It’s been four days, and it still feels I’m still catching my breath in the wake of both of the absolutely bonkers conference championship games that went on this weekend. Tom’s already given us an awesome recap and analysis of what went down, and you should head over and read them if you haven’t yet (NFC and AFC recaps here).
However, for fans of all four teams who played this weekend, the drama didn’t stop when the games ended. Here’s a look at the aftermath of the crazy NFL and AFC championship games.
NFC Championship: Bad Day for NOLA
Sunday was a not a great day to be a Saints fan.
We all know by now about the no-call that tipped the game in Los Angeles’ favor, and NOLA faithful are having a difficult time letting go of their frustration, to say the least.
Luckily for the rest of us, Saints fans’ pain has manifested in hilarious ways since the incident.
One fan put their money where their mouth is and took out two billboards in Atlanta (this year’s Super Bowl host city) protesting the injustice in the most New Orleans way possible.
— Matt Bowers (@Matthew_Bowers_) January 21, 2019
Several New Orleans businesses have used their public platforms to express their displeasure with the no-call.
Haydel’s Bakery whipped up a few batches of these bad boys:
A veterinarian’s office advertised this generous offer:
New Orleans based t-shirt company Dirty Coast had some words for officials:
Rams fans, however, are not in a hurry to look this gift horse in the mouth and are amped to watch their team take on the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Any of us who watched the game would not be surprised by the report that many wearable fitness trackers thought viewers were doing cardio at the time. What a roller coaster.
The Patriots dominated the first half, and anyone who has watched the Kansas City offense this season was rightfully surprised; entering halftime, the score was just 14-0.
A perfect way of describing the first half. https://t.co/80B0MhjH17
— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) January 21, 2019
Things got crazy in the second half, with several controversial plays that seemed to mostly go the Patriots’ way. After an incredibly stressful back-and-forth fourth quarter, the Patriots scored on the very first drive in overtime for the win.
On both sides of Patriots fandom, social media users had some strong opinions.
Some were filled with rage and frustration at seeing the Pats in the Super Bowl once again.
— Kevin Fluegel (@kevinfluegel) January 21, 2019
The only people who aren’t tired of the Patriots are Patriots fans… #NotMySuperBowl
— Jackie Clemens (@Jackiee23__) January 21, 2019
The Patriots degrade my interest in football, which is the most infuriating thing about them. What the hell fun is the season and playoffs if you already know who’s going to be there at the end, year after year after year. Screw them 6 ways from Sunday.
— Kyle Collins (@KyleCinVail) January 21, 2019
Others were just impressed and astounded that the Pats pulled out the clutch W yet again.
i don’t see how y’all can hate greatness. like damn. we are literally watching a dynasty in the patriots organization.
— jojo. 🦈 (@kingjxjo)
You just cannot stop the Patriots. Mahomes had the best year of anyone. But can’t stop Brady in those situations. Never gonna happen.
— TELEKINESIS (@_TELEKINESIS) January 21, 2019
The best postgame response came from the GOAT himself.
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As for the Patriots, they’re on track to enter the Super Bowl completely healthy and ready to take on the Rams in Atlanta on February 3rd.
Media source: SI.com