After a dull postseason, Championship Sunday produced two overtime games and two road upsets. The Chiefs join a growing list of offensive juggernauts paired with poor defenses that fell short of a ring. Also: was that the worst non-call ever in New Orleans, and what should the NFL do about expanding replay and overtime?
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Belichick. Reid. Brady. Mahomes. Gronkowski. Kelce. Edelman. Tyreek. Two bad defenses. The AFC Championship Game should be explosive. Will the Patriots reach the Super Bowl for the 11th time? Or will Kansas City bring the Lamar Hunt Trophy home?
The NFL will crown a new champion for the 14th year in a row. We look at how the Eagles went from all-time playoff upset to all-time playoff blunder. Also: Sean McVay needs two seasons to get to a round the Cowboys haven't seen since 1995. After a bland weekend, let's talk about whether teams down 15 points should wait on the two-point conversion like Dallas did.
Our 2018 review of ALEX finds that league-wide aggression was at its lowest in 13 years while records were smashed for completion rates. At least Patrick Mahomes lived up to his college billing of the Anti-Alex. Some future Hall of Famers had difficult seasons on third down, while there's another NFC rookie hoping a new coach will lead to better things in 2019.
The AFC North is decided in dramatic fashion. Are the Ravens built to come back in the playoffs, and did the Steelers just have their most disappointing season in franchise history? Also: a fun, but meaningless Dallas comeback, and our season review looks at which teams might regress in close games in 2019.
Pittsburgh was our preseason favorite for the Super Bowl, but New Orleans clinched the No. 1 seed with another comeback win. How much blame does Mike Tomlin deserve for this season? Also: Nick Foles and Andrew Luck deliver again, Chiefs-Seahawks is must-see TV, and the oddest Aaron Rodgers season ever.
The Saints all but end another Carolina season, but we liked these teams better when they scored points. Also: Chicago's dragon-slaying win, Vance Joseph's huge blunder, Nick Foles does it again in LA, and the most unusual Patriots-Steelers game yet.