T.G.I.M.! #173

James LeBeau wraps up the weekend in sports and tells us what to look forward to this week.

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As soon as September crossed into October, the perfect brew of sports came together for both the die hard and the casual fan.

With the MLB playoffs, NFL and  NBA preseason all underway, there isn't a lack of great sports on TV. Whether you enjoy the pigskin, the smack of the bat or even the smell of burnt rubber, make sure you glue yourselves to the tube. This is the perfect season to watch greatness happen.

Weekend Hits

Atlanta Falcons Soar to 5-0

The Atlanta Falcons needed 17 fourth quarter points to pull out the win and remain undefeated on the year. On a day where both offenses were less than fantastic, the Falcons showed why they are widely considered the best in the NFC as their depth and skill won out in the end. Washington's best offensive option, quarterback Robert Griffin III, went out in the second half after a hard hit to the head that ended his day early. It is unclear at this time if he will be available next week.


Colts Stun Packers

The newest star in an Indianapolis Colts uniform used an old one to upset Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 30-27 on Sunday. Andrew Luck hit Reggie Wayne 13 times for a career high 213 yards to lead the Colts in a comeback win over the Pack. Green Bay, sitting at a disappointing 2-3 with the loss, saw it's once feared offense struggle for just 6 points in the second half while Indy rattled off 27 points.


MLB Playoffs Off and Running

The MLB playoffs were in full swing this weekend and the Detroit Tigers are already off to a fast start, taking an early 2-0 series lead over the Oakland Athletics. Detroit used a walk off sac fly to post a 5-4 victory over the feisty Athletics. Oakland put up two runs in the eighth but was unable to keep the Tigers from taking the series edge in the ninth. The series travels to Oakland for the next three games where the Athletics are hoping some home cooking can get them back on track.


A Look Ahead

(MLB) San Francisco at Cincinnati 5:37 pm Tuesday TBS-The Cincinnati Reds, after an impressive regular season, are looking to take that next step in the playoffs. They will need to get past a tough San Francisco squad looking to make some noise themselves.

(NFL) Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans 8:20 pm Thursday NFL Network- After a disappointing 1-2 start of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers squeaked out a 16-14 win to get back to .500 for the season. With a win at Tennessee, Pittsburgh would once more be in the hunt in the AFC in the early going.

(NCAAFB) No 17. Stanford at No. 7 Notre Dame 3:30 pm Saturday, NBC-The Notre Dame Fighting Irish is slowly garnering the respect of the college football scene as they continue to pile up credible win after credible win. With a W over Stanford this Saturday, they would be that much closer to their dreams of a BCS Bowl game.

(NFL) NY Giants at San Francisco 4:25 pm Sunday, FOX- It's a rematch of the 2011 NFC Championship and a tale of two of the best teams in the NFC this season as well. The 49ers look like the most complete team in the NFL with their dominating defense and an offense that continues to improve. The Giants are going to be sorely pressed to keep San Fran off the board enough to get the win.

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.