Who will I be watching Feb. 3?

Published 3:56 pm Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The NFL season has three games left, culminating with Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Sunday, Feb. 3.

I have a particular interest in this year’s Super Bowl, regardless of who’s in it. Let me tell you why.

A Super Bowl in Atlanta comes around every decade or so, give or take. Being the city of my birth, a residence to me for the first three years of my life, and a city that’s home to most of my favorite sports teams, restaurants and entertainment venues, Atlanta has a clear place in my heart.

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I sure as heck didn’t want to miss this awesome opportunity to see the game, so I applied for credentials. A month later, I got an email saying I was approved! I’ll be at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. Hopefully I can come up with a few stories while there that will entertain Post-Searchlight readers back here in Bainbridge. I’ll certainly do my best.

But before that, we have conference championship games to watch. The Chiefs and the Patriots will play in the AFC Championship and the Rams and Saints will duel in the NFC Championship.

As a Falcons fan, I was cheering like crazy for the Saints to lose on Sunday to the Eagles, but unfortunately, their defense is way, way too good. That’s why Sundays NFC Championship game will be entertaining. The Rams have a fantastic offense. Led on the ground by running backs Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson, and with a pass attacked fueled by Jared Goff’s arm, I think the Saints better look out. I think the Rams will prevail.

I feel similarly about the Chiefs as I do about the Rams. Fantastic offense that will put up points, and led by one of my favorite breakout stars of the past two years, Pat Mahomes. Kansas City’s Divisional Round game against the Colts on Saturday got lopsided quick, and I blame that more on the Colts being flat than the Chiefs being that dominant. I don’t think it will be a similar story against the Patriots.

In fact, if I was a betting man (really, though, I’m not), I’d go with New England. The Patriots have won eight NFC games in a row. Despite this, they have still somehow adopted the tag as the underdogs, which is baffling to me.

I think they’ll use the bulletin board material that the media has poured on them for the past week or so as inspiration to beat Kansas City. It won’t be an easy win, but they’ll leave the Midwest with a W and be ready to head to the Super Bowl in Atlanta.

When it comes time for the Rams and the Patriots to kick off, I’ll be torn between cheering for Sony Michel (New England running back) and Todd Gurley (Rams running back. Both were Dawgs, and I hope they both have 300 yards rushing apiece.