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Five Things We Learned From Wild Card Weekend
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Five Things We Learned From Wild Card Weekend

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As Wild Card weekend has wrapped up, here are five things we learned from this weekend.

 

The mythical home field advantage for the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium is a mirage

They’ve now lost their last six playoff games there, typically in heartbreaking fashion. The next time Kansas City clinches a playoff spot, the starters should be shut down for as long as necessary to lock the team into a wild-card spot, ensuring a fighting chance to win on the road.

 

The NFL’s concussion protocol needs to be addressed

The Carolina Panthers failed to comply with the league’s guideline when Cam Newton appeared dazed in the fourth quarter. Carolina contended Newton, who missed one play, was being treated for an eye injury even though the cameras seemed to show Newton struggling to stay on his feet on the sideline even after trainers attended to him on the field.

 

A disappointing season offensively for the Atlanta Falcons has plagued them in 2017

Their emergent defense might be the difference between this season’s playoff run and last year’s failure, when the defense wore out in the face of the Patriots’ ball-control Super Bowl blitzkrieg in Super Bowl LI. In their last six games, the Falcons have limited some of the league’s best offenses (Rams, Panthers, Saints twice) to an average of 16.3 points and 319.2 yards.

 

The loss of New Orleans Saints left guard Andrus Peat could be huge

He’s a major component to a Saints offensive line that struggled to run the ball without him Sunday. New Orleans also relies on Peat’s mass (6-7, 316) to give the shortish quarterback Drew Brees plenty of room to see and throw through passing lanes.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey is the NFL’s premier corner

His brilliant anticipation allowed him to ice Sunday’s win as he ended Buffalo’s final drive with an interception of quarterback Nathan Peterman. Should be fun watching Ramsey match up with Steelers WR Antonio Brown next weekend.

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