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NFL 2020 Season Recap:

Brady is Still the GOAT After Exciting Playoffs

By Issac Rangel

The 2020 NFL season is over, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and quarterback Tom Brady winning the Super Bowl over last year’s champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. Here is an overall recap of how the season went.

Before it even started, there was some doubt on whether or not the new season should even happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There was confusion on how things would be scheduled around outbreaks, if it did happen, but they decided to just begin the new season anyways. In doing so, they had very strict health rules and protocols for the teams to follow. Every player had to keep getting tested over and over again every week. Only some teams allowed for there to be a limited number of fans in the stadium.

However, even with all the new rules and protocols players had to follow, there were still some players that would test positive. There were difficulties with teams schedules, and some of their games were postponed because of players testing positive. Even after all these problems the NFL was having, they still decided just to keep going. And even with all the protocols the teams had to follow, and with their not being able to be as much or any fans at all for some teams, it was still such an exciting and thrilling season, especially when the playoffs started.

Wild Card Round

The 3 NFC Wild Card games featured the Colts vs Bills, Rams vs Seahawks, and Buccaneers vs Washington. The Bills beat the Colts in a thrilling ball game, hanging on until the end and beating the Colts 27-24 for their first playoff victory since 1995. Shortly after the game, Colts quarterback Philip Rivers announced his retirement after just one season with Indianapolis. The Rams beat the Seahawks 30-20 even with their quarterback injury issues, while the Buccaneers beat Washington by a score of 31-23.

The Buffalo Bills celebrate their first playoff victory in 25 years, defeating the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 27-24 in a Wild Card thriller. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

The following day were the 3 AFC Wild Card games which featured the Ravens vs Titans, Bears vs Saints, and Browns vs Steelers. The Ravens got their revenge in a heated matchup against the Titans and beat them by a score of 20-13. The Saints easily beat the Bears by a score of 21-9, and finally, the Browns pulled off a major upset, dominating the Steelers by beating them 48-37.

Divisional Round

When the Divisional Round started, the 4 teams left from the NFC were now the Rams, Packers, Bucs, and #1 seed New Orleans Saints. The 4 teams left in the AFC were the Browns, Bills, Ravens, and top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs. The first game was between the Packers and the Rams. The Rams had a tough time because of the injuries suffered in their previous game against the Seahawks, and it didn’t help with one of their injured players being their best player–Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald. He struggled all game trying to get through the O-line and to Rodgers, so his impact on the game was minimal. The Packers beat L.A. easily by a score of 32-18. Within a couple of weeks after the Rams elimination, they traded quarterback Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford.

The next game was the Bills vs Ravens, and the Bills held the Ravens to only 3 points the whole game, winning by a score of 17-3; although, part of it had to do with Ravens QB Lamar Jackson getting injured and taken out of the game. The next day held the 2 top-seeded games of Browns vs Chiefs and Bucs vs Saints. The Chiefs beat the Browns in a close game by a score of 22-17. The Browns had a chance to win after Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was knocked out with a concussion, but they couldn’t convert late.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) lies on the ground after being injured during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Buffalo Bills Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Jackson left the game after his injury. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

The Bucs vs Saints game was after that, and it was a very exciting and nerve-wracking game for Bucs fans. Both times that the Bucs and the Saints met in the regular season, Drew Brees and the Saints dominated Brady’s Bucs both times. However, this time, when it counted, Tampa Bay ended up winning a close game, 30-20.

Conference Championships

Next up were the Conference Championships, the last two teams standing from the AFC were the Chiefs and the Bills, and the last two teams from the NFC were the Packers and the Bucs. The Chiefs and Bills game started off close and competitive, but eventually the Chiefs pulled away and dominated the rest of the game and beat the Bills 38-24.

2020 MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in action against the Bucs

Now it was time for the very hyped-up matchup between the Bucs and the Packers, mostly between Tom Brady and 2020 MVP Aaron Rodgers. Brady won the rivalry against Rodgers in a close game, which ended up being a 31-26 victory for the Bucs.

Super Bowl LV

Finally, this brought us to the last game of the season–Super Bowl 55. This year’s Super Bowl had a lot of quarterback hype to live up to: Brady vs Mahomes, which some people referred to it as GOAT vs Baby GOAT. There were high expectations from fans for this game, and most people expected it to go down to the wire and have a lot of intensity. Yet, that is totally the opposite of how it ended up going, as the Buccaneers dominated the whole game, and it was never even close. They held the Chiefs to only 3 field goals, which is crazy because this Chiefs team had never been shut down like that.

The final score was 31-9, and Tom Brady got his 7th ring–which is now more rings than any of the 32 NFL teams have. For Tampa Bay, this was their second Super Bowl victory, and their first since Super Bowl 37 when they defeated the Oakland Raiders in 2003.

