The NFL Playoffs this year been intriguing this year, an annual expectation, with some of the world’s best athletes competing to achieve the ultimate goal of winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Showcasing the surprise heroes, (i.e. Russell Wilson, Colin Kappernick) , Legacies to be imprinted with Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and retirement with the legendary Linebacker Ray Lewis calling it quits after the postseason. With emotions and all there is to be achieved during this postseason only it makes it better for all those who love football.
One thing that really stood out to be during these playoffs was the decision of time management during the 4th quarter in each of the games.
One shown in Denver, where the Broncos chose to run for 3 downs while up 7 points with 3:12 on the clock instead of choosing Manning to convert a 3rd and 7, might had seemed like a bonafide decision to make. Leaving the odds up to their top –5 defense to seal the deal and protect the win. That decision came back as a kamikaze where Denver’s secondary watched Joe Flacco drop a bomb to Jacoby Jones to tie the game up with 38 seconds remaining. The Broncos then received possession on their own 20 with: 38 showing on the clock. 2 timeouts and you have Peyton Manning as your quarterback you choose to kneel to the clock out. A conservative call once again that led the Broncos into two more overtimes with the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis’s storybook ending and the heavy amount of emotion the team plays was playing with, didn’t not give the Broncos the right opportunity to win the ball game With the decision to not trust a future Hall of Famer in two situations he could of completed is a wild decision, but that might be the reason I am not a professional coach, but it is one the Denver Broncos will have to live with.
In another the game this afternoon , which showcased the Atlanta Falcons in the same type of predicament but instead the opting to use their quarterback Matt Ryan, to help them win and close out the game. With 31 seconds remaining on the ticker, Matt Ryan and the Falcons received the ball on their 28 yd. line, fighting to survive facing elimination in the playoffs for a third consecutive year. Ryan starts the drive by connecting with Harry Douglas for a 50 yard strike to give the Falcons the chance to get in field goal range. The following play Ryan made their destiny by hitting the loyal hands of the NFL, Tony Gonzales, to put the Falcons in great field goal position. From there Matt Bosher finalized the Dirty Birds, one game closer to receiving the opportunity to see the Super Bowl; the first time since the Jamaal Anderson led “Dirty Birds” did in the late 90’s.
The playoffs gave showed two different coaching philosophies , one that was conservative and gave the him the opportunity to settle on “what ifs” instead of the other philosophy “Play till the clock strikes 0:00” One that shows that a factor that is often overlooked but should be taken in decision in order to achieve success in professional sports period. The time will shows at the end of next week’s games the winners will advance from the Conference championships to play in the Super Bowl and have the chance to be World Champions.
The possibility of seeing a Harbaugh brothers Super Bowl, Tom Brady and or Ray Lewis adding another ring to legendary resume, Draft Classmates Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco playing against each other to validate their status as elite quarterbacks, with so many twists and turns the games become more interesting , competitive and one that Football fans are due to enjoy.
Who will make the most of their time? Tune in and see.