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Noonan: NFL Divisional Playoff Predictions

Can Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos keep their playoff magic going on Saturday against New England? (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Here are my predictions for the NFC Divisional Round.

New Orleans 30, San Francisco 21: The Saints cashed in on five offensive series in the second half against the Detroit Lions last weekend, and are expected to keep their high-flying offensive attack going against the 49ers on Saturday. Drew Brees clearly is on a mission, which is why I believe they’ll defeat San Francisco, and advance to the NFC Championship game for the second time in three seasons.

New England 28 – Denver 16: The story of Tim Tebow has been fascinating, but against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, I’m expecting him to struggle, and possibly throw two or three interceptions.

Baltimore 28 – Houston 21: Earlier this season, the Ravens defeated the Texans, 29-14. Joe Flacco completed 20-of-33 passes for 305 yards and one touchdown, while Billy Cundiff kicked five field goals. Can Baltimore duplicate their week five performance against Houston on Sunday? My answer… YES!

New York 24 – Green Bay 21: This is a total shot in the dark, but the Giants have gained a great deal of momentum over the past few weeks, and might have what it takes to knock out the defending NFC and Super Bowl champions. I like New York’s front seven on defense, especially since they could provide a great deal of chaos toward quarterback Aaron Rodgers. If the Giants pressure the Packers, and force a few turnovers, then expect Big Blue to walk away winners on Sunday.

Daily Noontime – August 11, 2011

To Play Tom Brady or Not to Play Tom Brady, that's the question on Thursday!

It’s officially Thursday, which means Friday and the weekend are just around the corner, so hold back a scream, OK? Anyways, here’s the big headlines and news of the day, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* Thursday marks the official start to pre-season NFL football, which makes some coaches a tad bit giddy.

* The New England Patriots will open their pre-season slate at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, but some wonder if quarterback Tom Brady should play.

* New Orleans was a hot sports spot on Wednesday for baseball not football, which doesn’t totally make a lot of sense, right?

* It’s official, the MLB postseason will begin on the final Friday of September this year, which should get baseball fans somewhat excited.

* Apparently the Miami Dolphins have told their fans to not post practice videos on YouTube.

* According to reports, Houston, Texas will be the spot for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, but yet again, one has to wonder if there’ll even be a season this year.

Games to Watch: 

* Los Angles of Anaheim Angels at New York Yankees (MLB) – 1:05pm eastern 

* Jacksonville at New England (NFL Pre-Season) 7:30pm eastern 

* Baltimore at Philadelphia (NFL Pre-Season) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Denver at Dallas (NFL Pre-Season) – 8:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

With pre-season football on the docket for Thursday, it’s certainly OK to get somewhat excited for the brand new Madden ’12, right? 

Daily Noontime – April 25, 2011

Can the Hawks complete another epic NHL comeback?

Good Monday morning to everyone and welcome to today’s Daily Noontime! Here is today’s big headlines and news, as well as an awesome video of the day too!

Headlines: 

* The Boston Red Sox indeed swept the Los Angles Angels, but on Sunday John Lackey pitched a gem.

* Could the Chicago Blackhawks be the fourth team to come back and win a best-of-seven series? Well, after an exciting overtime win on Sunday, it certainly seems that the defending Stanley Cup champions won’t go quietly.

* It was an exciting finish in Philadelphia on Sunday, as the Sixers defeated the Heat on Sunday. So, Philadelphia won’t be swept, but will they win Game 5?

* The Boston Celtics became the first NBA playoff team to sweep a series, as Kevin Garnett led his squad passed the New York Knicks on Sunday.

* NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is at least “expecting 25 players” to attend the 2011 NFL Draft.

* Don’t count out the New Orleans Hornets, as they beat the Los Angles Lakers on Sunday. Now the series stands, 2-2.

Games to Watch: 

* Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern

* Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay (NHL Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Los Angles Dodgers at Florida (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Portland at Dallas (NBA Playoffs) – 8:30pm eastern

* Oklahoma City at Denver (NBA Playoffs) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Where have the great “NBA playoff” commercials gone? 


A Meaningful Victory: New Orleans Will Enjoy This Win

A Neighborhood in the Lower Ninth Ward

It hasn’t even been a full 24-hours, but this New Orleans Saints Super Bowl victory seems like something that will be celebrated for days, weeks, months and maybe all of 2010. Although, this victory goes beyond the gridiron, everyone in the stands and those watching at home last night because this win is truly what the city of New Orleans needed the most.

