"The Stack" 1-13-20
It all comes down to tonight...Clemson or LSU. Who do you have winning college football's national championship?
The Stack is back on this Monday, championship Monday in the college football world. What a great weekend of NFL games we had. An upset, an unprecedented comeback and much more. The Stack is here with reaction to all of the games plus a preview and prediction for the national championship tonight so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Monday, January 13th:
Vikings 10 49ers 27
The San Francisco 49ers were absolutely the better team in this one. They got key guys back on defense in Dee Ford and Kwon Alexander and it showed. Minnesota couldn’t run the ball worth a lick whatsoever. Apart from a 41-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs, the Vikings offense was held in check the entire game. Tevin Coleman and company ran the ball down the Vikings throats almost the entire second half and the 49ers emerged victorious. On to the NFC Championship game. Well deserved by them. They are a great team and very good on both sides of the ball.
Titans 28 Ravens 12
This was the stunner of the weekend, no question about it. It’s not that Tennessee won that is stunning, but it is how badly they outplayed Baltimore. Ryan Tannehill threw two early touchdowns. That first one to tight end Johnnu Smith was incredible. After those two touchdown passes, the Titans rode their bellcow, Derrick Henry. Henry ran for almost 200 yards and had a Tim Tebow-esque touchdown pass in the third quarter that all but sealed the deal. The Ravens had plenty of uncharacteristic drops and just overall poor play we hadn’t seen from them all year. Lamar Jackson had two interceptions and a lost fumble. All of that good work he did in the regular season means very little since he is now 0-2 in the playoffs. The Titans defense was great and they can ride that defense and Henry and win the AFC Championship game. I am not going to be surprised if it happens.
Texans 31 Chiefs 51
So I’m just about to check out at Costco and it is not even 2:20 CT and I check the score of this game only to see the Texans up 14-0 five minutes into the game. How could this happen?! I come home and no sooner sit down and it is 24-0 Houston. This game looks like a runaway. Turns out Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs were just toying with the Texans. From that 24-0 point on, the Chiefs outscored the Texans 51-7. The Chiefs got momentum back after a long kickoff return set up their first score. Then the Texans ran a fake punt in their own territory. Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says that Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien should not be criticized for the play call, but how do you not? That set up the explosive Chiefs offense with a short field and they capitalized moments later. Then on the ensuing kickoff the Texans fumbled it and the Chiefs recovered. At that point, you knew that the onslaught was coming and the Chiefs were going to win this game. Mahomes was great, hooking up with Travis Kelce for, what three scores in the first half? It was insane. The Texans’ punishment continued in the second half. The Chiefs became the first team in playoff history to be down by 20 plus points in a postseason game only to win by twenty plus points in that same game. Insane! Good luck Tennessee trying to stop this buzzsaw. What a game. What a performance!
Seahawks 23 Packers 28
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers offense was rolling in this game right away. Devante Adams, in particular could not be stopped. He had 160 yards receiving and two touchdowns for the game and the Seattle defense really had no answer for him. The Packers defense was also ready with the Smith brothers (Za’Darius & Preston…no they are not related) putting a relentless attack on Russell Wilson. The Packers, had what five or six sacks in the game? They were rolling up 21-3 at half, but Troy Aikman on the FOX telecast said that we can’t count out Wilson and the Seahawks making a comeback in the second half. Sure shooting, he was right. The Seahawks scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the second half and were moving for a fourth, but the drive stalled. Then it was up to their defense to get them the ball back, but as was the case so often this game, they couldn’t deliver. On the final drive, the Packers faced third and long twice and Rodgers came up with two big throws each that. That was really the story of the game. The Seahawks third down defense was terrible and a big reason why they lost this game. Now Rodgers and the Packers get to go to San Francisco. We know what happened there earlier this season.
College Football Playoff National Championship Game (New Orleans, LA)
14-0 #3 Clemson VS 14-0 #1 LSU 8 PM ET ESPN
Finally, after waiting for what seems like three months since the semifinals happened, the national championship is tonight for college football. Last time LSU was in the championship game was in this very building, the Mercedes Benz Superdome. LSU fans know what happened. Alabama dominated them in route to a 21-0 victory. This time around seems to be different because of one key position: quarterback. Joe Burrow has set many records this year and has by far been the best player in college football. He will have to go against an incredible secondary in Clemson, though. Clemson continues to play with the chip on their shoulder as being the underdog and getting no respect. Beat LSU, and the respect will come. I shouldn’t bet against Trevor Lawrence and head coach Dabo Swinney, but how can you not like what LSU has done to this point? I see them completing this incredible run with a national championship and hoisting the trophy tonight on the field. Here’s hoping for a good game.
Predicted winner: LSU
Confidence points: Mid teens
Coming up Tuesday: Reaction to the national championship game plus the Browns have a new head coach