NFL Updates January Edition

Omar Ashraf, Sports Writer

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The Super Bowl is right around the corner and there are only two teams left fighting to take home the title. Two unforgettable moments from the AFC and NFC championships include The missed Pass Interference call which led the Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein to kick a game-winning field goal sending the Rams to the Super Bowl. The second big event that happened was the highly doubted Patriots also converted on third and long four times in overtime and finally got Rex Burkhead in the End Zone reserving there spot in Super Bowl LIII.

 

Let’s Jump into the Winners and Losers of January.

 

AFC Winner of January: New England Patriots

 

The New England Patriots led by Tom Brady have reached the top of the AFC and have made it to there 3rd Super Bowl in a row. But as you may know they had to get past a couple of rough and tough games for them to make it all the way to the Super Bowl. The Patriots started of January knowing they got a first round bye, because they had the second seed in the AFC. After that, the Patriots hosted the Los Angeles Chargers. In that game Tom Brady showed he was the Greatest of All Time by putting wonderful stats such as going completing 34 of his 44 pass attempts, passing for 343 yards, and having a single passing touchdown. After that rout against the Chargers the Patriots traveled to Arrowhead Stadium to play the Kansas City Chiefs led by the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, Patrick Mahomes. Although Tom Brady did not have a very good game, running back Sony Michel had 113 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Now the only thing left in Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots is the Los Angeles Rams.

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New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady leaves Arrowhead Stadium in awe after defeating Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFC Winner of January: Los Angeles Rams

 

Although there was a very controversial play in the NFC Championship the Rams have come a long way to play in Super Bowl LIII. Similarly to the Patriots the Rams started of January with a first round bye with the second seed in the NFC. On January 12th the Rams hosted the Dallas Cowboys who just came off a big win against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams quarterback Jared Goff could not do to much, but the dynamic duo of Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson carried the Rams to victory. Both of these of sensational rushers combined rushed for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns. A key player in the Rams win against the Saints was Brandin Cooks with 7 receptions for 107 yards. Many people argue that the Saints should be in the Super Bowl, but the Rams still had a wonderful game.

Greg Zuerlein celebrates with his teammates after he hits the game winning field goal to send the Los Angeles Rams to Super Bowl LIII.

AFC Loser of January: Houston Texans

 

The Houston Texans finished the regular season strong and we’re looking forward to a similar postseason, but all of their hopes were crushed at halftime when the score was 21-0. The Final score was 21-7 which was an unexpected loss for such a good team. A key reason for there L was, the 3 running backs combined only rushed for 29 yards and no scores. Personally, I thought the Colts would be loose 21-7, but the Texans should have opened space for the running backs to get big gains and they should have tried to get the ball to DeAndre Hopkins and they would have had a much higher chance at winning the game.

 

NFC Loser of January: Chicago Bears

 

The Chicago Bears had the league’s best defense yet they could not get past the 6th seeded Philadelphia Eagles. Although Mitch Trubisky and Allen Robinson both had amazing games, there were some obvious corrections the Bears should have made. Those corrections include letting Tarik Cohen rush multiple times, but the biggest correction they should make is they should get a real kicker who will be able to make his game-winning field goals. If Cody Parkey were to make his field goal, then the Bears would have had a good chance at taking home the Lombardi trophy.

 

Football is just about to become as interesting as it gets, so make sure you do not miss the Super Bowl.

 

Omar’s Predictions:

New England Patriots:64%

Los Angeles Rams:36%

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