We are upon the most crucial point in the NFL’s history since Brett Favre won the Super Bowl in ‘97. For those who don’t understand what I mean, we are embarking on a new Era in the NFL.
When Favre won the Super Bowl in 1997, he was only 28 years old coming off his second consecutive MVP season, in what would be the start of a new era. Dan Marino and Steve Young would soon after retire, Randall and Montana we’re gone in ‘94 and ‘95, Brady would eventually take over for Drew Bledsoe, and in the coming years we were introduced to Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger. Every Era eventually comes to an end, and this year we saw 8 quarterbacks in the playoffs under the age of 30, and the average age being 25 amongst them. Only two of the young guys remain, as they face off the eldest of the quarterbacks in Drew Brees and Tom Brady.
So who wins on Sunday? The Chiefs and Rams by far all season have been some of the most high powered offenses, combined with a relentless pass rush. The only thing stopping them is the suspect play of their defenses. They’ve gotten this far already, but facing Drew Brees and Tom Brady with less than great defenses has proved trouble in the past. The Saints dropped 45 on the Rams in the dome already this year while New England scored 43 points in Foxborough on the Chiefs. The only difference this time around will be New England is traveling to Kansas City, but with temperatures expected to be sub-zero, there’s no real advantage for either side. Except one Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, who have played in this AFC Championship game now 8 years in a row, and have faced whatever weather you could think of.
The New Era has arrived, but whether or not they’re ready to be on top is still to be figured out. One thing I do know, is a Tom Vs Drew Super Bowl is something every generation deserves to see. Mahomes vs Goff will come one day for sure, but for the time being you have to go with the Vets this Sunday.
Patriots 44 Chiefs 37
Rams 27 Saints 31