Suepr Bowl XXI was the New York Giants first NFL championship game victory in 30 years. Mark Bavaro played a key role in making it possible with a TD catch but mostly with some crushing blocks that exposed the Broncos’ defense.
Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys finished 1-2 in the voting for the NFL Rookie of the Year in 2016 and both will be a year better in 2017. Elliott led the NFL in rushing by 300 yards and scored a conference-leading 16 touchdowns.
With the elimination of the New York Giants from the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys may have caught a break. Yes, they must face a white-hot Aaron Rodgers next, but, no, they don’t have to face an opponent that beat them twice this season.
The NFL saves its best wildcard playoff game for last this weekend: The Giants and Eli Manning against a familiar opponent — red-hot Green Bay, an opponent Manning beat twice before in the playoffs at Lambeau.
Dallas defensive end David Irving says the Cowboys “need” another shot at the New York Giants, but he might want to reconsider. Nobody is playing better defense than Big Blue, and it just discovered a running game.
The New England Patriots were supposed to be undermanned vs. Arizona. Instead, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led the team to a stunning upset and, in turn, served notice that, Brady or no Brady, New England is the team to beat.