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Episode 20

Mark Chapman, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell with all the best bits from Wild Card weekend and a preview of the upcoming divisional round of the NFL playoffs.


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And it will be time for these

two teams to settle it

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between the white lines.

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Elway, he's going to fire

towards the end zone.

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Reno.

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Lost the ball up the near side.

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And Montana throws.

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In the end zone.

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Touchdown!

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Watchers looking down field.

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Going deep.

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The one man wrecking crew.

Unbelievable!

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Let's go.

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How did he do that?

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The end zone...

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Oh, and caught, for the win.

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Unstoppable!

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Hello, it's the divisional

round of the playoffs which means

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there are only eight teams remaining

in the race to the Super Bowl.

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I'm once again joined by

Osi Umenyiora and also a man whose

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reputation was on the line.

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A man whose predictions

were as accurate as a

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Blake Bortles deep ball.

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A man desperate.

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First, it was funny,

then it was kind of sad,

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but last week, when it mattered,

it turns out he is in fact a stable

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genius, rising from the Ashes,

stepping away from the Jobcentre...

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I'm quite emotional.

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Getting off the bench,

Jason Bell is back in the game.

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I think they'll go in there,

the pressure's off of them

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and that's why I'm going with

Atlanta.

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COMMENTATOR:

How about about this?

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High Five.

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I'm going with New Orleans.

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COMMENTATOR:

This is the moment

you've been waiting

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for your entire life.

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I've got to roll with

them, Jacksonville.

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COMMENTATOR:

Touchdown Jacksonville.

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You can always tell when somebody's

not accustomed to winning!

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Oh.

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I thought you were going

to say to running.

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I mean, act like you've been there.

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That's what my dad said,

"Act like you've been there before."

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I didn't take his advice!

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Congratulations, JB.

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Thank you.

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Congratulations.

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I needed that.

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I appreciate the intro.

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# Celebrate good times, come on #.

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So on tonight's show -

he is out of breath, by the way -

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we will be having a quick look back

on last week's action,

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looking ahead to this weekend's

fixtures and we'll be discussing

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next season's London games that

were announced on Thursday.

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But first, let's see how last week's

Wild Card games have

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shaped the playoffs.

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In the AFC, the Tennessee Titans

surprised us all with a win

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at the Kansas City Chiefs

and the Buffalo Bills were unable

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to get past a dogged

Jacksonville Jaguars.

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So that means that this weekend

the lower seeded Titans play

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the number one seeded

New England Patriots,

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and the Jacksonville Jaguars head

off to Pittsburgh to play

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the second seeded Steelers.

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Now in the NFC, the New Orleans

Saints are off to the Carolina

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Panthers for the third

time this season.

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And the Atlanta Falcons stifled

the Rams offense in LA to make

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it two NFC South teams

in the final four.

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The Falcons, as the lowest

progressing seed, are away

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to the number one seeded

Philadelphia Eagles.

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That game is currently under way.

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The Saints play away

to the number two seeds,

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the Minnesota Vikings.

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Again, just for clarity,

this show was recorded before

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the kick-off of the Falcons-Eagles

game, so we won't be speaking

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in much detail about that game.

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But overall, the weekend that went

last weekend was a great

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weekend of football.

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Yes, it was.

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We saw some outstanding games.

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Some not so good games,

but we also saw -

One awful game.

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One awful game, but we saw

some outstanding games.

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We saw some upsets.

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We saw exactly what the NFL

playoffs is all about.

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Actually, something

that was missing a little bit

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from last year's playoffs.

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There were a lot of blowouts

last year, weren't they?

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Favourites always dominated

in the playoffs last year,

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were we had a bit of surprise,

we had some close games

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again this season.

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Absolutely.

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And, like Osi always

says, parity, right.

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When you come to this

point of the season,

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teams are evenly matched and it

makes for great football.

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Three really exciting games,

and one that wasn't!

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Before we start previewing

this weekend's fixtures,

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we're going to show you one

of the most unexpected

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highlights of last week,

and that was the comeback

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of the Tennessee Titans

against the Kansas City Chiefs,

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which nobody would have predicted

before hand and nobody would have

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predicted at half time either.

