I made this observation on Twitter and I will share it here as well without shame — this is the first time anybody has been afraid to defend Blake Bortles.
After the NFL’s best rookie Alvin Kamara scored a touchdown to put the Saints up for good at 31-19, he was seen on the sideline passing out AirHeads.
But somewhere along the way, Blake Bortles played just well enough to keep his Jaguars alive, and a talented roster took care of the rest. Defensive Player of the Year candidates Calais Campbell and Jalen Ramsey terrorized quarterbacks to make Jacksonville a team no opponent was comfortable facing. The Jags finished the season first in the league in defensive efficiency and second in total defense and sacks per game en route to its first division title of the millennium.
I mean, that is incredible. I’m totally blown away. I will book my flights tonight. I will be there the week of the Super Bowl, Morstead said in a video thank-you message on Twitter. You guys should all be proud of yourselves. That’s a group effort, and it’s gonna affect everyone in your community in a positive way. And I’m just totally humbled by this.
Even the NFL teams who made the playoffs this year are tough to rank out from a 1-12 standpoint because of the different injuries they’ve dealt with throughout the course of the season.
Breaking down the playoff bracket, which features four different huge favorites in Wild Card Weekend alone, is not easy. But let’s try anyway. Shoutout to the CBS graphic team and the awesome Mike Meredith for the full playoff bracket below.
Although Patriots players almost never talk about their injuries, Brady made an exception on Monday. During his weekly radio interview with WEEI in Boston, Brady confirmed that he played in the AFC Championship game with 12 stitches and he also offered a few more details about what exactly happened last Wednesday, when he suffered a hand injury that nearly derailed the Patriots’ season.