In search of a new champion

25 August 2016: Ryan Russell (99) of the Dallas Cowboys during their 27-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. Photo by James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys
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(Cowboys photo courtesy of the team)

Talk of Fame Network

Usually there are no right or wrong answers in our weekly polls at the Talk of Fame Network.

These are mere opinion polls. But there were so many wrong opinions last week. We asked our listeners and readers which of the eight NFL teams in the conference semifinal round would go on to win the Super Bowl – and Dallas won going away, with almost 78 percent of the vote.

The Cowboys won 13 games and were the NFC’s top seed with a path that featured three potential games in Texas to win a fourth Lombardi Trophy of the Jerry Jones era – two home playoff games, then a Super Bowl in Houston. But, as we all know now, the Cowboys were upset last weekend by the Green Bay Packers, 31-28, in a game for the ages. So Dallas will not be winning a Super Bowl in 2017.

But the New England Patriots, the AFC’s top seed, are still alive. The team coached by Bill Belichick and quarterbacked by Tom Brady finished second in the voting at 11.8 percent. Pittsburgh finished third at 5.5 percent, but the Steelers play the Patriots Sunday in the AFC title game. There was scant support for anyone else in the NFC, with the Packers receiving 2 percent of the vote, the Falcons 1.6 percent and the Seahawks .0 percent.

Seattle has already departed the playoff premises, leaving the Packers and Falcons to square off for the NFC title Sunday. Both title games feature elite quarterback matchups — Brady vs. Roethlisberger over in the AFC and Aaron Rodgers vs. Matt Ryan in the NFC.

We at the Talk of Fame Network can’t win them all with our polls. And neither can the Cowboys.

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