Stadium 30-Seattle Seahawks

 

The weather here in Seattle on game 30, my penultimate game, was typical London weather. Cold, damp, drizzle, and horrible. I met with Seattle Superfan Cannonball for a few beers before we went to the CenturyLink Stadium. A very different looking stadium to all the others I have attended,  unique long arc’ed stands at either side, with the triangular “Hawks Next” at one end. A really beautiful stadium and a very noisy crowd, I expected a very easy win for the in form Seahawks. I sat with Supefan Traci low down right behind the posts and endzone, before moving into the dry of the club seats in the second quarter, thank god!! The weather was shocking. But, this was’nt in the script, the Rams raced into a deserved lead after a few mistakes by the Seahawks. The Hawks rallied somewhat in the second half, but the Rams held on for the win.

Stadium 29-Oakland Raiders

 

More cold weather, this time add some rain, which made it a miserable evening for weather to watch a game of football in Oakland. It was always going to be a close game between two divisional and state rivals who have both already been eliminated from the play offs. The Chargers took the lead early on and looked the better team in the first half. The second half was more open with the final quarter becoming very exciting as both teams pushed forward to win the game. It looked like the Raiders were heading for the win, even after the Chargers were leading for most of the game. But the Chargers needed a very late field goal to take the game into overtime. The Raiders won the toss and proceeded to get a field goal, leaving the Chargers with a touchdown to win the game. The Raiders held the Chargers to a 4th down and they eventually made the play. The crazy but amazing  Raiders fans had something to cheer about in what may be their final game in Oakland and the final home game for their great 18 year veteran Charles Woodson. Well please for the Raiders fans.

Stadium 28-Baltimore Ravens

 

Another freezing cold day for me of late, this time in Baltimore. Beautiful sunshine but around zero degrees, 32 celsuis. The booze and food at the pre game tailgate with Rick and the boys were a big help. The Ravens who currently have 21 players injured on the sidelines showed that they were missing key players as mistakes were made very early on for this game to look over by half time. But, just before half time, to keep the game alive, the Ravens surprisingly scored with a hail Mary pass, the 3rd i have seen on my tour. More mistakes were made, and the Chiefs were comfortable winners in the end, their 7th straight win.

Stadium 27-St Louis Rams

The Thursday night game in St Louis looked like a clash between mustard and ketchup with the color of the outfits worn by the Rams and the Buccaneers, which was some kind of special occasion for the teams. The Rams raced into a big lead in the first quarter and the game looked well and truly over by half time, they were that dominant. Running back Tevon Austin looking very good indeed. That continued into the third quarter, but a fourth quarter surge by the Bucs made the scoreline a little closer than the game really was. A half empty stadium looked like the writing is on the wall for the Rams to move next season, probably to LA. Shame.

Stadium 26-Denver Broncos

 

A freezing cold day in Denver for what looked like a pretty easy home banker against the unpredictable Oakland Raiders. A low scoring game in the first half where field goals ruled. Denver never got their noses in front at all in this game and made quite a  few errors to help contribute to a surprise win for the Raiders, who basically deserved their win.

Stadium 25-Arizona Cardinals

 

A lovely warm evening in the Arizona desert saw the visit from the Minnesota Vikings to the University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals took the lead, only for the Vikings to quickly reply at a 10-10 half time score was a fair reflection. The Cardinals were always in front but not by enough to be safe. The Vikings were 3 points behind right up until a field goal attempt from close in with 10 seconds to go should have sent this game into overtime. Instead of this, the Vikings decided they needed another play, and this was their downfall, with Bridgewater fumbling with 5 seconds to go. A massive mistake that cost the Vikings at least a chance of victory in overtime.

 

Stadium 24-San Diego

 

A beautiful sunny day in San Diego and a great pre game tailgate with San Diego’s finest fans Bolt Pride, set me up for a potential great divisional rivals game. Sadly that did not happen. Denver were always in control of this game from the moment they ran in a pick 6 in the first quarter right in front of where I was sitting. They quickly added a second touchdown and a field goal, with the Chargers adding a 3 point field goal before half time. Sadly, that was all the scoring for the game, a 0-0 second half which was not the best to watch, as Denver basically ran down the clock and were never in any danger of losing.

Stadium 23-Detroit Lions

 

This was a game I have been looking forward to. A fierce divisional rivalry, where only a few weeks ago Detroit won in Green Bay for the first time in over 20  years. So I expected a very tough and competitive game. And I was not wrong. Detroit raced into a 20-0 half time lead and thoroughly deserved it as they completely  dominated the first two quarters. The second half was another story, and Detroit were completely to blame for their own downfall. Green Bay reduced the arrears with a touchdown to make it 20-7, then Detroit completely went to pieces, first fumbling on their own 10 yard line, then having to punt on their next 2 drives, given Green Bay points along the way. But with time running out, the Packers had one more chance with the last play of the game, but sadly they failed, or that’s what everybody thought, including me and I had the evidence on video to prove it. But a very  controversial late flag, gave the Packers another chance, and what happened next will go down in NFL history. Not many quarterbacks can do what Aaron Rodgers did next. He riggled his way out of trouble to unleash the longest ever hail Mary touchdown in the history of the NFL. A Rodgers to Rodgers pass of over 60 yards to win the game. Absolutely incredible, and something I will always be happy to say that I was there to see. What a throw and a part of all time NFL folklore. But you had to feel sorry for the Lions.

Stadium 22-Cleveland Browns

The Monday night game in Cleveland did not look like a classic on paper, but it turned out to be a fantastic ending to a quite interesting game here in a very chilly Cleveland. Both teams were already out of the play off running, but there was great drama to come at the end of this game. The Ravens were winning for most of the game, but only just, so there was a game on at all times. So after three and a half quarters of trading interceptions, fumbles and touchdowns, the Browns had the chance to win this game with the last play of the game, a field goal attempt from around 30 yards. Normally a 99 times out of 100 easy kick. But what followed was a complete shock to most of us. The field goal was blocked, and returned for a Ravens touchdown. I was sitting with a few Cleveland friends and they were in complete shock. What a finish, and what a shame for Cleveland.