In case you missed it, Coldplay was announced as the halftime entertainment for this year’s Super Bowl. Love them or hate them, Coldplay has cranked out some pop classics over the years. Therefore, I chugged a bottle of wine and read the lyrics of almost every Coldplay song- JUST FOR YOU! I present to you, NFL playoff teams as Coldplay songs!
Green Bay: Lost
Just because I’m losing
Doesn’t mean I’m lost
Doesn’t mean I’ll stop
Doesn’t mean I will cross
Just because I’m hurting
Doesn’t mean I’m hurt
Eyes are on Green Bay as the Packers have stumbled into the playoffs after losing their last two games of the season to finish 10-6. Entering the 2015 season as top contender to win the Super Bowl, Green Bay is now one of the shakiest teams in the postseason. Though the Packers have dealt with injuries all season, the veteran team is expected to come out strong against a hot Washington team. Aaron Rodgers definitely seems like the type to have this song on his iPod.
Seattle: Up and Up
We’re gonna get it, get it together
I know, we’re gonna get it, get it together and flow
We’re gonna get it, get it together and go
Up, and up, and up
Seattle certainly got it together in the second half of the season after losing 4 of their first 6 games. Finishing 10-6, the Seahawks have found an instant impact player in Kansas State favorite, Tyler Lockett. Russell Wilson has also played solid football; nicknamed “Houdini” by Vikings coach Mark Zimmer. Even better for Seattle, RB Marshawn Lynch is expected to be back for postseason play. Some are calling Seattle a strong favorite to make it to the Super Bowl. However, the Seahawks definitely have to go “up, and up, and up” as they need to win THREE road games to make it to Super Bowl Sunday.
Washington: Adventure of a Lifetime
Everything you want’s a dream away
Under this pressure under this weight
We are diamonds
Now I feel my heart beating
I feel my heart underneath my skin
And I feel my heart beating
Oh you make me feel
Like I’m alive again
Washington, the victor of the dumpster fire that is the NFC East, finds themselves in the playoffs at 9-6. Out of those 9 wins, not a single win is against a team with a winning record. Even though they have only faced 3 teams who finished above .500, many favor Washington for the win this weekend-largely due to QB Kirk Cousins. Kirk “You Like That?” Cousins has led the team to a 4-game winning streak after playing backup to RGIII last season. Washington desperately wants to prove they belong in the playoffs and have a shot to show their record isn’t solely thanks to ease of schedule.
Minnesota: Always in my Head
I think of you
I haven’t slept
I think I do
But, I don’t forget…
You’re always in my head
You’re always in my head
You’re always in my head
Minnesota isn’t new to the hoopla around the Seattle Seahawks. After losing their first matchup 38-7, it’s safe to say Seattle has been in Minnesota’s head all week. (I will add, Coldplay is killing it in the creepy stalker song department). Facing QB Teddy Bridgewater and RB Adrian Peterson, Seattle will have a hard time repeating the 21 point blowout. Factoring in the -15 windchill at kickoff (!), the Vikings have a chance to beat Seattle when it matters most.
Arizona: Square One
You’re in control, is there anywhere you wanna go?
You’re in control, is there anything you wanna know?
The future’s for discovering…
Though “[insert team name] is in control of their Super Bowl destiny” is a silly saying because duh, all teams are in control of themselves, the 13-3 Cardinals definitely have a high likelihood of achieving that destiny. The NFC West champs won 9 games in a row and many pundits have Cardinals as their pick to win it all. There is some skepticism, though, as the Seahawks blew out the Cardinals 36-6 in the final game of the season. Many think the Cards phoned it in on purpose since the No.2 spot was already clinched.
Carolina: Lovers in Japan
They are turning my head out
To see what I’m all about
Keeping my head down
To see what it feels like now
But I have no doubt
One day, we’re gonna get out
Finishing the season 15-1, the Panthers have received some of the harshest criticism and open letters from moms. The Panthers won their first 14 games before receiving their only loss and even in the midst of that undefeated streak, the Panthers were considered underdogs against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving (Carolina went on to win 33-14). QB Cam Newton has had a stellar season, and received plenty of help from TE Greg Olson. Despite criticism, Newton looks to get the Panthers out of their Super Bowl drought.
Look at the stars
Look how they shine for you
And everything you do
Yeah, they were all yellow
Yes, part of the reason I chose this song was because of the shared color. Sue me. However, the Steelers are filled with star players such as Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. Brown tied for catches in the league at 136 and finished just behind Julio Jones in receiving yards. Still looking for his first postseason touchdown, Brown is expected to have a big game versus the Bengals. The Steelers just may pull away for the win, especially if Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton doesn’t play due to a thumb injury.
Kansas City: Magic
And if you were to ask me
After all that we’ve been through
Still believe in magic
Oh yes I do
Sports in Kansas City have been nothing short of magical this season. After starting 1-5, the Chiefs won 10 straight to finish 11-5. In case you live under a rock and have not heard, the 10 game winning streak began right as the Royals won the World Series. Plagued with injuries, Alex Smith and the Chiefs found a way to win. With stud linebacker, Justin Houston, back this weekend after recovering from a knee injury, the Chiefs are favored to beat the other comeback team of the season: Houston.
Houston: A Head Full of Dreams
Oh, I think I landed
Where there are miracles at work
When you got me open handed
When you got me lost for words
Let’s be honest, after starting 2-5, and having issues at the quarterback position (Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett were both fighting for the position at the beginning of the season), it’s a miracle the Texans are in the playoffs. The Fighting J.J. Watts have kept 6 of their last 9 opponents to 6 points. Though they are at home, the Texans are the underdog against the Chiefs. With the Chiefs finally healthy again, Houston may need one more miracle at work.
Cincinnati: Why Does it Always Rain on Me
Why does it always rain on me?
Even when the sun is shining
I can’t avoid the lightning
Even though the Bengals made the playoffs, all is not well in Cincinnati. The Bengals have lost their last four playoff games and have not won a playoff game since 1991. Even worse, Cincinnati may face the Steelers without their QB, Andy Dalton. If Dalton is out due to a thumb injury, former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron will get the nod. McCarron does have some starting experience against the Ravens and 49ers, so Bengals nation should not lose hope just yet.
Denver: Viva la Vida
I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own
I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
Listened as the crowd would sing
Now the old king is dead long live the king
As a Kansas City fan, I laughed for a good 5 minutes after picking this song for Denver. Laughter aside, this is definitely Denver’s theme song. More specifically, this song was written for Peyton Manning. Everyone knows about Manning’s fall from grace, and though he had a chance to redeem himself versus the Chargers last week, Manning only proved himself to be proficient in handing the ball off. It was announced on Thursday that Manning would be the starter over Brock Osweiler. If Denver loses this game, prepare for a lot of “what ifs” in regards to the rest of Manning’s career.
New England: Major Minus
They got one eye watching you
One eye, what you do?
So be careful who it is you’re talking to
They got one eye watching you
After the cluster that was deflategate/spygate, Patriots fans are quick to say the NFL is against them. It’s fair to say that the rest of the league as well as NFL fans have kept a close eye on Brady and the Pats this season. New England has been battling injuries all season and have lost 4 of their last 6 games. Though many will always pick the Pats as a favorite as long as they’re in the playoffs, don’t be surprised if they get knocked out early, especially if the Chiefs advance. However, the bye week may be just the thing New England needs.
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