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The Titans were 21-3 down.

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Nobody saw this coming.

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Everybody thought the Kansas City

Chiefs were going to win the game.

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My own mother -

who doesn't watch football -

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said Kansas City was going to win

this football game,

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but the Tennessee Titans showed

a tremendous amount of grit,

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coming back and winning this game.

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Yeah.

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I mean we touched on it

on the Tuesday show, Jason,

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but it was all about putting faith

in Marcus Mariota,

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their quarterback,

to run the show for them.

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They said, go out there,

be yourself, make plays happen.

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I mean, this play right here,

what you can do about this?

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But ultimately, when he's moving

around and making things happen,

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that's when he's effective.

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Sorry, I was going to say.

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If you manage to throw

a touchdown pass to yourself,

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you must assume that it's

going to be your night?

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You can't lose the game!

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You cannot throw a touchdown pass

to yourself and lose

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the game after that -

no possible way.

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You can have as many

schemes and as many cards

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over your microphone and have

as many plays as possible,

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but I guarantee that one wouldn't

have been on the play call.

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I mean, sometimes it's

just your day, man.

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Sometimes you're just

flat out lucky, and this

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was one of those plays.

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We praise Mariota,

what about Derrick Henry as well?

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We're seeing his 35 yard touchdown

run here and at this stage

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Kansas City were leading 21-16,

Jason.

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Yeah, the thing about him

is he's a big physical back

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and he was complaining

about being soft the week before,

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and you see what happens

when you give a guy like that

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carries and carries and carries,

he wears down the defense.

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He was very physical,

and that's how he ran it.

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Yeah, some running backs

they enjoy contact.

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They go seeking contact

when they run the football

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whereas other guys run out-of-bounds

and they get down before the tackle.

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So when he said running soft,

he meant, you know, maybe he wasn't

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looking for the contact,

he was running away from tackles.

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But this game he wasn't

running soft at all.

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He was punching.

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They went with long drives did

Tennessee 3rd quarter, 4th quarter.

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You both play defense,

that just tires and wears

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down a defense, does it?

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Especially with a

physical running back.

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In that 3rd and 4th quarter,

you don't want to tackle

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that guy any more.

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He's been hitting you, you're tired,

you're sore and he's coming

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and coming and coming,

and that's what happened.

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You saw them take over

the game because of that.

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Absolutely no worse than them having

the team pound the football

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down your throat over and over

again, and that's exactly what

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the Tennessee Titans were built for.

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That's something they had gotten

away from throughout this season,

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but they went right back

to against Kansas City.

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So for this defeat, and again

we spoke about it on the

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Tuesday night show,

but the Kansas City offense has

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to take some sort of blame

and their play caller,

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their offensive co-ordinator - who's

now actually gone to be the head

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coach at the Chicago Bears - for not

keeping the Kansas City offense

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on the field enough?

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Kansas City Chiefs always

the bridesmaids, never the bride.

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I mean, they always seem

to get to this point,

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especially under Andy Reid,

and somehow find a way

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to lose the football game.

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There's no possible way they should

have lost this game.

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Obviously Travis Kelce,

their outstanding footballer,

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tied in, got injured,

but still they had enough

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weapons to continue doing

what they were supposed to do

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and ended up losing the game.

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Those weapons didn't make the plays

when Travis Kelce went out.

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I mean, there was almost four

or five drop passes.

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Alex Smith actually played

a really good game.

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The guys needed to step it

up, and they didn't.

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OK.

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Well, the Titans must have been

elated going into that changing

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room after the game,

until somebody reminded them

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who their next opponents were.

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COMMENTATOR:

Driving forward,

diving to the goalline!

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And touchdown.

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And the title for the Patriots.

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I can't believe it,

I can't believe it!

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The New England Patriots,

the reigning champions,

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coached by Bill Belichick,

ruled by their head coach

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like no other team.

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COMMENTATOR:

Well New England,

you have the best football team

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in the world right now.

