It took nearly 3 decades after Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi left Green Bay for Mike Holmgren, Reggie White and Brett Favre to make the Packers respectable again. Thank goodness the Green and Gold don't have to wait another 30 years to have a solid team this time around.
I have nothing but mad respect for the Atlanta Falcons. Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez helped me win my lone I Phelta Thi Fantasy Football Championship back in 08/09. Michael Turner and Matt Ryan are stellar and I think they are well-coached BUT I don't even think the most die hard Packer fans expected Green Bay to blow up the Falcons the way they did. Congrats to Mike McCarthy and the whole crew up in Wisconsin.
Speaking of Mark Sanchez, the Jets win in New England was nearly as impressive as the Packers stomping on Atlanta. People had pretty much punched the Patriots' tickets to the Super Bowl before the playoffs even started. Everyone was declaring that this was Tom Brady's finest season. I'm going to have to disagree. It was a great season for him, but for a guy who has been to four Super Bowls and won three, I think it is going to take more than a remarkable touchdown to interception rate to determine his best season.
The Jets have the chance to be the first team besides the Colts, Steelers or Patriots to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl since . . . The Oakland Raiders! I know, crazy, right? Will Pittsburgh let that happen? Honestly, I have no idea. I think the overcoming the Bears in Chicago could be tough for the Packers as well. Conference Championships here we come! I'm going to have to put off getting a girlfriend for at least another week.