This has always been an exciting time for football with the NFL postseason beginning and then a national championship taking place as well. Here’s what’s on tap this week in football
1. The rematch– Clemson will be the first to tell you that they felt they didn’t lose to Alabama, they simply ran out of time. Last season when they met, they threw punches back and forth and Bama threw just once more. Deshaun Watson had the game of his life and Saban respects him so much that he elected to be risky and onside kick it so Watson couldn’t get his hands on the football. Clemson fell short in a shootout and tonight, they get exactly what they wanted and that’s another shot at Nick Saban and the Tide. With a win, this will be Bama’s second time winning back to back titles and fifth in eight seasons.
2. Falcons host Seattle– This is one of the big games I’m really looking forward too and it kicks off the divisional round on Saturday. When they first met, Atlanta could have easily won this game and it would’ve been big considering it was in Seattle. Matt Ryan has put together the best season of his career and that four-headed monster of Matty Ice, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman have shaped this Falcons offense. I like Seattle but they haven’t scared me as much as they have in previous years. They have quite a few issues of their own. They are inconsistent in the running game and the offensive line has been a problem all season long. We could be in for a classic on Saturday afternoon.
3. Brady begins the quest for five– It’s becoming an annual thing that the Patriots have that week off and one of the top seeds in the conference and once again, the road to Houston in the AFC travels through Foxborough and the Patriots enter as one of the hottest teams in the league and they’ll look to reach the AFC championship game for the 11th time in the Brady/Belichick era and the sixth time in a row. I didn’t know what to expect from the Texans on Saturday against Oakland and it’s about time Osweiler showed up for the Texans. Now, Bill O’Brien faces his former boss on Saturday night.
4. Chiefs to welcome Steelers to town– The Steelers were clicking on all cylinders on Sunday and we all saw the impact Le’Veon has on this offense and it makes you say what could have the Steelers done in the playoffs these past few seasons if he hadn’t been injured? The defense has been shaky at times, but they can get the job done when they have too. The Chiefs won the division and clinched a bye in the AFC playoffs. When they last met, the Steelers had their way with the Chiefs. They meet again, this time in Kansas City.
5. Historic franchises meet– We had the treat of seeing these two teams meet two years ago in the divisional round and we’ll get to see it again. The Green Bay Packers and top-seeded Dallas Cowboys will round out the weekend and then, we’ll be down to four. When these two last met, Zeke had his way with the Packers and at that time, the Packers had the best run defense in the league. This will be the game that everybody is talking about all week.