Five Takeaways From Championship Weekend

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Clifton Park, N.Y. – Before we all turn our attention to the Super Bowl, let’s just take in what was the NFL’s championship weekend one last time.

From the Green Bay Packers fourth quarter letdown to Frank SuperBowlXLIXLogoCaliendo’s hilarious Rex Ryan bit from Postseason NFL Countdown, it was certainly a memorable day in the NFL world. Lucky for us, there’s still two weekends left of the NFL season. Yes, that’s including the Pro Bowl!

With that being said, here’s the Five Takeaways from Championship Weekend:

What happened on Seattle’s two-point conversion? With 1:25 remaining Marshawn Lynch scampered for 24 yards to the end zone, putting the Seahawks up by one. Then things got interesting… Going for the two-point conversion, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rolls out to his right, gets chased by Packers defender Julius Peppers and heaves the ball across his body in the direction of tight end Luke Wilson. Instead of doing the instinctive thing and try and make some sort of play on the ball, the two Green Bay secondary players in the area get caught in watching the ball and do nothing. It was all very odd.

NFC ChampMarshawn Lynch is still a beast. Lynch is THE reason the Seattle Seahawks are playing in the Super Bowl. When Russell Wilson played one of the worst games of his career, Lynch picked up the slack. The running back ran for 157 yards and a touchdown. Not to mention the guy plays with so much swagger too.

Signing LeGarrette Blount may have been the best free agent

"On to Seattle."

“On to Seattle.”

pick up in the entire NFL. Why New England didn’t sign the bruising running back in the off-season still puzzles me, but they have him now. With the addition of Blount, the Patriots have a legitimate running game. And a bruising running game will force Seattle to put extra men in the box, allowing for Rob Gronkowski to run free.

Bill Belichick does have a sense of humor. “Jim, I only have one thing to say. We’re on to Seattle.”

AFC ChampPrediction: As much as it pains me to say this, the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl. Seattle’s coming into this matchup too banged up on defense, and when facing Tom Brady you need to be at full strength. Patriots win 28-17.

 

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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University - until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he's a regular on Rugby Wrap Up - his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it's the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.

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