Ravens coach John Harbaugh wasn’t happy to hear the NFL pushed the game back from a 1 p.m. start, but they will host the Ravens at the same time as the other three AFC games with playoff implications. The Ravens have to be careful against a Bengals team that played spoiler last week by knocking the Lions from postseason contention and will look to do the same in Baltimore.
The Titans are the other AFC team that can get in by simply winning. It won’t be easy with a struggling offense against a motivated Jaguars defense that was embarrassed in last week’s 44-33 loss to the 49ers. Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone said he will not rest his starters despite the fact that the Jaguars are locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC.
The Bills need the Titans to lose and then win at Miami in order to reach the postseason for the first time since 1999. In what is likely the final game for Jay Cutler as Dolphins quarterback, the Bills will surely come after him in their quest to end the NFL’s longest playoff drought.
Because it was so cold, it was more about the way the puck was bouncing, he said. It was so cold, the puck bounced right in front of me and it was hard to tell how high it was going to bounce. I had to get behind it and get the glove behind it.
The hard ice also meant the game moved more quickly than it would, say, on the spongier surface at Madison Square Garden.
It was a fast ice. That was the toughest part for me, Lundqvist said. To not slide out of the situation, because there was so much speed coming at you in every situation. Much faster than you’re used to, normally.
As he has in the past, Lundqvist capably handled the adverse conditions, making 31 saves. One of them was this tie-preserving beauty against Zemgus Girgensons, who fired the puck at Lundqvist after a Jack Eichel pass.
The victory ended a five-game losing streak in bowls, dating back to 2011. It also might have been Jackson’s final game for the Hawkeyes. The 6-1, 192-pound junior cornerback is a potential first-round pick and led FBS with eight interceptions this season. That total also tied a school record and Jackson, who was a Jim Thorpe Award finalist this year, returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns and also forced a fumble. He’s a long, aggressive and athletic cornerback with a nose for the ball. The knock on him, though, is that he’s really only had one season of good production at Iowa.