No matter who has the edge Sunday, it seems the nation is rooting for Manning, because it’s been harder for him to win, because he’s not so pretty, because he’s considered one of us, because you get the sense that his aw-shucks, southern refrain is real.
In anticipation of the AFC and NFC Championship games this weekend, we’ve pulled together America’s leading sportscasters to make their predictions and picks for Patriots-Broncos and 49ers-Seahawks.
The good news: either Manning or Brady will get to go to another Super Bowl. The bad news: one of them will not, and be denied adding more to his legacy yet again.
This is a full-fledged NFL disaster, and there is no turning back right now. The Jets have no quarterback, their receivers are awful and their coaching staff lacks common sense. There is no saving this team.
With the Jets, I have to deal with schizophrenia. Keep expectations low. Don’t invest your passion this year. It has never been as easy as it sounds.
The Jets flexed their Napoleon complex by trading for Tim Tebow – perhaps the last player they need right now. It was a way of acting out, Big Blue’s little bro showing the world that they can grab a headline or two, too.
It wasn’t a big splash, the big name signing or the hired gun. Instead, it was the right move.
The Patriots beat the stunned Ravens 23-20 in the AFC championship game Sunday after Baltimore’s Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds remaining that would have tied the score.
The New York Giants became the only road team to win in this month’s NFL playoffs, stunning the Green Bay Packers 37-20 Sunday to advance to the NFC championship game.
The Jets just weren’t good enough to be a playoff team in 2011-12. Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Dolphins was a fitting end to a season full of unfulfilled promises, inconsistent play, and turmoil.
It took 14 weeks of the NFL season but the Jets finally have found and established their identity, looking every bit the part of the playoff caliber team most envisioned during preseason.
Rex Ryan, the hefty and sometimes haughty head coach of the Jets, is back in his familiar perch – the headlines. And befitting his bombastic theme since arriving in New York, he commands the bold ink for items off the field as frequently as his deeds on the football field.
Sunday became a night of double disappointment for the Jets and their fans, as the team came up one win shy of the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season.
The New York Jets were quiet all week. Not much changed once the game started. By the time they made some noise, it was simply too late.
It’s been a week full of cheering and trash talk between Jets and Steelers fans, but on Sunday night the talking ends and the playing begins.