Ah...Championship Game weekend. The time when the NFL begins conditioning us for the Super Bowl's 6:18 kickoff by scheduling games at 3:00 and 6:30. It's yet another reminder that the NFL can basically make television networks do whatever the league wants. ("Screw up both our Sunday evening and primetime schedules? Where do we sign!!")
The magnitude of these games is certainly not lost on the players.
Hoping to find out more about what this week is like for the players, I decided to spend all of Tuesday shadowing
Overall, it was an unforgettable day. Now let's move on to the games.
To combat this swagger the Chargers have been talking a lot of "smack," something which will inevitably lead to the Patriots feeling disrespected. This will happen even though it's clear the Chargers are only talking trash because the team is terrified. Completely and utterly terrified. Don't be shocked if a bunch of their defensive backs suddenly disappear to an island in the South Pacific, never to be heard from again.
Eighteen weeks ago the Patriots demolished the Chargers in Foxboro. Everybody remembers that. What people don't remember is that the game was only in Week 2. At that time the other 31 teams still didn't know that Tom Brady was going to throw the ball on every play. The Chargers defense probably spent 35 percent of their time trying to figure out how to slow the Patriots running game. They were preparing for a different team than the one they faced. Now the Chargers know what team to prepare for. Does that mean they have a chance?
So can the Giants pull off the upset? There are two key factors to look at.
The first is yellow towels. You heard me right. Last week the Packers gave their fans yellow towels to wave in support of the team. That's an absolute no-no. The yellow towel belongs to the Steelers. It's been that way for almost 40 years. There was no reason for the Packers to hijack the Steelers tradition. Packers fans shouldn't need to towels to get fired up for a Lambeau playoff game. If the Packers give away the towels again on Sunday the NFL's karmic forces might smite them down.
The other (and more earthly factor) is the Giants banged up secondary. They'll have to give the Packers receivers sizeable cushions, and that will give
Last Week: 2-2