NFC Championship Game Open Thread

January 18th, 2015


Ahh, it’s Championship Sunday! Great football is sure to grace the tube. It should look nothing a 2014 Buccaneers game.

Green Bay heads to Seattle in the NFC. Kickoff is 3:05 p.m. on FOX.

Joe expects the Packers to struggle. Green Bay didn’t score a lot of points on the road this season, and Aaron Rodgers is banged up, and Seattle’s defense is nasty. Plus, don’t forget the loud Seattle crowd that will be too noisy for Rodgers to change much at the line of scrimmage.

Joe’s going to call Seattle 27, Green Bay 17.

Bang it here all game long in the comments section with fellow Bucs fans. Joe wishes cold beer and great barbecue for all.

140 Responses to “NFC Championship Game Open Thread”

  1. Java Says:

    Hope Seattle losses. But with a soft GB D and Rodgers hurt it will be a blowout. Both championship games will be blowouts.

  2. JTHV Says:

    Draft Jameis!!

  3. MadMax Says:

    Seattle and NE

    But Im pulling for Green Bay and Indy

  4. 911bucs Says:

    Come on Green Bay!!

  5. jfat Says:

    Seattle and Indy for me. I just wanna see RW and Luck go toe to toe in the SB.

  6. DB55 Says:

    Cool! Ty 4 thread joe

  7. DB55 Says:

    Williams is a fa

  8. DB55 Says:

    Glennon is at his best in the uptempo no huddle off. Give him 2.5 secs and he’s good.

  9. rayjay1122 Says:

    Nice INT. Go Seahawks!

  10. Orlandobucsfan Says:

    I wish we had a corner like Sherman oh wait we did and traded him.

  11. R.O. Says:

    Don’t want Mariota. Don’t wouldn’t want R. Wilson.

  12. deminion Says:

    Draft Famous

  13. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Smart man, thanks for the thread Joe!

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    GB ahead early! Go Packers! I don’t need no stinking super bowl being won twice in a row by our expansion mates.

  15. Dr J Says:

    Can’t believe we didn’t even try to resign Bennett

  16. Mr. Patrick Says:

    @ Dr J
    Agreed. Still a head scratcher

  17. Soggy Says:

    seahawks are tanking.. 🙂

  18. MadMax Says:

    Man, didnt see this Green Bay D sneak attack coming. They’re looking more like the legion of boom…..

  19. Mr. Patrick Says:

    @ Soggy

  20. R.O. Says:

    No to Mariota… No to R. Wilson.

  21. 77bassguitarist Says:

    @ bucfan 37 i completely agree with u

  22. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Russell needs to start breaking the pocket for a few runs

  23. MadMax Says:

    Hey Luv, Chickillo is projected round 5 to 6….I would def draft him in the 5th….his partner from the game Zadarius Smith is projected 3 to 4.

  24. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Go to the Spread, and run outside of the pocket

  25. Adrian Says:

    Stuck at Pizza Hut waiting for my order so I can get home and watch the game but they don’t have the game on! They are showing bowling on bspn, wtf?!

  26. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Looking for them both, to get the invite to the Senior Bowl. To see how they fair against a step up in competition.

  27. Mr. Patrick Says:

    I’m with you. Always love to see our local boys do well

  28. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Necked Bootleg time

  29. R.O. Says:

    No to Mariota.. No To R. Wilson.

  30. Eric Says:

    Seattle got off to a Raheem Morris start.

  31. Buccfan37 Says:

    Seattle is not a high scoring team. Packers are sitting pretty here. GB will score more points in the second half. I keep thinking about the Buc- Seahawk matchup when the Bucs squandered a 21 point lead out there. Seattle is not dead yet.

  32. Yugenaugur Says:

    No. Packers will go all the way. Colts win today as well.

  33. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    What happened to mariota….I mean wilson when the scramble was taken away and throwing from the pocket was necessary. But hey anything is better than WINSTON, right?

  34. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Colt’s ousting the Pats would even be sweeter than GB beating the hawks, imo.

