As we head into the Divisional Round, there are many things that NFL fans will remember from the opening playoff weekend.
The Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs has come to a conclusion. Four teams advanced to the Divisional Round and will face the teams that have been resting on a first-round bye.
In the opener, Carolina Panthers made everyone forget about their regular-season losing record by defeating the Arizona Cardinals, 27-14, as quarterback Cam Newton earned his first career playoff win.
Later, the Baltimore Ravens upset the Pittsburgh Steelers, 30-17, after taking advantage of the absence of running back Le’Veon Bell.
The Indianapolis Colts extended the Cincinnati Bengals’ playoff drought with a 26-10 victory.
In a grand weekend finale, the Dallas Cowboys rallied from a 20-7 deficit and beat the Detroit Lions, 24-20, following a controversial non-call on what was seemingly pass interference on the Cowboys.
Since this was an exciting weekend of playoff games, here are six things instead of the usual five to take away from this weekend as we head into the Divisional Round.
6. Ryan Lindley should not be in the NFL
The Arizona Cardinals endured a ridiculous amount of injuries this season, as demonstrated by the fact that they were starting a third-stringer at quarterback. Lindley was held to 82 passing yards and a touchdown with two interceptions in a loss to the Carolina Panthers.
The Cardinals were once a Super Bowl favorite when starter Carson Palmer was healthy, but the quarterback position experienced a severe dropoff. While this is inevitable when it comes down to a third-string quarterback, Lindley showed no poise. There is no reason that any team should be giving him a chance, let alone on the big stage.