(photo by MARK J. REBILAS, USA TODAY SPORTS)

NFL Round-Up Through Week 14: Local Teams

By NFL Correspondent D. Higgins

The Los Angeles Rams improved to 9-4 with a big 24-3 win over the New England Patriots. They are currently tied with the Seattle Seahawks for 1st place in the NFC West, although they hold the tiebreaker and are, more importantly, the #3 seed in the NFC, almost ready to clinch a playoff berth.

Remaining Schedule: vs NYJ on 12/20; at SEA on 12/27; vs ARI on 1/3

The Los Angeles Chargers continue to nose dive, sitting at a dismal 4-9, in last place in the AFC West, and have officially been eliminated from the postseason. They did come up with a last-second game-winning field goal in week 14 to defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 20-17–one of the few bright spots in an otherwise forgettable season.

Remaining Schedule: at LV on 12/17; vs DEN on 12/27; at KC on 1/3

The Las Vegas Raiders have been in a free fall since we last checked in. In Week 14, their defense was nowhere to be found, as they dropped a home game to the Indianapolis Colts 44-27. Since their big win over the Denver Broncos in Week 10, the Raiders have now lost 3 of 4 (and the one win was a last second miracle to beat the lowly New York Jets). The Raiders now sit at 7-6, and find themselves fighting for their playoff lives on the outside looking in–if the season ended today, they would be the #9 seed in the AFC and miss the playoffs altogether.

Remaining Schedule: vs LAC on 12/17; vs MIA on 12/26; at DEN 1/3

Opinion: Pittsburgh Steelers are #1

by Mia Martinez

Are you rooting for the current number 1 team in the NFL? Well, I’m just asking… because I KNOW I AM! Go Steelers!

The Pittsburgh Steelers were the only undefeated team in the NFL through week 12 with an 11-0 record. Sadly, they now find themselves on a two-game losing streak, losing to Washington on December 7 by a score of 23-17, followed by a 26-15 loss to the Buffalo Bills during Sunday Night Football in Week 14.

The Steelers, who have already clinched a playoff berth (pictured, from NFL.com), now have a record of 11-2, dropping to the #2 seed in the AFC behind the Kansas City Chiefs and just ahead of the 10-3 Bills.

The teams that Pittsburgh has defeated include the New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens (twice), Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

A lot of those games were close, but the Steelers were still able to defeat the opposing teams for the win.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of 28 NFL teams in the Super Bowl era, dating to 1966, to start a season with a record of at least 8-0.

So far the Steelers are having a great season. I hope they keep it up!

Let me also give you some background information about this amazing team. The Pittsburgh Steelers were founded in 1933 by a man named Arthur Joseph Rooney, and the team is still owned by the Rooney family today.  

The team was originally called the Pittsburgh Pirates–the same as the Major League Baseball team. But owner Art Rooney decided the team needed a change, so he held a contest to choose a new name. According to the article “How the Steelers were Named,” 21 people submitted the name “Steelers.” The Rooneys decided they liked the name because it honored the city’s steel industry. The family awarded all of those 21 people season tickets! When the 1940 season began, the team was officially the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL News Round-Up

By Evelyn Aquino

Raiders player Maurice Hurst tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, October 06 and was placed on the Raiders Covid-19 reserve list. Hurst’s positive test was not related to one of the 10 players who had been fined a total of $165,000 by the NFL after failing to follow coronavirus protocols at a charity event on Monday, October 05.

In a statement from the NFL, they wrote, “Protocol violations that result in virus spread requiring adjustments to the schedule or otherwise impacting other teams will result in additional financial and competitive discipline, including the adjustment or loss of draft choices or even the forfeit of a game.”

Hurst (left: USA TODAY Sports) was removed from the Covid-19 list on October 20, and since that time, the Raiders have gone 2-1, moving into playoff position in the crowded AFC, sitting at 5-3 and in 2nd place in the AFC West.

•Local NFL Teams Through Week 9:

The Los Angeles Rams are 5-3 and in 2nd place in the NFC West.

The Rams are coming off a bye in Week 9 hoping to rebound after a disappointing 28-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

The Los Angeles Chargers are 2-6 and in 4th place in the AFC West.

The Chargers are struggling without long time QB Philip Rivers, including a heartbreaking, last-second 31-30 loss to the Denver Broncos during Week 8.

•Three exciting Thanksgiving Day match-ups on November 26, Week 12:

  • Houston Texans vs Detroit Lions at 9:30am on CBS
  • Washington vs Dallas Cowboys at 1:30pm on FOX
  • Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers at 5:20pm on NBC