The NFL postseason has come to an end, in a sense, on Sunday with the NFC and AFC Championship games.
For Super Bowl 51, the Atlanta Falcons will take on the New England Patriots for the NFL Championship in Houston, Texas on Feb. 5.
If you are looking for in-depth analysis, you won’t find it here, just a few tidbits and observations.
- First off, here is the best National Anthem presentation from Sunday (the video is from last week, but it is the same guy):
- Brett Favre is now in a burgeoning commercial storyline with Buffalo Wild Wings, which you know will be concluded during Super Bowl Sunday (no judgement):
- Super Bowl 51 will be on FOX, which means the world will have to listen to Joe Buck and Troy Aikman call the game. Buck’s style is just, eh… Aikman’s style in commentary isn’t bad, but he does make Buck look good at times, which is more you can say about Phil Simms’ role with Jim Nantz on CBS.
- The radio play-by-play teams on Westwood One have been traditionally the best at calling the games. Ian Eagle and Kevin Harlan are really good as PbP men, with Dan Fouts and James Lofton are very good analysts/color commentators. If there was an easier way to link up the radio broadcasts with the TV broadcasts (on mute), I’d love to find it.
As for the games, Matt Ryan may be the NFL MVP at the end of the season and he showed why against Green Bay. For two straight weeks (against Green Bay and Seattle), Ryan and his offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have dissected the opposing defenses easily. Sunday’s game was tough to watch. Green Bay was never in the game and neutralized a hot Aaron Rodgers, who had to play from behind from the get-go.
New England just keeps rolling on. Another AFC title game in Foxborough, another Patriots victory to clinch a Super Bowl berth. And, ESPN will spend two weeks of mythological magic on the Patriots to hype up the game.
Enjoy the break before the Super Bowl – because that means no more football until August.