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Under Belichick, the Patriots are

five-times Super Bowl champions -

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it helps to have Tom Brady

and the Gronk.

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COMMENTATOR:

Gronkowski,

makes a twisting one handed catch.

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Oh, superhuman.

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They looked a little out of sorts

early in the regular season,

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but finished in more familiar style.

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It runs through their veins -

never write us off.

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Do you give them a chance?

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I give every team in the NFL

a chance, but it's going to be

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a hard game, a difficult battle.

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But ultimately, one thing you can't

account for is injuries and,

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when something like that happens,

so I always give a team a chance.

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Nice answer.

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Kind of sitting on the fence,

but nice answer.

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Well, you know I'm not

sitting on the fence.

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No, I know.

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Zero chance.

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They have zero chance

of winning this game, Mark.

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No way.

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You have to think about what's going

on with the New England Patriots,

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specially this week.

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There's a lot of nonsense

going on about Bill Belichick

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and Robert Kraft and Tom Brady.

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This is a team that prides itself

on stomping on people's necks,

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especially in adverse situations.

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They're going to come out and try

and make a statement

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against the Tennessee Titans.

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Unfortunately for Tennessee,

The story ends here are for them.

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Let's talk about the nonsense

then that's been going

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on around the Patriots.

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So rumours that Belichick wanted

out and could end up

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coaching the Giants which,

obviously, with your two allegiances

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with your two allegiances,

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would be hilarious from my point

of view going forward.

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As you say, disagreements between

Belichick and Brady and Kraft.

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The organisation themselves

have said it's nonsense.

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Do you believe any of it?

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Do any of these stories

come out of nowhere?

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I mean, where there's smoke

there's fight, right,

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-- fire

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but ultimately the timing of it just

let's me know that they're trying

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to do anything to being no

the New England Patriots

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off their mark.

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The fact they traded away Garoppolo

for a second round pick.

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This is essentially what they sdchl

have you the Lion King

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You have the Lion King

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and you have Simba,

you always pick Simba

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over the Lion King.

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They chose the Lion King in the end.

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This is something the New England

Patriots would never do,

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and they did this, which means that

there's something going

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on behind-the-scenes.

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Tom Brady probably felt

threatened by Jimmy Garoppolo.

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Knew they weren't going to keep

him behind for another

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three or four years.

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They had to do something.

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There's something

to this story, Mark.

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They've got the same agent, Osi.

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There's something,

there's something.

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They could have forced their hand.

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There's something to this story.

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So do you think Kraft

wants to protect Brady?

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Yes.

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But Belichick would have been happy

to, at the end of the season,

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to cut Brady and then

play Garoppolo?

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Is that how you read it?

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If I know Bill Belichick,

over the 17, 18 years

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that he's been there,

that is something he

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would absolutely do.

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That is something he

would absolutely do.

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They've done wonderful things

together, but the time...

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He wants to keep on coaching.

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Brady is 40, going into 41, 42,

Jimmy Garoppolo is a young stud.

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You want to keep a guy like that.

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I think Kraft chose Brady over

what Belichick actually wanted.

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So a prediction on this one?

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Going with New England.

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I thought you might do.

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New England.

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No doubt.

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Right, the other AFC Wild Card

matchup last weekend

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was between the Buffalo Bills,

who haven't been to the playoffs

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in 18 years, and the Jacksonville

Jaguars, who haven't won a playoff

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game at home for 18 years.

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Coincidentally, the game felt

like it lasted 18 years!

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Hey, I want you to go back in time,

man, and think about a time

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you were thinking to yourself -

man, if I could have a chance

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to get in the playoffs.

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# Can we Buffalo.

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# Can we Buffalo.

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# Can we Buffalo #.

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A game of stifling defense.

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COMMENTATOR:

Here

come the big people.

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The player with the most

rushing yards on the day,

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step forward - or run forward -

Blake Bortles.

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COMMENTATOR:

Bortles

doing it with his legs.

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How good were the

defensive operations?

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This good.

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COMMENTATOR:

They give to Fournette,

he tries to hurdle over.

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I don't think he got there.

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What a play!

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The one touchdown, Ben Koyack.

