orleans Saints kept losing at home which left a window open for the Falcons, a team that has won all of its division games this season, including a double over the Saints which rarely happens. The Falcons had a five game losing streak earlier this season and managed to bounce back.

What does it say about the NFL playoff system if a team with a 7-9 or 7-8-1 record will be able to make its way in? That’s life. It doesn’t usually happen, and it’s not necessarily bad for football. As in with most sports with a playoff system deciding its champion, it’s not about who was best during the entire season, but about who gets hot and catches fire at the right time.

It’s hard to say the Panthers are actually on fire except for that shocking 41-10 win in New Orleans; since then they’ve scored a total of 36 points. But they’re playing well enough to position themselves one win or even a tie from making it into the playoffs a second straight year. They might not be doing it the pretty way or even the right way, but in the NFL, the bottom line is what matters, and making it into the playoffs keeps Ron Rivera looking very good at his job.

The same thing can’t be said about Mike Smith. Even if the Falcons make the playoffs, which means they beat the Panthers on the last game of the season (in Atlanta), he’ll probably be fired.

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Oklahoma City Thunder – Russell Westbrook Doesn’t Want to Hear About His Selfishness http://sportige.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-russell-westbrook-doesnt-want-to-hear-about-his-selfishness-22-12-2014/ http://sportige.com/oklahoma-city-thunder-russell-westbrook-doesnt-want-to-hear-about-his-selfishness-22-12-2014/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:45:23 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=72729 More ]]> Russell Westbrook1 e1419249313799 Oklahoma City Thunder   Russell Westbrook Doesnt Want to Hear About His Selfishness

Despite scoring the game winning shot and leading the game in scoring, Anthony Davis wasn’t the main focus following the New Orleans Pelicans beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99. It was Russell Westbrook and especially his misses and selfishness on the floor that grabbed most of the attention.

A Westbrook turnover (he had six of them) led to a Jrue Holiday assist and Anthony Davis scoring his 38th point of the game to give the Pelicans the lead once and for all, lasting the final three minutes without giving up points (or scoring them) and creating some separation from the Thunder in the lower parts of the qualifying zone for the Western conference playoffs, which is going to be battled for all season long.

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At the end of the game, Westbrook was questioned about his shots in the end and throughout the game, and whether or not it wouldn’t have been better to try and pass the ball. Westbrook, in true defiant form, said he doesn’t want to hear anything about his passing or lack there of because he felt that while the Thunder were on a winning streak (all those games with Kevin Durant) no one questioned his shot selection or decisions. He forgot to mention that in most of those games he took less than 20 shots, and never once more than 24. When Durant isn’t playing, Westbrook lets his shooting go wild.

There are two sides to every coin and although that cliche doesn’t work on every situation in life, there is some sense to hearing the other side. Westbrook has complete freedom to do whatever he wants to on the floor, especially when Kevin Durant isn’t playing. Pretty much every possession goes through him, and usually ends with him. Scott Brooks trusts Westbrook (or simply doesn’t have a choice) to make the right decisions on the floor. It doesn’t always happen.

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Westbrook did finish with 8 assists, but he shot 10-of-27 from the field, including 0-for-6 from beyond the arc. As with most of the times he gets questioned by local media about his shot selection and selfishness, it was a rather disappointing ending from a player who should know better than to just go into automatic mode and fire away when the game is on the line. Westbrook’s turnover gave Jrue Holiday the chance to assist Anthony Davis and put the Pelicans in the lead, 101-99, with just under three minutes.

Both teams failed to score in a long run of mishaps and mistakes, and above all Westbrook taking bad shot after bad one. He ended up with 0-for-6 from the field on the Thunder’s attempts to tie the game, and except for one possession in which Reggie Jackson took the shot, it was the Russell Westbrook show, albeit with a sad ending for the Thunder. Westbrook is someone with a short memory and rarely understands why do people actually question his shot selection and decision making. It’s off to the next game for him, in which he’s going to shoot 25 shots or more once again. He might make 20 of them, he might miss almost all of the, and it won’t change him.

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Cleveland Cavaliers – LeBron James Gets Rare Help From Dion Waiters http://sportige.com/cleveland-cavaliers-lebron-james-gets-rare-help-from-dion-waiters-22-12-2014/ http://sportige.com/cleveland-cavaliers-lebron-james-gets-rare-help-from-dion-waiters-22-12-2014/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:30:06 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=72726 More ]]>  Cleveland Cavaliers   LeBron James Gets Rare Help From Dion Waiters

Most of the time Dion Waiters is usually mentioned in trade rumors the Cleveland Cavaliers are a part of. In the 105-91 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, he was the number one sidekick to LeBron James and showed once again what a potentially excellent bench this team can have.

