The best Championship Sunday in years
Published 4:21 pm Tuesday, January 22, 2019
If you’re a football fan, you were likely glued to your televisions for a good seven hours Sunday watching some of the best the sport has to offer.
Both the NFC and AFC Championship games are now instant classics. They both provided the drama, rollercoaster of emotions, score changes and incredible on field performances that have me salivating for more.
Can you believe we all thought the NFL was in shambles a year ago? Granted, there is still politics to wade through on occasion, but what we’re seeing on the field is the most fun the game has looked in a good while.
The NFC Championship between New Orleans and Los Angeles will be talked about for many, many years to come. A pretty blatant non-call on a pass interference kept the Saints from punching it in the end zone for a go-ahead score. New Orleans was marching and Drew Brees was hot, and if the call was made, I believe the Saints would have easily scored.
The non-call is inspiring conversation about how the game can change to eliminate all possible errors by the refs. And that’s really what this was: an error. The refs miss calls all the time. This one just happened to determine who was going to the Super Bowl. Now we’re hearing that referee calls (or the lack of one) can be challenged?
I don’t think that’s the answer. That’s one step closer to everything becoming digitized in the sport. Even the refs might one day be robots. I say we hold off on that as long as we can. The human error aspect is prevalent in all areas of the game: coaching, playing, and yes, refereeing. Missed calls will happen. Some are in favor of your team, others aren’t. In all honesty, I think the Saints should have been a couple scores ahead at that point in the game, anyways, with how dynamite they started the game and how off kilter the Rams looked. But they let Los Angeles slide back in, and now they’re sliding all the way to the Super Bowl.
The AFC Championship between Kansas City and New England didn’t have that level of drama. It was just insanely entertaining. I was on the edge of my seat the entire fourth quarter, in awe at the youthful willpower of Patrick Mahomes and his high-flying offense and the unmatched, consistent attack from Tom Brady and the Patriots. Surprisingly, that vicious Kansas City defense didn’t touch Brady once. Probably would have been helpful when he was literally schooling them on that overtime touchdown drive.