At the turn of the century, the 2000 NFL playoffs began with the Jacksonville Jaguars as the AFC’s top seed. Buffalo, after a decade filled with four Super Bowl appearances, made the field as a wild card team.
Enough with the prognosticating. Giants fans should simply enjoy a ride that might be the best one yet.
Everything about the 2011 Giants has been said and said again. And again.
Eli is full of crap, how dare he put his name next to Tom Brady’s! Except, actually, he might be Elite but not quite as good as Brady or Rodgers or Jesus – but wait, hold on a second, because Eli’s playing really good right now and is approaching Elite status, so now we’re seriously starting to wonder whether or not you can spell Elite without E-L-I.
The Final Four has been set, and it might not have been the one you were expecting. The AFC did get its top two seeds through to the championship, but over in the NFC the two best teams – or what everyone thought were the two best teams (the Packers and Saints) are gone.
That leaves this: The Baltimore Ravens (13-4) vs. the New England Patriots (14-3) on one side, and the upstart New York Giants (11-7) vs. the San Francisco 49ers (14-3) on the other. On Feb. 5 two of them will meet in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis.
If I were a betting man (and I’m not because, well, it’s illegal) I might just be inclined to lay a couple dollars on the Houston Texans coming out of Baltimore this weekend with a win. I know they’re dogs by 9 points, but why not the Texans?
In 2007, Wes Welker lead the NFL in receptions with 112. In 2010, Arian Foster’s All-Pro season came out of nowhere as he led the National Football League in rushing with 1,616 yards. This year, it was the explosive Victor Cruz and his 1,536 receiving yards, good for third in the league. What do these two have in common? Not one of those players was selected by a team in the NFL draft.
Tim Tebow makes no sense. By all account the Broncos quarterback flat out sucks. I know the Tebow-backers don't want to believe it and point to his 7-game winning streak in the middle of the season as proof that he has that special intangible that doesn't show up in the box score and makes him a winning quarterback. Which is what really counts (they say), forgetting about the Bronco defense and kicking game that had a much larger hand in that winning streak than Tebow.
The Houston Texans have had a year of football firsts. After locking up their first division title and their first playoff birth in team history, they just added first playoff win to this year's resume after beating the Cincinnati Bengals 31-10.