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But for much of the day when it mattered most, the Seahawks looked to their rookie wide receiver to make big plays. D.K. Metcalf’s massive day With Seattle holding a 10-6 lead early in the third quarter, quarterback Russell Wilson faked a handoff before looking down the left sideline to find Metcalf streaking past Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox. He lofted a pass that traveled 40 yards in the air into the outstretched hands of Metcalf, who corralled the ball and tumbled to the ground as he reached to make the catch.
No one is confusing Kirk Cousins for an elite quarterback, but he made several great throws in OT to beat the Saints. And game managers have won Super Bowls before.
In reality, Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry was simply talking about being one of the most productive players in the NBA over the past decade. During the 2010s, only six players had a higher VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) than Lowry, the engine behind Toronto’s turnaround as a franchise: LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Chris Paul. Pretty impressive company.
It will be hard for the NFL to top wild-card weekend. Two of the first three games went to overtime. The Tennessee Titans’ upset of the New England Patriots was a one-point game until the final seconds, and the Seattle Seahawks’ win over the Philadelphia Eagles wasn’t decided until the final two minutes either.
New Orleans Saints fans are going to spend another offseason mad at the NFL. The league reviewed the controversial touchdown catch that eliminated the Saints from the playoffs Sunday and determined there was no pass interference on the play. The NFL admits there was contact between both Kyle Rudolph and P.J. Williams, but it wasn’t enough to warrant a flag.
The New England Patriots provided plenty of bulletin board material for the Tennessee Titans before they faced off in Saturday’s AFC wild-card game. And after they beat the Patriots 20-13, it was clear that the Titans had been motivated by all of it. Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy gave the Titans a great bulletin board quote right after the Pats lost to the Miami Dolphins in Week 17.