All professional sports leagues, even the powerhouse NFL, are fighting to keep television viewers engaged.
The best way to do that is to have an exciting product. The NFL delivered this past weekend.
Three of the four playoff games were decided by five points or less. The weekend started with last year’s NFC champions getting knocked off by Eagles back-up quarterback Nick Foles.
Both of Sunday’s games were interesting.
After being dominated early, the favoured Steelers fell just short in coming back against the Jaguars. Then there was the drama of the late game, as Saints defensive back Marcus Williams made a rookie mistake, allowing the home side to score on a 61 yard play, and a walk-off win in their home stadium.
Even New England’s domination of Tennessee adds to the intrigue of the conference championships.
The AFC and NFC championship games have a lot of live up to, but after the events of this past weekend, football fans won’t dare miss them.