i didnt see anyone say it was a convincing victory, but it was a victory.
I didn't say anyone did. *I* was just emphasing/noting that it was not a convincing victory whether anyone chooses to reconize that or not. We lost two [road] games this season... by a combined
6 points. That was real point.
i dont like it when people throw out that it was barely a win...a win is a win. the better team came out ahead, end of story. if the chargers were that good they shouldnt have been within striking distance in the end of the game, and shouldnt have allowed that last drive, which i might add, was nearly perfect.
I was just qualifying how they won. A win is a win but not all wins are equal in all aspects. I agree that good/great teams find a way to win close games and I give them all the credit for a great winning drive.
we did contain LT2, as we have with most premier RBs this season. also you are forgetting when we played you guys we had fassel as our OC. the ravens have been a completely different team since billick took over play calling.
Again, that game was our 3rd game of the year with a "rookie starter" at QB. As you pointed out, both teams are different than the ones that took the field that day. The Ravens have been more effective on offense and no one has really stopped LT the last 10 weeks... and Rivers has matured.
to call mcnair "the same guy" is a compliment in a sense. he has been to the playoffs. he has been to a super bowl. he has played in big pressure games (which rivers has not). he has been to pro bowls (not that it matters) and even been a co-league MVP. is that supposed to be a bad thing? also, dont forget he has been in a completely new system this season, the more time he has had under center, the better off he is, even if he is 2 months "older" than the last time he beat you guys.
I like McNair but all those accolades are past-tense. He is no longer that "MVP/Pro Bowl" player. He was a great player but comparing their stats this season he threw for 3050 yds with 16 TDs and 12 INTs. Rivers threw for 3388 yds with 22 TDs and 9 INTs. McNair's passer rating was 82.5, River's 92.0. Rivers had the better season by any standard you wish to use and has much better weapons to pitch/pass to.
i dont care how well rivers has played as of late, the playoffs are a whole different monster. the chargers have a bit of history of not performing in the playoffs, regardless of their seasons. and i dont really care if he made the pro bowl...romo even made the pro bowl so that basically proves that pro bowls are a joke. not saying that he doesnt deserve a place on that team, but the way you threw it in the sentence, it looked like that it meant he is now some good player because he became popular.
I agree. In a one game playoff anything can happen. Given our players, HFA and winning streak I like our chances. I think the Ravens won't even make it past the 2nd rd
, just a gut feeling but should they it would be great to get another crack at them when it matters most.