The Washington Times - January 20, 2012, 12:33PM

Saturday

There’s no part of the #NFL season that’s more fun than the Wind Chill Factor part. #Patriots #Packers #Broncos #Giants

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Saints-Niners Game

If the #Niners let him, Sproles might set a playoff record for Most Swing Passes Caught. #NFL #Saints

Frank Gore. Always thought it would be a great name for a character in a Wes Craven movie. #Niners #NFL #Saints

Definition of a terrific coach: From the first series, you know his team is ready to play. Seems like the #Niners always are. #NFL

What kind of defense was that, Gregg, the Don’t Cover the Quick Slant defense? Yikes. #Saints #NFL #Niners

Keep waiting for Kenny Albert to say to Moose: “You played fullback for a decade in the #NFL, bashing your helmet into people … #Cowboys

… How are you even able to form a coherent sentence?” #NFL #Cowboys

You know who would be unbelievable in today’s #NFL? Harold Carmichael. 6-8, incredible reach. Would catch 15 TD passes a year.#Saints #49ers

When the ball is around your ankles, Michael Crabtree, you’re not thinking about YAC. You’re just thinking about the catch part. #49ers#NFL

As Rex Grossman would say, that interception of Brees’ was “just as good as a punt.” #NFL #Saints #Redskins

#Niners are looking at being +4 in turnovers in the first half and only being up 3. Harbaugh can’t be too thrilled about that. #NFL #Saints

Early on I said Sproles might set a playoff record for swing passes caught. Well, he has 8 receptions for 38 yards at the half. #NFL #Saints

The last #NFL team to turn it over 5 times and win a playoff game? ‘82 #Jets vs. #Raidershttp://bit.ly/wWL75q #Saints #49ers

The next-to-last #NFL team to turn it over 5 times and win a playoff game? ‘81 #49ers vs. #Cowboys in NFC title game.http://bit.ly/wsYNz6

On the subject of turning it over 5 times and winning a playoff game, the ‘75 Steelers did it 2 weeks in a row — and then won SB. #Saints

Here are the boxes of those 2 #Steelers games:http://bit.ly/AlmNmM http://bit.ly/AdgHnO 12 turnovers in 2 playoff games! #Saints #NFL

That run by Gore looked like The Last Days of Clinton Portis. Only thing missing was a piano on his back. #Redskins #Saints #NFL #Niners

Ever wonder how many times Gregg Williams game-planned vs. Harbaugh when he was a QB? Answer: 1. Box: http://bit.ly/zFZNdp #Saints #49ers

Carlos made a real DHall attempt to tackle Graham on that TD. Proud of him. #NFL #Redskins #49ers #Saints

The #Saints have scored 113 points in their last three playoff games (37.7 average) and are 1-2. Ouch. #Niners #NFL

If Vernon Davis (7 catches, 180 yds, 2 TD) had blocked a FG try, they’d be comparing his game to the Kellen Winslow Game. Wow. #Niners #NFL

Patriot-Broncos Game

I see Wes Welker, Mr. “Questionable,” has already caught a TD pass for the #Patriots#NFL #Broncos

The ending of the #49ers game was like a quadruple espresso. Gotta bring my pulse back to normal. #NFL #Saints

There’s Welker again, questionably making another catch and questionably running back to the huddle. #Patriots #NFL #Broncos

If Gronkowski caught that ball, it’s because he has hands the size of the British Empire (in the old days). #Patriots #Broncos #NFL

The #Patriots have scored 63 consecutive points — the last 49 vs. the #Bills and the first 14 tonight. #NFL #Broncos

In the New England cold, Tebow must feel like Rocky inside the meat locker. Looking for a rack of ribs to punch. #Patriots #Broncos #NFL

Top cold-weather players of all time: 1. Bigfoot. 2. Bart Starr. 3. Tom Brady (and moving up). #NFL #Patriots #Broncos

What’s even harder about playing in wintry conditions is knowing that as the game goes on, it’s only going to get colder. #Patriots #Broncos

Gronkowski, I’m imagining, is what Bronko Nagurski was like. A force of nature. Get out of the way. #Patriots #Broncos #NFL

Here’s what’s great about playoff football: No holding back. Sproles catches 15 passes for #Saints. A #Pats TE is the leading rusher. #NFL

And just think: The #Patriots are doing all this without Albert Haynesworth. #Redskins #NFL

#Patriots Scoring Machine Update: They have now scored 77 points in the last 5 quarters — and have the ball with 1:09 left in half. #NFL

Make that 84 #Patriots points in a 5 quarter span. Has anybody ever had more, regular season or postseason? Checking on that. #NFL

Just looked something up. The ‘40 #Bears hung 73 on #Redskins in title game, then scored 6 in 1st Q of ‘41 opener. 79 total. #Pats #NFL

Also note: The ‘66 #Redskins, who rang up 72 on the Giants, didn’t score in last Q of previous game or 1st Q of next. 72 total. #Pats #NFL

Of course, the #NFL would say regular season and postseason records are kept separate. But we’d know better, wouldn’t we? #Pats

1950 #Rams scored 80 points over 5-quarter stretch (Games 5-6). #Pats still in the lead. #NFL

Did Tebow say “hike” or “hypothermia”? #Pats #Broncos #NFL

Reasonably certain, after doing some research, that the #Pats‘ 84 points in a 5-quarter span is an #NFL record, reg. season or playoffs.