  35. jfat Says:

    @Newbucsfan… Seattle has a trash WR corps. Game plan is perfect by GB tho.

  36. Buccfan37 Says:

    Packers prevent pass D looked like moldy swiss cheeze.

  37. Soggy Says:

    Nice fake kick..

  38. Mr. Patrick Says:

    If your QB can’t throw a TD pass then let your holder throw one

  39. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Has anybody kept count of how many times either Wilson or Rodgers have taken a snap from under center?

    Seriously. I missed the first ten minutes. I don’t think I’ve seen a single freaking snap from under center.

    Sorry, Jameis MAY be the correct pick but all this bs about snaps from under center is just a straw man argument.

    Mariota is representative of the future in the NFL. Not that Jameis can’t learn to take snaps in the gun or run a more spread offense.

  40. Soggy Says:

    With the first pick the buck take a holder.. 🙂

  41. Soggy Says:


  42. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    @Mr Patrick

    Yes. And this is why I am not on board with the punter doing the holding. Used to always be the backup QB.

    I understand that the punter and kicker have more time on their hands to practice together while the backup QB has to learn that week’s offensive game plan but I love the versatility and threat of a QB taking that snap for the FG.

    Unless of course it’s Tony Romo! 🙂

  43. Soggy Says:

    momentum is changing

  44. cmurda Says:

    Wow, what a mojo changer that fake kick was. Packers special teams coaching remind me of ours. You would think instead of worrying about blocking the kick they would guard against the fake. Terrible coaching. Pack are getting outcoached right now and Rodgers misses an easy screen and does not look good.

  45. INDYbucsfan Says:

    Green Bay and Indy!

  46. Eric Says:

    Wilson thus far is having a horrible day.

  47. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    I’m with you! I like Luck soooo much better than crybaby Brady.

  48. Soggy Says:

    Ya rooting for indy also

  49. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    What happened to Mike James. He’s the only back we have with enough size to go into “beast mode”. We need our own Lacy/Lynch and James is the only player who is big enough and powerful enough to do the job.

    Either that or draft a lode. Doug can sometimes run hard but he’s just not punishing until he gets well into the secondary against DB’s. Rainey and Sims don’t punish anybody.

  50. lurker Says:

    no way will 2 first round qb picks make it to the superbowl. impossible.

  51. Soggy Says:

    Ya we need our alstott the 2nd

  52. Buccfan37 Says:

    Gotta give it to the Packers. The Pack is back. I hope this is not too early.

  53. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Exactly Soggy. Where’s an Alstott when you need him?

    Hey there is at least one player having a great game that we can match.

    Green Bay’s kicker. At least we’re set at Placekicker. Punter? Not so sure.

  54. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    50% of the QB’s in the final four were taken in the 3rd round or later. I think we can give this one to Green Bay although there’s still plenty of time.

    OTOH have you already written off Tom Brady?

  55. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ St. Pete

    Mike James is still with us but you have to get to 3rd & 1 to use him effectively…& we are usually 3rd & 9 or more…

  56. R.O. Says:

    St Pete need a calculator for that one?

  57. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Yeah I remember James on 3 and 1 but why not use him more like Lynch or Lacy?

    I love a nice 8-12 yard gain on second and five. But I certainly take your point.
    We rarely get to 2nd and five.

  58. Eric Says:

    Hard as heck to repeat.

  59. lurker Says:

    nope, wrote noone off. made a sarcastic comment since there are people saying we shouldn’t take a qb in the first because they can be had later. we need to take the risk…every position busts. last year’s #1 hasn’t helped his team yet.

  60. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’m waiting for the crowd to become silent.

  61. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    LOL Actually I’m pretty good at that kind of stuff. My father was a bookie. He was a 7th grade dropout but great at math.

    He could take a scratch pad and figure out a parlay in seconds. Try it. $2 bet on a horse that pays 7.20 that rolls over to a horse that pays 16.40?

  62. Soggy Says:

    was that costly drop by GB?

  63. ChanEpic Says:

    Boy Seattle really needs a Percy Harvin type to be Super Bowl successful it seems.

