Last year, the Super Bowl brought us lots of drama (the winning touchdown wasn’t supposed to be scored). And this year, it’s going to be a lot better.
Why? Because there are tons of teams still in the playoff hunt, lobbying for a chance to play some extra football in the pursuit of happiness.
It feels like there are no unbeatable teams, and the only undefeated team, the Atlanta Falcons, has looked very beatable on multiple occasions. They almost lost to the 3-4 Raiders and the 3-4 Redskins, showing that any team can beat any team on any given Sunday.
Upsets have been plentiful. Close games as well. And there’s no reason to think that we won’t see more of that action in the playoffs, as the best 12 teams in football clash with one prize, the Lombardi Trophy, on their radar.
New teams, like the Falcons, Texans, 49ers and Broncos are now in the championship hunt. Teams like the Ravens, Patriots, Steelers and Giants, who are there every year, will be in the mix, with guys like Eli Manning, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning entertaining fans, like usual.
Those guys have shined a lot this year, with Peyton Manning leading Denver through a very tough schedule, Eli Manning gaining passing yards like pieces of candy on Halloween, and Tom Brady leading the Patriots offense to success. However, neither team is dominating, meaning that no team will run away with the Super Bowl this year.
Every team will have to battle. And, in battles, fans get to kick back, relax and enjoy a long, hard-nosed, tight football game.
For those of you who love old-school football, you’re in luck, too. Top teams like the Falcons, Ravens, Texans and 49ers preach the value of defense, which is good, because they all have top defenses. Atlanta isn’t known for their defense, but it’s very hard to intercept Peyton Manning three times in one quarter (which they did).
You like offense, and high-scoring games? Well, you’re in luck, too. The Patriots, Broncos and Giants are three teams with great offenses, and teams like the Packers, Bears and Falcons can break out their offensive attacks at any time.
Different breeds of football are plentiful, and that’s a great thing for the variety of football fans that love watching men give it their all on the gridiron. Watching stars doesn’t hurt either, and watching rivalries like Giants-Cowboys, 49ers-Cowboys, Broncos-Raiders, and Ravens-Steelers is great, also.
The bottom line is that you should take advantage of this opportunity and watch some great, evolving rookies, the stars of today in their prime, and a variety of great football games leading up to the postseason. Every snap matters, and you won’t want to miss out on the action this year.
Why? Because it’s going to be insane.