Of the many hobbies that some high school students partake in, one is keeping up with the much anticipated NFL playoffs. The NFL season began in early August with preseason games, and ended after the Super Bowl in early February.
After a 16 game season, the top teams from the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference are put into a playoff bracket to compete against each other for a conference championship. Once the conference champions are crowned, they play against each other in the Super Bowl.
Early season favorites to win the Super Bowl were the New England Patriots at 6-1 odds, and the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, and Green Bay Packers all tied at 8-1 odds.
The 2017 Super Bowl featured the top seeds from the AFC and NFC, the Patriots and Falcons. After a slow start, the Falcons got any early lead, ending the first half 21-3.
Despite the large deficit, the Patriots came back to force the game to overtime, tied at 28. The Patriots won the coin toss and drove the ball down the field, eventually running in for a touchdown to win the game. The final score was 34-28.
“I’m glad that the Patriots won the Super Bowl, because they have been my favorite team since I could remember,” freshman Thomas Sturgeon said.
While most football fans actually watch the game, others are just in it for the entertainment, such as the commercials and the halftime show.
“The Super Bowl was fun because I like to watch football and hang out with my friends,” senior Rance Tucker said.
Super Bowl Sunday has brought traditions to America for the past 51 years. As America’s favorite sport comes to an exciting end each season, many people get together with their friends or family to watch the big game.