It was an electric night for football as the Rams were finally able to overcome their six-game losing streak against the 49ers and became the second team in two years to go to a Super Bowl in their home stadium; meanwhile, the Bengals pulled an upset against the Chiefs in a wild comeback win. Still, the huge news in the NFL was the questions surrounding Tom Brady’s retirement.
In what was most likely his last game as their quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers fell to the Los Angeles Rams when their latest comeback attempt had been derailed as his last-gasp throw to JaMycal Hasty bounced off the running back’s hands into the hands of Rams linebacker Travin Howard. This ended a six-game winning streak against their NFC West nemesis and their hopes of reaching the Super Bowl. The Rams were down by 10 going into the fourth quarter, but Mathew Stafford led the Rams to a comeback to which the 49ers did not have an answer.
After coasting to a 21-3 lead in the second quarter, things were looking good for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. That was until they utterly collapsed in the second half, where Joe Burrow led the Cincinnati Bengals to 24 consecutive points to take the lead. While the Chiefs were able to tie the game right at the end of regulation and won the coin toss, it was a Mahomes interception and a field goal from Evan McPherson that sealed their fate and a stunning trip to Super Bowl LVI for the Bengals.
On Saturday, we heard the news that set the entire NFL community ablaze, when it was reported that Tom Brady would be retiring after this last season that ended last week for him. Many showed love to the football GOAT, whose career is beyond legendary in the sport. However, many were confused when AP News reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heard from Brady that he had not made such a decision yet. Now many are wondering: is Tom Brady retiring? Did he tell the Bucs that only because he would like to be the person that announces this himself? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.