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IFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND
Oakland 19 at Miami 39
Oakland came to Miami off a sound win over Indianapolis in the wild card game, a team the Dolphins struggled with in the next to last game of the regular season. The Oakland Fans would not be disappointed early.
Oakland takes the opening KO and drives 75 yards and gets the TD but can't get the extra point, but start the day with a 6-0 lead over the Dolphins. The Dolphins get the same 75 yards on their opening drive and take it down field and get the TD and convert the PAT to take a 7-6 lead with 3:36 left in the 1st.Oakland fails to score on it's next 2 drives, but with the Dolphins 3rd possession they travel 78 yards and score the TD to take a 14-6 lead with 7:10 left in the half. After an exchange of punts the Raiders get the ball on a Goff INT with 4:46 left in the 2nd quarter. Oakland would take it down the field and get the TD with 1:25 left in the half, the 2 pt try failed and the score was 14-12 Miami and that's the way the half would end.
The Dolphins would get the ball to open the 2nd half, and would drive into Raider territory but stall and settle for the FG to make it a 17-12 Miami lead. Oakland's 1st possession would be a 3 and out and Miami would get the ball on it's own 30, but own the 2nd play of the drive Ingram would take a screen 70 yards to the house for the TD and a Dolphin 24-12 lead. The Raiders aren't finished and on their next drive they cover 75 yards in 15 plays and get the TD to cut the lead to 24-19. Miami goes nowhere on it's next possession but pins the Raiders at their own 2. On the 3rd play Stafford gets sacked in the end zone for a safety and a 26-19 Dolphin lead. Miami takes the kick after the safety and marches 71 yards and gets the TD to go up 33-19 with 10 minutes left in the game. Oakland gets the ball back and goes on a 15 play drive but a sack creates a Stafford fumble and it's picked up and returned for a Miami TD, although the PAT is blocked it puts the game on ice at 39-19 with only 3:41 to play. That's the way it would end, but a hard fought game and effort by the Raiders. Miami advances to face the winner of the Denver / Cincinnati game for the right to move on to the IFL Superbowl.
Denver 20 at Cincinnati 8
The Broncos came into Paul brown Stadium in Cincy and came away with a 20-8 victory over the Bengals. The Broncos defense held the Cincy offense at bay for most of the game and the Denver Offense did just enough to get the Win.
Denver got on the board first with a 57 yard FG from Justin Tucker and then Cincy kicker Fairbairn tied it with a 31 yarder to end the scoring in the first quarter.
In the 2nd quarter Denver had a nice drive of 75 yards before Bortles hit WR Murphy from 14 yards out for a 10-3 lead. Cincinnati would then sack Bortles in the endzone for a safety and then tack on another FG before halftime to make it 10-8 at the intermission.
The Denver defense came to play today and forced a 3 and out on the Bengals first possession of the 2nd half. However, Bortles would throw a pick on the next series and as Cincy had some life. But, after a 9 yard run from Gordan left the Bengals with 2nd a 1 from the Denver 39, a Cincy penalty and two incompletions ended the drive with another punt.
Starting another drive back up to the end zone the Broncos offense moved the ball mixing in runs and passes as they went 80 yards in 16 plays taking just over 8:00
of playing time before Tucker hit another FG to get the lead back to 13-8. The Bengals drove down close enough to try a FG but the 52 yard attempt sailed right and the Broncos had the ball again.
Denver once again moved the ball slowly as they ran 10 plays and gained 58 yards before QB Bortles would take a bootleg around the right end for a 3 yard TD and a 20-8 lead with 8:16 remaining to play. The Bengals would throw an interception and then turn the ball over on downs on their next two possessions and the Broncos were able to run out the clock for the win.
It was a great game and season by John and the Cincinnati team.
The Broncos will now travel to Miami to take on the undefeated Dolphins for a trip to the Super Bowl.
Tampa Bay 35 at New Orleans 31
Tampa Bay travels to New Orleans for the second time this season. However, this game is for a spot in the NFC championship game. The previous match up was a tight game with New Orleans coming out on top 14 to 7.
New Orleans took the first possession for an eight minute drive. The combination of Jonathan Stewart and Jamaal Williams were effective running the ball. Add in a 18 yard Joe Flacco to Dez Bryant long cross and New Orleans was near pay dirt 2nd down and 2 yards to go. Twice Williams was judged to be into the end zone and twice the calls were reversed. New Orleans goes for it on 4th and inches... Williams over the top puts the Saints ahead by 7!
After exchanging punts, the Buccaneers tie the game up early in the second quarter. The drive included a Hunter Henry lateral to Tyler Lockett on 3rd and 8 yards to go for a 15 yard first down play. (That was the courtesy of Mr. Koch. Nothing to do with the coach Chase’s play call.)
