No one would ever use the words “Super Bowl hangover” and “Falcons” in the same sentence ever again if Atlanta makes it to the Super Bowl and beats the Patriots. Generally, I’m not a fan of rematches, but I’d be glued to my TV for four straight hours if these two teams play in Super Bowl LII. The two weeks leading up to the game would be an absolute circus as the Falcons would face 14 straight days of “No, but really, how’d you guys blow a 25-point lead?”
The one group of people who might not watch this game would be everyone in Georgia. After last year’s Super Bowl and UGA’s blown lead in the national title game, I have to think at least half the state is mortified at the thought of watching another football game where there’s a championship on the line.
[A]s much as some people want us to just shut up and play football and keep the politics to the politics, sports and politics have always intersected. And if we can help continue a conversation through demonstration of unity .?.?. I think that’s a good thing.
McMenamin: Fact. I look at it like Dirk Nowitzki going up against the San Antonio Spurs all those years. San Antonio was better, like Golden State is now, but Nowitzki was able to put together a couple of transcendent series to get the Mavs past the Spurs a couple of times. It feels as if James Harden will have a similar career arc versus the Dubs.
Christmas Day brought two more games — Ravens-Steelers and Broncos-Chiefs — after big action on Saturday.
In Kansas City, the Chiefs completed their first season-sweep of the Broncos since 2000 with a 33-10 win. The Broncos, who had to deal with an ineffective offense through the past few weeks along with a handful of injuries on defense, are out of the playoffs one season after winning the Super Bowl. They were no match for Kansas City, which clinched a playoff spot earlier in the day when Pittsburgh beat Baltimore.