Everyone in the USA is going a little stir-crazy over the NFL, which can only mean one thing: Superbowl is near. Let’s take a moment to check in on some of the ins-and-outs of the NFL playoffs.
Over the coming month, the biggest talking point in American sports will be the National Football League Playoffs, culminating in Super Bowl XLVIon February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
This coming Sunday, January 22, the AFC (American Football Conference) Championship will be contested by the Baltimore Ravens and the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots.
The same Tom Brady who endorses UGG boots:
The NFC (National Football Conference) Championship will be played on the same day, by the New York Giants against the San Francisco 49ers. The winners of these two games will meet on February 5, 2012 to contest The Super Bowl.
Already eliminated at the hands of the New York Giants are the best team of the regular season, the Green Bay Packers. They were led by Aaron Rodgers, who is likely to become the regular season MVP (most valuable player). Also already eliminated are passing yard record-breaker Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
As a side note, well worth a watch is Drew’s post-game speech:
The 49ers and Patriots will go into this week as favourites to proceed through to Super Bowl Sunday. However, Baltimore have Defensive Player of the Year candidate Terrell Suggs up their sleeve, who is likely to be looking to get after Brady (Suggs vs Uggs!), and the 49ers will be up against a clutch Eli Manning-led Giants team who have completed 7 fourth quarter comebacks this season.
Aussies in the NFL This Season
Punter Mat McBriar and the Dallas Cowboys failed to make the playoffs, while former Geelong champion Ben Graham was picked up by the Detroit Lions during the season, who fell in the wildcard round to the Saints. Saverio Rocca ended the season with the Washington Redskins, while former AFL Players Chris Bryan, Jy Bond, and, according to some speculation, Brendan Fevola will all be seeking NFL punting positions for the 2012-13 season.
For anyone ranging from NFL-diehards to the couldn’t-care-less-crowd, it’s all about the Super Bowl party, so make sure you have somewhere to be on February 5, either to watch the game intently, or purely for the social interaction. The venue MUST have a big-screen, HD television, and any good Super Bowl party includes all the important food groups – Dips, Chips, Wings, and Beer. A key aspect of the home-viewing experience is the first viewing of the multimillion dollar range of Super Bowl ads (for a refresher, view the 2011 advertisements here ). The costs of these advertising opportunities have escalated, and are now sold for up to $4 million per spot during the game.
For many, the interest is in the half-time show, which for many is an annual entertainment highlight, and at the very least, a key talking point in the coming months. In 2012, the half-time show will be led by Madonna, with support from Cirque du Soleil performers and Nicki Minaj. In 2011, the performance featured a mix of the Black Eyed Peas, Slash and Usher, and of course, the most notable half-time performance occurred in 2004 when Janet Jackson (with the assistance of Justin Timberlake) experienced a global-scale wardrobe malfunction.
Janett Jackson – Wardrobe Malfunction
So be prepared for the most important date on the American sporting calendar, because for one reason or another, it will be a talking point in the lead-up and months to come. Let us know what your plans are this year!