No Cinderella story this year. The NFC and AFC Championship games are set and itís a whole lot of number 1 vs. number 2.
Over the weekend, key divisional round games were played across the country. On Saturday (while the Denver Broncos were trying to figuring out whoís going to be their next offensive coordinator) Denverís AFC West Division opponents, the Kansas City Chiefs mopped the floor with Andre Luckís Indianapolis Colts while the L.A. Rams capped off a win at home against the Dallas Cowboys.
On Sunday the top seeded teams finally took to the field after two weeks of preparation and while many were expecting an improved L.A. Chargers team to be problematic for a struggling New England Patriots team, the expectation soon turned into humiliation when the Patriots went into the half leading L.A. 35-7. Although L.A. came out and scored three touchdowns in the second half it wasnít nearly enough to keep pace with the Patriots who ended the game with a win, 41-28. The AFC Championship includes the favored Kansas City Chiefs vs. the New England Patriots.
The NFC matchup, which included the New Orleans Saints and the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia Eagles), was one that was more of a game and less of a blow out. The Eagles were the aggressor early jumping out to a 14-0 lead in just the first quarter, holding on to a slight lead heading into the half, ahead of the Saints 14-10. The second half was all New Orleans who tacked on seven in the third to give them a three-point lead before ending the night with the win, 20-14. The NFC Championship includes the favored L.A. Rams vs. the New Orleans Saints.
While fans in L.A., Kansas City, New Orleans, and New England are all preparing for a weekend of divisional championship matchups, Denver Broncos fans are scratching their heads after the Chief of Football Operations John Elway announced last week that Vic Fangio (former defensive coordinator to the Bears) was named head coach, and Gary Kubiak would serve as the teams offensive coordinator, only to change their decision a day later stating that Kubiak and the Broncos did not agree on offensive ideology.
As of this writing, the Broncos nor coach Vangio have indicated who will serve as the Denver Broncos new offensive coordinator.
In other sports, the argument for whether Denver Nuggetís Nikola Jokic is an MVP caliber player was put to rest on Sunday night when Denverís Center scored 40 point on the Portland Trailblazers with 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Nikola led the Denver Nuggets to their win over Portland in Denver 116-113.
The Nuggets have shown that you donít need a super team with super stardom to be competitive in the NBA, and while they lead the National Western Conference, it isnít by much. The Golden State Warriors who the Nuggets play this week are just a half game behind the Nuggets and can take a half game lead if they beat Denver Tuesday night. The Nuggets beat the Warriors earlier this season 100-98.