CELEBRATING NFL FANS
From their varied and impressive uses of face paint to their feathery and colorful head dresses, the Cardinals fans know how to flex their creative muscles to show their support. A single glance into the stands at University of Phoenix Stadium will make you feel bad for your inability to stay within the lines in a coloring book. It seems with each passing week, the fans get more and more creative in their approach to gameday attire.
Falcons fans had an exciting start to their season as they rallied around quarterback Matt Ryan and won game after game each week, remaining undefeated until week 10 and finishing the regular season 13-3, tied with the Broncos for the best record this season. Falcons fans also cheered their team to an NFC South crown, clinching the 5th division title in franchise history.
The Ravens should really be thanking their fans. The Baltimore team has the league's biggest differential between home and road winning percentage over the past decade, officially giving them the biggest home field advantage in the NFL. This season was no different, with the Ravens clinching a 6-2 record in Baltimore,and taking home the AFC North title with an overall 10-6 record.
Despite having to face some of the coldest temperatures and longest current playoff drought in the NFL, Bills fans never falter in support of their team. They are well known for their tailgating enthusiasm and continue to turn out, including the last (and coldest) game of this season when their team had no shot at making the playoffs. With support like this, the Bills should only be moving up in 2013 and beyond.
Their trademark face-painted whiskers only add to the big smiles on Carolina Panthers fans. And who wouldn’t be smiling when they have young superstars like Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly on both sides of the ball (and come on, Cam’s got a pretty great smile himself)? They may have missed the playoffs this season, but Panthers fans will likely keep smiling in years to come.
When it comes to the good old days of the NFL, few teams ring with as much history as the Chicago Bears. And their fans know and respect it. The “Monsters of the Midway” were a fearsome force back in the 1940s, and the most successful Bears teams since then have embodied that spirit. The 1985 Super Bowl champions and the Bears teams of the aughts have all been predicated on great defense. Chicago fans pride themselves on their defensive prowess and attitude just as much as their teams.
Bengals fans have been wishing for years for a chance to return to relevancy in the NFL, and last season they found it when they drafted A.J. Green and Andy Dalton in the first and second rounds of the NFL draft. The duo lead them to a playoff appearance last year, and secured a trip in 2012 as well. That’s the first time the Bengals have gone to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since 1981-1982, six years before A.J. Green was born.
The Dawg Pound played a part in elevating their team above their biggest rivals this season, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns had lost 21 of their last 23 against Pittsburgh, but the Dawg Pound put another notch in their victory belt this season with a 20-14 victory in Cleveland during Week 12.