NFL playoffs

What a thrilling game it was, with the Packers coming back after spotting the Cardinals two touch-downs, thanks to two opening turnovers, and yet losing in overtime with a whopping score of 51-45.  I can’t think of any playoff game–or any football game, for that matter, that I have witnessed, in which the two teams scored a total of 96 points!  And the Packers’ strong point was supposed to be their defense.

Oh, well.  At least the Packers made the playoffs.  They missed the storyline of playing Brett Favre once again.  So who should I be for now?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Kirk

    I say the Charges. They’ve had a Cinderella story of sorts, coming back from a tough early season. Phillip Rivers has had a career season and has developed into one of the premier QB’s for the entire league. Couple that with a diversity of offensive options and a solid defense, and you’ve got a real Super Bowl contender. On top of this, no one’s really talking about them, and no one really has for the entire season. I think that the Chargers are going to come up from under the radar next week and people will start to take notice.

  • Kirk

    I say the Charges. They’ve had a Cinderella story of sorts, coming back from a tough early season. Phillip Rivers has had a career season and has developed into one of the premier QB’s for the entire league. Couple that with a diversity of offensive options and a solid defense, and you’ve got a real Super Bowl contender. On top of this, no one’s really talking about them, and no one really has for the entire season. I think that the Chargers are going to come up from under the radar next week and people will start to take notice.

  • Joe

    I agree with Kirk. I have the Chargers in the Super Bowl in my pool. (Of course I had them losing to the Pack so perhaps my opinion should be discounted.)

  • Joe

    I agree with Kirk. I have the Chargers in the Super Bowl in my pool. (Of course I had them losing to the Pack so perhaps my opinion should be discounted.)

  • http://brbible.org/from-rich Rich Shipe

    You need some kind of system that you can apply to choosing a team. :)

    Choose your team based on the following criteria: (any other suggestions for criteria?)

    1. My team. Who have I supported for an extended period of time, preferably from childhood and also the local team of your childhood.

    2. Who do I hate? It isn’t that team. Fans hate teams almost, or maybe more so, than the teams we support. You first cheer for their opponent and then drop that opponent right after the game. (For me this rules out the Chargers and the Cowboys as a lifelong Broncos and Redskins fan)

    3. Who does your wife like? Support that team, unless it goes against anything above. (her team didn’t make the playoffs)

    4. Support the team that is geographically closest to you. (Baltimore for me)

    5. Is there a player or coach you like? Go for their team.

    6. Go for the underdog.

    7. If at some point in the playoffs you are down to only teams you hate then you officially consider the season over and start trying to figure out who your team should draft.

    Thankfully the Patriots lost yesterday so I am confident that my season will end after the Super Bowl. If the Cowboys and the Patriots had made it to the SB I would have no one to support. Because Steelers fans are the most obnoxious I’m sort of pulling for the Cowboys to win it all so that they also have 6 SBs. I’m torn.

  • http://brbible.org/from-rich Rich Shipe

    You need some kind of system that you can apply to choosing a team. :)

    Choose your team based on the following criteria: (any other suggestions for criteria?)

    1. My team. Who have I supported for an extended period of time, preferably from childhood and also the local team of your childhood.

    2. Who do I hate? It isn’t that team. Fans hate teams almost, or maybe more so, than the teams we support. You first cheer for their opponent and then drop that opponent right after the game. (For me this rules out the Chargers and the Cowboys as a lifelong Broncos and Redskins fan)

    3. Who does your wife like? Support that team, unless it goes against anything above. (her team didn’t make the playoffs)

    4. Support the team that is geographically closest to you. (Baltimore for me)

    5. Is there a player or coach you like? Go for their team.

    6. Go for the underdog.

    7. If at some point in the playoffs you are down to only teams you hate then you officially consider the season over and start trying to figure out who your team should draft.

    Thankfully the Patriots lost yesterday so I am confident that my season will end after the Super Bowl. If the Cowboys and the Patriots had made it to the SB I would have no one to support. Because Steelers fans are the most obnoxious I’m sort of pulling for the Cowboys to win it all so that they also have 6 SBs. I’m torn.

