Evolutionary Journey to Super Bowl 50

By Noah White, senior


 

The NFL playoffs have commenced; twelve teams will go head to head until one is crowned the Super Bowl champion.

The teams representing the AFC include the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots. The teams representing the NFC include teams such as the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, and the Arizona Cardinals.

Wild Card Weekend began on Saturday, January 9th and continued through Sunday, January 10th. Wild card weekend is the first weekend of the playoffs where #1 seed and #2 seed get bye weeks and the other teams have to play and could possibly face elimination. Saturday games included the Kansas City Chiefs, who hosted the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals who hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sunday’s games included the Seattle Seahawks who hosted the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers versus the Washington Redskins.

The four teams that won went on to play the division champions in the divisional round of the playoffs. The divisional round took place Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th. The divisional winners were the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, and the New England Patriots.

Following the Divisional Round weekend is the NFC and AFC championship games, also known as the conference championships; one team is crowned the AFC champions and the other team is crowned the NFC champions. The Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots 20-18 and The Carolina Panthers beat the Arizona Cardinals 49-15. The championship games took place on Sunday, January 24th.

Following the conference championship weekend, the anticipated 50th Super Bowl contest will take place Sunday, February 7th at Levis Stadium located in San Francisco California. The Super Bowl is comprised of the AFC champions, the Denver Broncos, who will play against the NFC champions, the Carolina Panthers. Both teams will battle it out for the Vince Lombardi trophy, a trophy renamed the Vince Lombardi trophy in 1970 in memory of head coach Vince Lombardi after he passed away from cancer. Coach Lombardi was the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants from 1954-1958, head coach for the Washington Redskins in 1969, and won two Super Bowls while coaching the Green Bay Packers from 1959-1967.

After Wild Card weekend, 200 students were asked, “Which team are you rooting for in the playoffs?” The data is recorded below.

 

New England Patriots

Arizona Cardinals

Denver Broncos

Carolina Panthers

Pittsburgh Steelers

Kansas City Chiefs

7

18

73

25

48

29

 

Millions will be watching the 50th annual Super Bowl where history will be made. The Super Bowl is significant because it brings families, friends, and fans together. People across the world gather to watch two talented NFL teams lay it out on the line for the Vince Lombardi trophy.  

“Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority.” -Vince Lombardi

 

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