Round 4 Matchup: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Oakland Raiders
2014 Panini Prizm #265 Allen RobinsonPlayer: 4 Robinson is turning into a bona fide star. Just think, the Jaguars entire passing attack--Bortles, Robinson, and Allen Hurns--all came from the 2014 draft. Not too bad a haul for the front office brass.
2014 Rookies & Stars #131 Derek CarrPlayer: 4 This is Carr's 2nd appearance in this tourney. He's certainly the future in Oakland, and a fitting representative of the team here.
Design: 4 This is a design that has had to grow on me, but I like it.
Photo: 4 I like the look of the poised passer ready to throw. And what is blurred out in the background? The intrigue adds to it for me.
Back: 2 The player name is in a cool font that is different from the rest of the card and works well with the overall design.
Final Score: Oakland 17, Jacksonville 16. In a clash between two talented young rising stars and their respective rookie cards, Derek Carr takes the Raiders into the the championship round.
Round 4 Matchup: Minnesota Vikings vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2013 Panini Prizm Autographs #280 Rodney Smith
Player: 1 2 seasons, 3 teams, 8 total games, 0 receptions, 1 special teams tackle. That's three times as many teams as recorded stats. How's that for a career stat line? At least the Vikings are represented by somebody not named Adrian Peterson for a change.
Extra: 1 Autograph. That's about the only exciting thing going on here. And it's an awful signature, at that. Messy, shaky, and how is that first letter an "R"?
2008 Topps Gold Foil #398 Dre MoorePlayer: 1 Let's compare stat lines: 1 season, 1 team, 7 games, 4 total tackles. So who's the better player? I think I go with Moore.
Photo: 1 Unflattering practice shot. Then again, it's not as if there were too many other situations to snap a better pic.
Back: 3 Not a bad design, with the added bonus of learning that he had never played football until he was a junior in high school.
Final Score: Minnesota 12, Tampa Bay 11. In a real playoff matchup, one could say a low score is indicative of great defenses pitted against each other. Here it just means that neither team brought its A-game. But Minnesota brought enough to advance to the championship round.
One more round to go. Who will be our 2016 Card Madness Champion?