  • Kirk

    @Rich,

    So, basically, you’re hoping that evil triumphs over evil.

  • Kirk

    @Rich,

    So, basically, you’re hoping that evil triumphs over evil.

  • http://brbible.org/from-rich Rich Shipe

    Kirk,

    You mean with my sick hope that the Cowboys win six SBs? I can’t really argue with you but we live in a fallen world where we have to sometimes choose between two wrongs. I really don’t know what I should do.

    But aren’t Steeler fans the most obnoxious? Even Sprint agrees. Seen that Sprint commercial where the Steelers fan calls all her friends to rant in their ears? My main problem is all the bandwagon fans. Steelers fans are EVERYWHERE and they have no connection to Western PA. They are just band wagoners who want to be associated with winners. Do you ever see Lions fans who aren’t from Michigan? There aren’t many but at least I can respect that. Go with a team through the lows and the highs and then you have the right to act obnoxious when you win.

    Go Ravens! Now that’s another funny one. You name the team after the great poet who dies drunk in a gutter in your city. Well according to Wikipedia he didn’t die in the gutter but it sure sounds better to say he died in the gutter. :)

  • http://brbible.org/from-rich Rich Shipe

    Kirk,

    You mean with my sick hope that the Cowboys win six SBs? I can’t really argue with you but we live in a fallen world where we have to sometimes choose between two wrongs. I really don’t know what I should do.

    But aren’t Steeler fans the most obnoxious? Even Sprint agrees. Seen that Sprint commercial where the Steelers fan calls all her friends to rant in their ears? My main problem is all the bandwagon fans. Steelers fans are EVERYWHERE and they have no connection to Western PA. They are just band wagoners who want to be associated with winners. Do you ever see Lions fans who aren’t from Michigan? There aren’t many but at least I can respect that. Go with a team through the lows and the highs and then you have the right to act obnoxious when you win.

    Go Ravens! Now that’s another funny one. You name the team after the great poet who dies drunk in a gutter in your city. Well according to Wikipedia he didn’t die in the gutter but it sure sounds better to say he died in the gutter. :)

  • Purple Kooaid

    How can you not cheer for the Cardinals after last night’s game??? Kurt Warner is amazing and a real stand up guy. He talks about Jesus whenever he has a chance (God is safe for everyone, but Jesus is very dangerous, as you discussed in an earlier post) he is married to the same woman, w/whom he adopted her prior two children (one is handicapped) and had 5 more children w/ her.

  • Purple Kooaid

    How can you not cheer for the Cardinals after last night’s game??? Kurt Warner is amazing and a real stand up guy. He talks about Jesus whenever he has a chance (God is safe for everyone, but Jesus is very dangerous, as you discussed in an earlier post) he is married to the same woman, w/whom he adopted her prior two children (one is handicapped) and had 5 more children w/ her.

  • DonS

    96 total points was indeed a playoff record, eclipsing the total of 95 scored by Philadelphia and Detroit in 1995 (or, so I read).

    I am an Eagles fan, which team had the unfortunate and deflating experience of being trounced twice in Dallas in a span of 6 days. So, go Chargers!

  • DonS

    96 total points was indeed a playoff record, eclipsing the total of 95 scored by Philadelphia and Detroit in 1995 (or, so I read).

    I am an Eagles fan, which team had the unfortunate and deflating experience of being trounced twice in Dallas in a span of 6 days. So, go Chargers!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy R.

    I’m going to remain neutral until we start all over again next fall. I’m tired of my teams losing (heart-breakers by the Longhorns and the Packers within a 72-hour span).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17639370291865261582 Cindy R.

    I’m going to remain neutral until we start all over again next fall. I’m tired of my teams losing (heart-breakers by the Longhorns and the Packers within a 72-hour span).