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COMMENTATOR:

Play fake.

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They want to throw it back

in the end zone to Ben Koyack.

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Caught at the back of the end zone.

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Touchdown Jacksonville.

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The Jaguars travel on to face

the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

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That wasn't very good, was it?

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It showed you what

good defense can do.

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Oh, don't give me that

nonsense, honestly.

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That's what always happens.

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If it's a 0-0 in our

football people say -

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oh, great defense, great defense.

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You're talking to two

defenders here.

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I know.

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We love this.

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But, you know, we're meant to be

about entertainment - well, not us -

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but sport's meant to be

about entertainment, isn't it?

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It will.

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But I tell you this,

it did show you that a good defense

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could be effective in the play-offs.

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Yes.

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We always preached

that and we saw that.

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Did you sit there watching that game

thinking, "oh, great defense"

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or were you a bit bored?

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Be honest.

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I tell you what, Mark,

it made me appreciate good football

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when I saw how bad those

two teams played.

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I knew right then that we needed

to see some better offense.

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I mean, come on man, Blake Bortles,

did you see the throws

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he was making or not making?

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I mean, the Buffalo

Bills trying to run...

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I mean, it was just bad

football all around.

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Good defensive play, like we said.

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We saw some really good things

on defense, but overall

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just not a very fun

game to watch.

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OK.

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Well let's move on from that then,

the Jacksonville Jaguars progressed,

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they go on to play at the fortress

that is Heinz Field in the middle

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of the bleak Pittsburgh winter.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers,

the oldest franchise in the AFC,

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the most successful team

in Super Bowl history -

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six times the champions.

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COMMENTATOR:

Ben Roethlisberger,

the youngest quarterback ever

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to win a Super Bowl.

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A-listers with the killer bees.

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Now it's time to come out

here and have a little fun.

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Antonio Brown.

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COMMENTATOR: Who else.

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Would you believe that!

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Le'Veon Bell.

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Hey, just watch.

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Just watch.

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Then then the quarterback,

Roethlisberger.

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Big Ben said this season

that maybe he'd lost it.

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I don't have it any more.

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"B", back then, is for baloney.

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COMMENTATOR:

Pittsburgh

Steelers touchdown.

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He's back.

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Incredible.

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So what makes this really

interesting this matchup is that

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Jacksonville demolished Pittsburgh

when they played in the regular

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season by 30 points to 9.

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I mean, they played the best

game of their lives

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and Big Ben Roethlisberger played

the worst game he's ever played,

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give interceptions.

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-- five

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He just had a horrible day.

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So you might think that

the Jacksonville Jaguars

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have his number, I think

that the Jacksonville

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Jaguars have his number.

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I think they're going

to win -

Do you?

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I absolutely do.

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I think defensively they're

going to be able to shut down

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the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense.

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Who knows what Blake Bortles

is going to do, who knows.

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But I think defensively

I think they're going to be

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able to carry the day.

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I'm picking Jacksonville.

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Where do you come with this logic?

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There's nothing logical about this.

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Yes.

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First of all, that

was a different game.

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Why?

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That was a different team.

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Why?

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Because offensively they weren't

clicking like they are now.

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OK.

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Ultimately, JuJu...

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My man JuJu - Long Beach

California, shout out -

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Is playing great football.

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And ultimately, this

was going to happen.

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Defensively they're not

going to play as aggressive

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because they know they can't give up

one big play to Pittsburgh.

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Jacksonville can't do that

because they can't score.

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So you saw last game they even

played different defensively.

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All the Pittsburgh Steelers have

to do is score 21 points.

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Jason, who knows which Blake Bortles

is going to show up?

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He is the most inconsistent

quarterback we have

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had in this year.

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But if he gets hot, like he did

late there in December,

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and the Jacksonville Jaguars play

defense the way they've been

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playing the entire season,

the Jacksonville Jaguars can

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absolutely win this game.

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OK, but there are so many things

to question you both about that.

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That point first of all,

if Pittsburgh get ahead early,

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whatever Blake Bortles turns up,

they won't get back

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into it, will they,

because they struggle

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to chase a game -

that is what we have

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seen this season.

