The last stop before the big finale; we’re about to find out the best team in each conference. Majority consensus tells us that we’ve matchups between the top four teams in the League. Two of the NFL’s old guard of QBs face off again; it’s Brady-verses-Manning XV. The New England Patriots’ Tom Brady has now been to two thirds of the AFC Championship games that he has had available to him, and a win means similarly he’d have visited half of the Super Bowls (20:00 Sun – SkySports). Whereas the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning commands an offensive juggernaut that recently claimed the majority of the NFL’s passing and scoring records. The second of the two games pits two teams from the NFC West against each other, and with it two of the new school of QBs; Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks host Colin Kaepernick’s San Francisco 49ers (23:30 Sun – Sky Sports). It’s not just an on-field rivalry field; Head Coaches Pete Carroll and John Harbaugh despise each other. Expect fireworks!
NFL Playoffs - Conference Championships
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Noelinho's preview: http://noelinho.org/2014/01/19/2014-nfl-playoffs-championship-round/
I am really looking forward to tonight's games. Broncos and Seahaws for me
Hello all. Anybody but the Patriots, please.
The CBS pregame show is ludicrous. That guy has a broom...
Denver to kick off... NOW.
Broncos kick of
Denver stop the Pats first drive, 3 and out.
Pats go 3 and out.
That is a traditional opening to a sidepodcast NFL game
When we started watching NFL games it seemed like every game started with a 3 and out
That was horrible. Peyton juggled the ball half a dozen times and still go the first down
Pats have lost 2 key pieces up the middle of their D - Moreno should make hay when asked to.
Peyton forcing the Pats to lighten the box to cover all his weapons, then the running can begin.
Another punt?! I felt sure this was going to be an offensive game.
That must be my cue.
It will be. Given them a few minutes to settle down
Someone is messing with the settings on the headping controller
It wasn't a Sunday night game without you saying "3 and out". :)
"Hey, ready to go to the game?"
"You got the fence? I've got the D."
Not much to go on in the game so far. Peyton needs to get going.
I will be so happy to be rid of some of these commercials.
Sky is actually giving us analysis
That would be nice. You guys get better coverage.
You need access to Sky coverage
Was American Football designed so that it would maximise the opourtunity for showing advertising?
Having moved out from home, if I want Sky coverage I'll be two minutes behind. Bloody Sky Go.
Broncos w/ a 3rd and 10.
Yes. Just like all American sports events and other shows.
Looks that way. Why else have a 2 minute warning?
TV timeouts at games. They stop for no other reason than for ads to be shown to people watching at home.
Looks like Denver are going to have to settle for 3
I wonder whether we will get to see Brady calling his FIDO audible tonight.
orange peanuts for everyone!
That was sooo close
Lovely design on that play
I'm enjoying watching individual players today - Edelman and Decker. I don't really care who wins this one.
Great coverage on that play. If Edelman had a yard of space that could have been very different
Broncos might make a better opponent in the Super Bowl, but I'd probably rather see Brady continue.
The NFC Champions will win the Super Bowl.
I think the Broncos will win the Superbowl
I'll sign on to that.
If the Broncos lose that CB as well as the one last week, Brady could be handed the advantage.
Reinebold on the SkyPad. Very nice.
This is far better than watching ads for medicines for diseases you are never likely to have
I love watching someone go through some Xs and Os :D
Yep. Glad I decided to switch to Sky Go and take being a minute or so behind...
I would never have estimated the first quarter points total at 3
There seem to have been an awful lot of players injured and requiring treatment in the playoffs
What a pass
...or just lucky 25 didn't turn around and grab that one. :)
Great play to turn no gain into 9 yards
One of the officials finally remembered he has a flag
Here's something for HT - bad commentary: http://t.co/N0JOGVaLKQ
Come on Denver, make something of this one.
Montana - Fat man???
Love that hurdle
And if JThomas had continued blocking downfield it could've gone all the way
Everytime Denver go up the middle they seem to get close to 10 yards
NE missing their huge NT and key run-stuffing ILBs.
Looks like the Pats watched last week's game and decided that they are not going to jump offside regardless what Peyton says
Tamme?! Why not JThomas?
I think I need a translation of Peyton's calls
Cost me points too
I love all the coverage Peyton's Omahas get but Omaha was traditionally a Giants thing. Eli and his predecessors have beein doing it for years and no-one cares
We should've taped the practice sessions.
Apparently Brady used it in 2001 - I think it has been attributed to Bill Parcels' playbook.