  • Jedidiah Maschke

    I’m going with the Cowboys. If the team from Wisconsin isn’t in the playoffs, then at least I can cheer for the team with the quarterback who grew up in Burlington, Wisconsin. And then I get to cheer against the Vikings.

  • Jedidiah Maschke

    I’m going with the Cowboys. If the team from Wisconsin isn’t in the playoffs, then at least I can cheer for the team with the quarterback who grew up in Burlington, Wisconsin. And then I get to cheer against the Vikings.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Duh. Cowboys. They’re just across the Red River from Oklahoma, you know.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Duh. Cowboys. They’re just across the Red River from Oklahoma, you know.

  • Fran Szarejko

    The Cowboys are hot. The Cardinals have no defense. I’ll hang in there for the Vikings.

    Also, 96 points was (per Fox Sports) the highest scoring NFL playoff game in history. Fun to watch.

  • Fran Szarejko

    The Cowboys are hot. The Cardinals have no defense. I’ll hang in there for the Vikings.

    Also, 96 points was (per Fox Sports) the highest scoring NFL playoff game in history. Fun to watch.

  • Bruce Gee

    Colts.

    Or, anyone but the Vikings. You cannot call yourself a Wisconsinite, or even an ex-Wisconsinite, and cheer for the Vikings. It simply won’t do. It will, however, be a great challenge to cheer for the hated Cowboys. Wisconsites hate the Cowboys almost as much as the Vikings.

    No, I’m cheering for the Colts.

  • Bruce Gee

    Colts.

    Or, anyone but the Vikings. You cannot call yourself a Wisconsinite, or even an ex-Wisconsinite, and cheer for the Vikings. It simply won’t do. It will, however, be a great challenge to cheer for the hated Cowboys. Wisconsites hate the Cowboys almost as much as the Vikings.

    No, I’m cheering for the Colts.

  • Fran Szarejko

    Well, I am not a Wisconsonite, or even ex. Truthfully, I really don’t care who wins, just want to watch good football! (Though secretly, I would love to see the Cardinals dump everyone.)

  • Fran Szarejko

    Well, I am not a Wisconsonite, or even ex. Truthfully, I really don’t care who wins, just want to watch good football! (Though secretly, I would love to see the Cardinals dump everyone.)

  • http://snafman.blogspot.com Snafu

    You don’t happen to follow NHL? NBA, NFL, Baseball, they’re all pretty unknown leagues to us (ok, everyone knows the basketball superstars Michael Jordan, Shaq O’Neal, but not much football or baseball players). Instead, hockey is a major thing here. Therefore also NHL.

  • http://snafman.blogspot.com Snafu

    You don’t happen to follow NHL? NBA, NFL, Baseball, they’re all pretty unknown leagues to us (ok, everyone knows the basketball superstars Michael Jordan, Shaq O’Neal, but not much football or baseball players). Instead, hockey is a major thing here. Therefore also NHL.

  • Joe

    Snafu – not the NHL but Milwaukee has a farm team called the Admirals. They are affiliated with Memphis in the NHL. My Son and I are just strating to follow them.

  • Joe

    Snafu – not the NHL but Milwaukee has a farm team called the Admirals. They are affiliated with Memphis in the NHL. My Son and I are just strating to follow them.

  • http://snafman.blogspot.com Snafu

    Joe, an NHL team in Memphis? Which one is it? Because I can’t recall any.

  • http://snafman.blogspot.com Snafu

    Joe, an NHL team in Memphis? Which one is it? Because I can’t recall any.

  • Wyldeirishman

    Here’s yet another shout-out for the NHL…or basically ANY level of hockey.

    Best game on the planet!!! :)

    Dr. Veith, your pick should be a two-step process:

    1) begin following the coolest game on earth.

    2) pull for the Flyers in the East, and the Sharks in the West.

  • Wyldeirishman

    Here’s yet another shout-out for the NHL…or basically ANY level of hockey.

    Best game on the planet!!! :)

    Dr. Veith, your pick should be a two-step process:

    1) begin following the coolest game on earth.

    2) pull for the Flyers in the East, and the Sharks in the West.


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