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I'll give you that,

I will 100% give you that.

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If they get behind.

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But how are they going to get

behind in the first place?

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You completely underestimate

the strength of this

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Jacksonville Jaguars defense.

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They are outstanding.

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Great pressure, great linebackers.

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The DBs can cover.

This is a great team.

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Do you think they will be aggressive

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against this Pittsburgh offense,

because Jason, you are

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insinuating they might be

a bit more conservative.

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They were last week.

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Not go for the big plays,

because they cannot give up

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a big play against them.

Do you disagree with that?

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They are going to have to be

aggressive, because they know

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for a fact that they can't get down

to the Pittsburgh Steelers,

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or else there is going to be

no way back for them.

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They are going to play the exact

same way they played...

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Pittsburgh is going

to do their research.

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Pittsburgh are going to come

out and be like, OK,

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we can't allow the same things

that happened last game

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to happen this game.

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But I am betting on the

Jacksonville Jaguars' defense.

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You're hilarious.

I mean, you're hilarious.

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You've got two dominant quarters.

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I watch them, I watch how they play.

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These guys were in off

coverage all game.

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That made me know...

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Ramsey and Bouye?

Yes.

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They were told, don't

give up the big play,

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we've got to keep everything

in front of us because

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we can't score points.

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Your defense reacts to how your

offense plays and they do not have

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any confidence in their offense.

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And defensively, the way Pittsburgh

runs that zone coverage,

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Blake Bortles doesn't have a chance

to attack that defense.

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We are going to see

who is the stable genius.

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Will you be doing

a lap of the studio?

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Mine is going to be

completely different.

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I am going to be doing somersaults,

backflips, the whole nine.

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A couple of other points on this.

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Big Ben said he wanted Jacksonville

to get through so that he could take

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revenge from what happened earlier

in the season.

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The two corners we have spoken

about responded with,

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be careful what you wish for.

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The thing I've noticed

about Jacksonville this season

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is they are not afraid

of voicing their opinions.

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That defense is amazing and those

corners, they are the best duo

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I have seen in a long time.

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So you're going...?

Pittsburgh.

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Jaguars.

Wow!

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I have a horrible feeling

you could be somersaulting

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through this studio next week.

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Over to the NFC.

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Last week, we had two games

that were hard to call.

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The Carolina Panthers

at the New Orleans Saints

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and the Atlanta Falcons at the LA

Rams.

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Bringing World Championships

to the Carolinas is not

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just Newton's goal.

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He believes it to be his destiny.

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It is time right now

to take the next step!

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The Carolina Panthers

at the New Orleans Saints.

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The Saints with all the touchdowns.

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Wide open from the

touchdown, Josh Hill.

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I feel like taking a shot

with Teddy's play.

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Ted Ginn, in his hands.

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Ted Ginn will go all the way.

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You've got to love it!

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Suddenly, Greg Olsen to put

the Panthers within five points.

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Fast ball over the middle.

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Caught Olsen, touchdown.

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Wow, this is an easy

pitch and catch.

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And Cam Newton just

quietens the crowd.

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We said we're not looking

at the scoreboard!

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Alvin Kamara putting

new distance between the teams.

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Christian McCaffrey making that

cushion none too comfortable.

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Touchdown.

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11 seconds to go in

a Wild Card playoff game.

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It comes down to this.

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Here is Newton, under pressure.

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He is going to be tackled

and sacked and that is

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the final play of this game.

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The Saints through to face

the Minnesota Vikings next.

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You have worked your butt

off to this moment.

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This is the moment you have been

waiting for your entire life.

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The Atlanta Falcons at the LA Rams.

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Touchdowns giving a sparkle

to the first half.

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Into the end zone for the touchdown!

0:19:220:19:26

One for Devonta Freeman.

0:19:260:19:30

One for Cooper Kupp.

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Off his back foot.

0:19:320:19:33

Nearside, end zone.

0:19:330:19:40

Cooper Kupp, touchdown LA.

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Games like this make you strong.

