I have my football Sunday ritual. My televisions, my fantasy teams, my wagers, and I always treasure every Sunday that football is on from September until the Super Bowl.
I’ll be the first to tell you, 2017 has not been a banner year for the NFL.
The NFL 2017 regular season was for the most part pretty lackluster. However, the NFL postseason has been anything but.
The last two weeks have provided incredible drama across the board, with some hard-fought, well-played intense battles and some insane finishes along the way.
Think about three of the four games that were played over the course of the weekend.
All three had their twists and turns and fair share of memorable moments.
The Eagles pulling off a goal-line stand over the final seconds against the Atlanta Falcons with the game in the balance.
The Jacksonville Jaguars went into Pittsburgh with a quarterback that myself, along with many others, thought was terrible, and put up 45 points on the road and stunned the Steelers.
And last but not least, how about that incredible display in the fourth quarter by both the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.
A game that had it all was capped off by one of the greatest endings you’ll ever see in a playoff game.
The Minnesota Vikings have had a history for losing these sort of games in January time and time again.
After the Miracle in Minneapolis on Sunday, scoring as time expired against the Saints, you have to wonder if Lady Luck is finally on their side?
The Divisional Round combined with the drama of the College Football Playoff is why the narrative that the sport of football is in trouble is greatly exaggerated.
Now the stage is set for Championship Sunday.
If in early September I told you that the quarterbacks joining Tom Brady on Championship Sunday would be Nick Foles, Case Keenum and Blake Bortles, you wouldn’t have taken those even if I gave you 1,000-to-1 odds.
In the NFC, you have two terrific defenses, but what unproven quarterback will step up and make enough plays to win the game?
In the AFC, the Patriots continue to dominate despite any drama that seems to be coming out of Foxboro. Can the Jaguars duplicate the formula of the 2010 New York Jets? A top-flight defense frustrating Tom Brady in a home playoff game.
Both match ups are fun, and I just hope Championship Sunday can be as good as what we witnessed last weekend in the divisional round.
It’s nice to see that, as far as entertainment goes, the NFL is making up for some lost time.
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JJ’s Championship Sunday Unlocks
• New England -9.5
• Minnesota -3