Yesterday’s games surprised me. To begin with, I didn’t expect the Broncos have a such a dominant victory over the Patriots. Denver was a dominant team for the most part of the season but late in the season, questions started to arise about how well they would perform when it was all on the line. After all, recent history showed that when it mattered most, Tom Brady and the Patriots should have been victorious yesterday afternoon. But as we all know and have come to realize, “should have” is not a phrase that matters in sports. Especially at the professional level. We were “supposed” to see at least one of the home teams lose the game. The Patriots’ slow start pretty much squashed their chances of coming back, even with a chance for a one-possession game late in the game. It was San Francisco’s turn to be David, showing all the signs of a team bound for their second Super Bowl in a row. Someone forgot to tell Seattle about all of that, taking the 49ers’ best punch early and coming back with their own strike. What the Broncos and Seahawks showed us, is that in a season where the unexpected was expected, order can be restored and the two favorites can both reach the final game of the season. Before we get to this all-world Super Bowl match up, let’s see how it all went down.
We started the championship Sunday in Denver, where the weather was uncharacteristically warm and the sun was shining all over the AFC title field. Remember how dreary and cold it was when the Ravens won there last year? Peyton Manning’s weather “demons” weren’t going to be a factor. While Manning didn’t make any throws that jumped off the screen, he did manage to rack up 400 yards and a couple of TDs, most of which was the result of long and methodical drives. In fact, Manning’s most memorable moment (too many m’s?) came when he bobbled a snap but recovered and easily threw a first down pass. The Broncos started off well, taking advantage of the Patriots’ defensive back Aqib Talib, their best player on defense, getting hurt. Tom Brady never really took the field in the first half, where the Patriots only managed to put up 3 points. Matt Prater’s leg put up most of the points for Denver but it was the long drives that were the key. Remember when the key to stopping Peyton Manning was keeping him off the field? Well that’s what happened, except it was Brady who never had good field position or multiple long drives. Let’s not forget that the Broncos defense limited a Patriots running game that was thought to be very potent. Once the late two-point conversion wasn’t successful for New England, the party started rocking in Denver. Perfect timing on the marijuana legalization law.
Wait, you’re telling me that the two places where marijuana is legal are sending their teams to the Super Bowl? I need to sign the Dallas petition. Seattle is in fact the champion of the NFC and they are going to face off against Denver in Super Bowl 48. Early on in looked like the 49ers were going to run away with this game. San Francisco wasn’t very potent on offense, most of it coming because of Kaepernick’s legs, but their defense was simply amazing in the first half. Neutralizing any and all offense as the Seahawks could only muster a field goal at halftime. Marshawn Lynch had a big scoring run to start the second half. But the Niners responded quickly, scoring on this incredible throw by the 49ers’ QB. Am I the only one who realizes how mind-blowing that throw was? As incredible as that throw was, Kaepernick also had two key interceptions, the second one sealing the deal for Seattle. The second one was the Richard Sherman interception. Sherman made an incredible play to seal the deal for the Seahawks, and for all of his obnoxious antics, at the very least, #25 backs up his talk with his play. San Francisco’s rally came up just a bit short and Seattle is on their way to New York, to try and win their first Super Bowl. The Seahawks fans are celebrating endlessly right now but shame on them for throwing food on Navarro Bowman, who suffered a gruesome injury. It looks like it was only one idiot but it’s not something you ever want to see.