It was difficult to put words to what we saw last night. The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams combined to create a masterpiece, the rare sporting event that exceeds its sky-high hype. Writing for this website, Jason Lisk categorized it as an insane and glorious celebration of what the NFL can be. To me, it felt (no hyperbole here) every bit the equal to a Super Bowl. No one, even East Coasters with early call times, wanted the freaking thing to end. Through a seemingly endless tunnel of low-scoring, plodding marquee professional football games played both Thursdays and Mondays these past years it shined. Or so I thought. Maybe you thought too. Turns out, we were too busy having fun to realize the actual football was bad.
Luckily, Trent Dilfer was there to remind us.
Dilfer is correct. The penalties (21 for 205 yards combined) were distracting and too prevalent. There were seven turnovers and Patrick Mahomes had five himself. Bad decisions were peppered in with the good ones. The New Orleans Saints probably are the best team in football right now. So the take has merit. It’s just an amazing reaction to an all-time great game in the sport you love more than anything.
I have so much respect for Dilfer logging onto Twitter.com and typing those words out there, knowing full well how they’d be received. It’s important for young contrarians to see brave role models out there.