Great day to watch football
I enjoy it much more than the Super Bowl.
Not just because we get to watch two games instead of one, but also because these games are played the way playoff football is meant to be played -on the home field of the team that spent the entire regular season earning that advantage.
We’ve got two great matchups, four great teams, two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and two young guns trying to establish their legacies.
All four participating teams finished at least 12-4 during the regular season. No Number 6 seeds sneaking in this year. This is the cream of the NFL’s crop.
Unlike the Super Bowl, the most hyped event of the sports year, these games need no hype.
Each can stand on its own merits.
Who doesn’t want to see Peyton Manning and Tom Brady do battle against one another? Both have made football history plus there is a lot of history between the two.
Brady is attempting to become the first quarterback to play in six Super Bowls.
Most QBs would happy if they get to play in one. Brady and coach Bill Belichick have guided New England to five Super Bowl appearances and three championships. Those are Hall of Fame credentials.
Manning is trying to take a second franchise to football’s biggest show, having won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts.
This is the 15th Manning-Brady meeting. Brady holds a 10-4 edge after getting off to a 6-0 start. They’re 1-1 against each other in AFC championship games.
Yet, as much as we focus on them -and rightfully so – there’s a good chance it will be some other player who wins, or loses, the game.
The key play in New England’s 34-31 regular season win was Denver’s Wes Welker botching a punt return.
As great as this matchup is, the NFL decided to put it on first and save the NFC championship game for prime time (no, not Deion Sanders). More than any of the participating players, the pregame buzz surrounding the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers game is the noise generated by Seattle’s fans, the loudest in the NFL.
It’s called earning the home field advantage. The last two times the 49ers have played in Seattle, they’ve suffered blowout losses.
But -as I point out every time somebody comes up with some weird statistic dealing with the past -what does that have to do with today’s game? Absolutely nothing.
The 49ers and Seahawks are two rock-solid defensive football teams.
They may be from the west coast, but neither runs a Bill Walsh-inspired offense.
The point spreads on both games are less than a touchdown, meaning it’s not difficult to make a case for any of the four possible matchup combinations for the Super Bowl.
So sit back, relax and enjoy two great games.
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