The Houston Texans are the youngest team currently in the NFL, playing their first season of football in 2002. Since then, they have had seven winning seasons, five playoff appearances, three playoff wins but have never once made it past the Divisional round.
Ever since training camp started, Antonio Brown has been at the forefront of NFL media attention. First, due to his frostbitten feet which caused him to miss several practices. Then, due to his helmet controversy with the league. Then, because of a screaming match and near fist fight with Oakland Raiders GM Mike Mayock over fines.
There was no play in the 2018 NFL season that was more signature than the Patrick Mahomes no-look pass. They even nailed how casual it was, with him exchanging pleasantries with Russell Wilson right before launching a no-looker to Odell Beckham Jr. who successfully executed his most signature play, the one-handed catch.
There are 172 teams between the NFL and major college football, and for 171 of them, the season is already over. The Patriots will cruise to a Super Bowl victory next week because the universe owes us nothing, and Patriots fans will pretend that their 30th championship in the last 20 years is just as meaningful as the last 29.
Both the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots took home the hardware on championship weekend and are now one win away from being Super Bowl champions. However, if not for some horrendous officiating by the referees, Super Bowl LIII could very well be featuring the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs. This raised the question, which call was worse? The pass interference no-call? Or was it the roughing the passer that was called against the Chiefs?
To put it plainly, last Sunday was probably the best Championship Sunday in the history of the National Football League.
Just check the television ratings. The primetime AFC Championship Game, which saw the New England Patriots defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime, scored 53.9 million views on CBS. It scored 27 percent higher than last year’s primetime conference championship game (the NFC Championship Game on FOX). The game was the fifth most-watched conference championship game in the last decade.