The answer to the trivia question: Who’s the only player to play in a conference title game the last three seasons? Shaun Ellis. #Pats #NFL

What’s this, the kinder, gentler Bill Belichick? The other one would have had no compunction about throwing for a 7th TD. #Pats #Broncos.

. . And dropkicking the PAT to boot. #Pats #Broncos

That’s two personal fouls vs. the #Broncos in the 4th quarter. If they get a third … tell ‘em what they’ve won, Johnny! #Pats #NFL

Brady now has 36 postseason TD passes. Only Montana (45) and Favre (44) have more. #Pats #NFL #Broncos #49ers #Packers

The #Pats are playing they way the should have played in the playoffs last year — PO’d. #NFL

Sunday

Came up to Baltimore to cover #Ravens#Texans game because, well, I wanted to see what a playoff team looked like. #Redskins #NFL

#Ravens, as successful as they’ve been, haven’t had a home playoff game in 5 years. Just shows you how hard this business is. #NFL #Redskins

If the #Ravens make it up to New England for the AFC title game next Sunday, this much I know: The #Pats won’t score 35 in the 1st half.#NFL

The insanity that overtakes punt returners in the playoffs is something that ought to be studied by the NIH. #JacobyJones #Texans #Ravens

Matt Turk punting for the #Texans — presumably because Mike Bragg wasn’t available. #Redskins #Ravens

We’ve seen some early drops here in Baltimore. Nerves? Shadows? Inner Harbor hangovers? #Ravens #Texans #NFL

Anybody think T.J. Yates is going to put up more than 17 points against this #Ravens defense? Game already slipping away for #Texans#NFL

Yates sees the field like somebody peering through a keyhole. #Texans #Ravens #NFL

… But then, it’s that way with a lot of rookie QBs. Tunnel vision. He’ll get better. Unless, of course, he doesn’t. #Texans #Ravens #NFL

A vendor just came up the aisle in Baltimore selling $7.75 cans of beer. Wonder if any customers have had to redo their mortgages. #Ravens

A 30-point first half in Baltimore. Not sure I saw that coming, but I’ll take it. Competitive, entertaining game. #Ravens 17, #Texans 13.

What you’re seeing with Foster in these playoffs isn’t just a talented back but a rested one. #Texans wisely sat him in Week 17. #Ravens

The change (for the better) in this #Texans defense in one year is just amazing. Kudos all around. #Ravens #NFL

Is there an Emmy for Worst Performance by a Punt Returner in a Nationally Televised Game? This Jacoby Jones is a piece of work. #Texans

Thought Jones might be going for the hat trick there — muffed punt, minus-6-yard return and … what comes third? #Texans #Ravens

The #Ravens have zero punt return yards. So while Turk doesn’t kick them as far as he used to, he still gets sufficient altitude. #Texans

Expect to see Jacoby Jones available on eBay after the game. Good lord this guy is an awful punt returner. #Texans #Ravens #NFL

Monday

Watching Tim McCarver interview Fran Tarkenton. Fran said he spent ages 5 to 11 in inner city DC. Didn’t know that. #NFL #Redskins #Vikes

Fran: “I’m convinced I learned the ability to scramble and avoid the rush and extend plays in the alleys of Washington DC.” #Redskins #NFL

Tarkenton, btw, claims West Coast offense started with late-60s #Giants — short passes, empty backfield. Refined it in Minny. #Vikings #NFL

One more on Tarkenton: Says his dad died during playoff game vs. #Cowboys that featured game-winning Hail Mary to Drew Pearson. #Vikes #NFL

Most conference title games in Super Bowl era: Montana 7, Brady/Elway/Bradshaw/Staubach 6, Favre/McNabb/Kelly/Stabler 5. #NFL #49ers #Pats

Most consecutive conference title games: Stabler 5 (73-77), McNabb (01-04), Aikman (92-95), Kelly (90-93), Lamonica (67-70) 4. #NFL #Eagles

Bob Griese and Kurt Warner both 3-0 in conference title games. Elway 5-1. Kelly 4-1. #NFL #Dolphins #Rams #Broncos #Bills

The #Giants‘ Hakeem Nicks has 4 TD catches in two playoff games, 3 off the record for a single postseason. Which #Redskinsreceiver had 5?

