Well 2016 has come and gone, and with it, the 2016 NFL regular season has also come to a close.

    Well 2016 has come and gone, and with it, the 2016 NFL regular season has also come to a close.         

    Unfortunately for many in Minnesota, the once promising Vikings will be watching the postseason from home after losing 8 of their last 11 games.

    Luckily, even if you are a Vikings fan, it will still be a must-watch postseason.     

    The playoffs will include the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Detroit Lions from the NFC, with the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, and Miami Dolphins battling for supremacy in the AFC.

    Some players to watch for in the playoffs include:

    • Tom Brady, Quarterback- The New England Patriots quarterback is looking to win the Super Bowl for the 5th time in his illustrious career after a 14-2 regular season. This would put him past Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana for the most wins by an NFL quarterback and tie him with Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley for the most Super Bowl wins all time.

    • Dak Prescott, Quarterback and Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back- The Dallas Cowboys pair of star rookies have given them new life this year leading the team to a 13-3 record after finishing 4-12 last year. Although the Cowboys have been a great team this year, a rookie starting quarterback has never made it to a Super Bowl so the Cowboys will be looking to change that.

    • Tyreek Hill, Wide Receiver/ Returner- Another rookie, Tyreek Hill has been electrifying this year for the 12-4 Kansas City Chiefs. Hill has been a jack-of-all-trades scoring 6 receiving touchdowns, 3 rushing touchdowns, 1 kickoff return touchdown, and 2 punt return touchdowns. Hill could be the ultimate X-Factor in the playoffs as he could break off a long touchdown at any point in a game.

    • Julio Jones, Wide Receiver- Jones has been injured lately but if healthy could make the claim as the best in the league. In a game against the Panthers earlier this season Jones had over 300 yards receiving, becoming only the 6th player ever to do so in a single game. At 11-5, the Falcons will get a bye week before they play, giving Jones a chance to rest up and prepare to help Atlanta make a run.

    • Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback- At one point in the season, the Green Bay Packers were 4-6 and looked as though they may miss the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers was quoted after their 6th loss saying “I think we can run the table.” The Packers won out and are in the playoffs at 10-6. In the last 6 games, Rodgers has thrown for 18 touchdowns and no interceptions.  If he is able to keep this up, the Packers could be a threat to anybody come playoffs.

    • Honorable mentions include-RB Le’Veon Bell, RB Jay Ajayi, QB Russell Wilson, WR Odell Beckham Jr, DE Khalil Mack, QB Matthew Stafford, and  RB Lamar Miller.

    Halos is enrolled in Kristi Swanson’s communications and broadcasting course at CHS.