With 5:44 left in the half, coach Rice catches the Buccaneers playing the run and dials up Joe Flacco to Dez Bryant on a bomb fly to put the Saints back ahead by a score of 14 – 7.
The next time with the ball Tampa’s coach Chase feels the pressure of the consistently strong New Orleans offense and decides to go for it on 4th and 2 at the New Orleans 43 yard line. A Derek Carr check down to Todd Gurley falls to the turf and New Orleans makes good use of the short field to go-ahead 21 to 7 just before the teams’ head to the locker room.
Tampa Bay gets a break they sorely needed after punting their initial second half possession away and seeing the Saints score 14 unanswered first half points. On the first Saint play after the punt, Joe Flacco finds Stewart short over the middle, but he fumbles the ball away after a Demario Davis hit! Bucs ball at the Saint 28 yard line. Three plays later a medium out to Gurley goes for 26 yards to the end zone. Saints ahead 21 to 14.
The teams exchanged three punts and then Tampa Bay was able to tie the game up. The two big plays in the game tying drive were Derek Carr to DeSean Jackson via a 38 yard bomb post and then a Carr to Jackson check down that went 15 yards for the touchdown. Tie game at 21.
The Saints reinvigorated their mojo on the ensuing possession. The drive was started with a 30 yard scamper by Stuart. New Orleans moves the ball down to the Buccaneer 17 yard line. On 3rd and 10 Flacco checks down from a long cross to Dez Bryant and finds Williams for 8 yards. On 4th and 2, New Orleans boots the ball through the uprights to take the lead 24 - 21 with 11 minutes left in the game.
The New Orleans defense does their job and forces a Tampa Bay punt. Two plays later Mathieu steps in front of a short cross and gives the Bucs life with a possession starting at the Saint 30. For the second time in the game the Buccaneers turn a turnover in the seven points. And for the second time, the touchdown comes via a check down, this time to Gurley from 9 yards away. Suddenly Tampa Bay is ahead 28 – 24 with 5:48 left in the game!
Next up…. The Saints and coach Rice turn in a humongous clutch drive. The possession consisted of seven plays. Six of them were rushing plays to Stewart, (no panic in the play calling,) one of which was a 3 yard scoring play on 4th and goal from the 2! In the middle of these runs was a 46 yard bomb post to Sterling Shepard. New Orleans is back in the lead 31 – 28 with 2:10 left!
One of several successful New Orleans squib kicks leaves Tampa Bay starting with the ball at their own 16 yard line with 2:06 left and a single time out. Gurley gets the corner on the first play for 18 yards and sets up Tampa at their own 34. Derek Carr goes 3 for 3 and moves the Buccaneers to the 13 yard line with 13 seconds left and still holding that one time out. Tampa was also helped by a 17 yard PI on Jordan Hicks along the way.
For the third time in the game, the dice roll in Tampa Bay’s favor big time on a check down. Carr comes off a medium slant called for Tyler Lockett and finds Gurley in the flat with nobody in front of him. Final score Tampa 35 - New Orleans 31.
Jim called a great game and had Tampa on their heals using 36 rushes for 175 yards in combination with long passing. Tampa managed to come out ahead due to two turnovers that set them up with a short field and the benefit of big play makers Todd Gurley and DeSean Jackson on check down passes for three combined touchdowns. I think straight up New Orleans has a better roster, but lady luck was dressed as a Buccaneer today.
Tampa Bay awaits the winner of the Green Bay - Philadelphia game to play for an opportunity to be part of an IFL Super Bowl.
Green Bay 18 at Philadelphia 13
Packers and Eagles would face off at Lincoln Financial. The winner would get to host the upstart Buccaneers next week in the conference final. Wet, windy and cold conditions, turned this contest into a defensive struggle.
On the first play from scrimmage Packers starting corner Brent Grimes was lost for the entire game with a knee injury. After the Green Bay defense forced a three and out, WR Josh Gordon went down the on first offensive series. Things did not look good for the visitors.
The Eagles snatched the early momentum on the next series. They went 87 in yards 12 plays using a mix of RB Demarco Murray and WR Mohammad Sanu. QB Jamis Winston finished off the drive tossing a 10 yard TD strike to Sanu.. 7-0 Eagles early.
Green Bay responded with a 10 play, 39 yard drive but it stalled out at the Philly 32. Packers settled for a 49 yard Robbie Gould FG...7-3 Eagles.
