The further you go in the playoffs, the more important playing your A-game becomes and the more important turnovers become, with that said, that was not the A-game and the turnovers...can't happen. The ongoing digging a hole, shooting yourself in the foot and thinking , you can always come back, also doesn't usually work, deep in the playoffs.
Was very impressed with the recievers and how they stepped up, the offense was good, the running game was a non-factor, hard to have a running game when you are playing catchup, the O-line played hard and did the best they could .....have to add, cannot believe Luck threw 6 interceptions and I'll leave it at that
The Jekyl and Hyde defense, did not show up....stopping the run and running the ball, we hear that all the time, this defense at times, looks very good and other times, looks over matched (bigtime)
The special teams, that was inconsistent all year, played another very good game
bottom line: turn the ball over-go home
I still view this as a very successfull season, would it have been different with Reggie-Allen-Ballard-Bradshaw-Thomas-Toler? Sure, but that can be said for most teams. Give them credit for making it as far as they did, this team is close, doesn't have many holes to fill. I will break down each position at some point...the game is won,or lost, in the trenches and it's no secret, that both the offensive and defensive lines, need serious upgrades