Answer: Alvin Garrett in the ‘82 postseason. Garrett had 3 TD catches vs. DET, 1 vs. MIN and 1 vs. MIA in the Super Bowl. #Redskins

If anybody’s wondering what’s gotten into Nicks, by the way, my guess would be: Victor Cruz. #Giants #NFL

Tuesday

Only 19 penalties — total — were assessed in the #NFL’s four playoff games over the weekend. #Saints#Ravens had none. #Pats #Giants

The #NFL record for most penalties by one team in a game, I’ll just point out, is 22 — 3 fewer than were stepped off Sat. and Sun. #Ravens

Can’t watch Danny Woodhead skittering about without thinking of that James Bond character, Dr. Holly Goodhead. #Patriots #NFL

Tebow’s 9-for-26 passing performance vs. the #Pats kept nagging at me. Then I remembered … #NFL #Broncos #Redskins.

. . Those were Doug Williams’ numbers in the ‘87 NFC title game vs. Vikes. Doug’s team only gave up 10 points, though. #Redskins #Broncos

The only RBs with 100-yard rushing games in these #NFL playoffs have been eliminated (Arian Foster twice, Isaac Redman). #Texans #Steelers

The new #Raiders coach, whoever he is, will be taking over a team that doesn’t have a pick in the first 4 rounds of this year’s draft. #NFL

The #Raiders spent their No. 1 on Carson Palmer, No. 2 on Joseph Barksdale, No. 3 on Terrelle Pryor and No. 4 on Jason Campbell. #NFL

Speaking of the draft, the #Seahawks still owe the #Lions a pick this year, probably a 7th rounder, for Tyler Polumbus. #Redskins

Putting together list of Top 10 Biggest Surprises in #NFL this season. One of my rejects: Tom Coughlin’s face getting even ruddier. #Giants

Before 2011, no #NFL QB had ever thrown for 4,000 yards and rushed for 500 in same season. Cam Newton’s figures were 4,051/706. #Panthers

Before Newton, Steve Young had the most rushing yards by a 4,000-yard passer: 454 in ‘98. #49ers #NFL #Panthers

More on Cam Newton: He’s also only 2nd #NFL QB to throw for 20 TDs and run for 10 in same year (21/14). Kordell Stewart ‘97: 21/11.#Panthers

#Colts#Bucs#Fins and #Raiders pretty much playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey with these coaching candidates. No Harbaugh out there. #NFL

The CSN camera just switched from Pat Sajak to Al Koken and, I swear, it’s getting harder and harder to tell them apart. #Caps

Seriously, if Al could just get Kelli Johnson to dress up like Vanna White … #Caps

The longer this Fielder thing drags on, the more I wonder if Boras isn’t going to have him play in an independent league this year.#Brewers

Mike Morse just had as good a year as Jayson Werth ever had, he’ll be 30 in March, yet the #Nats are offering him $3.5M. Great system.#MLB

It’s games like tonight’s that make you feel GMGM should blow up this #Caps team. Maybe he can borrow some Acme TNT from Wile E. Coyote.

Thursday

Hank Haney on his #Tiger book: “I feel like I wrote a book that was fair and honest.” He sounds like Meryl Streep in “Manhattan.” #PGATour

#Tiger, meanwhile, says of Haney’s book: “I just think [it] is very self-serving.” Anything with a byline is self-serving, Eldrick. #PGATour 

Was just reminded by #NFL Replay that #49ers recovered onside kick in 1st game vs. #Giants. Amazing it worked in the Year of the Touchback.

… I mean, if your returner is going to be taking a knee, anyway, why should anybody be peeling back early to block? #NFL #Giants #49ers

Ted Ginn is the Desmond Howard of his time. He’s like a plunging neckline on a department store mannequin. #49ers #Redskins #NFL

In ESPN’s movie about the Brothers Harbaugh — you know they’ll make one — I nominate Alec Baldwin to play John. #Ravens #NFL

As for the part of Jim, we should probably choose another Baldwin — Stephen, maybe. #Ravens #49ers #NFL

Only 14 times in #NFL history has the margin of victory in a playoff game been 40+ points. Two of those games were #Giants#49ers games.

I covered them both — in ‘86 and ‘93 seasons. #Giants won the 1st 49-3 http://bit.ly/wrsNef#49ers the 2nd 44-3. http://bit.ly/wbLunW #NFL

In ‘86 game, Montana got KO’d and Rice flat-out dropped the ball running for a TD. The ‘93 game was Phil Simms’ last. #49ers #Giants #NFL

Watching “Ronin,” the De Niro movie in which Katarina Witt, in a real stretch, plays a figure skater. #EastGermansIHaveKnown