0:19:420:19:43

Atlanta always in front,

making the game safe

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through Julio Jones.

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Jones the catch.

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Touchdown Atlanta.

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Wow!

0:19:500:19:53

The Falcons go to the Philadelphia

Eagles in the divisional round.

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That was a tough one, man.

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They are good, bro.

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You predicted that the Rams

would beat the Falcons last week.

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So the defeat will

have surprised you.

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My heart wanted the Falcons to win.

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I wanted the Falcons to win.

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But you went with your head?

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I did go with my head

and my head was wrong.

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Where do you see...

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In so many ways it's hard!

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Where do you see them

going from here, the Rams?

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Obviously, they are

a good young team.

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Good young nucleus.

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They have a good young head coach.

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They are going to build from this.

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This is a learning

experience for them.

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Even though I thought

they might have won this game,

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I did not think they would go far

in the playoffs, because

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they're just too young.

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I think the next couple

of years, you will see

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this team really mature.

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And over the next couple

of years, you might see this

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team win a Super Bowl.

of years, you might see this

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And where next for the Panthers?

of years, you might see this

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Panthers, they've got

to get that line fixed.

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Obviously, that has been an issue

and that was an issue last year

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and ultimately you saw in this game,

Cam taking too many hits.

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I think they have got

to get that tightened up.

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Just that?

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They need other playmakers

on the outside, too.

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But I feel like the front has

to get handled first.

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You've got to protect him.

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But they need one more

playmaker on the outside,

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one more receiver and make

Funchess your number two guy.

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As we said earlier, rather

hopefully, the Atlanta-Philadelphia

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game has already kicked

off, so we won't be

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discussing that right now.

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You can join us on Tuesday for NFL

This Week and we will have

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highlights and analysis

of that game.

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The other NFC fixture will be played

tomorrow and that is between

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the New Orleans Saints

and Minnesota Vikings.

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The Minnesota Vikings.

0:21:250:21:28

This is a slice of Iceland

on the upper reaches

0:21:280:21:30

of the Mississippi River.

0:21:300:21:32

The Vikings, big on defense.

0:21:320:21:34

Oh!

0:21:340:21:38

A little light on the end product.

0:21:380:21:43

They've been to four

Super Bowls and lost them all.

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For the Minnesota Vikings,

Super Bowl VIII was

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a strange nightmare.

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But the spur this season,

the US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis,

0:21:530:21:58

home of these Minnesota Vikings,

will host Super Bowl LII.

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Caught.

0:22:010:22:02

Touchdown, Vikings!

0:22:020:22:06

The glow that has already

reheated the career

0:22:060:22:08

of the unheralded Case Keenum.

0:22:080:22:12

Touchdown!

0:22:120:22:18

On Tuesday's show, we spent a lot

of time looking at Drew Brees

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and the New Orleans offense.

0:22:210:22:24

This evening, we're going to look

at how Minnesota's defense might

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cope with Drew Brees.

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On the show - which has been

renamed Jason And Friends -

0:22:280:22:31

you are going to talk us

through Harrison Smith, your friend.

0:22:310:22:34

My friend.

0:22:340:22:36

Look at the guy's smile.

0:22:360:22:38

He looks like he's ready

to steal your girlfriend right now.

0:22:380:22:41

Like, come here, girl.

0:22:410:22:44

He is trying to throw

me off of my game.

0:22:440:22:47

But you can't.

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Because, guess why, we're talking

about my guy, Harrison Smith.

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Mr Steal Your Girl.

0:22:500:22:56

What makes him so good

is that he makes your defense right.

0:22:560:22:59

We always talk about difference

makers, or people that

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make your defense right,

and I want to go through some

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things and show you that.

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And you are going through

what happened when the Saints

0:23:050:23:07

and Vikings met earlier this season?

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One play will be like that, yes.

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We'll start with that for you.

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OK, it's all yours.

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This is when they met

earlier this year.

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I want to show you something,

I'm going to highlight this guy.

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I want to show you something,

I'm going to highlight this guy.

