2011 NFL Playoffs: Ravens and Giants Advance to Conference Championship

Divisional Round

 

Ravens 20 Texans 13

As expected the Baltimore Ravens took advantage of the inexperience of T.J. Yates and used a stellar defensive effort to defeat the Houston Texans 20-13. A final score that I accurately predicted!

Ravens safety Ed Reed led the defensive charge, picking off Yates three times, including a spectacular interception late in the fourth quarter. Joe Flacco did not look very impressive today but he was able to find the end zone twice for short touchdown passes. Anquan Boldin was the top Raven receiver, catching 4 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. For the Texans running back Arian Foster led the way with 132 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Houston defense played pretty well and were able to sack Flacco 6 times. They just didn’t get many plays from the quarterback position and that doomed them.

The Baltimore Ravens will visit the New England Patriots next Sunday in the AFC Championship game, for the right to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVI

 

Giants 37 Packers 20

There will be a new Super Bowl Champion this season as the New York Giants rolled over the 15-1 Green Bay Packers 37-20.

It started with the Giants defense and ended with Eli Manning once again proving why he belongs to mentioned as one of the elite quarterbacks in the game. The Giants were able to sack Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers 4 times and intercept him once. They also held the MVP front-runner under 300 yards passing. Eli Manning on the other hand picked apart the poor Green Bay defense for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns came on long passes to Hakeem Nicks. Nicks finished with the two touchdowns, 7 catches, and 165 yards. In a losing effort Aaron Rodgers had 264 passing yards, a touchdown and a interception.

The New York Giants will make their way to the west coast to take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game, for the right to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVI.

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