Ouchy, Pats looking likely to lose their #1 CB.
Every time Peyton says Omaha his foundation gets $500
I wonder how long before Omaha gets a team
Peyton's face will be the logo.
Why doesn't he just go around going "OMAHA OMAHA OMAHA OMAHA"
Last weeks the Chargers would have doubled the amount to stop him shouting it.
I guess the next thing will be another city asking him to use their name
Mile High turns up the volume for the Pats' possessions.
Pats get their first points with 3 minutes left in the half.
See that Welker catch? We miss that.
This late in the play offs you should not be giving away a first down on 2nd and 20
Manning + DThomas are loving not having Talib on D.
I love that the Kraft family have cards with their names on them that can only be read from outside the window of their box.
Ouch at that hit.
Calling the time out then going for the field goal is stupid. He had they whole play clock time before he had to call a time out
Brady gets ~20s and 2 timeouts to work with.
But if they don't take the time out, they lose the option to go for it. That's why they did it.
I don't get why he would delay making the decision to go for the field goal knowing that he was giving the opposition to go for 7. Either call the field go straight away of commit to 4th and 1
goal not go
Decent half. Broncos score first possession of the 2nd and it'll be hard for the Pats to come back.
Someone is confident
I read somewhere that that tattoo was inked before the season started.
ha. So dumb. But yeah, confident.
It's not like it's a years that can easily changed to accommodate winning next year instead.
We need commentary like that more often.
Never heard a commentator say "the line up with their bums out" before
If it had been 40 or 50 it gives lots of chances
"A man from prison comes onto the field. What's he got to say?"
Ooooo, a French team, good luck
They've won a CRYSTAL!
50 would give 40 chances to have it correct (if they only changed it after the SB).
Montana fat man works again
Perfect for Denver. Took half of the quarter to go the length of the field and Demaryius Thomas gets the TD
Winding up the '9ers already?
As one of the Sky studio guys said earlier it is a bit unfair to pick on Joe Montana
That is a bad drop. Guaranteed 1st down
Hahaha, "DOWN THE FIELD THEY GO!!!!! ...anditsnowherenear..."
Pats going for it on 4th and 2 or just trying to get the Broncos to jump?
Both sidelines calling time out at the same time
Didn't expect the Pats to get mashed up to quite this degree.
Great throw and catch again
The Denver defence has given up a huge number of points this year. I thought each team would score a minimum of 30 points
Yeah, both teams have potent offenses and dodgy defences. Can't say I'm not loving this though.
There has been some great stuff in the game. It's a bit odd though watching Peyton with lots of time on his hands
I got lost in YouTubeLand for a while there after Bad British Commentary.
I think the Broncos should have gone for that. A field goal makes no real difference and even if they had failed to get the TD the Pats would have been in horrible field position
I think there is something in youtube coding that does that to you. I have gone to watch a 30 second clip before and lost several hours
That's ok. I enjoyed it.
Never understood why USA has so many stadiw with one end open
Looks like Carter has a shoulder problem
big hit by the d on the d
That looks like it really hurt.
By the time we get to the Superbowl there will be no fit players left
The way things have been going lately, this seems like a possibility! I guess that's why they give them 2 weeks.
I guess it gives the best chance for the two teams to have their best players available
Great pass under pressure by Brady
Gotta go for this 4th. Running out of time now.
Pats get their irst TD with 9:26 left in the game
Has to be an onside kick next
Shows what we know
a chip kick?
...would remove chance for a return
Pats refusing to jump offside
Every time he says Omaha now I hear $500
Anyone know if the Seahawks game is on Absolute Radio 90s? I wanna listen to a bit of it while I'm going to sleep...
Don't think so, they are doing this one.
I generally search TuneIn for a local radio station that hasn't been geolocked.
You'd think they'd push the boat out and have both. Ah well. I'll just look up the highlights in the morning unless anyone knows of a US radio stream.
Nearly an interception
Pats get another TD.
Have to go for 2
Brady scuttles in for the TD
Check this - scroll to the bottom - Seattle Seahawks fans can find the list of radio stations with their team's broadcasters here. Online radio stations can be found here.
Seattle Seahawks fans can find the list of radio stations with their team's broadcasters here. Online radio stations can be found here.
Sorry for the double.
I think there should be a link in there somewhere
2PT No good
Still a 2-score game.
It seems the Broncos really did their homework for this game. I'm anxious to get onto the next one.
Where'd you see this?
I am sure so are the Broncos
Gah! Meant to copy the link. I'm out of it.
