The Dallas Cowboys had a fairy tale season. They had the best record in the NFC (13-3) which provided them with a bye week and home-field advantage for the playoffs. Led by two Pro Bowl rookies, running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott, the Cowboys were on pace to get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 90s. In an epic battle at AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys fell short to the Green Bay Packers, 34-31. Super Bowl LI will be played in Houston, so fans were hoping that Dallas and/or the Houston Texans would be able to play in their home state. The Texans made it to the divisional round with a win over the Oakland Raiders, 27-14, but the New England Patriots proved to be too much defeating the Texans, 34-16.
No matter how you feel about the New England Patriots, you have to respect their success. Tom Brady served a four-game suspension this season for the Deflategate saga and the Patriots still managed to finish the season with the best record in the NFL (14-2). A patron asked me before the season how they would fare without Brady and I told him that even if they lost all four of those games, New England still had the potential to finish 12-4 with Brady in the game. It turns out that New England only lost one of the first four to Buffalo and their second loss with Brady at quarterback happened against Seattle. With Pittsburgh playing on the road, I have to believe that the Patriots are headed to another Super Bowl. I desperately want the Atlanta Falcons to win the NFC Championship game, particularly at home, but Aaron Rodgers has that “look in his eye” and it will be a tall task for Atlanta, especially considering what happened in Dallas.
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