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This year’s NFL championship clash, Super Bowl LI, was the culmination of a season full of excitement. Tom Brady got his fifth Super Bowl ring, Aaron Rodgers showed us his real QB greatness, kickers experienced the real meaning of 13 yards, Cowboys’ offense kept smashing on the line of scrimmage to create enough space for Ezekiel Elliott’s explosive runs, the Falcons surprisingly dominated the NFC and reached the Big game, even the Browns won a match!
Looking back at all the memories this season left us with, we mark the Top 5 NFL games of 2016/17.
American football, Mexican-style. In November the Oakland Raiders took on the Houston Texans at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. This was the second time in NFL history when the game was played at this venue and 26th time the signature NFL game of the week was played outside the United States.
The tickets sold in the first minutes. The diverse culture and huge Latin American fanbase from both Texas and Oakland (CA), brought attendance of more than 80,000 spectators. Despite the tough conditions and the efforts of the Texans D-Line monster Jadeveon Clowney, the Raiders led by their star quarterback Derek Carr managed to get the victory, 27-20.
Azteca stadium was labeled “the worst place ever to play football”, as players complained about the enormous heat, rich humidity and thin air due to the venue’s high elevation.
The altitude of Azteca stadium is 7200 feet, which is around 2000 feet higher than the NFL’s highest altitude stadium, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos. In thin air, pollution makes breathing a lot harder. There were extra numbers of oxygen masks on the sidelines to ensure the athletes’ top possible performance and health.
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This one was a crazy year for Cleveland. The NBA Cavaliers won a championship, the MLB Indians made it to the World Series of Baseball, and the NFL Browns…won a game!
Jokes aside, in week 16 of the regular season, on Dec 24th, Christmas in Cleveland came a little earlier, as the Browns broke their losing streak with a spectacular win against the San Diego Chargers. RG3’s experience and Isaiah Crowell’s explosive runs ensured the Browns a 20-17 victory.
The Chargers lost the initiative in the second quarter and in the third the Browns led by 10 points. The efforts of San Diego’s Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, and Tyrell Williams seemed short in getting the Chargers back into the game. Williams caught a 1-yard pass for a touchdown in the third quarter but that was all the Chargers were capable of for the rest of the game. Browns defense did their best to keep the score in their favor.
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In Week 10 the Dallas Cowboys visited the Pittsburgh Steelers for an epic brawl, the winner of which was decided in the last seconds. Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott, considered by many football experts as the best runningback in the game right now, was determined to bring the 8th win in a row for his team, while Steelers fans hoped to see their players rise and recover from a stumbling 4-4 performance.
The game was a spectacle. Heinz Field in Pittsburgh looked more like a wrestling arena of two giants battling each other for world dominance. This game changed the course of the season, fantasy league ratings, and stats.
Steelers QB Big Ben threw 3 touchdowns and played one of his best games with 408 passing yards. His counterpart, Dak Prescott, was also a top performer, throwing for 2 TDs. In the last 8 minutes of the game, the two teams exchanged leads four times. Then, in the last seconds of the game, the mighty offensive line of the Cowboys opened space for Elliott’s run of the season. The touchdown of the rookie set the final score to 35-30.
The Bird Fight between Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7 reminded us the funny and ridiculous side of football games. The two teams failed so many times at so many things, that it is hardly possible to mention everything in a single article, so I suggest you watch the NFL Highlights Video.
The lack of composure in offense for both teams was painful to watch but the field goal misses and misstackles were somehow entertaining. Four quarters were not enough for the Seahawks and the Cardinals to score a touchdown and after a 3-3 result they headed into Overtime.
In the OT we witnessed two missed game-winning kick attempts and a few quite disturbing failures near the goal line. Finally, after the Overtime drives, the game ended as a 6-6 draw.
The 51st edition of the Super Bowl was probably the best one so far. It all started with the young but fearsome underdogs from Atlanta putting a 25-point lead. Right there, at a score of 28-3 in the third quarter everybody thought the game was over. Some Patriots fans had even left the venue, which later turned out to be their worst decision ever made.
You know the rest. The superstar quarterback Tom Brady, the genius coach Bill Belichik, and their comrades completed an epic comeback and sent the game into Overtime. Lady Luck was on their side this night and the Pats won the coin toss. After a breathtaking drive, the ball was finally near the goal line.
The final nail in the Falcons’ coffin was hammered by James White, whose run put the end of this truly memorable game. Patriots: 34, Falcons: 28.
This epic game managed to set 24 Super Bowl records. Some of them are: Largest deficit overcome (25 points), Most first downs (37 for New England, 17 for Atlanta), Most passing yards (422 for New England, 682 for both teams), Most two-point conversions (2), most sacks (3) and also most Super Bowl participations for both Tom Brady and Bill Belichik (7).
Everyone who watched Super Bowl LI witnessed the making of NFL history and also the number one spot on out Top 5 NFL games of the 2016 season.
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