9 Wild Card Weekend Talking Points

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1. Saints fans have more to complain about. After spending most of last off-season complaining about the non-call that cost them a spot in the Super Bowl, Saints’ fans now have another controversial pass interference call to haunt them from January to September.

2. WWBD? (What will Brady do?) Believe it or not, Tom Brady is a free agent, which means he may not return to the Patriots next season. The 42-year old apparently wants to play on, with lots of noise about him heading to LA and playing for the Chargers.

3. Josh Allen is a work in progress. Buffalo’s second year QB is a great athlete and a good leader, but he undoes a lot of his good work with rash decisions like this ill-advised offload:

4. Kirk Cousins wins a big one. Much was made of the Vikings’ QB being 0-9 in primetime Monday Night Football games and his one playoff appearance. Today he had the last laugh with a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime.

5. Is Carson Wentz snakebitten? The Eagles’ QB was injured two years ago and had to watch Nick Foles lead Philly to the Super Bowl. Today he was driven into the ground by Jadeveon Clowney and had to leave the game. Josh McCown couldn’t replicate the Foles magic in the loss to Seattle.

6. Were the Titans disrespected? It’s only natural that the ‘end of the Patriots’ dynasty’ storyline got major play in the media after Tennessee knocked the defending champs out of the playoffs, but did the Titans get enough props for their accomplishment?

7. Was Deshaun Watson’s escape act the play of the weekend? The Texans’ QB set up the game-winning field goal in overtime with an unbelievable effort against the aggressive Buffalo defense.

8. Changing of the guard. No Brady, no Brees, no Big Ben. But Ryan Tannehill moves on to face Lamar Jackson and it’s Kirk Cousins v Jimmy Garoppolo.

9. NFL officiating is still a talking point. The referees are always under the microscope, particularly in playoff games, but there were a number of controversial call and non calls that had a major impact on all four Wild Card games.

 

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