The New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks played the NFC title game on Sunday, and both teams scored at least 30 points in their respective games.
The New York Times reported that while the ratings for both teams dropped slightly, the Seahawks had an advantage due to the presence of two of the biggest stars on the roster, Michael Bennett and Derrick Henry.
In the first quarter, Bennett caught a pass from Henry for a 17-yard touchdown run, and then Henry scored on a 13-yard run with 9:36 remaining in the second quarter.
Henry had one of the most memorable moments in Super Bowl history when he caught a touchdown pass from the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson and scored on an 89-yard bomb to the left sideline.
With the game tied 2-2 at halftime, the Giants rallied for a 34-28 win.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, lost 24-13 to the Packers.
Fox Sports reported that the Seahawks and Giants both had an edge in the NFC championship game because they had a bigger and better-known star on the team.
According to the Times, the game showed how the Seahawks are a bigger brand and a better-respected brand in the NFL than the Giants.
Despite having a larger market, the team that plays in the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots, is not considered a household name.
Even though the Seahawks were favored in the game, they still had to face off against a team that was not even in the postseason in the first place.
For the Giants, the matchup against the Patriots was crucial.
They played the San Francisco 49ers in the AFC Championship Game last season and beat them in the championship game by a combined score of 21-13.
If they lose this time around, they will be on the outside looking in for the Super League championship game against the Broncos on Feb. 6.