Super Bowl LIII won’t be remembered for any highlight reel plays, a last-second game-winning touchdown, or a single game-changing play. It was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever, and in an era where the amount of points scored is the marker for how good a game is, Sunday’s season finale between the Rams and Patriots surely won’t be considered one of the best. The game featured just 16 points in total, with New England winning 13-3, a shock to everybody considering how well both offenses performed all season long. But to Patriots fans, this game means so much more.
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Wild Card Weekend was definitely wild, but the Divisional Round was much more predictable. As is usually the case, the top seeds came out on top, and now the #1 and #2 seeds from each conference will face off in the Conference Championships.
The best teams in the NFL this year are set to clash in the Super Bowl, something NFL fans can only be happy about. Before diving into why I think the Patriots and Saints are going to be playing in the Super Bowl this year, let’s look back at how we got here. Read more
Wild Card Weekend lived up to the “wild” part for sure, with everything from injured kickers, both #6 seeds winning, and a double doink to end the playoff hopes of the Chicago Bears.
Before we dive into the Divisional Round games, let’s take a quick look back at what happened during the first weekend of the playoffs.
Week 15 in the NFL marked the start of the Saturday afternoon games. While this seems completely unnecessary, I definitely don’t hate having another day of NFL football on my TV. The week started off with a Thursday night game between the top two teams in the AFC West, who also happen to be two of the top teams in the entire NFL. All of the hype this year in the AFC has been about the Chiefs, but the Chargers have been right behind them all season long. The Chiefs took an early lead and controlled most of the game, until the last few minutes.
With the season winding down, each game starts to matter a little bit more than the ones in September. The playoff picture is getting clearer, but even those teams that aren’t fighting for playoff positioning are still fighting for their jobs next season. Players are either trying to pad their stats in a contract year, while others are looking to prove that they still belong on the roster. With that being said, Week 14 featured some crazy individual performances and more than a few upsets.
It started off on Thursday night with the Titans playing the Jaguars. The Jaguars nearly went to the Super Bowl last season, they started off this season by beating the Patriots in Week 2, but now they sit with a record of 4-9 at the bottom of the AFC South. It seems like the future isn’t looking bright in the future either, as they’ll begin their search for a new starting quarterback this offseason.
If you missed the game on Monday night between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, you missed one of the best games of the season. It’s becoming increasingly likely that this could end up being a Super Bowl matchup in just a few months, but the Saints might have some other plans. The Rams are one of the favourites to come out of the NFC, along with the Saints, and the Chiefs have one of the best offenses in the AFC. It was clear early in the season that the Week 11 game between these two teams would be the most entertaining game of the regular season, and it definitely lived up to the hype.
If you hadn’t heard of Nick Mullens before last Thursday, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of him by now. The former Southern Miss Golden Eagle made his NFL debut for the San Fransisco 49ers on Thursday night against the Raiders, in a game where Mullens wasn’t given much of a chance. Mullens was signed as an undrafted free agent after the 2017 Draft, and had never attempted a pass in an NFL game heading into his first start. While Jimmy G is still the future of the 49ers, Mullens has definitely made a name for himself in his debut.