Depending on where your allegiances stand, the outcome of yesterday’s NFL playoff games were either glorious or heartbreaking — but both were fun games to watch! Here’s what happened on the road to the Super Bowl.
In the AFC Championship, the New England Patriots faced the Baltimore Ravens and both played spectacularly. However, no matter how many times my main dude Tom Brady threw an interception or didn’t quite make it to the goal line — it all came down to a kick from the Ravens to tie it up in the last minutes of the forth. And thus Billy Cundiff went down in NFL history as the guy who couldn’t make the 32-yard field goal with three points to tie it up, and the Patriots won 23-20! (Also, Raven Lee Evans was stripped of a potential game-winning touchdown in the last seconds of the game.) I watched with some diehard Ravens fans, and we all hugged and shook hands afterwards because the Ravens played oh so very well. Ah, but for the kicker. But still, we felt pretty good:
That’s me in the Brady No. 12 jersey, and next to me is my best friend in her Kraft No. 84 jersey I got her for Christmas a few years ago. Bobby Kraft is the owner of the Patriots, and you may have seen him yesterday on stage accepting the championship trophy, and gesturing towards the skies in honor of his wife. All the Patriots players wear an “MHK” badge on their uniforms, the initials of Kraft’s wife who died last year.
The NFC Championship game was just as riveting in the last minutes for the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants which went into overtime. Just as many Ravens fans are miffed at Cundiff’s missed field goal, 49ers fans have been giving their own ire to kick/punt returner Kyle Williams. Williams fumbled two returns — one bouncing off his knee, the other being stripped from him. Thus, the Giants went on to win it 20-17 in overtime with a 31-yard field goal from their kicker Lawrence Tynes.
The real kicker (ha)? The head coaches of the losing teams, the Ravens and the 49ers, are brothers. Must have been a sad night last night for the Harbaugh family! And I truly think those two teams are great, despite losing their division championship. I’m sure they’ll be back next year with even more skill.
As for me, my allegiance to the Patriots continues on in the Super Bowl! It will air in two weeks on February 5, and I’m looking for a little redemption from the Patriots loss to the Giants in the 2007 Super Bowl.
Do you follow football at all? What team do you align yourself with? Who will you be rooting for in the Super Bowl?