The Seattle Seahawks are the best team in the National Football League with two games left to play in a season. Stop me if you have heard this one before. Experts, and also many NFL observers, are already punching Seattle's ticket to the Super Bowl considering all of the circumstances surrounding the 2015 NFC Championship Game, and those people may very well be proven to be correct when all is said and done. If there is one thing that we learned on Sunday afternoon, however, it is that nobody should be counting out a certain banged up quarterback who has the goods to win when on one good leg.
What is often referred to as the best weekend of the NFL calendar year did not disappoint this time around. The first of two AFC Divisional Playoffs showdowns was a postseason game for the ages, one that will be talked about for years to come. Two of the best January quarterbacks in the NFL today battled back and forth on Saturday evening, and the only shame for the neutral fan with nothing riding on the contest was that the game had to come to an end. It will be hard for the final three match-ups left on the schedule to exceed what the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots accomplished on January 10th.
A pretender was exposed just as everybody expected that team to be. The best young quarterback in the NFL once again proved himself to be that man; and no, he does not play in the AFC South. My votes for No. 1 and No. 2 in Most Valuable Player voting came up big when their teams needed them to make big-time throws. Just as noteworthy as were the outcomes of the games was that the referees were put front and center in front of national television audiences due to controversial and questionable decisions. The NFL has to take some time in the offseason to at least clear up certain rules, because I still can't tell you whether or not Dez Bryant caught that ball.
10 The Vanquished:
9 8. Carolina Panthers
8 7. Baltimore Ravens
7 6. Dallas Cowboys
6 5. Denver Broncos
Whether or not it is really over is not yet known, but it has been an honor and an absolute joy to watch Peyton Manning play his entire NFL career. The greatest regular season quarterback in the history of the league once again came up short in a playoff game, adding fuel to the fire of those stories that age and also the wear and tear that comes with playing 17 regular seasons have all caught up with the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback. Manning is, as expected, not saying whether or not he will return for the 2015 season. He has earned the right to take his time in making that decision.
5 The Remaining:
4 4. Green Bay Packers
3 3. Indianapolis Colts
2 2. New England Patriots
1 1. Seattle Seahawks
Does anybody out there actually have an issue with the Seahawks being named the best team in the league and king of all NFL power rankings heading into Championship Sunday? No? Didn't think so. It is not news that the defense of the Seahawks is worthy of winning another championship. Quarterback Russell Wilson has elevated his game to another level since a year ago, and he was pretty darn good in January 2014. Andrew Luck is great, a player that any general manager would love to have on his roster. However, it is time that everybody starts to put Wilson and Luck in the same tier of quarterbacks.
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