The game of football is any of several similar team sports, of similar origins which involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball with the foot in an attempt to score a goal. The most popular of these sports worldwide is association football, more commonly known as just "football" or "soccer". Unqualified, the word football applies to whichever form of football is the most popular in the regional context in which the word appears, including American football, Australian rules football, Canadian football, Gaelic football, rugby league, rugby union and other related games. These variations are known as "codes.

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How Indy Can Shock The World

Everyone expected the Indianapolis Colts to repeat as AFC South Champions in 2014, and they did. Indy finished the regular season with a record of 11-5. They played well for the most part. The team finished the season with five wins in their last six games. But none of those five wins were against playoff teams. The teams they beat have a combined record of 25-54, for a win percentage a little above .300. That one other game the Colts lost, was a blowout against the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys jumped out to an early lead, resulting in Luck being pulled. The final score was 42-7. After this game, many began doubting the Colts’ capability. But they have proved everyone wrong so far.

The National Championship

For the first time ever, college football implemented a four team playoff to determine the National Champion. Similarly to every other year, there were debates about which teams were deserving and which weren’t. Alabama, Oregon and Florida State were obvious choices but that fourth spot is where the water got messy. Ohio State, Texas Christian University, and Baylor were all fitting candidates for that final spot. Ohio State got the final spot and has proven they are worthy of it. So far in the playoffs, there have been no shortage of storylines or excitement. 

Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

On Saturday night Cam Newton will lead his team into Seattle as they take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. These teams are built exactly alike. Both teams have very mobile quarterbacks who are more dangerous scrambling outside the pocket than they are in it. They also have strong run games. Marshawn Lynch and Jonathan Stewart aren’t going to run past a defender, but they’ll go through anyone who gets in their way. Seattle averages more rushing yards a game than any other team and Carolina is in the top ten as well. Neither team has a standout wide receiver, which is why the run game is such an important aspect of their offenses. The Panthers and Seahawks also have the best two defenses in the league over the past month of the season. 

Baltimore Ravens Vs. New England Patriots

For the fourth time since 2009, the Baltimore Ravens will travel to Foxborough, Massachusetts to take on the New England Patriots in the playoffs. Baltimore has won two of the previous three matchups. Tom Brady is 11-3 at home during the playoffs, but two of those three losses have come at the hands of the Ravens. The leaders on both teams have stayed the same for the most part, and the fierce rivalry has only gotten more intense.

The Most Forgotten Good Team

The San Diego Chargers are one of only three teams that are 4-1, but they have not gotten the recognition of the other teams. San Diego is doing so well because quarterback Philip Rivers has been playing incredibly. Rivers looks like an MVP candidate through five weeks, but we have to wait and see if it will last.

Midseason Recap

So far eight glorious weeks of football have been completed. We’ve seen great catches, surprising outcomes, and even some painful celebrations (Stephen Tulloch and Lamarr Houston both tore their ACLs after celebrating a sack). Many players have been disappointments, while others have exceeded expectations. So now let’s look back at the first half of the year.

The AFC Playoff Picture

We are 75% done the NFL season, let's see the AFC playoff picture and where those teams will stand when the season ends.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts

The Cincinnati Bengals, led by quarterback Andy Dalton, will travel to Indianapolis to take on Andrew Luck and the Colts. The lucky winner of this game will get to trek to Denver next weekend. The Bengals and Colts faced one another in Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 7 during the regular season. The game couldn’t have been more lopsided. Indianapolis won 27-0 but the score was not indicative how poorly Cincy played. They mustered up a measly 135 yards of total offense, and only eight first downs. Indy totaled 506 yards of offense, but that was still less than the number of yards Bengals punter Kevin Huber accumulated on his 11 punts. 10 of his punts came after 3-and-outs. This was one of the worst all around team performances I can recall, yet don’t let it fool you: the Bengals are a completely different team now.

Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys

 The forth and final Wildcard Playoff game will take place Sunday afternoon in Jerry World. The Detroit Lions are taking on the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas is projected to win, and if they do, they’ll be traveling to Green Bay next weekend. If Detroit can pull the upset, they will take on the defending Super Bowl Champions. Dallas finished the season strong, winning four in a row and six of their last seven. The team really shook the notion that they couldn’t win in December. The Lions finished the season with a loss to Green Bay that would determine the NFC North winner, but won their previous four games. 

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

 The winner and third place finisher of the AFC North will face off in the Divisional round of the AFC Playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens finished the season 10-6 and needed some help to get in the playoffs, but did during week 17. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in primetime to win the division. The two division rivals, Baltimore and Pittsburgh, split the season series. The Ravens won in week 2, in a blowout game 26-6. There were six field goals and only two touchdowns. The second time these two teams met, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 340 yards and 6 touchdowns in a 43-23 Steelers victory. This rivalry has been very evenly matched in recent years. Since the turn of the century, they have split the regular season head-to-head matchup with each team winning 14 games.

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