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What is going to happen

is Harrison is going to drop

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down into a cover 3 zone

and he is going to have a defender

0:23:240:23:27

come into his area and then

he is going to have another guy,

0:23:270:23:31

so he has two threats.

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And he is going to

make the team right.

0:23:320:23:34

You see him move around.

0:23:340:23:35

He comes down.

0:23:350:23:36

He has the flat over here and he has

two guys to worry about.

0:23:360:23:39

He is in between them and he plays

right in between them

0:23:390:23:42

and makes your team right,

because, in the zone

0:23:420:23:45

coverage, in three deep man,

that is what they want to do.

0:23:450:23:47

They want to run one guy out

of there and bring another offensive

0:23:470:23:51

player behind you and

drop the ball in.

0:23:510:23:52

He made them right.

0:23:520:23:53

So very hard play to defend.

0:23:530:23:56

Let's look at another

cover 3 concept.

0:23:560:23:59

And there is Harrison Smith again.

0:23:590:24:01

And now I want to

highlight this man.

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What is he responsible

for in cover 3?

0:24:050:24:07

He is responsible for this flat.

0:24:070:24:08

If anything comes out this flat,

he has a deep third defender

0:24:080:24:11

and he is responsible for this flat.

0:24:110:24:13

These are things that beat that,

but he makes them right.

0:24:130:24:17

But the guy he is responsible for,

despite him being responsible

0:24:170:24:20

for that lane, the guy

he is responsible for is

0:24:200:24:23

on the other side of the field

at the moment and probably blocked

0:24:230:24:26

by maybe two or three players

from Harrison's eyeline.

0:24:260:24:31

Exactly.

Now you can watch him react to that.

0:24:310:24:35

He is going to do

something we call plaster,

0:24:350:24:40

which is when the quarterback moves,

you have to lock up with your guy

0:24:400:24:43

in your zone and man coverage,

and that is what he does.

0:24:430:24:46

This is significant,

how he pulls this off.

0:24:460:24:48

He drops down into

his responsibility.

0:24:480:24:49

He sees the threat.

0:24:490:24:51

Now he sees the quarterback

on the move and you see him lock up

0:24:510:24:54

with the man-to-man and he makes

a play again.

0:24:540:24:56

Once again, he makes

the defense right.

0:24:560:24:59

That's what great players do.

0:24:590:25:02

Now, two pass game things.

0:25:020:25:04

Let's see him get in the run game.

0:25:040:25:08

OK, let's see him get

dirty right there.

0:25:080:25:10

There is Harrison.

0:25:100:25:11

What he has is this gap right here.

0:25:110:25:13

You will see the play happen.

0:25:130:25:14

It moves, he is blitzing the gap,

but you will see how physical

0:25:140:25:18

he is and he just makes everybody

look good because he shoots the gap

0:25:180:25:21

and he comes down and loads them up.

0:25:210:25:24

That's what Harrison does.

0:25:240:25:26

Do you want to see that again?

0:25:260:25:28

You have got to hear the sound

he makes when he hits.

0:25:280:25:31

All the way back, you did not

know I could do that!

0:25:310:25:36

Let me hear that sound again.

0:25:360:25:38

How does it happen?

0:25:380:25:41

Fire!

0:25:410:25:44

But that one is significant

because the Saints have two very,

0:25:440:25:47

very good running backs,

so how he defends against

0:25:470:25:49

the running game will be

important, as well.

0:25:490:25:54

It is not just Drew Brees.

0:25:540:25:56

Absolutely, because what he is going

to do, those linebackers will be

0:25:560:25:59

responsible for the running backs,

but the opening gap will always be

0:25:590:26:02

one of the safeties,

usually Harrison Smith,

0:26:020:26:03

and you see what happens

when he goes down and he can make

0:26:030:26:06

a tackle and it will be physical.

0:26:060:26:08

Are you going for your

friend in this game?

0:26:080:26:10

Come on, Mark, you know the deal,

Vikings all the way.

0:26:100:26:13

Vikings all the way.

0:26:130:26:14

Going with Saints.

Why?

0:26:140:26:16

I just feel like these guys

are on a roll and you have to think

0:26:160:26:20

about the things these guys have

been through to get to this point.

