We've finally reached the end of the regular season. 14 of the 16 games are connected to playoff scenarios. This should be fun.
This week's cards:
4 Retail Packs of 2012 Crown Royale
2 Retail Packs of 2011 Topps
4 Hobby Packs of 2013 Archives
In total, there are 96 cards.
Let's dive right into the games:
ATLANTA FALCONS 3, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 0
>>> First game of the week and it's a big one. The Falcons send the Bucs packing and send themselves to the playoffs. Pitiful showing by the Bucs with the playoffs on the line.
BUFFALO BILLS 5, NEW YORK JETS 3
>>> This was one of the two games that didn't matter this week. The Bills win for pride's sake. The Bills had a Faces of the Franchise, a RC, and a base card. The Jets did get a sweet SP from Archives, but only manage one other base card.
BALTIMORE RAVENS 6, CINCINNATI BENGALS 2
>>> The Ravens take this all-base-card battle and eliminate the Bengals.
DETROIT LIONS 3, CHICAGO BEARS 0
>>> The Bears didn't bother to get off the bus in this one. The Lions win knocks the Saints out, and makes the Cardinals-49ers game crucial.
HOUSTON TEXANS 3, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 3
>>> I had a tie breaker in the back of my mind when scoring these games, and it came into play here. Both teams had 3 base cards, but the tie goes to the Texans, who had one of the 1985 Topps designs from Archives. This win knocks the Colts out of contention. I love the '85 design, even if it is a former UVA Wahoo:
MINNESOTA VIKINGS 4, GREEN BAY PACKERS 3
>>> The Vikings finally stop the Packers' win streak.
MIAMI DOLPHINS 6, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 4
>>> The Dolphins and Patriots were the best 102 punch of any division throughout the entire season. While the Pats had already clinched the division, the Dolphins needed the win to clinch the top #5 seed in the AFC. Oh yeah, Pats got a ToppsTown card...probably why they lost:
CAROLINA PANTHERS 4, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 3
>>> Thanks to the Lions win, this game doesn't mean anything. The Saints lost anyway.
NEW YORK GIANTS 4, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 3
>>> The Eagles needed a win to stay alive, but they fell short. The Giants win to seal up the NFC's top seed. The Eagles loss also gives the Lions the NFC's #6 seed. David Wilson, a former Hokie, was integral to the win:
PITTSBURGH STEELERS 15, CLEVELAND BROWNS 3
>>> Pittsburgh needed a win to stay alive, and they got it in a big way. Both teams had 3 base cards, but the Steelers had a Fan Favorites Auto. I wasn't expecting an auto, since they're only 2 per box, so I was pretty surprised. When I was a kid, we called this guy Bloody Blister:
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 5, TENNESSEE TITANS 0
>>> The Jags took care of business, dashing the Steelers' hopes and putting the season on the Chargers game. If the Chargers lose, the Jags are in.
DALLAS COWBOYS 4, WASHINGTON REDSKINS 3
>>> This game was all about pride, and the Redskins lost. Maybe they should change their racist name. Haha, just kidding...maybe.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 8, DENVER BRONCOS 6
>>> I wanted the Broncos to win for Eddie Royal's sake, but they just couldn't overcome a Jamaal Charles onslaught:
OAKLAND RAIDERS 4, SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 3
>>> I'm sure Greg is in absolute shock right now. Riding a 4 game winning streak to the brink of the playoffs, the Chargers fell flat against the worst team in the league. The Raiders actually put up 4 base cards in this one. Spiegel gets to rub this one in. The Jaguars claim the second AFC Wild Card.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 4, ST. LOUIS RAMS 2
>>> Marshawn Lynch stood up and ran away with this one.
ARIZONA CARDINALS 16, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 3
>>> With the Lions scooping up a Wild Card spot, this game became "win or go home". The Cardinals won this one in convincing fashion. While Ryan Williams played a role in the win, the big card here was another Fan Favorites Auto. I managed two FFAs in four hobby packs. There are only supposed to be two per box. Awesome. I'm not real familiar with Neil Lomax, but it's cool nonetheless:
And so the regular season ends. It's been a fun ride.
Let's look at the final standings:
Here are the final playoff seedings:
1. Broncos (12-4)
2. Texans (11-5)1
3. Patriots (11-5)2
4. Ravens (11-5)
5. Dolphins (10-6)
6. Jaguars (9-7)
1Texans are 9-3 in-conference. Patriots/Ravens are both 8-4.
2Patriots def. Ravens in Week 3
1. Giants (12-4)
2. Rams (10-6)3
3. Packers (10-6)
4. Falcons (9-7)
5. Cardinals (9-7)4
6. Lions (9-7)
3Rams def. Packers in Week 7.
4Cardinals def. Lions in Week 15.
To all those who made the playoffs: congratulations and good luck!
To those who didn't: stay tuned, as there may be another chance to win something!
Check back on Tuesday, July 9 at 5:01 PM ET for the Season Review, including MVP and ROY awards.
Check back on Thursday, July 11 at 5:01 PM ET for the Playoff Preview.