Top 5 Games of Last Week (11/11 – 11/17)
It’s November, and that means I love me some football. Don’t worry though – I didn’t forget the Thunder-Warriors game. I gotcha’.
#5. Standford Cardinal at USC Trojans
Florida State crushed Syracuse, 59-3. Eh. Baylor scored more than 60 yet again. Snore. The Trojans edged the BCS title hopeful Cardinal, 20-17, with a field goal in the final minute. Boom. Top 5 Game of the Week right there. These two teams hate each other, but it hasn’t been much of a rivalry recently with the Cardinals winning the past four meetings. Saturday, the Cardinal were ranked fourth in the country and favored to beat the unranked Trojans once again. Surely the Cardinal would extend their domination of USC to five straight games. Whoops. No one told the Trojans. As usual, SeatGeek users spotted the potential for this game, purchasing thousands of tickets with an average price of just $92.19. Such a great price for such a quality game makes this your bang-for-your-buck winner, ladies and gentlemen.
#4. Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
Duh, this one’s here because of the hype. Entering the game, the Chiefs were 9-0 and the Broncos were 8-1. The Chiefs had the best defense of 2013, and the Broncos had the best offense of all time through nine games. All that, and the Chiefs and Broncos are in the same division, and thus rivals. Clearly, everyone and their mother knew this was going to be a good game, and it was, but it didn’t quite live up to the hype. Still, with an average ticket price of $299.52, this is one of the most expensive tickets of the season, and I envy those who got to see it. Manning, despite the bad ankle(s), was in rare form, threading the needle with both short and deep passes. The Chiefs front four were getting penetration, but Manning had the ball out of his hand in two seconds almost every time. Nothing to do about that.
#3. Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors
With over 4,000 tickets purchased, SeatGeek users struck again, making the best NBA game of the week the most purchased, too. How do you guys do that? This one was a classic, the Thunder and Warriors neck and neck throughout, the decisive moment happening in the final 2.3 seconds, when Andre Iguodala lifted the Warriors with a baseline fadeaway, knocking off the Thunder, 116-115. All this after Westbrook helped complete a double digit comeback to put the Thunder up by one. Poor Westbrook.
#2. San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
Two great teams, one great game. That about sums it up, right? What’s that? There was a seriously controversial flag with three minutes left to play that probably changed the outcome of the game? Those are my favorite! Let’s investigate. First, this game was already great before the flag with three minutes left, featuring four lead changes and tough, physical play you normally don’t see until the playoffs. The 49ers were 6-2 coming in, and the Saints were 7-2. Both teams have big play ability, and both like to maul their opponent, plus it was a rematch of the NFC Divisional round in 2011, which historians are calling “awesome” and “sweet.” So yesterday, trailing by three with 3:12 on the clock, Brees dropped back in the pocket before Ahmad Brooks rounded the corner and threw Brees to the turf, Brees fumbling as he went down. The 49ers recovered the fumble, celebrating the play they probably thought would seal their victory. Flag, and the Saints got the ball back. Did Brooks hit Brees’ head? Was it a clean play? Did the refs favor the Saints? Bottom line: calls like that make a game more interesting, and that’s why it’s on here.
#1. Georgia Bulldogs at Auburn Tigers
This game was bananas, with a capital B-A-N-A-N-A-S. So the score’s 38-37, Georgia up by one with 1:49 left in the game. Auburn got the ball, drove it as far as they could, and then decided to start throwing hail marys. Ranked seventh in the country going into the game against Georgia, Auburn had a definite shot at the BCS title game if they beat Georgia this week and Alabama next week. Now, with 25 seconds left in the game, they had 4th and 18. Screw the first down! Marshall chucked it, Louis caught it, and Auburn won 43-38 on a 72-yard hail mary. Alabama’s next.