For the first time like ever in the NFL, there was a Monday night football game in the NFL Wild Card Round. The Los Angeles Rams demolished the Arizona Cardinals by a final score of 34-11.
It wasn’t even that close and this football game was a complete snoozefest. Matthew Stafford won his first career playoff game ever for the Rams after being with the Detroit Lions for so many years.
However, having a Monday night football game felt completely unnecessary, to begin with. The NFL gets what they deserve for having a playoff game on a Monday night, a complete blowout. Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, doesn’t care because he got his money’s worth from TV ratings and other things. It is a multimillion billion-dollar business at the end of the day, but I hope we don’t have to deal with Monday night football in the playoffs next year.
It gives teams one less day to prepare and if the Tampan Bay Buccaneers played on Saturday instead of Sunday, it would be two fewer days to prepare. I was already critical of the playoff format on Monday. However, if you want to keep this format then that’s fine by me. But do not ever schedule a Monday night football game in the NFL Playoffs ever again.
For now, it seemed like it was only for this year. Everyone probably turned off the game when the Los Angeles Rams made it 28-0 in the third quarter over the Arizona Cardinals. Remember the phrase, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Well the NFL broke it and they need to fix its playoff schedule for the Super Wild Card Round for next year.
I get it that no one is perfect and that blowouts in the NFL postseason happen, but there is no need to water down the product and stretch it out. The NFL Divisional Round should be much better and I don’t think blowouts will really happen, but who knows anymore. Anything can happen at this time of year, but having an extra night of football might please the fanbase but we can be real about this? This didn’t work out and hopefully, they won’t try it ever again.
-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports
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