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It's about what I expected Colts have done well in pinning us in long field situations still our run game seems an issue as it has been all year but Gabe made some really impressive catchs on that last drive.
 

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Nightmare scenario for Indy now. Down two scores into the fourth quarter and close to being limited to throwing most downs now. Indy not helped themselves by leaving a fair few points out on the field.

Looks like Goff is active for the Rams so should be interesting how this one plays out as not sure how many practise reps he will have managed this week.
 

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I'm all for being aggressive etc but I think Frank Reich is costing his team here. Trying to be too smart for his own good going for 2. Can also add in not taking the FG in the first half and this game could be a different story right now.

Fine line between bravery and stupidity and the Colts are crossing into the latter.
 

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Excellent win far to close for Comfort we move on and it's either Steelers, Ravens or Titans
 

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Excellent win far to close for Comfort we move on and it's either Steelers, Ravens or Titans

The thing that should concern the Bills going forward in the post season is apart from the Steelers the other AFC playoff teams have extremely good to great Tight Ends and the Bills just can't stop them.

Great game though, that Allen and Diggs linkup is as good as you get.

Do think the Colts will look back on this as a missed opportunity though, some not great decisions made though quite frankly I am puzzled how that wasn't given as a fumble at the end. He clearly wasn't touched when initially going to ground and had got back up before the ball came out. Not good from the officials.
 

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Yeah Steelers are the best match up for us Tight ends concern me less than the Running Backs I have the feeling Ravens and Titans would run all over us I think part of the problem with the tight ends is we use Nickel packages to help plug gaps in the Run D and it effects us having one less Linebacker which creates more Tight end mismatches On the refs not the first time we had really bad decisions go against us remember the "interception" against the Rams.

On Colts yeah I felt Reich was gambling way to much early game never mind how he burned two timeouts early in the Second
 

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Was sure we were going to lose that at the end. That bollocks non-fumble call and then them going for the hail mary, was sure we were going to get fucked with no time left.

Not sure my heart coulda coped if we had gone to overtime.
 

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Actually on the subject of coaches I thought that was brilliant from McDermott to call that timeout once he realised there wasn't going to be a booth review initially. Fortunately that didn't swing the game in the end regardless but he is becoming one of the elite coaches in the league if not already.

Aaron Donald right now is putting on a masterclass. Just having his way with that Seahawks O-Line. Goes to show the value of having a wrecking ball like that on the D-Line.
 

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Was sure we were going to lose that at the end. That bollocks non-fumble call and then them going for the hail mary, was sure we were going to get fucked with no time left.

Not sure my heart coulda coped if we had gone to overtime.
Yeah I felt the same Hyde was smart in batting the pass down on the Hail Mary killing the game instantly instead of going for the interception

The timeout by Mcdermott was very smart and good game situation awareness even though he got it back. Donald is just a freak an All time great at Defensive tackle especially as his pressures, hits and sacks hold up to the best Edge Rushers.
 

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That was just beautiful from Russ off the scramble to put up one of those rainbow throws so he is great at.

Great answer to what was an excellent play by Williams on the pick 6.

And what the hell is Carroll doing wasting a challenge on this. Does he not have anybody upstairs to advise him?
 

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After that showing I think it has to be a dead-cert that Brandon Staley gets a HC role somewhere. That Rams D was incredible.
 

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I had the Seahawks down to win that on the prediction website. Didn't see the Rams scoring enough to win so fair play to them there as well as the awesome D.

Didn't watch Bucs WFT but apparently Heinicke played well.

Really glad Titans Ravens is the early game today as that's the one I'm most looking forward to as a neutral all weekend. I think the Ravens will have too much overall despite Titans having the single best RB in the league.

Saints to win but not by a blowout. Steelers too and in a close game too I reckon.
 
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Hate watching the Titans as every time I do it reminds we picked N’Keal Harry over AJ Brown. What a beast he is.
 

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You could also have taken Terry Mclaurin as an alternative as well Lamar needs a big game today to get away from the narrative he chokes in the Playoffs and it has not started well with that terrible pick
 

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Yep him too. Whether its completely fair or not I think with Lamar he has so far in his career given the impression of mainly beating up on bad teams and when he has had a big game comes up small. If there is a D to do it against it is the Titans as they have not been great this year.

Titans offense is looking really nice must say. Because of Henry it makes play-action for Tannehill so deadly and he has been dealing.

Edit - Lamar should have been picked off a second time in the end zone there. Poor throw to Andrews
 

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I don’t deny the Ravens are really good at what they do and well done to Lamar on his first playoff win but they really are an odious team. That player of theirs stomping on the Titans logo after the pick and getting a taunting foul was just bush league. Things like that come back to haunt you down the line.
 

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Love that INT and the defenses reaction. The best revenge for week 11.
 

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I don’t deny the Ravens are really good at what they do and well done to Lamar on his first playoff win but they really are an odious team. That player of theirs stomping on the Titans logo after the pick and getting a taunting foul was just bush league. Things like that come back to haunt you down the line.

There’s a reason there’s bad blood between the two teams.

 

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There’s a reason there’s bad blood between the two teams.


Ok that provides a bit of context on it then.

Still not sure I like it. Many moons ago I remember the Pats beat the Chargers at Qualcom in the AFC Championship game and did something similar at midfield and pissed off LDT and didn’t think that was the classiest of acts from us then either.

edit - actually it was a divisional round game.
 
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I don’t deny the Ravens are really good at what they do and well done to Lamar on his first playoff win but they really are an odious team. That player of theirs stomping on the Titans logo after the pick and getting a taunting foul was just bush league. Things like that come back to haunt you down the line.
Yeah I would agree always thought it comes down from the top never been a big fan of Harbaugh as a person even if he is an excellent Coach Also Lamar not shaking hands and running off the field is just a really bad look.
 

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This game has been at best pretty unremarkable but Cordarelle Patterson getting caught on a hot mic dropping the F-bomb while the game is being shown on Nickelodeon in the US is all anyone really needed. Marvellous!!
 
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Loved that Jimmy Graham TD btw. If that's him retiring I woulda liked to see him dunk the ball before trotting off up the tunnel though.
 

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This is completely unacceptable, to be so underprepared, mistake-ridden and seemingly not giving a damn is just unforgivable.
 

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It's nuts. I wouldn't have bet on Cleveland scoring 28 all game, never mind in the first quarter.
 

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If ever there was a case of empty stats it would be Big Bens from last night. Over 500 yards passing but ultimately counted for nothing in the context of the game.

I've rated highly the job Tomlin has done the last couple of years (having not thought much of him previously) especially last season given the circumstances but he has to take a large part of the blame for last night. Things like the Pouncey snap etc were just signs of a team not prepared properly to play. He's still a very good coach but the Steelers gave the impression that they thought all they had to do was not miss the team bus and they'd win easily and now paid the price.
 

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Absolutely and he's now got form for this in the post-season. The defense is also getting away with last night's abomination, completely gutless from them and I'm sick and fucking tired of seeing linebackers tasked to cover an opposition's #1 wideout (for reference it was Robert Spillane who was meant to be covering Jarvis Landry).

Next year is going to be a re-building year with or without Ben, however his emotion with Maurkice Pouncey would lead me to believe that both will call a day (and they should do). Half of the offensive line will be gone, James Conner, JuJu and Bud Dupree likely all gone too and there will be other cap casualties.

Last night was awful across the board - coaching, offense, defense, special teams. It's going to be a fun off-season.

Edit: If Randy Fichtner isn't relieved of his duties as offensive co-ordinator there will be a riot in Pittsburgh.
 
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