What a day of football, Championship Sunday is in the books and the reigning champs, the Kansas City Chiefs will be squaring off against the greatest quarterback of all-time and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We have a lot to cover and be sure to tune into this week’s edition of “The Corner Booth” hosted by Mulraney and I. You can find the podcast here on the blog or you can find it on Spotify and Apple by searching “ProcrastiNation Podcast Network”. If you followed my picks then you would have went 3-1 on Sunday the only win we didn’t have was the under in the Packers and Bucs game, aside from that, we backed up the money wagon for all of the readers.
Let’s start with the early Sunday game that took place in Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers. The Packers were the No.1 seed in the NFC and they were squared up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are led by 6x Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady, in his first year in Tampa Bay. I don’t know where to start with this game, there is a lot to cover. Let’s start with the positives, Tom Brady is unbelievable, regardless of his second half performance, he has led another franchise to the Super Bowl, this will be his tenth appearance in the big game. It is super-human and unheard of what Brady has been able to accomplish in his career and what he is able to do with Tampa Bay has securely made him the greatest of all-time and its not even up for discussion anymore, the book is closed on that debate. Brady is 43 years old, he has no indication of retiring and the 6x Super Bowl winner is one-game away from being the only quarterback in history to lead a team from each conference to the Lombardi trophy. He would join Peyton Manning as the only quarterback to win the big game with two teams. (Manning did it with two AFC teams, the Colts and the Broncos)
It is time to be a critic, so Packers fans, you might want to stop reading now. First off, Matt Lefleur has ZERO guts, he is devoid of cajones, the fact that he kicked a field goal in that situation late in the game is a fireable offense in my opinion, if you aren’t going to have the courage to go for it in that situation then you never will be able to. Rodgers said after the game that he fully expected to have two chances to put the ball in the end-zone in an eight point game in the 4th quarter with the clock dwindling down in the NFC Championship. Another coaching blunder came at the end of the first half when the Packers gave up a bomb to the end-zone as time expired for an emphatic Tampa Bay touchdown and stole any shred of momentum that the Packers could salvage from the first half of football. All the Packers had to do in that situation was to play prevent defense and not allow a soul into the end-zone, force Brady to dump it off, have the receiver get out of bounds and try a field goal. This isn’t even “monday morning quarterbacking” this is common sense, any novice football watcher knows that the sequence that occurred was inexcusable.
We also have to spotlight the Packers fans who are crying that the referees threw the flag late in the game on the pass interference call. Well, I hate to break it to you all that was a clear defensive penalty. I don’t understand the argument that “they let them play” all day and didn’t call anything, well that was as clear of a penalty as you can get in a game. It is a shitty way to lose a game but you need to look at the coaching decisions earlier in the game that made you lose the game. Coaching decision and ….. the elephant in the room ….. back to back forced turnovers by Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers inability to put points on the board in back to back drives. We are going to have an era long debate about who has squandered more opportunities and talent in their career, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees. There are twelve quarterbacks in the history of the NFL to win multiple Super Bowls and Brees and Rodgers are not on that list, Brees is most likely retiring and the future of Rodgers is uncertain, perhaps a change of scenery will push Rodgers to another title, I think the disrespect from drafting a quarterback in last years draft has made the relationship with Rodgers and the Packers unsolvable.
Here is the list of quarterbacks to win multiple titles:
Tom Brady (6)
Joe Montana (4)
Terry Bradshaw (4)
Troy Aikman (3)
Eli Manning (2)
Peyton Manning (2)
Ben Roethlisberger (2)
John Elway (2)
Jim Plunkett (2)
Bob Griese (2)
Roger Staubach (2)
Bart Starr (2)
The man at the top of that list is now going to his tenth Super Bowl, Tom Brady played phenomenally in the first half and then was forced into a three interception second half but still found a way to hold onto the victory. The Buccaneers defensive line was so much better this post-season than advertised, they made big plays and sacked Rodgers in big spots throughout the second half. One of the biggest plays of the game came when Brady dumped off a 13 yard completion to Rob Gronkowski who rumbled through Packers defenders to help his buddy Brady out yet again.
The Buccaneers will now become the first team in NFL history to play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. The big pirate ship, Raymond James Stadium will play host to Super Bowl LV at 6:30pm on February 7th, 2021 on CBS with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo.
In the AFC Championship game, there was no surprise, the Bills were outmatched and the Chiefs picked a phenomenal time to finally cover a spread. The Chiefs looked like the Super Bowl champions and there are hell bent on defending their title. I love the Bills Mafia and I was all-in on Josh Allen, Sean McDermott and that defense but going into that game, I felt that the slipper had fallen off Cinderella and they were going to be in over their heads going on the road to Arrowhead to play Mahomes, Reid and the Chiefs.
Buffalo made a lot of strides this year, they got over that brutal AFC Wild Card loss to the Texans and made it to the conference title game for the first time in nearly three decades. You really can’t say enough about the ownership, front office and Mcdermott for changing the culture of the Bills and turning them into lovable losers to an actual contender. Allen is only going to continue to progress and Stefon Diggs is becoming the best receiver in the NFL right before our very eyes. I think the future is bright in Buffalo but they will have to deal with a revamped Patriots team who will be extra hungry because of the Brady season and on top of that, they have an unfathomable amount of cap space to play around with and the up and coming Miami Dolphins, who are trying to get Deshaun Watson from Houston.
Onto the Chiefs, this team is stupid good, they might not be as explosive as they were last year offensively but they are a more seasoned football team and the defense showed up yet again to help carry the weight for Mahomes and the offense. Andy Reid is fearless and anytime it’s fourth and short, the Chiefs will go for it and you feel like they will convert. On the flip side to that coin, anytime an opponent kicks a field goal against the Chiefs it feels like a failed drive because you know the potential string of points that can be hung on you by the best QB/Coach combo currently in the NFL.
The Chiefs saved their best game of the season so far for the best opportunity – the game that propels you to the Super Bowl and as we have seen so many times, a game, where anything can happen. Mahomes has the first Super Bowl jitters out of the way, Andy Reid finally won the big game and it is always fun to see a potential dynasty in the making.
We will have a full Super bowl preview show, a ton of blogs and so much coverage on the big game. Until then, hear, hear to the ProcrastiNation.