NFL Open Thread, Championship Sunday

So who ya got in the AFC Championship game?



Or Patriots? (I may have very slightly telegraphed who I’m rooting for.)

To Pats fans: Congratulations. Your football team is very nice. For me, the Patriots don’t have to win another Super Bowl for them to be the best team that’s ever played. They already are. I don’t know if we’ll ever see a pairing of QB and coach like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick ever again. But I don’t care. I don’t want them to win this year. I have Pats fatigue. This year, three of the four teams in the championship games have never won a Super Bowl; Jacksonville has never even gotten to one. So I’m pulling hard for the Jags to upset them today. And if that doesn’t happen, then I want the NFC team to kill the Pats in the Super Bowl.

If the Jaguars are going to win this game, their defense needs to hit Tom Brady. Hit him hard, and hit him constantly. He is still capable of delivering the ball when he gets pounded but if you hit him he starts to slip up, and he’ll start to feel pressure even when it’s not there and that’s when he makes mistakes. On the other side, the Jags offense needs to run the ball and eat the clock. Also they need to remember that Blake Bortles is their QB. Act accordingly.

I really really REALLY want Jacksonville to win, but I know the Patriots probably will. Dammit.


Who ya got in the NFC Championship game?




Or Eagles?

After last week, is there anyone outside of Philly (or other NFC North cities) that isn’t rooting for the Vikings? I would love to see them go. But the Eagles getting to this point has been a pretty good story too. To lose your MVP-level QB and still make it to the conference championship game is no small feat. I know what it was like to have your team go oh-fer in the Super Bowl and then eventually win one, and I hope one of these teams gets to feel what that’s like.


What Super Bowl pairing are you hoping for most? For me, I think this is the order of want:

1. Jacksonville vs. Minnesota

2 (tie). New England vs. Minnesota

2 (tie). Jacksonville vs. Philadelphia

4. New England vs. Philadelphia

I got beer, I got snacks. My body is ready.


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