The Morning Fix: Playoff Edition

It is finally here Addicts. The Kansas City Chiefs will take the field at Arrowhead Addict to take the Baltimore Ravens. The Chiefs will attempt to avoid being the first team in NFL history to lose 7 straight playoff games.

It is going to be a battle but after watching yesterday’s games you had better believe anything can happen. It has me feeling pretty good about KC’s chances. I think they’re going to get it done. We’re just a few hours away but until then, here is your Morning Fix!

At age 21, Berry had more money than most people could spend in a lifetime. Rookies get much of their contract’s guaranteed value up front, mostly in signing bonuses. Berry could buy most anything he wanted, from any store, at any corner of the globe. Instead, he remembered what his parents had taught him, and the warnings that most of today’s rookies hear — 78 percent of all NFL players are broke or financially stressed after retirement — and Berry took stock.

“That stat scares me,” he says.

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The Ravens have three playoff wins since 2008, the Chiefs have three since 1971. With one TD rushing, against Baltimore, Thomas Jones would become the first in postseason history with rushing TDs for three teams. KC’s Dwayne Bowe led the league with a team-record 15 TD catches. He and Charles are the third WR-RB tandem in team history to each post 1,000-yard seasons.

“It’s going to be a great challenge for us, against a team like Baltimore that has a lot more experience than we do. In the last three seasons, they’ve played five road playoff games. They’ve won some of those, more than they lost.

“There are distinct advantages that way, but it’s not going to matter. What’s going to matter is who executes and does the things you have to do to win.’’

Through masterly management of the salary cap, astute signings of second-tier free agents, shrewd draft-day decisions and superior coaching by Bill Belichick and his staff, the Patriots have ruled as the team of the decade, playing in four Super Bowls, winning three championships and sporting a 126-52 mark (.708) in regular-season and postseason play, the best in the league.

n five career playoff games, Flacco has completed just 57 of 120 passes for 660 yards, one touchdown and six interceptions for a dismal 46.5 passer rating.

He has averaged 132 passing yards in those playoff games, but has managed to win three times.

“He’s a heck of a player,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I’m sure glad he’s our quarterback.”

It was the middle of the night when Matt Cassel woke up to the earthquake. The ground rippled under his family’s house in suburban Los Angeles, less than a mile from the epicenter of one of the fiercest quakes ever in an urban area. The backyard pool cracked, and a virtual tidal wave smashed into the room where Cassel and his older brother Jack slept.

“If they can get (receiver Dwayne) Bowe matched up on Wilson, and Bowe is as good as his recent numbers suggest he is, that should be a matchup Bowe should be able to exploit with great success,” Joyner said.

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