Von Miller

The Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game 20-18 in a large part due to the superlative performance of Von Miller. Miller harassed Tom Brady all day and generally disrupted the Patriot offense at every opportunity.

Miller had two and a half sacks as well as two tackles for losses. His constant penetration frustrated the Patriot passing game as Denver was able to do the unthinkable and get pressure on Brady even on his short drops. The Denver secondary had a lot to do with this as they blanketed the New England receivers and forced Brady to go through his progressions to secondary receivers, thus allowing the pass rush to get to the quarterback.

The #1 ranked Bronco defense now takes on the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.

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Von Miller

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Von Miller

Heisman runner-up Christian McCaffrey turned in a historic performance against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Rose Bowl as his Stanford Cardinal won in a blowout, 45-16.

McCaffrey, the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey, showed all of his game as he rushed for 172 on 18 carries, caught 4 passes for 105 yards (including a 75 yard TD on the game’s first play), and tallied another 91 yards on punt and kickoff returns. His 368 total yards were a Rose Bowl record.

The talented back demonstrated exceptional speed and moves while also showing a capability to catch the ball out of the backfield and excel on special teams. Such all-around performances are rare in big time college football as players grow more specialized.

A sophomore, McCaffrey will undoubtedly be the Heisman trophy favorite next season.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers faced their toughest test coming down the stretch run to the playoffs as the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos paid a visit to the Steel City. The Steeler offense was in top form as Pittsburgh won the game 34-27 after falling behind 27-7 in the first half. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown were spectacular with Big Ben completing 40 of 55 passes for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brown did his usual amazing job with 16 receptions for 189 yards and 2 TD’s.

The Steelers now need to focus on the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns as they battle for a wild card playoff sport in the AFC. From the look of this game, no one is going to want to face Pittsburgh’s prolific offense in the playoffs.

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Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry concluded his fantastic regular season with a spectacular performance against the Auburn Tigers, leading the Tide into the SEC Championship Game with a 46 carry, 271 yard day. Henry was there early, middle and late as he was the engine that drove the Alabama offence all day. Putting an exclamation point on ‘Bama’s win, Henry carried the ball 18 times in the fourth quarter as he set Alabama records for carries in a single game and yards in a season (1797).

It’s one thing to pile up yards against lesser opponents and in games that don’t matter, but Henry has responded in the biggest games Alabama has played. He should enjoy a trip to New York for the Heisman ceremony and, at this point, he is the favorite to bring home the big doorstop.

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Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier, a second year linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers was all over the field on Sunday as the Steelers defeated the San Francisco 49’ers 43-18. He hounded and harassed 49’er QB Colin Kaepernick at every opportunity, sacking him once and making 15 tackles (11 solo). With the running threat of Kaepernick neutralized, the Steelers were able to focus on bottling up the rest of the Niner offense.

Shazier, out of Ohio State, is proving to be a very capable player showing excellent play diagnosis skills and the ability to track down and tackle even the most elusive runners.

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