Carter: The crazy NFC

Carter: The crazy NFC
December 28, 2010, 4:20 pm
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 1:26 p.m.
By Ivan Carter
CSNwashington.comDon't know about you but I wasn't the least bit surprised to see the defending champion Saints take down the the Falcons last night in Atlanta. First of all, the Saints have Drew Brees and last time I checked, he was the guy holding the last Lombardi trophy, not Tom Brady or Michael Vick. And then, there is a Saints defense that was on its game last night against a very good, very balanced Falcons offense that features the new fair-haired quarterback of choice Matt Ryan (we do jump on the bandwagon quickly don't we). Brees wasn't brilliant and made a couple of Brett Favre-like mistakes but given the pressure that was coming at him from a very well designed Falcons defensive game-plan, I thought he was terrific. And, after Atlanta Coach Mike Smith decided to punt when facing a fourth-and-six, down three with just under three minutes to go, well, we could all guess what was going to happen. Breesand the Saints picked up two first downs and ran out the clock.That was Brees being Brees. As for Smith, well, he's facing some criticism for his choices today. Read this for instance. I couldn't rip Smith for the decision to punt given the way his defense was playing but, I also would've backed him had he told Ryan to go for it. I mean, why not go down shooting? Though punting might seem to be the right choice in that situation, here's a piece that actually points out that Smith's odds of winning would'vebeen better going for it. Guess that's why he's the coach huh? What did you think? Share your thoughts below please.....What the win did was create a crazy but oh-so-fun playoff race in the NFC heading into the final week of the season and as a special treat, it all starts tonight when the Eagles host the Vikings. Four teams can still grab homefield advantage: the Saints, Bears, Falcons or Eagles so it's almost impossible to project a Super Bowl rep right now. The Eagles should take care of business tonight although they had better hope that giving the Vikings a two-day rest didn't revive Adrian Peterson.As for the delay itself, I still don't understand why the game could not have been played Sunday night. Two New York based NHL teams played Sunday night and that town got nailed far worse than Philly. And back in Minnesota we called what you saw in Philly Sunday a light dusting.....Anyway, it's going to be a fun final week for the NFL and we'll be talking about it on today's show at 5 (replay 11:30). Former Skins GM Charley Casserly is the house as well as Rocky Parrish from 106.7 the fan, and Mike Wise. Alan May will be in talking Caps and the Winter Classic (please, please no rain) and Jeff Fried will be here to get you up on tomorrow's Military Bowl. As always, you can get involved in the show by tweeting us at twitter.comwashpostlive.