1.) The Jaguars gave the Patriots a nice game on Saturday. It was pretty obvious that Belichick decided to take away the Jags running game and force David Garrard to throw the ball, which he did quite well. The Jags only made a few mistakes and frankly I think they would have beaten any other team, except the one they were playing. Brady was ridiculous, again. He was 26 for 28, and one incompletion was a flat-out drop by Welker. The first TD he threw to Benjamin Watson was so perfectly thrown; Sammy Knight had great coverage, but Watson had position and Brady put it in a small window where only Watson could get it. The throw to Stallworth, when Brady was flushed out of the pocket, was equally spectacular. The Jags were actually credited with no passes defended, since the two incompletions were drops.
2.) I wasn't surprised to see the Cowboys lose. They haven't played well in the last half of the season. Romo still is somewhat raw. I doubt his trip to Cancun with Jessica Simpson had an impact on his performance, but it did look bad.
3.) I always liked Tom Coughlin when he coached the Jaguars. His daughter attended the same private school my kids do, and occasionally he would be at school events. His football persona and his non-football persona were indistinguishable; very intense. I'm glad his team is playing well.
4.) Ditto for Brett Favre. Great football player. He really inspires his teammates. I like that. His cool demeanor after falling behind early, particularly his confidence in Grant after the two fumbles, was great.
5.) What a gut check by the Chargers. Playing with LT for only five carries, a limited Antonio Gates, and an injured Phillip Rivers - great win. Unfortunately the prize is a trip to NE.
6.) The Colts became the Colts-in-the-playoffs again this year (I guess last year was an anomaly). Their defense was ranked in the top five all year, but couldn't stop the Chargers from driving 80 yards for what turned out to be the winning TD, without LT, Gates, and Rivers. Peyton Manning threw for 402yards, 3 TD, 2 INT, but couldn't punch in the go-ahead TD after having first-and-ten on the Charger's twelve-yard line late in the game. Then his defense get's him the ball back with 1:39 left in the game, one time out, his own 35-yard line, and he fails again. Is this what an elite QB does?