The one sport in the United States that could turn a community against itself, leave states at each other’s throats, and give thousands of people bragging rights over their fellows for a full year, could only be football. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Football League (NFL) are both huge parts of the football community. The NCAA started their football season this August on the 26th while the NFL started on September 8th. It was a huge day for the NFL as the first game of the season was the Denver Broncos, last years Super Bowl champions, and the Carolina Panthers, who took second place in the 2016 Super Bowl, faced off in a game of epic proportions.
The game started extremely even as both sides’ defense were putting a halt to the advances of their opposing offensive teams. At the end of the half, the score was 17 to 7 with the Panthers in a decent lead over their past conquerors. After the half, the Broncos had to pull it together if they wanted to get themselves back into the game. In the third quarter, both sides were rock solid on defence with zero points scored across the board. The fourth quarter was where everything changed. The Broncos brought it back with two touchdowns and made both extra points giving them a one point lead at the end of the game. It was an incredible start to this year’s NFL season.
That next Sunday, thirteen more games took place across the country. All bets are off as underdogs take the field against past opponents. Every loss and victory matters as the timer winds down to the 2017 Super Bowl taking place on February 5th.Thirty-two teams are competing for the title of Super Bowl Champions. Who is your favorite team? Will they make it to this year’s Super Bowl? What are your bracket predictions? Only time will tell as we get closer and closer to the end of the 2017 NFL season.