The problem with Waiters is the rarity of his dominant performances. After scoring 15.9 points per game last season, he’s averaging just 10 coming off the bench this year, early on David Blatt taking him out of the lineup and inserting Shawn Marion, later Mike Miller, in his place. Waiters finished with 21 points in the win, playing quickly and releasing the ball, whether for a pass or shot without too much hesitation, unlike most nights. It was his third game of 21 points or more this month, and is clearly showing that he’s learning to co-exist in a harsh environment.

But things shouldn’t be so difficult for him. LeBron James, leading the team with 25 points and providing some high flying moments courtesy of assists from Kyrie Irving and Waiters, also added 11 assists, and his first and sometimes second option on offense is finding open players. James attacking the basket almost automatically creates openings for players. The question is whether they’re good enough to take advantage of the situations?

After a long dry spell Kyrie Irving finally looked like a competent basketball player again. He scored 17 points and actually finished with 12 assists. He is often compared to John Wall and criticized for not being a real point guard. Maybe he’s tired of listening to these words, but it possibly has something to do with his attempts to change his game on the bequest of his head coach and the presence of LeBron James.

The third All-Star in this group who isn’t looking like one at all this season is Kevin Love. Love has been changed into a spot up shooter only, hardly getting opportunities to dictate plays and hang on to the ball. Everyone has to make concessions in order to thrive in such a star studded team, but Love seems to be doing it more than anyone else. If he doesn’t mind and it actually helps the team, he’ll probably live well with the adjustment.

Love scored 8 points to go with 8 rebounds, while Anderson Varejao provided the fourth angle of scoring, finishing with 18 points. Most of the time he came off the trailer as the Grizzlies defense, maybe worn out from their recent games, fell for the same tricks and decoys every time. The Cavaliers shot 60.5% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc while a team that looked like the best in the West a week ago has now lost two straight to Eastern teams.

The Grizzlies did get 23 points from Marc Gasol and 16 from Zach Randolph, but it’s hard to win at basketball when you’re shooting just 1-of-16 from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers not going into their offensive ruts which leads to confidence vaporizing helped as well and have actually been able to hold their opponents on 95 points or less for two consecutive games. If this team figures out how to get consistent contribution from the bench and fortify its defense, the sky is truly the limit.

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Seattle Seahawks – Defense Looks Scary Again http://sportige.com/seattle-seahawks-defense-looks-scary-again-22-12-2014/ http://sportige.com/seattle-seahawks-defense-looks-scary-again-22-12-2014/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:15:43 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=72722 More ]]> Russell Wilson2 e1419246378209 Seattle Seahawks   Defense Looks Scary Again

The Seattle Seahawks crushing the Arizona Cardinals 35-6 doesn’t prevent them from making the playoff, but it did give the NFL another example of just how good the defending Super Bowl champions are right now. Not just defensively, which has been their better half for most of this season but maybe finally offensively as well.

The Cardinals have a very good defense, but with the quarterback combination of Ryan Lindley and Logan Thomas playing behind center, it’s not surprising to see their defensive unit crumble at some point, staying on the field for too long and not getting any rest between possessions, as the three-and-outs came quickly and were plentiful. The Cardinals got nothing from their running game as well, finishing with 29 yards on 15 carries, which means a lot to work on before the playoffs begin.

Russell Wilson completed 20-of-31 passes, throwing a couple of touchdown passes and for 339 yards. He also ran for 88 on six carries, also scoring a touchdown, becoming the second player in NFL history along with Michael Vick to have multiple games of over 300 passing yards and 80 rushing yards. Wilson got 81 of his yards through scrambles, like most of his rushing yards, and is the only quarterback to gain over 500 rushing yards through scrambles.

But the heart of the Seahawks offense is Marshawn Lynch, who might be gone very soon. He is playing behind an offensive line that has declined, but can still run-block very well, allowing him to finish with 113 yards on only 10 carries, scoring a couple of touchdowns. The Seahawks have a historically good defense, but that’s not the only thing going their way. They have the ability to grind the game on the ground maybe better than anyone else in the NFL, and will base their Super Bowl run on that advantage once again.

