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And then there were four

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Written by Fonda Bryant

For you moms who are trying to juggle work, kids, house, and husband, not necessarily in that order, with pro football and playoffs being the last thing on your agenda, I am going to help you out by giving you some brief, yet crucial information to make you sound football savvy during the NFL playoffs to impress your significant other.

The NFL is wrapping up its season with two games remaining this weekend to determine who is going to Super Bowl XLVIII slated for February 2nd in New York. In the AFC, you have the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. The New England Patriots are lead by Tom Brady, who has three Super Bowl rings under his belt.

The Patriots began the 2013, season amidst chaos on the offensive side of the ball with injury to their best tight end Rob Gronkowski, the arrest of starting tight end, Aaron Hernandez and the departure of his favorite receiver Wes Welker to the Broncos. The Patriots however, finished 12-4, giving them the 2nd seed in the AFC playoffs and a first round bye. In the second round, the Patriots took care of the Indianapolis Colts 43-22,

The Denver Broncos are lead by what is sure to be the NFL’s MVP Peyton Manning, who has been with the starting quarterback with the Broncos since, 2012.

Denver finished the season 13-3, with the best record in the AFC, home field advantage and a first round bye. They knocked off the San Diego Chargers 24-17 in the second round. The Patriots are considered the underdog on Sunday against Denver, but just don’t expect them to play like one.

In the NFC Championship, you have not only two teams that know each other well but are in the same division, the NFC West, the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks.

The San Francisco 49ers is lead by a young quarterback by the name of Colin Kaepernick. The bicep kissing quarterback is leading his team to their second NFC Championship game in two years in hopes of getting back to the Super Bowl, lost last year to the Baltimore Ravens, and this time winning. Finishing 12-4 and a wildcard team the 49ers, traveled to Green Bay and beat the Packers 23-20. On the road again, the 49ers dominated the 2 nd seed Carolina Panthers 23-10.

The 49ers are tied with the Dallas Cowboys, each having five Super Bowls rings, but the 49ers are on a “Quest for Six” wanting to become only the second team in NFL history to win six Super Bowl behind the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Another young quarterback who’s leading the Seattle Seahawks against their division foe and nemesis, 49ers is Russell Wilson. There is no love lost between these two teams with each team taking a victory from the other, during the 2013, season. The Seahawks finished 13-3, with not only the best record in the NFC that earned them home field advantage throughout the playoffs. In the second round of the playoffs, the Seahawks knocked off the New Orleans Saints 23-15.

It should be two great games with four great teams, each vying for a trip to play in the bright lights of New York on the biggest sports event of all. Repeat any of these sports tidbits moms to your family or friends and you’ll go from being “Just” mom to a football mom! Cool!


Fonda Bryant is an avid sports fan, mother and native Charlottean who writes for On Her Game and The College Football Girl, where she covers the Dallas Cowvboys and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, respectively. You can follow her on Twitter @proudmom72.

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