-- To those of you who still argue that it has no effect, you just saw exhibit A. What were the two things in that first half that we usually do well, but just couldn't do at all? Block and tackle, and they are coincidently the two most physical aspects of a football game. It is hard to smash heads when your body says it's 10:15am. I don't want to hear the excuses about how the playoff schedule is set in advance. So is the NFL schedule, but they make adjustments to protect those east coast teams from flying west. Basically they are saying that an east coast team can't fly east twice in a year to play at the same game time they often play at home, but it's fine for the west coast teams to fly east as many times as necessary, and play at an AM time they never do at home. Seems about right. It's not an excuse for losing the game, giving up 41 yards on two pass plays created that, just it's a fact that the NFL should at least acknowledge and a league.
-- But to the team, spectacular effort today to get that far down, and battle all the way back for a lead. On the road, early start, coming off a long travel week, playing a solid #1 seed, and NEVER quitting. There are not compliments strong enough for Wilson, and our other rookies will continue to improve. This team is pretty damn good already, and the arrow is pointing up. Gonzalez and Miller just proved today how difficult it is to handle good TEs. If Wags identifies that pass a split second earlier, maybe they never get that field goal off. Remember this pain you feel now, and unleash it on every opponent next year.
THANKS FOR AN AMAZING YEAR, HAWKS.