  64. lurker Says:

    i think it would be great if the colts won since they do the ric flair!

  65. Eric Says:

    We should just snatch ourselves a Tom Brady in the later rounds.

    Problem solved.

  66. Soggy Says:


  67. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Actually RO I made that challenge far too easy. Try it when the bettor only lays 50 cents. As long as they match the $2 of the track it’s pretty easy.

    You can tell from my example I clearly was not as good as my 7th grade dropout father. I worked for him a couple of summers and decided being a bookie wasn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

  68. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Winston sucks….he’s a rapist, kleptomaniac, vulgar thug that throws a lot of interceptions……and Mariota is a sissy!!!

    Now….I don’t believe any of this but I wanted to be provacative!!!

    Its been a bit boring being the TBBF lately….

  69. Eric Says:

    That’s got to be the worst stats in a playoff game for a QB ever.

    72 yards 4ints.

    Worse than the 79 Doug Williams Mike Rae fiasco.

    But not sure about King in 99.

  70. lurker Says:

  71. mark2001 Says:

    Joe…come back up north for a while and refresh your perspective….I’m in Packerland and know what a real GM looks like, a real HC, and a real QB. Dom was….Smith….Manziel…all second or third rate substitutes. Come home for a few months, immerse yourself in some title town Midwestern culture, and then look at what is going on with the Bucs. This organization is miles away from being competitive.

  72. lurker Says:

    and the cheerleaders, too

  73. Eric Says:

    We have been in the playoffs a few times. Then we fire the coach responsible for it………

  74. Soggy Says:

    Man that lynch is something else..

  75. lurker Says:


  76. lurker Says:

    double ruh-roh

    man, this guy has more lives than a cat…lol

  77. mark2001 Says:

    Exactly Eric…..McKay was an average GM…..Gruden had too much power after Richie pulled the plug, and shouldn’t have been given the personnel power he had….but was possibly the best coach we ever had, with TD as the arguable exception.

  78. Eric Says:


  79. MadMax Says:

    @StPete, punter Spencer Roth, played in the shrine game, big guy too 6’4 255. While I watching I just kept picturing him as a Buc….he’s projected 7th or FA.

  80. lurker Says:

    i love me some close nfl games

  81. Buccfan37 Says:

    It’s not over until the fat lady sings.

  82. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    A potential “Buclike” meltdown by the Pack…

  83. Eric Says:

    Poor Bostic…..

  84. Soggy Says:


  85. lurker Says:

    wtf happened to the pack d? wow.

  86. DB55 Says:

    I love football

  87. R.O. Says:

    You know what they say… Rather be lucky than good.

  88. Eric Says:

    Good luck with this Rodgers.

  89. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Russell Wilson finds a way to makes pays!

  90. Buccfan37 Says:

    Packers, you deserve to lose when you can’t recover the onside kick. OT lurking.

  91. lurker Says:

    whole team effort for seattle…off, def, spec teams

  92. DB55 Says:

    Packers too

  93. lurker Says:

    pack imploding…

  94. DB55 Says:

    Sherman out there playing w a broken arm. Hmmmm

  95. DB55 Says:

    I’d say momentum shift

  96. Soggy Says:


  97. Eric Says:

    What a great game!

  98. Tampabaybucfan Says:


  99. lurker Says:

    who wins it now?

  100. Eric Says:

    Packers should have done the Schiano knee dive play.

  101. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Yes a great game after a bad first half with turnovers.

    I just hope this is decided cleanly and not on a call like the Pack Boys and the Boys game the week before.

    Please let this be decided on the field and not by luck or worst of all the freaking zebras!

  102. Soggy Says:

    @ eric..Lol

  103. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    By whining about your first round picks squaring off hopefully I’ve jinxed it back for the Pack. I want a Pack Indy SB. So I’m rooting for your showdown of first round picks.

  104. lurker Says:

    chance for the packers d to make amends…

    good thing the seahawks won the toss beacause their d was exhausted.

  105. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Isn’t it fittlng…..a tie game with a Mariota-like QB vs a Mariota-like QB….

