As I thaw from the weekend in "chill-a-delphia" some observations come into focus. First off who knew a "polar vortex" wasn't something you bought during a post-Christmas sale at Eddie Bauer.
Who knew the homefield advantage would mean so little in the wild card round of the playoffs. Three of the four visitors including both number six seeds won and the fourth -- Kansas City -- should have.
The Bengals -- the only home unbeaten team that gets a chance to host during wild card weekend -- loses to the San Diego Chargers by 17 points.
The last four years the team that has won the Super Bowl was the opponent of the Philadelphia Eagles in the Eagles' home opener. That began with the Saints in 2009. This season the Eagles opened at home against the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers -- who have never won a Super Bowl -- are the longest shot in the playoff field to do so this time at 50 to 1.
You talk about a "dark horse." Oh by the way in the Chinese Zodiac the New Year begins on January 31st, two days before the Super Bowl. According to the Chinese Zodiac, this is the "year of the horse." ....dark horse?
You'd have to consider the Saints one at 30 to 1 playing on the road this Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks, the odds-on favorite to win it all. But the last number one seed as Seattle is to make it to the Super Bowl was the 2009 New Orleans Saints. And we all know how that turned out.
My point -- and I do have one -- is that the only thing you can truly expect in the playoffs is the unexpected. Certainly the Eagles didn't expect to lose to the visiting Saints Saturday night in the way that they lose it...failing to run the ball against the Saints...failing to stop the Saints' running game.
It's what makes the postseason so fascinating.
And is it just me or does Eagle quarterback Nick Foles look a little like rocker Tom Petty? So wouldn't it just be appropriate that he and the Eagles would lose a heartbreaker?