In a season that saw one of the highest scoring teams in league history fail to make the playoffs and one of the league's lowest scoring teams make a Conference championship game, it felt like the postseason would continue to be paved with uncertainty.
But in retrospect, it seems like this was the only way this season could end.
After a season of twists and turns, the league's two highest scoring teams will square off with a championship on the line as the AFC Champion Buddies will do battle against the NFC Champion Mallards in Super Bowl XXVII.
For the Buddies, they arrive on the brink of a championship the same way they've done it all season: by trouncing their opponents. The Buddies boasted an average margin of victory of more than 25 points this season and continued that trend right into the NFC Championship by thrashing the upstart Thugs to the tune of an easy 40-point victory behind a pair of touchdowns from Patrick Mahomes to Tyreek Hill. The back-to-back AFC Champions will now attempt to finish what they couldn't last season by claiming their first championship in 14 years.
For the Mallards, it took another NFC thriller to deliver their second trip to the Super Bowl. After the Chickens outlasted the White Guys last week in the league's highest scoring game of all-time that saw 19 total TDs scored, the Mallards and Chickens combined for 16 TDs in the follow-up. Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Drew Brees accounted for eight of those TDs and despite Brees' heroics on Monday Night that brought the Chickens within a touchdown of forcing a tie, kicker Will Lutz (10 points) was the difference maker as Mallards owner Steve Dugas' attention to special teams paid off in a huge way. The Mallards now have their second shot at bringing home their first championship in team history.
With that, the scene is set and it shapes up to be one of the best Super Bowl match-ups of all-time as two teams that scored 700+ points on the season go head-to-head for the first time this year. Can Mahomes and company finish the job or will an injury-riddled Mallards team bring home their first championship?
We'll find out soon enough as Super Bowl XXVII kicks off this weekend!