For the 10th time in his career, QB Tom Brady will be playing in the Super Bowl. Albeit with a different team for the first time in his career. You’re probably tired of seeing him play in another Super Bowl. You’re also tired of hearing about how old he is and why hasn’t he shown any signs of his age. Either way it is impressive with how much parody there is in the NFL that one player can make it to ten Super Bowl appearances. For one I was surprised with how it played out in the NFC Championship game. The Green Bay Packers did not look good in the first half. Brady was picking them apart and that defensive call just before halftime allowed Brady to notch another touchdown pass and increase the Buccaneers lead. Green Bay did catch a break in the 3rd quarter when Brady threw three interceptions on three consecutive possessions. Yet, the Packers only turned that into 6 points.
I will never understand why Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur kicked a field goal when they were down by 8 and 2:37 left to play. Did he know that Tom Brady was the opposing quarterback? Even with him throwing 3 interceptions in the second half, that defense didn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt with that late touchdown before halftime. Tampa Bay played well, but there were issues with play-calling once again. They were effectively running the ball in the first half and didn’t continue that with a large lead. Hence the 3 interceptions. That will need to change if you want to win on your home field for the Super Bowl.
It’s All Coming Together
While I didn’t think the Buffalo Bills would end up winning the game, I did expect it to be competitive. It started out that way with them taking a 9-0 lead to start the game. Then it went to Kansas City’s favor the rest of the way. This isn’t a knock on the Bills. They played as well as they could. Buffalo will be back to this spot for the foreseeable future. Hopefully they learn from their mistakes and realize they can’t make any against the Chiefs. Kansas City will be going for their second consecutive title and will try to become the 8th franchise to win back-to-back Super Bowls. The talent level of this team is just off the charts. It looked as though they were just going through the motions during the season, but it came together in the playoffs when they needed it to. If Tampa Bay finds a way to stop this Chiefs offense from making plays, they will be the first to do so.