Everyone is buzzing right now about Conference Championship weekend. Did you see that play? They’re asking. How about that other play? And Did you agree with the ref? On and on it goes. Just amazing how much people really care about football this time of year.
A lot of the chatter du jour has been served on behalf of the quarterback play and rightfully so. These gunslingers fired off 1,179 combined yards on 159 attempts while puking up 81 second half points, each point more suspenseful and momentous than the last. In total, 15 of 25 second half drives went for scores with an astonishing 6 scoring drives in a row to close out Chiefs Patriots.
Alexa what does Big Boy football look like?
As a Chicago Bears diehard lifer I obviously respect and appreciate hard nosed football. I love the big hog molly’s doing god’s work and a well designed blitz package and all that stuff.
But at the same time you can go ahead and pump modern high octane football directly into my veins and the same goes for the rest of you.
That was a goddamn track meet last night disguised as a football game and we’re all better fans because of it. Like I know everyone loves to reminisce about the days of more defense/violence but you have to admit watching long 3rd-down conversions is equally exciting.
Unfortunately lost in all this shuffle though is just how amazing the kickers were last night. Under all the pressure of going to a Super Bowl, these big swinging kicks went a perfect 21 for 21 yesterday on all FG and XP attempts. I repeat twenty one for twenty fucking one. Greg, Harris, Wil, Stephen… all these dudes were phenomenal even if they sound like they should be heading up a book club and not dominating the NFL.
There’s something to be said for having a perfect kicking game. Digging into the numbers, hard, you will find that these 4 perfect athletes scored 39 total points, or 33% of the TOTAL scoring yesterday. That’s huge.
Personally, I think it’s time we start giving kickers more recognition across the NFL. These guys never get the credit they deserve because they only play a couple times a game. But like I said when you look at the numbers it’s obvious they can impact the game in a big way.
Time will decide if special teams factor into the Super Bowl© outcome. For now, I just want to be clear that it sucks that Wil and Harris won’t get a chance to play in the Big Game. I feel very bad for these guys and hope they are able to come back stronger next year if that’s even possible.