As the NFL play-offs began, it seemed possible that there would be new teams in the Super bowl, was it to be the year of the unknowns? In the end, it wasn’t meant to be we will see the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers in Super bowl XLV, but the journey to the big game was filled with excitement and possibility.

 

Did you think you could have picked who would be in this year’s super bowl? The Philadelphia Eagles? The Dallas Cowboys? The Pittsburgh Steelers? There was no telling and this year brought many surprises when it came to the play offs, it what may be seen as the year of the underdog.

This year we found, on the same day, the Seattle Seahawks extended their season for one more game, as they beat the New Orleans Saints in a Wild Card game; the New York Jets held their ground and became the second underdog win of the day, beating the New England Patriots. What surprised everyone was the Seahawks ended the regular season with a 7-9 record, and many believed they did not belong in the play offs. Along with the surprise wins, were the games everyone expected, when the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles took to the field. A heated rivalry on a “normal” Sunday, this game was for the honor of moving on in the play-offs, and for the Eagles it wasn’t meant to be.

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When pre-season starts up again in August, there will be plenty to talk about, the teams that were on the verge on the play offs, may come out ready to fight for the spots that eluded them this year. Many have proven they can compete, that they have the talent and with a little luck, have the ability to beat any team in the league.

In the end it doesn’t seem so easy to pick the winner, the odds have changed, the teams are playing for keeps and those we have forgotten about in the past are tired of being pushed in the background. 2011 just may be the year of the underdog team.

 

 

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Kelly S. Croslis is a Freelance Writer and stay-at-home mom to 3 active teenage girls. She uses much of what she learned and experienced in her 20 years of military life and raising her girls. Kelly is a columnist for several Online magazines and Freelances for her local newspaper. She lives with her husband and 3 girls in Pennsylvania.

 

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