0:26:200:26:23

They had to battle

through the NFC South.

0:26:230:26:25

The toughest division of football.

0:26:250:26:26

Beating all those teams.

0:26:260:26:27

Minnesota has gone through nothing.

Green Bay, Detroit, nobodies.

0:26:270:26:29

I mean, New Orleans Saints

went through hell...

0:26:290:26:31

LAUGHTER.

0:26:310:26:34

The Saints went through hell,

I'm picking them to go

0:26:340:26:37

through this game, simply

because of their experience.

0:26:370:26:39

I can't even watch the games

with you this week.

0:26:390:26:41

I can't even be next to you.

0:26:410:26:43

Let's remind you where

we are at with the divisional

0:26:430:26:45

games in the NFL, as far

as the AFC is concerned.

0:26:450:26:53

The low-seeded Tennessee Titans

going to New England

0:26:530:26:55

to take on the Patriots.

0:26:550:26:56

Then you have Pittsburgh

at home to Jacksonville.

0:26:560:26:59

As far as the NFC is concerned,

Atlanta got through

0:26:590:27:01

against the rounds and now

they are favourites to beat

0:27:010:27:04

the top-seeded Eagles.

0:27:040:27:06

That game taking

place at the moment.

0:27:060:27:08

And as we have just been discussing,

the New Orleans Saints go

0:27:080:27:11

to the Minnesota Vikings.

0:27:110:27:14

And here is where those

games will be played.

0:27:140:27:16

Tennessee Titans at the Patriots

is later on this evening.

0:27:160:27:19

Jaguars-Steelers is tomorrow early

evening, followed by the Saints

0:27:190:27:22

and Vikings at 9:40pm.

0:27:220:27:26

And just to end, we can show

you the London games that

0:27:260:27:29

were announced for 2018 on Thursday.

0:27:290:27:33

Some really interesting

matchups, as well.

0:27:330:27:36

Seahawks and the Raiders

at the brand-new Spurs ground,

0:27:360:27:39

which will be like a tester

for the ground.

0:27:390:27:43

Then they will have a couple

of fixtures every year.

0:27:430:27:47

We have also got the Eagles

and the Jaguars, which could be

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this year's Super Bowl.

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Could be.

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Probably won't be, but it could be.

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And the Titans and the Chargers.

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And the Titans and the Chargers.

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Titans still in the playoffs,

Chargers, many argued,

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ought to have been.

0:28:030:28:05

They are good games.

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I think this is the best slate

of games we have had

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over here since 2007.

0:28:090:28:10

I mean, this is truly incredible,

man, they are able to get the best

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teams coming over here to play,

to play for the London fans,

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or the England fans.

0:28:160:28:17

This is an outstanding

job by the NFL.

0:28:170:28:19

The Seahawks and the Raiders

one is mouthwatering,

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particularly given also the venue

at the new Spurs stadium.

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Without a doubt.

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And I love the fact

they are both coming

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from the West Coast of the States.

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Nobody has an excuse.

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They get to come out

here and go after it.

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I'm excited about that.

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And they are all back to back,

all three games in a row.

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This is going to be

an incredible test.

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Do you know why?

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For the future of the franchise

we have coming over here.

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Why is it going to be

an incredible test?

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Because they want to see

if the teams can play back-to-back.

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If the environment can handle

three games in a row.

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And we get to see

Jon Gruden, as well.

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Chucky.

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I'm ready to shake his hand.

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That's a rich man.

0:28:540:28:55

Yeah, definitely shake his hand

when he comes over.

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Ask if you can borrow a few quid!

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We are back on Tuesday with NFL

This Week to bring you

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highlights and analysis

from all of this weekend's

0:29:040:29:06

divisional round fixtures.

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BBC Two at 11:15pm.

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That's it from Jason,

Osi and myself.

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Good night.

0:29:110:29:17

Mark Chapman, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell with all the best bits from Wild Card weekend and a preview of the upcoming divisional round of the NFL playoffs, that will see the defending champion New England Patriots host the Tennessee Titans.