Super Bowl XXXIX is set
In the other corner, you have the team who could never seem to get it right, who always choked in the not-so-big game. Carrying a city on its shoulders that hasn't had a parade since "Fo Fi Fo," they knew if they came up short in this NFC championship game, there would be a Rodney King-sized riot going on in a city oddly enough known as one of "Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection."
The New England Patriots vs. The Philadelphia Eagles.
Super Bowl XXXIX (that's 39 I think).
That's what we have, and here's how we got there.
Philadelphia 27, Atlanta 10
for the first 35-40 minutes of game time it seemed like this would go down as one of the greatest NFC Championship contests ever. Instead it turned out to be the "Get the Monkey off our back" party Eagles fans had been waiting to have the last four seasons. All that needs to be said was that Donovan McNabb was pure magic and the Michael Vick experience was contained to the point where anything with a "7" got hit. For the first time in 24 years, Philly will be playing in the Super Bowl, and it was well deserved. A city with an unabashed love affair with its team, both of whom who have struggled through three heartbreaking NFC title game losses, and they finally are able to book their Super Bowl tickets. I hope the folks in Duval County have enough cheesesteaks to go around.
New England 41, Pittsburgh 27
While Roy Jones' debut single "Y'all must've forgot" didn't earn him any hip hop quotable sections in The Source magazine, it could very well be the Anthem for the New England Patriots. We (by we I mean all sports fans and media types....I count myself as both) all swore Peyton Manning was going to pick apart the Patriots.....didn't happen. We thought the Steelers defense would shut the Steel Curtain on this whole Dynasty talk......that pretty much went down the tubes as well. Tom Brady continues to play Superman with the lead, and the Patriots defense frustrated and embarassed rookie Ben Roethlisberger, making him throw passes he didn't want and not allowing Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley to hurt them on the ground.
So once again, New England vs. Philly, although we wish the Patriots would become Boston once again so we can play up the whole Sixers-Celtics rivarly comparisons, but all they're fighting for is a Super Bowl. Two weeks from now, the two best teams in the NFL will throw down in J-town, A rumble in the Everglades jungle, A......oh you guys get the point. Let the hype begin.