After both Wild Card games on Saturday went against how most people thought they would, on Sunday things went more according to plan. On Sunday both away teams won, which means that the favorites in each game won.
The first game of the day featured the Baltimore Ravens visiting the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins shocked the entire league this year going from 1-15 last year all the way up to 11-5 this year. But in the Wild Card game they had to face a Raven’s team that can run the ball and thrives on turnovers.
I wrote a couple days ago that the Dolphins had to protect the ball against the Ravens. This was a possibility since the Dolphins led the league in turnover ratio.
It didn’t happen.
The Ravens picked Miami’s quarterback, Chad Pennington, several times and returned one interception for a touchdown. That smelled the end of the Dolphins.
Of course the season still has to be considered a success for the Dolphins. But the Ravens still have something to prove. Baltimore will face the #1 seed in the AFC, the Tennessee Titans.
Over in the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings. In the end, it was the poor play of Tavaris Jackson that doomed the Eagles. And the Eagles controlled Adrian Petersen enough to win this game.
The big story here is the play of Donovan McNabb. After being benched over a month and a half ago, McNabb has played better football than at any other time in his career. That includes how he played when the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl.
Next week the Eagles will travel to New York for an absolute war against the Giants. The Eagles beat the Giants in New York about a month ago. The Giants have been struggling over the past month or so. This will be a great game.