The Cardinals are in the playoff for the first time in five seasons, despite the horrific loss and their miserable quarterback situation. Their defense actually held out pretty well until the fourth quarter, but with Lindley (18-of-44 and one interception) as their quarterback, it’s hard to believe that this thing can last more than one game, and their exit will be after playing in the wild card game. The Cardinals had a very nice season following a 10-win 2013, but without some changes on offense which includes establishing a running game and getting some luck to the quarterback injuries, they’ll remain behind the flock of contenders.

Since losing to the Chiefs 24-20 in week 11, the Seahawks have turned their defense into something out of this world. They’ve given up more than 7 points only once, and that was in Philadelphia against the Eagles’ fast-paced offense, also limited to 14 points. In the five consecutive wins that have taken them once again to the top of the NFC West and the top of the conference standings, they’ve allowed an average of just 6.6 points per game. Hard not to call them the best team in the NFL right now, especially with their offense heating up.

The Seahawks getting home field advantage means the world to them, after losing three times on the road this season. Who can beat them in Seattle? Any team that can force them to stop their regular running game. The Cowboys made it happen with great clock management, a super receiver in Dez Bryant and winning the battles in the trenches. The blueprint to knocking off Seattle is there, but actually executing it is a very different story.

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Dallas Cowboys – Tony Romo Finally Ends the Playoff Drought http://sportige.com/dallas-cowboys-tony-romo-finally-ends-the-playoff-drought-22-12-2014/ http://sportige.com/dallas-cowboys-tony-romo-finally-ends-the-playoff-drought-22-12-2014/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:45:39 +0000 http://sportige.com/?p=72719 More ]]> Tony Romo1 e1419242575741 Dallas Cowboys   Tony Romo Finally Ends the Playoff Drought

There was something different about these Dallas Cowboys and specifically about Tony Romo all season long. A 42-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts, so bad they benched Andrew Luck in the middle of the game, put them in the playoff after a four year absence, immediately raising the hopes and expectations for things to come.

The celebrations after the win as the Cowboys improved to 11-4 and clinched the division title of the NFC East for the first time since 2009 were a bit more than your usual ‘we just made the playoffs’ event. The most famous franchise in the NFL and the one that gets more attention than anyone else no matter what happens has been living under the label of failure and underachieving for the last four years. No one felt it harder than Romo and head coach Jason Garrett, who got the Gatorade shower in the end.

The Cowboys started out with a drive that went nowhere but a penalty call changed all of that. With the help of some gracious penalty call (taunting) on the first drive to a touchdown, Romo found Terrance Williams for the first score. The Colts kept bashing their head at a wall with Andrew Luck ending his performance with two interceptions and just 109 passing yards. The Cowboys kept on scoring. Three-and-out kept happening to the Colts, who got their opening first down of the game after the Cowboys already had 17.

By the time the Colts scored their first and only points of the game, the Cowboys held a 42-0 lead. Romo left the field before it was all over, completing 18-of-20 passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns. Jason Witten, Dez Bryant with his 14th of the season (new career high) and Cole Beasley all enjoyed the accurate throwing of Romo, who had plenty of time from his blockers to make the throws, becoming the all-time passing yards leader for the franchise, and notched his sixth game this season of 135.0 or better in passer rating.

Brandon Weeden got a chance to throw one pass, a 43-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams in garbage time. It was Matt Hasselbeck with the touchdown pass for the Colts, presenting the darker side of theirs – a team that dominated in the AFC South, but seemed to fall and fail against every other alleged Super Bowl contender. The running game that didn’t exist with one yard on 10 carries, the drops, something they do more than anyone else in the NFL, and eventually a defense that looked like it had given up.

DeMarco Murray played with a banged up arm. The Colts managed to slow him down, but Murray still got some big first downs and scored a touchdown. Both Julius Randle and even Tony Romo with a couple of impressive spin moves and jukes got the chains going when necessary, leading to 127 rushing yards. The numbers didn’t matter. The touchdowns the Cowboys seemed to be putting up on the boards with ease made the difference.

This was probably the first time this season that the Dallas Cowboys had a defensive performance to match its offense, and it had nothing to do with managing the clock or running the ball. The Colts played badly and the defense took every opportunity their opponents gave them. If the Cowboys are actually going to make a legitimate run at the title and last in these playoffs for more than one game, it’ll be about their defense matching the ability of Romo, Murray, Bryant and the offense.

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