After an exciting finish to the regular season, the NFL’s second season has arrived.
“The message is pretty much the same for everybody,” says New England head coach BILL BELICHICK about playing the postseason. “We all know that this is single elimination and you put everything you have into it. There’s nothing to save it for, nothing to hold back. You compete with all you’ve got. I think that’s true for everybody. This should be the best we all have.”
Week 17 came right down to the wire as 10 of the 16 games played on the final day of the regular season had playoff implications. Sunday’s excitement was due in part to having 16 divisional games played on the season’s final day, a tradition instituted in 2010. And four divisions were decided on the last day of the regular season, including the AFC North in game No. 256 of 256 as Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati.
“We’re excited about getting to where we are,” says Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON about the team winning the NFC West and clinching the No. 1 seed in the conference. “The first goal that we had was winning the NFC West and getting to the playoffs and we were able to do that. It’s definitely exciting going into the playoffs.”
The final 12 teams are now set. It doesn’t matter how you got here. All that matters is that you’re here.
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