Whether you consider it three weeks late or 49 weeks early, the best Christmas gift for that true football fan in your life (and/or in the mirror) has arrived: The NFL Divisional Round.
Last weekend's wild-card games -- or two of 'em -- provided plenty of melodramatic excitement, but make no mistake: This Saturday & Sunday offer 10 stockings' worth of storylines, focused primarily on the eponymous fellas in this Quarterback League.
While adhering to Rocky Balboa's creed -- "Age before beauty" -- we now consider what winning the next three games would do for these field generals:
BIG BEN: Whether you like it or not, three rings/four SB appearances in 12 seasons would make him -- at worst -- the third-best QB of the last half-century.
DANGERUSS: Give the defense and Beast Mode their due, but two rings/three SB appearances in his first four years would be positively Brady-esque.
WARNING: Do NOT continue reading if you don't want to know how the divisional-round games are gonna turn out.
(3-1 last week, 163-97 on the season)
For the record: I'm setting aside my preseason Super Bowl pick of Chiefs v Seahawks in favor of what my ample gut is telling me.
C. West: 70 yds, TD
R. Gronkowski: 80 yds, TD
GB Off: 3 turnovers
M. Floyd: 115 yds, TD
D. Baldwin: 20-yd TD rec
C. Newton: 370 combined pass/rush yds, TD
W. Gay: 40-yd TD INT
E. Sanders: 90 yds, TD
Enjoy the Divisional Round! I hope your team wins (unless they're playing my team).