The NFL playoff schedule 2011 resumes tomorrow. After that, the NFL playoff schedule 2011 will have just one more date left – the big one. Tomorrow’s winners will have a full two weeks off, although there won’t be much resting involved before long. Yet 32 teams have fought to get this far all season, and 28 have already failed. Now, only four remain on the cusp of Super Bowl 45, though tomorrow’s NFL playoff schedule will send two over the edge.
Chicago and Pittsburgh will see two Super Bowl invitations handed out in over 24 hours. Of course, those in the stands will hope and pray for the Bears and Steelers to get those spots. But there will be select Packers and Jets fans cheering for them as well.
Those still on the NFL playoff schedule 2011 took different roads to get here. Yet only one team may be a genuine surprise, as the Packers, Steelers and Jets were all preseason favorites. Meanwhile, the Bears snuck up on everyone to win the NFC North, and reach the final four.
Each team has experience on this stage, although the Packers and Jets have fallen short on their last visits. Green Bay got upset by the New York Giants in 2008, while the Jets’ surprising run last season ended in Indianapolis. Chicago hasn’t been this far since 2007, but that’s also when they last reached the Super Bowl.
The most experienced team on the NFL playoff schedule 2011 is now the Steelers, with their two titles in 2006 and 2009. Ben Roethlisberger’s experience may be the x-factor that gets him a third ring – yet the Jets weren’t affected by Peyton Manning and Tom Brady’s pedigree.
New blood may very well win it all this time around instead. The Packers were used to getting this far with Brett Favre, but this is their first time with Aaron Rodgers. However, it’s been almost 13 years since Favre got them to Super Bowl Sunday.
But if the Jets reach the end of the NFL playoff schedule 2011, it will end a much longer drought. It’s been 42 years since they changed the league forever in Super Bowl III, and they’ve been regarded as a laughingstock much of the time since. However, they’re the only team from last year’s final four to come back, although they want to go a step further this time.
If they do, they could face the Bears, who last won it all when Rex Ryan’s father led the defense. While coach Lovie Smith has been here before, along with most of his team, they have a new leader in Jay Cutler. However, fans are still as uncertain about him as they were with Rex Grossman, though it could change tomorrow.
The next to last stage of the NFL playoff schedule 2011 begins at 3 pm est in Chicago, and then at 6:30 pm est in Pittsburgh. By 10 pm est, there will finally be only two teams left standing, ready to make their final stand in Dallas.
NFL.com- “NFL Schedule: Playoffs”