Last month, I traveled down to New Orleans, but upon my return back to Boston, I have come away with so much more knowledge regarding the aftermath of the hurricane, but also how the entire city’s population relies heavily upon the Saints on Sunday’s in the fall.

This particular team has helped everyone in the city get by, recover and know better days are ahead.

I had the chance to talk with many wonderful members of the city throughout my weeklong journey, some from the neighborhood of the house I was helping rebuild, others from the French Quarter and then the wonderful people who hosted my college’s group.

The Stairs to a home in the Lower Ninth Ward

Everyone has a story in New Orleans. All of them are tragic, heartbreaking and down right awful, but the optimism that I felt from all my conversations was something I will always remember. Everyone was resilient and hopeful for better days, which I assured these people it will come. Yet, after watching a full 60-minutes of football the other night, I could only imagine how this victory hit them in a way many of us will never imagine or experience.

All of the men and women I spoke with explained that when the Saints won on Sunday’s this past fall, Monday’s were so much better. It gave them this feeling that they were literally unstoppable and could accomplish anything. I can imagine on this particular Monday, life is pretty swell.

The entire city is decked out in Saints paraphernalia. You cannot turn a corner, especially in the French Quarter without seeing a Saints t-shirt, hat, bumper sticker or a jersey in the numerous store windows. They are all Saints fans in New Orleans and support their team no matter if they win or lose.

Many people have not returned to New Orleans or possibly never will, but everyone who was affected by Hurricane Katrina knows how special this victory will be for days, weeks, months and years.

An NFL organization, which used to be pitiful, awful, horrendous has turned around from the “Aints” to maybe the “Greats.”

The Optimism of I WILL REBUILD!

All Americans, those who have helped out with the relief efforts and every NFL fan coast to coast, should cherish this victory. Possibly, New Orleans is turning into America’s brand new team, but before we go that far lets at least enjoy what millions witnessed last night in Miami, Florida.

Last night following all the excitement and before falling asleep, my thoughts turned immediately to every person I encountered last month because I knew this is just the start of great things for all of them and their beloved city.


Super Bowl XLIV In The Books: Saints Win!!

At times, I thought of returning to my textbooks.

At times, I was sitting on the edge of my couch.

At times, I was considering reaching for an extra Oreo.

At times, Peyton looked like … well Peyton.

And at times, I just couldn’t believe another NFL season was about to come to an end, yet again.

Super Bowl XLIV was fun, but at sometimes seemed like snooze-fest. When the Colts took an early lead, 10-0, images of Tampa Bay-Oakland flashed before my very own eyes. Remember how bad that Super Bowl was overall? It was awful, dreadful, as well as pathetic. I believe I was watching MTV with my neighbors by halftime that evening.

When the Saints were trailing 10-6 at halftime, all I could remember was New England-Carolina, Super Bowl XXXVIII. What a great defensive first half!

Yet, when the Saints began the second half with an unusual, catch them off guard play, an on-side kick, I knew we were going to be in for a real treat. Everything seemed to fall into place following this opening play. Drew Brees connected for his first touchdown of the evening, a 16-yard pass to halfback, Pierre Thomas, and from there never looked back.

Yes, Peyton and the Colts roared back with a Joseph Addai 4-yard touchdown run, but that would be their final score of the contest.

The Saints defense, led by coordinator Greg Williams, pushed his squad to its limits. He caught Manning off guard, as well as forced the Colts to play New Orleans Saints football, which when the game is on the line looks somewhat hard to figure out.

Following Tracy Porter’s interception, which resulted in a touchdown, we all knew this game was over, done and belonged to New Orleans.

This victory was perfect, not just as a Patriots fan and seeing Manning remain with one Super Bowl ring on his finger, but to see Drew Brees and the rest of the New Orleans Saints win it, not just for themselves, but their beloved city.

The city of New Orleans loves their Saints. They live, breath and die by them; no matter if they are 0-16 or 16-0; the Saints are their hope, inspiration and love.

Tonight, no matter if you root for the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders or New York Jets, we are all Saints fans!

Congratulations to WHO DAT NATION! You guys have won, Super Bowl XLIV!