Editor's Note--Well, well, well. What were you thinking when Joey Flacco hit that kid running like the wind down the sideline in Denver last Saturday night? I wasn't thinking much, other than if he catches this and runs for a TD, I win. If he doesnt catch it, I win. That's a nice feeling. Then in the nightcap, #7 for SAN FRAN broke a record. Thats a nice feeling too. It was probably a nice feeling for the Nevada sportsbook operators, who knew after Saturday they would be seeing a nice profit and staying in business. Sunday was less good. But, we got a nice glimpse of the vintage Big D. Going where others are afraid. That man has ice in his veins. Speaking of, you got some happy returns for us in the Championship Weekend for us big boy?--R.B.
Well, thanks for the kind words Richie. But Sunday still left us wanting. However, things have been VERY clear for us this week. VERY, VERY clear. Here goes.
Quick! The last time San Francisco won a road playoff game? 1988. Quick! How many road playoff games have the 49ers won in their history? 2. They had some gents named Brodie, Montana, and Young play QB for them. This kid #7 Kapernick certainly has an opportunity to be great. But is he those guys just mentioned, just yet? No he is not. And who remembers Joey Montana looking bewildered in the Meadowlands during a January playoff day, while the Giants were running roughshod over he and his mates 49-3? We're not saying this is going to happen in HOTLANTA on Sunday but Big D will tell you that the mere mortals think because this kid is sooooooooo fast, that the astroturf will make him faster. Maybe. You know who else it makes faster? The defense of ATLANTA. Wanna know San Fran's record in domes this year 1-2. The scores? 16-13 loss to the Rams (where #7 threw a pitch to Manti Te'o's girlfriend, who wasnt there, and cost them the game). 23-3 win to the Saints who we know aint all that this year. And a 23-13 loss to the Vikings. Kapernick might be fast but his big meaty lineman aint. And they CERTAINLY are built for a high grass field like they have in the friendly confines of Frisco. MATTY ICE plays on blacktop baby. With FAST runners. And they win almost all the time there. 8-1 this year. Oh the line? San Fran -4. The total? 48.5. You read that right. Road favorito in the NFC Championshipo game. No respect for the FALCS. That changes come Sunday. Take ATLANTA and UNDER, pal. You can thank Large Richard later.
In the nightcap, in the chilly suburbs of Boston, will be an interesting one. The line is 9? Opened at 9.5. Lets have some more fun with numbers again. Who has the most road victories of any QB in NFL History? Um, not Eli Manning. Not even Mark Sanchez (yes, they both have 4). Its JOEY FLACCO with 5. And if anyone watched LAST year's BALTIMORE vs New England AFC Championship, it probably should be 6. Now how about these numbers.......1,4,3,6,3,19. Those are the final margins of victory the last 6 times, the RAVENS and Pats have played. Yes its mostly been the Pats who win. Oh the 19? Why that was a few years back IN the playoffs when BALTIMORE beat New England at New England 33-14. Here's one more set of numbers you might enjoy. JOE FLACCO is now 7-4 in the playoffs in his career. Since JOE has been in the league, wanna know what Tommy Brady's playoff record is? 8-6. You read that right. What does this all mean? FLACCO doesnt get a lot of respect versus the "Big Star" Brady. And the line reflects that. It also means these two teams are pretty evenly matched me thinks. Sure, the pats could win, but 9 points?!? Really? TAAAAAAAAAAAKE baby. TAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE.
So the happy, happy recap: ATL+4 vs San Fran, UNDER 48.5 ATL/Sf. and BALT+9 @ New England.
Good luck. God bless. And as is always the case, you dont have to be a star baby, to get Big D's money. Or be in HIS show. Tell us how long you hum this tune when the Purple and White #5 is throwing the ball to other Purple and White guys all night on Sunday.