NFL Playoffs 2014: second round surprises — Here are the most surprising things we saw in the second round of the NFL Playoffs 2014 second round games.
All 4 favored teams won their games outright. Why is this surprising? Because this is the first time in 9 years that there wasn’t a major upset in the second round.
New England dominated with their running game, getting 234 yards on the ground for 5.1 yards per carry and all of their touchdowns. Tom Brady only threw 13 completions for 198 yards and no touchdowns, yet they still scored 43 points. This is surprising because we’re so used to seeing Brady move his offence up and down the field with passing. Did the Patriots’ sudden emphasis on smashmouth football take Indy by surprise? It should give Denver something to think about. Just the mere threat of being able to run the ball should make Brady’s passing easier next week.
Denver’s defence shutting down San Diego for the first three quarters. I certainly did not expect Denver to shut San Diego out for the first 3 quarters. Not the way the Chargers had been playing.
Seattle’s offence disappearing for most of the 2nd half. For the game, Russell Wilson completed just 9 of 18 passes for 103 yards, a career low. We can blame it on the weather, on the understandable decision to get conservative with a 16-0 lead and your defence completely shutting down the Saint offence, on the need to avoid any kind of turnover that might give New Orleans some life and some hope. But is there some cause for concern here with the 49ers coming to town? I love the Seattle defence and their home-field advantage. But I’m a bit concerned about the offence, especially when Percy Harvin isn’t playing.
San Francisco’s defence steps up big. This isn’t surprising, except that you’d expect Cam Newton to be able to score from the 1-yard line on several tries. Big time goal line stands for the 49ers on consecutive Panther drives. Who doesn’t want to see the stellar defences of Seattle and San Francisco play next week?