If you love NFL football, it doesn’t get any better than today. In fact, I think today will probably be better than Super Bowl Sunday.
If you don’t follow the NFL, a rare thing happened–the actual four best teams are left playing for their conference championships. The winners of these two games will then go on to compete in the Super Bowl. Even though I’m a die-hard Bears fan and would love it if they were still playing, I think it’s great that the four clubs with the best records and/or the best overall teams are playing today. Yes, I know the Patriots didn’t have one of the best records, but they are the most successful franchise of this century–I think we all knew they’d make it this far despite their wins and losses.
So, even if you’re not a huge football fan, today will be well worth your while. You will see some truly magnificent offense and defense on display. You’ll see the incredible defense and creative offense of the LA Rams. You’ll see the superhuman twenty-three-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback named Patrick Mahomes. And, of course, you’ll witness the masters of their craft–Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.
Let’s not forget that the Chiefs, Saints, and Patriots have some of the best coaches in the history of the game–respectively Andy Reid, Sean Payton, and Bill Belichick. And the Rams coach? His name is Sean McVay, he’s only thirty-two-years-old, and he’s considered an offensive genius.
Each of these teams are highly skilled and deserve to be playing for the Super Bowl. There aren’t any silly Wild Card entries who made it in due to a weak division and freak occurrence. Today will be about as good as it gets.
Oh, and, of course, I’m obligated to offer my picks for the day. Though I love the Chiefs and Andy Reid’s coaching, I think the experience of both Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will prove too much for them. Give Patrick Mahomes another year or two and he’ll know how to win these huge playoff games with Reid’s guidance. Same goes for the Saints and the Rams. I think all the battles Brees and Payton have fought together will ultimately win the day for them. So, to be clear, I’m picking the Patriots and the Saints for the Super Bowl.
Just to be especially bold, I’ll go ahead and pick my Super Bowl winner, too. I believe Brees and Brady will nullify each other, as will Belichick and Payton. It’s going to come down to defense and special teams, and, in my opinion, the Saints are better at those two things. So, I’m picking the Saints to win it all.
But I’m hoping it will be the Bears next season.
Enjoy the games!
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