Brilliant. Thank you!
I hope you find something. Otherwise I can start looking for string if you have a tin can handy.
I have string but it is only about 50 feet long
And I happen to be on the wrong coast to source the game sound directly, but these are minor details.
I've got one from that list that isn't geoblocked but I don't know if it's actually carrying the game - do all of the stations on that list have the game guaranteed?
At least he found Fido. That's got to count for something.
Only if you re-write the laws of physics. We should be able to do that. Right?
I'm not sure. The game doesn't officially start for another 30 mins, though.
Eh. I'll see what I can do. Probably won't listen past the first quarter anyway, I'll be sleeping. Thanks for your help though!
I only know that it said to find the stations there.
I generally search TuneIn for *insert team name* radio network, then try each till I get a result - I'll check through them at gametime.
My fantasy team has 243 points just from this game
I have 222 :)
I got trounced. :(
I forgot to make one. Oops.
That first down is the game
Good job, Peyton. After the neck surgery and everything...really good work.
Well that's it. Enjoyable game, well done Denver. Good chat all. See you for the Superbowl, hopefully!
Funny how Elway always gets on TV at the end of a victory. He does know he is not the QB any more
See ya later.
See you. A sleepy Monday is not a big sacrifice for Super Bowl Sunday.
Peyton - "I'll Take You There"
Second game should be better. Hopefully I won't fall asleep. Fair play to the Broncos, much better team.
I still find it odd that every team in the league passed on Brady before the Pats drafted him.
and not just once or twice.
And Marino was worried because he was drafted almost last in the first round
Has anyone else been spotting the Kaep ads for Beats headphones? That seems to still be a niche advert, especially as there is no obvious NFL connection, just his face.
Been around on TV since Jan.
Here's the long cut, which I've not seen on UK TV, I don't remember any NFL references in the shorter one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ttsx5squWg
Don't think I have seen any of that before
This is the cut I've seen, although the music might have been changed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfg-IRjbtRE
Definitely haven't seen that
I've watched it with other people, and they have no idea why "he" is advertising Dre's headphones...
The first station I tried looks like it will be accessible over here, search for: fox sports radio KPRL
Pics on Twitter show that Kaep is yet to put his playbook wristband on.
He can't do that twice in two weeks
49ers kick off
He should have time to remember it this time!
Wilson spills it
Right, just deliver baby^ to bed then I might watch the first series for each.
Woweee, huge start!
QB coach should have that on a check list now
Now that's a start!
Great recovery from the defense.
Just stopped and restarted NowTV. Think I'd fallen a couple of minutes behind.
That was right on the second
Wait, try that again. I'm on 11:50 now.
I was at 11:39
Again right on the second
OK, I'm 20 seconds behind Steven, about the same as Will.
So, defense and special teams making the big starts.
I'm going to head to bed, I can't sacrifice too much sleep this week. Radio it is.
Flag on the play
How do you get a false start when you are trying to get the defence to jump?
Couldn't have placed the ball better
haha. oops. The place was too loud and no one could hear him.
Great start from San Francisco so far.
The referee has refereed 3 basketball games this week. Different
It's cool to have an all star ref crew, too.
The hit looked good to me on first view
What a hit.
Defenceless receiver, I guess.
ooh, ouch in slo mo.
That's pretty harsh.
It was only a problem because the receiver had already been hit and was lower than he expected.
Yep, agreed. There was little he could do. Duff call.
Finally found a stream :)
He was like a rag doll bouncing around.
Oh look, the Pro Bowl. So excizzzzzzzzzzzzz
Bad time to get sacked.
yup. So many are locked, but there's always one that's missed :)
That even took me by surprise.
Grand total of 6 points in 2 first quarters tonight
Kgy 1420 the original - for anyone who might need it
Was hoping the Seahawks would come up with that.
I swore on that replay. man oh man.
Did one of the 49ers' sideline guys clothesline a Seahawk on that punt?
Looked like something stopped his head going forward while the rest of him kept going
Flag for holding
I don't like that holding call.
Great play by Kaep
ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!??!?!
Looked like Kaep ran out of steam or realised he could get squished
Oh, wow. You're not meant to do that against Seattle.
This game is getting scrappy
Hey Seattle, you gotta know now that he's gonna bolt when he can. Please make suitable readjustments to your coverage. xx
Definitely not a TD
Little changes like closing up all those huge holes
ENough visual evidence to reverse though?
Could easily be one of those where whatever the original call was stands
From the last angle it looks clearly short
I'd reverse it.
