There’s nothing like it. When the clock turns on another new year, when the winter blizzards set in in some cities and others remain sunny, almost summer-like, when the big bodies are exhausted after a long, hard-fought season, that’s when the fun starts. And the fun is called the NFL playoff, leading up to the greatest game of them all – the Super Bowl.
In all, only four teams (out of 16) qualify for the playoff from each conference – the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). In addition, two teams from each conference qualify as wild cards. The teams with the two best records earns a first week bye, as the 6th seed will battle it out with the 3rd seed and the 5th will go against the 4th.
Over the long years football is played, there has been many differences between the conferences and the divisions. Mostly, it has been east coast, freezing weather, we better run the ball, because it would be too difficult to throw it in the snow, wind-filled stadiums, against the somewhat elegant, almost cozy, warm and comfortable weather, we can throw the ball 30 plus times a game west coast teams. By the way, that clash doesn’t mean one team or the other has an advantage due to weather conditions – and many strange, unthinkable things has happened.
Over the years, there has been many truly great and memorable moments in the NFL playoff. Some of them survived the passage of time:
The Catch. 1981-82 NFC Championship game, 58 seconds left on the clock. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana made a 6-yard throw to wide receiver Dwight Clark and the 49ers win 29-28 over the Dallas Cowboys. The Catch symbols the beginning of the San Francisco dynasty of the early 80’s and what has become to be known as the "West Coast Offense."
The Drive: 1986-87 AFC Championship game between the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos. Cleveland lead by a touchdown with 31 seconds left. Broncos quarterback John Elway lead his team on a 98-yard drive that ended in a touchdown and a 20-20 tie and sent the game into overtime, where, in the first drive. Elway marched his team 60 yards that ended in a field goal and a victory.
The Fumble. The same teams meat a year later, again in the 1987-88 AFC Championship game. The broncos led 38-31 and Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar took his team on a long drive. With 1:12 left, Browns running back Earnest Byner, who appeared to be going into Denver’s end zone and scoring the game’s tying run, fumbled the ball on the Broncos 1-yard line. Cleveland, by the way, has not gotten into the Super Bowl since.
The Super Bowl generates interest
among American and worldwide viewers like no other event. Analysts put the
audience for the 2015 Bowl at 120.8 million viewers during its final minutes
when the Patriots literally snatched away victory from the Seahawks. There are
arguments about the economic boost to the host city that the holding of the
Super Bowl will bring – varying in the case of Phoenix, Arizona - from $30
million to $130 million and even up to $500 million. The cost of a TV
commercial during the interval has been reported as $4 million for a thirty second
With the enormous publicity generated not only by the Super Bowl but by the process of arriving there, NFL is in the kind of firm financial footing that many sports bodies would envy and tickets for matches at all the 32 participating teams are always in demand.
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