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NFL Divisional Round

   by ASA - 01/05/2009

NFL Divisional Round – Four Rematches Rewind (Saturday)

After seeing all four road teams favored last week, we’re now back to “normalâ€쳌 in the NFL playoffs with all of the hosts laying 3-points or more. We don’t see it very often, however all of the games to be played in this weekend’s Divisional round are rematches from earlier this year. Can we take some things that happened in their first match ups and fast forward them to this weekend? Possibly. It definitely can’t hurt. So let’s rewind and see what took place in the first match for each of these games.

NOW: Tennessee (-3) [34.5] vs. Baltimore, Saturday, January 10th

THEN: Tennessee (-1) [33.5] @ Baltimore, Sunday, October 5th

WHAT HAPPENED: Tennessee entered the first meeting with a perfect 4-0 record and had to rally late to stay unbeaten. Trailing 10-6 with just 6:00 minutes remaining in the game, Kerry Collins directed the Titans on an 11-play TD drive that ate up over 4:00 minutes and gave Tennessee their first lead of the game at 13-10. Collins and the Titans converted on three third down plays in that final drive which was capped off by an 11-yard TD pass to tight end Alge Crumpler with just under 2:00 minutes remaining in the game. Raven QB Joe Flacco threw an interception with 1:30 left thwarting a Baltimore comeback. Neither team did much of anything on offense, however the Ravens did win the “stat sheetâ€쳌 that day with eight more first downs and 285 total yards compared to just 210 for Tennessee. The Birds also had nearly a 10 minute time of possession edge.

NOW: Carolina (-10) [48.5] vs. Arizona, Saturday, January 10th

THEN: Carolina (-5) [43] vs. Arizona, Sunday, October 26th

WHAT HAPPENED: The Cardinals controlled much of the first meeting in Carolina back in October. The Redbirds led 17-3 midway through the 3rd quarter but couldn’t hold on in the 27-23 loss. Carolina tied the game at 17 in the third quarter after scoring two touchdowns in less than a minute. The second score was aided by an Edgerrin James fumble which occurred at his own 18-yard line. Arizona won the yardage battle rolling up 425 total yards to 351 for the Panthers. However, as expected, the Cats won the ground game putting up 113 yards rushing to only 50 for Arizona. Cardinal QB Kurt Warner had a great game hitting WR Anquan Boldin for two TD’s which may not happen this weekend as Boldin might be sidelined for this game. The one interception thrown by Warner was not his fault but was a huge factor in the outcome of the game. Trailing 24-23, the Cardinals drove the ball down to the Carolina 15-yard line early in the fourth quarter. A tipped pass was intercepted by the Cats at the 5-yard line. That pick led to a 50-yard John Casey field goal which made the score 27-23 which is how the game ended.

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