It wasn't till recently that American football took on a new meaning here in the United States. Some would even go as far as saying that football has replaced baseball as America's new pastime. Certainly if the number of tickets sold is any measure of popularity, then NFL team averages ranging from over 50,000 up to almost 90,000 paid admissions per game say Americans love this sport!
Just like in every sport, there has to be some team to rise to the top, a team better than the rest. After all, this sport does come down to the competition and competing teams, 32 to be exact, go through a 17 weeks of constant wear and tear on there body. All for the chance to play in the Super Bowl, but before a team can get a chance to play in the Super Bowl they have to make it through the playoffs.
Football has been around longer than most people expect, so playoff's varied throughout the decades. The playoffs exist to test the caliber of the better teams, requiring test upon test. Even before the American Football League joined the NFL, the leagues had their respective championship game along side their respective playoffs.
It was in 1967 the playoffs took on a new meaning. This is when the AFL would play the NFL in the first ever AFL-NFL World Championship Game, which later was changed to the Super Bowl.
And setting the precedent where the Green Bay Packers, when Lombardi took his Packers to win the first two Championship Games (Super Bowl) back to back. Other teams tried to follow suit but only a few have achieved the back to back win; teams such as the Miami Dolphins, the Pittsburg Steelers, the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Denver Broncos.
The playoffs bring a different type of atmosphere to the sport. It is the time of year when ordinary men and are made into heroes and some into legends. The playoff in the NFL is something magical that bring people to together to watch. This is because the audience knows everything will be left out on the field. In the playoffs every inch is clawed after and every win is sacred.
Vince Lombardi once said, "The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel-these are the things that endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events that occasion them." And that is the essence of the NFL playoffs.
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