I don’t usually talk about other topics outside of entertainment on my site, mainly sports, but when I do it’s because something has happened so incredible I have to share my excitement. And oh my goodness was that weekend of football literally the best I’ve ever seen.
When do you ever have a series of games that all come down to the wire, and the last game ends up in overtime after one of the most miraculous endings of regulation I’ve ever witnessed.
Let’s talk about that first game, the up-and-coming Cincinnati Bengals led by my favorite new quarterback, Joe Burrow (he’s the real deal) versus the team that lives up to their name, the Tennessee Titans. It was a defensive masterpiece with both teams barely able to make things happen.
Back and forth the Bengals and Titans went as the 35-degree weather chilled the air. Burrow got sacked, if I remember correctly, ten times in a game that felt like annihilation on the Bengals side, and yet he and his team never stopped fighting.
There, at the end, when they got a chance to win the game, they did what needed to be done and it was over. The Cincinnati Bengals would go to their first AFC Championship since 1988. Yikes.
In two years, Joe Burrow has turned one of the worst teams in the league into an actual threat for the Super Bowl win, but they’ve got quite a fight ahead of them in next week’s matchup. I’ll get to that later.
The next game was one of the most fascinating I’ve ever watched. In literally freezing weather, the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers battled for three hours, like gladiators from tales of old. It was a brutal game that became more and more obvious as receivers dropped balls and barely any points were scored even as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Aaron Rodgers, graced the field.
It was just damage being dealt back and forth until a storm rolled in bringing with it an unrelenting snowfall. Suddenly, the game turned into an epic masterpiece as players continued going at it as each freezing minute passed. And then, finally, Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were defeated, with the 49ers absolutely stunning Lambeau Field.
Just like the week before, the 49ers were underdogs but Jimmy Garroppolo is on a mission, a mission to get that Super Bowl win he should’ve gotten two years ago against the Kansas City Chiefs if he hadn’t flubbed. Is a rematch in the cards?
Just when it seemed a miracle to have two games end by final second field goals the Sunday games said, “Hold my beer.”
The next game, yesterday’s first epic matchup, was between the almost-not-fair-they’re-roster’s-so-stacked Los Angeles Rams and the defending champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
All year the Buccaneers have just not been that Super Bowl-winning phenomenon that they were last year. There have been injuries and headline-stealing dramas (yeah, I’m talking about Antonio Brown who the Buccaneers, I hate to admit it, sorely needed yesterday) galore. And yet, I still found myself unable to root against the GOAT, Tom Brady. And rightly so.
Even when it was the third quarter and the Buccaneers–after a completely embarrassing meltdown that included a bunch of unnecessary fouls, including an uncharacteristic blow-up from Brady in the second quarter–were down 27-3 I knew the game was still close. Brady is the GOAT for a reason and yesterday was the proof of that again as he led his team (along with the defense’s incredible stand as well as their involvement in two CRUCIAL turnovers, specifically the one that came in the last two minutes) to a 24-0 run that got them back in the ballgame.
But, with 46 seconds left, I knew the extremely talented Rams had a chance, and low and behold, Matthew Stafford threw a bomb to Cooper Kupp which gave them incredible field position to win that game with a last-second field goal.
The Rams had survived, Brady was out for the first time in the Divisional Round, and my heart was pumping. But of course, that still wasn’t even the end.
The final game of the weekend was eagerly awaited for a reason. You have two star quarterbacks in Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. Josh Allen has become one of my favorite quarterbacks in the league thanks to his incredible athleticism and that rifle of an arm. He always finds ways to win games but across the field is an opponent whose team is just a little bit better, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Back and forth the teams fought until the last two minutes resulted in a gobsmacking 25 points between them as miracle after miracle was doled out. I mean, who gets into field goal with only 13 seconds left in regulation. 13 SECONDS!
It was outstanding football, tremendous playcalling, stellar athleticism on full display, it was literally everything you would want the last game of a stellar weekend of football to be…and a little more.
I have never been more gobsmacked by a weekend of sports I think…ever. It was incredible, awe-inspiring, and truly a weekend to remember as a sports fan. And that’s why I wanted to share my thoughts with you all.
I can’t wait until next weekend.
Did you have a particular team you were rooting for? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day.