The Conference Championship games provided some of the best football we’ve seen all season. But it’s all down to two teams now, the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
There are plenty of places you’ll see analysis for everything regarding the Super Bowl over the next week, including the nonsensical commercials. But here, let’s look at the ratings results heading into the big game.
Moving On Up
Jeffery had a bit of a day, helping guide the Eagles to the Super Bowl over the Minnesota Vikings. Jeffery used his size, speed, and strength to expose openings while running a diverse route tree. If you look at his top plays, possibly the best thing Jeffery did was adjust to create consistent separation on quick slant routes, providing Foles a reliable target when the Vikings brought the heat. For this performance, Jeffery gets a boost in several offensive ratings slots, including Awareness, Route Running, Catch, and Ball Carrier Vision.
This is what makes beating the Patriots in the post season so difficult. The amount of quality role players they have throughout their roster is staggering. With Rob Gronkowski out of the game, the Pats needed someone to step up in big way. The called Amendola’s number several times, and he responded in his typical fashion. In terms of quality of play, this might be Amendola’s best performance of his career, making outstanding catches and bringing down nearly everything within arm’s reach. He also gets a boost in several ratings categories, including +3 to Awareness and +1 to Spectacular Catch.
If he plays like this in the Super Bowl, Nick Foles could easily be the story of the NFL season. He was poised under pressure, being forced to get rid of the ball quickly with Minnesota’s pass rush bearing down. It was an amazing effort against one of the NFL’s best defenses. It was an MVP-level performance. Foles’ ratings sees an uptick in numerous passing categories.
Moving On Down
One of the best defensive backs in the league, Bouye was put on his heels this postseason. He was flat out overmatched last week as Antonio Brown beat him multiple times for TDs. He was put on the attack against the Pats as well, as Belichick began overloading the Jags’ zone coverage. The Jags deserve tons of credit for putting together an amazing season. Bouye might be dinged a bit in the ratings, but he was at the forefront of their success.
The Vikings offensive line was just beaten by the Eagles’ defensive front. In fact, most of their O-line took a dive in the ratings this week as a result. Joe Berger took the biggest hit, with his OVR falling out of the 80s after major dips in Run and Pass Blocking.
It was a heck of a season for Keenum, providing a spark to an offense that not only lost their starting QB, but also their starting running back early in the year. Keenum’s at his best when he’s mistake free, and the Eagles didn’t allow that to happen. After this season, Keenum will be a hot name to watch this offseason if he hits free agency.
- Daniel Williams
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