After another Eagles three and out, the Packers got the ball on their own 23 to start the second quarter. They would put together an 8 play, 77 yard touchdown drive that was highlighted by TE Ben Watson's 40 yard reception. QB Ben Roethlisberger would find WR Emmanuel Sanders for an 11 yard TD pass to give the Packers their first lead 10-7. (this would turn out to be Green Bay's only TD drive of the game). The hosts looked like they would answer right back but on 4th and 1 from the Green Bay 30 a Jamis Winston sneak was stuffed at the line for no gain. Packers would dodge a bullet and go to the half up 3.
The 3rd quarter was all defense. 4 straight punts until the Packers got some good field position thanks to Philadelphia having to kick it away from deep in their own end into the wind. One first down was all it took to get Robbie "Solid" Gould into field goal position. He nailed a 48 yarder to make it 13-7 Packers heading into the 4th.
Early in the final frame the Green Bay defense would come up huge. Veteran punter Shayne Lechler had pinned the Eagles in at their own 3 yard line. After Murray went nowhere on first down, Winston was taken down for a safety by big DT Linval Joseph. 15-7 Green Bay
Packers took the ensuing free kick and put together a time consuming 11 play, 60 yard drive that featured a heavy dose of RB Jay Ajayi. Gould hit a short 24 yard FG to make it a 2 score game with just 5:42 left. 18-7 Packers.
Coach Mason did not panic in his play calling. He stayed patient against the loose coverage of the visitors and watched his team move 76 yards in 15 plays during a drive that took 4:16, but more importantly, burned no timeouts. Winston hit Sanu from 15 yards for the touchdown 18-13 with the 2 point try to come.
Winston looked into the end zone but his receiver could not come up with the ball against tight coverage, the convert would fail as it stayed 18-13 with 1:19 left.
Packers were looking for the onside kick but the Eagles elected to kick deep and hope for a stop. Three Ajayi runs went nowhere but forced Philadelphia to use all of their timeouts.
Lecher booted it away. Bernard Reddy got a great return of 15 yards setting the Eagles up at their own 39 with :42 seconds left and no timeouts.
Packer played the sidelines so Winston found little used WR John Brown over the middle for 17 yards. Winston spiked it at Packers 44 with :28 seconds left. Pack used the same strategy so Winston did the exact same thing. This time Brown gained 16 yards to the Green Bay 28. After the quick spike just :02 seconds remained.
Winston looked to the end zone for Brown but the pass was batted away at the last second preventing the astounding comeback. Packers advance 18-13.
Great game (and season) by Coach Mason
Winston was solid 31-47, 249, 2TD's but was sacked 5 times
RB's Powell (12-57) and Murray (12-34) were kept in check for the most part
WR Sanu had 8 receptions for 85 yards and 2TD's
For Green Bay it was the defense who got it done.
Big Ben threw for just 166 yards as the offense could only muster 12 first downs and went 2-12 on third down.
Ajayi had only 54 yards on 18 carries
Packers move on to host the upstart #6 seeded Buccaneers next week in an all NFC Central showdown.
A trip to the IFL Super Bowl will be on the line.
The forecast for Lambeau is 20 degrees with a nasty wind chill
Hope the Floridians bring some long underwear.
IFL WILD CARD WEEKEND
Tennessee 17 at Denver 38
The Titans came to Mile High to take on the Broncos in the Wildcard round of the playoffs.
The game started off like it would be a high-scoring shootout as both teams got TD's on their first possession going 75 yards in just 4 plays.
From there it slowed down as Tennessee would miss a FG, both teams would exchange punts and then Denver QB Bortles would throw a pick.
Titans QB Matt Ryan would quickly find WR Hopkins for a 35 yard TD strike and then Denver would drive 75 yards in 8 plays before Kareem Hunt
caught a pass in the flats from Bortles for a TD and a 14-14 tie to end the first quarter.
Titans Kicker Bailey would nail a FG to start the 2nd quarter but then Denver would go on their 3rd drive of 75 yards as Bortles hit Eckler in the flats for a TD and
a 21-17 lead. After forcing a punt the Broncos would go get a FG to end the half with a 24-17 lead.
The Titans forced a 3 and out on the Broncos opening possession of the 2nd half but the punt would be muffed and the Broncos pounced on it at the
Titans 16 yard line. Kareem Hunt ran the final two yards for the TD and a 31-17 lead early in the 3rd quarter. Tennessee's offense would not be able to muster a 1st down on their next possession and would be forced to punt. Denver's offense once again went on a long drive, this one covered 68 yards in 11 plays before Bortles leaped over the line for a TD and a 38-17 lead with 3:12 left in the 3rd. After both teams exchanged punts, the Titans drove 81 yards in 8 plays but the drive ended when Matt Ryan would throw a pick in the end zone. From this point the Titans turned the ball over on downs and the Broncos just ran out the clock and moved onto the next round pf the playoffs.
It was a great game from Rick.