Happy Wildcard Weekend Football Fans! For some this weekend is bound to be filled with intense anxiety and sadness as the bottom four teams of each conference is whittled down to two. This year Wildcard weekend has served to not to disappoint in terms of surprises and just plain good football.
Let’s start with the first game on the docket today the Tennessee Titans at the Kansas City Chiefs. Now going into this game almost every football talking head was so sure that the Chiefs were going to win this game because of the Chiefs had weapons like Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt. In the beginning those people were right as the Chiefs went on a 21-0 run and Titans fans saw their post season ending after only one game. But the Titans had a huge plot twist up their sleeves and would fight their way back to win 22-21, shocking almost everyone in the football realm.
But really if you think about it, the Titans winning really isn’t that surprising because the Titans had one thing over the Chiefs that was they wanted it more. I’m a firm believer that the teams that want it more and have more to prove with winning are going to win. Look at the Super Bowl last year, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots came back from a severe beating to win in a dramatic overtime because they wanted it more. If you want something bad enough you will move mountains to make it happen. Plus I’m starting to believe that the Chiefs are just cursed in the post season so there’s always that.
From there we move onto the Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams game, which I’m going to be honest was absolutely terrible in the beginning. Neither team could get a first down and the Falcons first trip into the Rams zone was due to botched punt return that seriously watching a group of guys not know what to do with the ball made me question for a second why they were paid (only a second I swear). But finally both teams seem to shake off their stupors and actually put on a decent showing, but really we all knew who was going to win this game (hint: the Falcons). Again I say that Falcons were going to win this game because they want to make it back to the Super Bowl to avenge what happened last year. Humiliation in defeat is probably the best motivating factor you could ever ask for with a professional sports team.
I also want to mention that it was hard to watch the Rams game due to the amount of times Rams Head Coach Sean McVay’s age. I know that he’s the youngest coach in the league, but seriously why is that the main topic? There are a lot better things to focus on with the Rams like Jared Goff’s drastic improvement from last year or Todd Gurley’s impressive running game. I don’t care how old the head coach is because unlike the President of the United States there is no age requirement for coaching in professional sports so can we please move on?
While the opening day of Wildcard Weekend had a huge surprise in the Titans winning over the Chiefs, I’m hoping that tomorrow’s action will have even bigger surprises in store.Just in case you aren’t sure of the lineup for tomorrow’s games:
Game 1: Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars, 12:05 p.m. on CBS
Game 2: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints, 3:40 p.m. on FOX
Good luck to your team if they are still in the playoffs and happy watching for those just looking to watch football even though your team is off enjoying a beach somewhere!