I keep thinking he's calling the ref Skeletor.
I like that.
Now that is a TD
Looks like we have our first injury of the game
10-0 49ers. I didn't see this happening
That is utterly ridiculous
How can Wilson get so much time and then find an open receiver about 50 yards away
Russell Wilson. Wow.
Kaepernick is ridiculous, but he can't do that.
What's amazing is how Wilson turns his back on his receivers, then turns back and immediately lets rip. Incredible. And right on the money.
That was a bad snap. Ball almost drops at his feet
56 yard field goal or ount or go for it
FG try is the best bet.
Wilson is getting no protection
I thought he was going to get pureed on that play.
Looks like the flag is against SF judging by the reaction of the players
Glad the refs implemented the penalty correctly. From the way the players were reacting, I thought they were giving the Seahawks a first down.
10-3 at half time
For all star refs....ummmm....not really showing it.
That is what it looked like.
If the play is over, turnover of downs has already occured, therefore the penalty is applied on first down. Unless you're asking why the penalty was called - I didn't actually see that bit!
No consistency. Pats- Broncos game they let lots of stuff go but here every little thing is penalised
Tiny little shove
Fair enough. I was too busy making ontes.
It was just a general kind of huh? at everything. :)
fair enough, I don't miss an opportunity of explain a penalty though :-)
*to. I'm tired. Clearly.
oh, I know! haha
I'm more of an appreciator of the game itself, the emotion, the athleticism. More of an impressionist. You seem to be more of a realist painter, which is great if something is not clear. The game needs us both. <3
My fantasy team has become a nightmare.
This is what I get for my impressionism/non-attention-to-detail. :)
Mine is doing great courtesy of my method of gueesing which teams will make the superbowl and getting lucky.
Need more Marshawn Lynch this half.
only 94 points. Boldin and Davis have zippo so far.
Seahawks say, "we've got to make a tackle". Even for sideline "news", that's a bad one.
I had Blount. Double nothing.
We have to score more than the opposition
ugh. And I have Seattle for my defense.
Pam Oliver rescuing the half time news gallantly there.
and Moreno got hurt in the last game and didn't finish.
It's hard to tell the difference between "and complete" and "incomplete" with this comms corps.
But quadruple points in two weeks time
I just picked guys who didn't play that well or were shut down or hurt. That's just what happens.
if he plays ;-)
That's what happened to me last year. Everyone I picked seemed to lose and the next week I had to pick new players
He will. I need him
yeah, but a chest injury? what the hell?
I have 5 that are 2x points, but they're just not scoring like I want. C'mon, guys!
It will take a couple of days before he knows how he feels. There is nothing like the adrenalin boost from a superbowl to kill pain for a few hours
All of mine are on treble points this week and all bar two are already in the superbowl
That is exactly what my fantasy team needed
Haven't we all had him from the start?
There was a discussion last weekend and a lot of us have a lot of the same players
Great pass and catch
He fooled everyone there.
Fumble and recovery.
Seattle lost out by forcing the fumble
Very risky throw.
Hmm. Sneaky kick from Kaepernick on the fumble.
It seems I wasn't the only person to notice the kick.
I missed it
Woohoo. This game's gone up a couple of gears.
Not sure Wilson was out of the tackle box
Bring on Skeletor
Drilled in the FG
There used to be an advert that appeared in the bottom corner of the screen during NFL games with a big robot doing somethng. Never considered that it was just a close up of the referee
Oh yeah, I know what you mean.
Huddle Magazine @HuddleMagazine
Russell Wilson calling "Ohio," wonder if it means the same as "Omaha?"
huddlemagazine.com #OmahaOmaha #49ersvsSeahawks #NFLuk
What happened after Wilson threw thew ball away? My NowTV session expired. Missed everything since.
No call on the play.
So that's the last play?
No. That was followed by a field goal for Seattle
Now Seattle kicking off
Ah, right. I see. I'm back in now.
Looked like he had a foot inside the box but they are never going to call that
Good hit. For me that was a catch
Yeah, vaguely saw it, but making a barebones website right now, so looking only when an actual play is going off.
Looks like the Seahawks D steped up for that series
Punter got hit. Caught his standing leg. Ankle bent in a way it is not meant to
Don't see how they can call it a penalty when the guy was airborne before the kick
It's by rule. It's your job to block or miss.
Someone holding up a signal card saying TIG to the SF D
They would say it's the defender's job to make sure he doesn't hit the kicker, right?
