The FOH Super Bowl XLIX Preview Extravagantacular

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by Ryan Meehan

After a season of some fantastic NFL football – as well as a lot of real stinkers – Super Bowl XLIX is finally here.  For the second straight year, both one seeds in their respective conference will be appearing in the big game.  It should be one of the best Super Bowl in recent years, and after saying that about last year’s shitstorm it had better be.  The football Gods kind of owe us a good one here, as we had high expectations for last year’s game and it ended up being terrible.  We’ve still never had a Super Bowl go into overtime, and that’s something that every fan wants to see before they end up like Morgan Freeman’s character at the end of The Bucket List.  (Spoiler alert)  This one’s for all of the marbles, a saying that would be a decent analogy if anybody still played with marbles in 2015.  Sunday night we will get to see the Fourty-Ninth Super Bowl in NFL history, and this is the First Order Historians Super Bowl XLIX Extravagantacular.

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NFL Divisional Playoff Weekend Preview‏

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I’ve always said that unless your team is playing in the Super Bowl, the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs is the best weekend of quality football you’ll see in the entire season.  On Tuesday 247Sports released the Vegas odds for each of the remaining eight teams, and they are as follows:

Seattle Seahawks 5/2 
New England Patriots 13/5 
Green Bay Packers 6/1 
Denver Broncos 7/1 
Dallas Cowboys 7/1 
Baltimore Ravens 17/1 
Indianapolis Colts 18/1 
Carolina Panthers 25/1

As you can see, after Dallas there is a huge dropoff.  All four home teams are favored the highest, and what the bottom of this tells you is that out of every one hundred people you survey four of them are going to be hammered enough to think that Cam Newton can win a Super Bowl.  To give you an idea of how close the race for the top is, simplified for mathematics the Seahawks have a 2.5 to 1 chance at winning it all, while the Patriots sit at 2.6 to 1.  But the harsh reality of the nature of the NFL playoffs is, before the clock strikes midnight on Saturday night both of those teams could potentially be eliminated.  I’m not confident that it will happen, but professional football is a bizarre animal indeed and you never really know.  So let’s dive in to this all you care to eat buffet of a postseason and take a look at what we think will go down in the Divisional Playoff round.

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