So what happened to this seemingly unstoppable powerhouse of a team? They folded under pressure like a lawn chair.
Normally you cannot blame a 1-3 streak entirely on one player; however, when that one player, is typically the team captain that controls the offense and manages the game, the blame can be placed on him.
In his final two games, for which were against teams that had pass defense rankings of 21 (Indianapolis Colts) and 24 (Minnesota), Matt Schaub did not preform well. Only needing to win one of these games to clinch the No. 1 seed, Schaub had arguably two of his worst performance of the season against passing defenses who are the bottom feeders of the NFL.
Against Indianapolis Schaub posted a passer rating of 66.3 with two interceptions and no touchdowns. Then against Minnesota, who has a worse off passing defense, he posted a 72.1 passer rating and yet again did not throw for a score.
So when your team leader cannot deliver in two games that are probably the most important games of the year, and one of them being a division game, how can you expect him to be able to lead his team through the playoffs? The answer is you cannot.
The phrase “mid-season form” gets thrown around a lot, and it is understandable that guys wear down towards the end, but in games 9-16, so the second half of the year, Schaub threw for twice as many interceptions (4 to 8), and threw two less touchdowns (12-10). He probably isn’t having as bad of a second half as many people would like to believe, but when you turn the ball over twice as often as you did in the first than down the stretch of the season where it starts to matter more, you cannot expect you team to continue to dig out of of hole that they are being put in.