I get that but it is very harsh
It is, but the defender is going for the limb rather than the body. Punters are more vulnerable than most.
That's correct but there is only so much a player can do
The player had his hand out going for the ball. It was unfortunate that he landed on the ankle
It's not much different to face mask penalties to be honest. Sometimes they are unavoidable too.
Flag. THAT's A FLAG
NOWHERE NEAR the line of scrimmage.
Can't believe they took so long to throw that. It wasn't close at all.
That was weird. The kicker wasn't even in the correct position and there was no attempt to get the D to jump
Townsend Bell @TownsendBell99
Jimmy Har has had 3 legit spaz outs so far I was gonna say something like this.
Big risk going for 4th and 7
Yeah, needless too. But the offside really did it for the 49ers there.
Seahawks lead by 4
Only 3 ;-)
I hope this doesn't go to OT/
Harbaugh death stare. *creepy*
wiki wiki wiki
He does get a little emotional on the sideline
He goes psycho.
Disaster for SF
Kaep sacked and the ball stripped
Yay! I mean, oh, that's too bad for them.
Looked like Kaep had no idea that there were two Seahawks behind him
Defensive fantasy points ahoy!
This could be anything
ouch - his leg went the wrong way, I think.
oh my god, I just looked at TOTALLY the wrong moment. :((((((
You can't unsee that. I can still picture Joe Theissman's leg and that must be 25 years ago
I actually missed it, even on the replay. Seems a good thing to miss.
My sister says the same thing. I never watched that and I was glad.
That was so gross to see just now. ugh.
November 18th 1985 and I can still picture it in my head
Yes. But he kept possession?? Give him something, a prize, something.
Mike Carlson is trolling: I didnt see Kearse make a football move coming down, so that's an interception by Bowman.
But he didn't have it ;-)
I thought he had it going down to the ground. Oh well.
How could Lynch do that to me?
I'm not sure why you even need to review it., Clear as day.
So who ended up with it? I'm still traumatized by the knee, clearly.
I mean which Seahawk?
49ers have the ball now unless the ref decides otherwise
That ball. No idea.
This just seems like kind of a mess.
This is fun/weird/messy/frustrating/cool.
How does he not see that coverage?
Ok, guys. Just take a deeeep breath. Settle down. Breathe.... play the game.
SF missing lots of tackles there.
Golden Tate gets the first down then runs back 5 yards then has to get it again.
What happened to not going backwards
Also, silly from Golden Tate.
Great job by Marshawn Lynch.
Tackle that stopped him was helmet to helmet
Wilson drops the ball.
Bill Zahren @pressdog
Troy Aikman tells us that San Francisco wants to keep Seattle from scoring a touchdown here. #nailedit.
You can see why he won 3 superbowls
The way this game has been going I can see SF scoring a TD with 3 seconds to go then missin the extra point
3:37 to score a touchdown? Sounds doable.
With the Pats out...
Please, no. I have to work tomorrow.
At least your TV won't miss the end. :D
Nice catch, nice tackle.
This is gonna come down to the wire!
I am still betting on an SF TD and missed PAT
Interception by Smith
We are done.
Flags apparently after the play
INT. That's that, then. Soooo close.
Meh. Who cares!
Great job by Sherman
I am sure your neighbours appresicated that
I don't have any close enough to hear me. #inthewoods
That is Kaepernick's 11th intercepted pass this season and Seattle have caught 6 of them
That was so great. What a crazy, back and forth game.
Hope you didn't wake up any bears then
Right, great thread. I'm off to bed as soon as this is done.
Two really good games tonight. Great to watch competitive games
So - Seahawks vs. Broncos for all the marbles.
Richard Sherman clearly upset by some of Crabtree's comments earlier in the week
I'm glad when teams are so good at this stage of the game that any mistakes are capitalized on.
um, ok Sherman.
Stay classy, Richard. Erin clearly not a fan.
Super Bowl in 2 weeks! Should be fun in the bitter cold of New York.
Right. I'm off. Goodnight.
It just doesn't seem right to have a freezing cold superbowl
I guess Crabtree hit Sherman in the facemask because Sherman was in his face giving him a demo of his post game rant
Matt Drance @drance 2m
Vince McMahon on line 2
They still do need to finalize their WrestleMania 30 card. ;)
The way this winter has been going it can be spring-like and 40F or arctic when they put the polar bears inside.
If they put polar bears in the stadium that could change the game
Paul Allen must have put less effort into becoming a billionaire than any billionaire on the planet
Good night everybody.
Good night all