  106. Eric Says:

    I know if Glennon or McCown were playing, guaranteed sack or pick….

  107. lurker Says:

    ummmmm…mariota wishes he could pass like rodgers

  108. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I’m rooting for the Pack but now that it’s down to OT I fear that Carroll will out coach McCarthy.

  109. lurker Says:

    lol, i just noticed joe’s scoreboard prediction.

  110. Soggy Says:


  111. lurker Says:

    game over

  112. Eric Says:

    Wow what a gorgeous pass…..

  113. cmurda Says:

    Im glad Im not a Packers fan. Even the Buccaneers would have had a tough time of coming up with the sham job the Pack pulled off today.

  114. MadMax Says:

    yep, what I thought…..alright, go Indy

  115. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Such a long, long, long flight back to Green Bay.

    OK lurker. A 3rd rounder against a 6th rounder. I’m now trying my best to jinx crybaby Brady.

  116. DB55 Says:

    60 min game. Love it!

  117. lurker Says:

    i was talking to a homeless man in tacobell in reno about the playoffs. i told him i thought seattle would win it all again…i guess that was my gut call though my heart wants indy winning vs greenbay.

  118. Buccfan37 Says:

    However it happened, you were close on that final prediction Joe.

  119. Eric Says:

    Maybe Joe shouldn’t go to Green Bay for Midwestern perspective…..

  120. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Uh oh. Russell Wilson crying like a baby! Who was it who ranked on Mariota for being a bit choked up right after his National Title loss?

  121. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    OMG….the crybabies are adding up….now Russell Wilson….tears of joy!!!

  122. lurker Says:

    no matter which qb’s make the superbowl, all 4 are better than what we have. it will be up to lovie and koetter which qb we get…but we are in dire need of one. have needed one for a few years now.

  123. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Dang…they’re all crying. I guess McCown doesn’t look quite so bad.

  124. BuccoDav Says:

    Sooo… a great defense does beat the best quarterback…

  125. MadMax Says:

    You wont see Lynch in that prayer group at the end…..he’s a great player but what a disrespectful POS as an individual

  126. bucs4lyfe Says:

    That was all mike mccarthy fault, that was some lovie Smith type sh*t, your in the lead so you run 3 times and punt continuously talking the ball out of the game of the best qb in football…. That’ll be us in the future

  127. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    We AGREE. We do need a QB. But guess what. Another facet of the games since we’ve been to the final 8 has been effective OL play.

    Our OL sucks just as badly as our QB’s. Take the QB but score an LT as well.

  128. lurker Says:

    i joked about mariota since people couldn’t understand winston talking. also, people harping on mccown and other bucs crying. many posters here are not comfortable with their manhood.

  129. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Great Buckin win for the Hawks #Unbelieveable

  130. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Too bad we don’t need a TE….Brandon Bostic could be had…!!!

  131. Buc-O's 82 Says:

    Oh, how did Mariota errrrr Wilson look. U so dummy

  132. Soggy Says:

    That was fun, Hope the next one is as good or better..

  133. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Maybe he’s an atheist? I hope you don’t think all atheists are pos.

  134. SSG Mike Says:

    And there goes Michael Bennett who wasn’t good enough to play on the Bucs but who will play for his second SB ring since being dismissed by the brainchilds here at the Bucs!

  135. Eric Says:

    That was the definition of a professional throw……guy was covered. Had about a foot of space to lay it in there.


  136. lurker Says:

    prayer doesn’t make you a good person…lmao

  137. MadMax Says:

    Lol, nope I dont! Im not even religious. I just hate the way he disrespects the game.

  138. bucrightoff Says:

    McCarthey should be fired. That loss is on him and not the kid dropping the onside kick.

  139. lurker Says:

    ummmmm if you think that game boiled down to great defense vs best qb, you weren’t watchin the whole game.

  140. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    “that was the definition of a professional throw……guy was covered. Had about a foot of space to lay it in there.


    Agree and in fact I thought there was even interference on the play but I’m glad the zebras didn’t call it.