Well that was one hell of a weekend, was it not? Should we start with the NFL and then work to college basketball? I think we shall. Hit the jump for the weekend’s talking points.
The NFL kicked off the weekend with what may have been the most exciting end to a game in the history of ever. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the New Orleans Saints by four points, after the most exciting five minutes of so of football that I can remember. New Orleans went up 24 – 23 on a 44 yards TD pass to Darren Sproles with 4:02 on the clock. Then Alex Smith ran it in from 28 yards out to make it 29 – 24 San Fran with 2:11 to go. Then Drew Brees threw a 66 yarder to Jimmy Graham for a 32 – 29 Saints lead with 1:37 left in the game. Then Smith called on the 49ers great QBs of old and marched down the field, leading to a 14 yard TD pass to Vernon Davis to win the game for San Fran. Wow.
Speaking of Alex Smith, how overshadowed is his story this season? I wonder why a guy that is a former #1 pick, playing for his 200th offensive coordinator in seven seasons, gets zero time in the media spotlight? I wonder where all the attention has been.
Moving on to the nightcap from Saturday, we had a treat watching the Denver Broncos get absolutely destroyed by the New England Patriots. Tom Brady threw for six touchdowns as he lead the Patriots to a 45 – 10 win over Tim Tebow’s Broncos. Speaking of Tebow, the national hero completed only nine of his 26 pass attempts for 136 yards and zero TDs. Yes, Brady had only three less TDs than Tebow had completions. This will hopefully put “Tebow Mania” on the back burner for at least a few months, which quite frankly there should not have been much attention his way to begin with.
The next game on the schedule was Houston at Baltimore. TJ Yates looked like, well, TJ Yates as he completed 17 of his 35 passes, not including the three that he threw to Ravens players. Those picks would be the difference in the game, as Joe Flacco was no better than Yates, but he kept the ball in his own team’s hands.
The second game yesterday involved the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers. As predicted here last Monday (yeah, I went 2 – 2 on my picks) Eli Manning lead his team to victory by a 37 – 20 margin. The Giants are looking very, very good right now.
This weekend expect the Patriots to take down the Ravens, and the Giants to go into San Francisco and beat the 49ers, setting up a rematch of the 2007 Super Bowl that saw the Giants beat a then 19 – 0 Patriots squad.
Turning to the world of ACC basketball, the first game up was NC State traveling down to Winston-Salem to take on Wake Forest. Coming off a bad loss to Georgia Tech after which Mark Gottfried called out his team’s defensive play, and CJ Williams in particular, the Wolfpack poured it on to the tune of a 36 point beat down. With Calvin Leslie coming off the bench for disciplinary reasons, the Pack saw big games from all of its starters. Simply put, nothing went wrong for the Pack as they turned the ball over only nine times and stole the ball 11 times themselves.
Meanwhile, down in Tallahassee, Florida State was busy treating the Tar Heels like the Pack treated the Demon Deacons. In a game that saw Roy Williams pull his team and staff off the floor with 14 seconds to go, leaving only the five guys on the floor and a few assistant coaches to deal with the Seminole fans storming the court after the final buzzer rang. In the end, it was a 33 point loss for the Tar Heels, as FSU won 90 – 57.
Another weekend, another bad loss for the Hokies of Virginia Tech, this time up in Chestnut Hill as Boston College put the official fork in the VA Tech season. Duke took down Clemson and Maryland held off Georgia Tech.