Wade Phillips is no stranger to coaching against dynasty teams and Hall of Fame quarterbacks with a Super Bowl on the line or in the Super Bowl.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were the team of the 1970s, the San Francisco 49ers were the team of the 1980s and the New England Patriots are the team of this era.
And they had all Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana and now Tom Brady.
And Phillips coached against all three.
He was a young coach working for his father in 1978-79 when the Houston Oilers lost to the Steelers in back-to-back AFC title games. Five of the Steelers’ 11 offensive starters made the Hall of Fame.
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It is often said that most football games come down to just a half dozen plays.
The conference title games Sunday came down to fewer than that. Each game was decided by one play.
New Orleans would have beaten the Los Angeles Rams if the officials had called the Rams for pass interference. And Kansas City would have beaten New England if Dee Ford hadn’t lined up offsides.
And then we could have a KC-New Orleans Super Bowl.
And think of how many legacies were changed because of those two plays.
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Five quick takes on the NFL conference title games:
1. The coaching matchup in the Patriots-Chiefs game favors Bill Belichick, who is 29-11 in the playoffs while Reid is 12-13. In their only previous playoff meeting in the Super Bowl after the 2004 season, the Eagles were down 10 points in the fourth quarter and didn’t go to the hurry up offense. They scored a touchdown but virtually ran out their own clock and lost by three. This time, though, Reid is favored at home.
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Five quick takes looking back on the divisional round of the NFL playoffs:
1. Run the ball and stop the run. It seems so old fashioned in this passing era, but the four winners had a huge edge in rushing yardage. The Rams had a 273-50 margin, New England 155-19, the Chiefs 180-87 and the Saints 137-49.
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