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Superbowl XLVII Preview

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This has been one of the best post-seasons in recent years, with a good number of fantastic games and recurring themes. Both #1 seeded teams will not play in the final game of the season. Again the Patriots will miss out – since their re-emergence as a power team in 2002 and three Superbowl victories in four years, their championship drought continues. How much longer can they continue to be competitive and then miss out?…

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Superbowl XLIV Preview

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The last time the top two seeds from the NFC and AFC played off in a SuperBowl was in 1993, when the Cowboys blew away the Bills. This season, as the Colts and the Saints both remained unbeaten well into the season, the likelihood of their meeting in the final game was discussed by many, and rejected by some. After each team stuttered at the end of the regular season with losses that were spun…

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Superbowl XLIII Preview

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For the last few years, there has been a two week break between the Championship games and the Superbowl. There might be a few reasons for this: to give players time to recover from injury, to allow for more preparation, or for still more interviews and media hype. I actually preferred the previous schedule, where Superbowl weekend and Australia Day weekend coincided, because here, the Superbowl is played on Monday at 10:30am. This year, I’ve…

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Patriots “missed it by that much”

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Meatloaf sang that “two out of three ain’t bad“, so by extension, eighteen out of nineteen should also be not too bad, perhaps even good. But try telling that to a New England Patriots fan, and you may well get the s**t kicked out of you. Because on the edge of the famous perfect season, they were outplayed, indeed humiliated, by the underdog New York Giants, 17-14. The Giants’ defence reigned supreme, and all day…

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NFL Championship Games Review

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Wow! That would have to be the most exhilirating “Super Sunday” in years (even if it is Monday afternoon over here). I decided to watch the games live, and it was worth every minute! Good to see that the Chargers took my advice, and went after Brady. They penetrated the previously impervious Patriots offensive line on several occasions, and this pressure together with their excellent secondary led to three interceptions. This is the first time…

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NFL playoffs – Jacksonville get it all wrong

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I’m no expert in NFL records, but this must be the first time in a long time that half the games in the first two rounds (wildcard and divisional) have resulted in wins to the away team. It certainly makes for an exciting post season, despite the fact that the New England Patriots are still hanging over us all as the favourites. The big question is: can anyone beat them? and if so, how? Before…

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