Okay, so the big story over the past week has been that ESPN.com story about how the Patriots are crumbling… Hopefully, this latest nonsense will motivate them even more and they’ll steamroll the Titans and then Steelers to advance to the Super Bowl.
I say it’s “nonsense” because c’mon… how much of that ESPN story is real? Do you really think that at this point of Tom Brady’s career he’s upset at not being named Patriot player of the week? He might have joked about it and whoever leaked that to the reporter exaggerated about it… I heard Brady Quinn on the weekend on Fox Sports Radio slamming that story. I agree – it’s like ESPN needed more clicks and so they had this story to stir things up.
-Every year this decade, I’ve predicted (or hoped for, is more like it) a Patriots-Saints Super Bowl. This year there’s still a chance. And boy, Drew Brees was awesome against Carolina in the wild-card round. Against Minnesota, it’ll be tough because of that Vikings defense – but the good news is that it’s indoors and Brees has gotta be the greatest indoors QB ever in the history of the NFL. He’s also a better QB than Case Keenum, so hopefully the Saints will prevail.
-It’s been said that this year’s Chiefs’ playoff meltdown has got to be the worst ever. I disagree. I still think the 13-3 Chiefs from 1995 losing in the divisional round to a dome team (Colts) because Lin Elliott missed three field goals…. that’s the worst. They would have hosted the AFC title game against Pittsburgh… they had a tough defense, and in the Super Bowl against Dallas, who knows what would have happened?
And speaking of 13-3… man, some years it’s tough because of the competition within your division or conference. In 2011 the Saints were 13-3 but were third in the conference, while the 13-3 San Francisco 49ers were the No. 2 seed because of a better conference record!! The Saints lost to the 49ers on that last-second comeback in San Fran… and it was tough for New Orleans to go down that way.