You’d expect Matt Ryan, Dan Quinn and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons to not want to get out of bed after their Super Bowl collapse Sunday night. But local children were apparently too apoplectic to get up, too.
Greater Atlanta Christian School noticed this on their tardiness sheet Monday morning, as some new excuses followed the Falcons’ championship loss.
If we were ranking the most important teams in NFL history, this one quite possibly would be No. 1. The Jets’ victory in the third Super Bowl gave credibility to the AFL/NFL merger. (How important was the Jets’ win? As a kid, I was happy that NBC dumped the end of the Jets-Oakland game to show “Heidi”; in my view, the AFL wasn’t “real” football, anyway.) But this Jets team wasn’t just a one-game wonder. Namath was a brilliant talent whose soon-to-be knees hadn’t yet robbed him of his ability to dazzle a defense, and he was surrounded by excellent weapons.
This wasn’t a 15-1 team like the previous season, but the Steelers caught on at the right time and used the emotion of Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis’ final season to make that playoff run. Pittsburgh sat at 7-5 before winning its last four regular-season games. Then they won three road games in the AFC playoffs at Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Denver. Who could forget Ben Roethlisberger’s game-saving Cheap Jonathan Toews Jerseys tackle against Nick Harper against the Colts? Antwaan Randle-El’s touchdown pass to Hines ward in Super Bowl XL? This team just made the right plays at the right time, and that brought home the fifth Lombardi Trophy.