It is believed that Drew Breeze wasted his recovery from injury. The quarterback failed his games against the Chiefs and the Vikings without even remotely resembling himself. However, the previous match, in the final 17th week of the regular season, against the Carolina Panthers, should have given hope to the fans of the Louisiana team. Breeze looked great – made 22 of 32, threw 201 yards and 3 touchdowns without making any interceptions. The Saints won 33-7, finishing the championship with 12-4, in first place in the NFC South division and second in the entire conference.
The Bears would not have made it into the postseason if it hadn’t been for the increase in entrants. Matt Nagee’s squad finished the regular season 8-8, becoming the worst NFC conference team out of all but of course the Eastern Division to make it to the playoffs. The final week of the championship, the derby against the Green Bay Packers, was the quintessence of the Illinois team’s season. The Packers left Chicago no chance – 35:16. Quarterback Mitch Trubicki has once again demonstrated that he is not a playoff player – although not bad accuracy 33 out of 42, but not a single touchdown and interception. The team’s only touchdown in a match is a 2-yard clearance from running back David Montgomery.