Article By: Chris Pennell
I don’t think there is anything better than playoff football. The electricity in the air, the excitement from the crowd, and the extra intensity the players bring on the gridiron. Nothing matches up to post season football. And this past weekend, we were spoiled with it.
The NFL Wild Card games started up as well as the College Football National Championship. If you want the best of the best, than you got it for three straight days, and like always the games did not disappoint.
Possibly the most talked about game from this past weekend has to be the Eagles Bears matchup at Soldier field. The Bears were the clear favorite coming into the matchup having won the NFC North, home field advantage, and having the best defense in the NFL. However, when Nick Foles is on the field, no team is safe.
Foles continues his hot playoff streak with a win against the most ferocious defense in the league led by Khalil Mack. His 266 passing yards and 2 touchdowns were just enough to sneak away with a victory over in Chicago. However, I believe Foles needs to send over a thank you letter to bears kicker Cody Parkey for clanking a field goal off the uprights to hand the Eagles the victory. But hey, the Eagles got the win once again with Nick Foles under center and look to continue their hot playoff streak as they enter “Who Dat” nation and face the best team in football, the New Orleans Saints.
As we transition from the windy city we head down to Houston Texas where the Colts defeated the Texans 21-7. Andrew Luck is playing at an MVP caliber level and looks to continue as they get deeper into the playoffs. However, the Colts have a tough matchup next week against young stud superstar, Pat Mahomes.
Mahomes recorded one of the best seasons in NFL history under center. Throwing for over five thousand yards and fifty touchdown passes, the young quarterback knows a thing or two about scoring. For the Colts to have any chance against the Chiefs this weekend, they need to find a way to keep Mahomes off the field as well as utilize their run game as they did against the Texans having a total of 200 rushing yards on the night. If Mahomes is able to run around making no look passes whenever he wants, than it’s going to be a long night for the Colts.
Phillip Rivers and his Chargers took down a tough Ravens defense with ease. Although they were able to stop an explosive rookie in Lamar Jackson, the Chargers face a bit of a tougher task in Tom Brady. The Chargers look to march into Gillette Stadium and take down Brady and Belichick in hopes to getting one step closer to the Phillip Rivers beloved Super Bowl.
Although NFL Monday night games are done for the season, there was another Monday night game that filled that vacant spot perfectly.
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Although College Football has a playoff system now, everyone knew the National Championship was going to come down to Alabama and Clemson. They were just by far the two best teams in the country all year long, and have been for the past four seasons.
The first quarter of play was filled with back and forth action and it seemed as if whoever had the ball last at the end of the game was going to walk away with the championship.
Than the floodgates opened….
Clemson’s offense was too much to handle for Alabama’s defense. Trevor Lawrence navigated around the tough Crimson Tide secondary, throwing for 374 yards and three touchdown passes, leading the Tigers to their second national championship in three years, 44-16.
However, Clemson’s defense some recognition. Clemson was firing on all cylinders Monday night. They sent pressure from everywhere, making Tua uncomfortable all game and forcing tough passes too his receivers. Clemson’s two interceptions were game changing moments as one was returned for a touchdown and another was a deep pass downfield in Alabama’s territory. The most impressive part though, Clemson shutout the Crimson tide the last two quarters of the game and only gave up a lone field goal from the second quarter on.
Although Alabama lost this game in disgusting fashion, it won’t surprise me to see them back in contention for another National Championship in 2020. With Tua back under center, Nick Saban can’t be more confident that his super star quarterback will lead them back to the promised land in search of another ring. Clemson is also sitting pretty. Trevor Lawrence, a true freshman, will return at the helm of Clemson’s offense. I bet Dabo Swinney is licking his chops and can’t wait to see what the next 2 years (at least) are like with this dynamic quarterback.
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