Gaelic Gridiron’s Festive Football Guide 2022

The festive period is upon us once again, and while the days are growing shorter we are well and truly getting towards the business end of the NFL season. Which means more football! The playoff picture is taking shape and potential Superbowl matchups are beginning to emerge. Can the upstart eagles claim a second title or will Tua take his first Lombardi? 

The best thing about football in December, is there’s more of it. Even on Christmas!

Remember when we actually spent time with our families at Christmas? Well, you can forget about it this year! There are a grand total of 15 NFL games being played over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephens Day(the full schedule is available here)  The Eagles Vs The Cowboys and The Giants Vs The Vikings are the clear highlights of the Christmas eve slate of games, and are conveniently timed for you to light the fire and pour a hot chocolate or a whiskey , depending on your proclivities! What better way to spend the night before Christmas than cozied up watching some football? Philadelphia and Minnesota look to be on a course for an NFC Championship clash, and what better gift for Eagles fans than beating the hated Cowboys on Christmas? Another good Christmas Eve NFL matchup is San Francisco Vs Washington at 9pm. Both teams are very much still in playoff contention and will be looking to finish the holiday season with a strong win.

Christmas Day itself brings a special triple header schedule of NFL games, with the Packers travelling to Miami, Denver in Los Angeles, and Tampa Bay squaring off against Arizona. The first game on this line up is likely to be the best of the bunch and kicks off just as most people will be finishing their Christmas dinner. 2022 could well be the end of Aaron Rodgers’ time in Green Bay, so watch him play while you can! The Packers currently sit at 4-8 and it would take a Christmas miracle to get A Rod a second Superbowl title.

If this feast of festive football isn’t enough to satisfy you, there’s also sled load of college football bowl games taking place over Christmas and into the New Year. Bowl season gets rolling in earnest on December 27th, but for the good games you’ll have to wait until the 30th when the so called “New Year’s Six” games get underway. The final college football playoff rankings will be released this weekend, determining which teams will compete for the coveted national championship in January. The full college football bowl schedule can be seen here.

Whatever your plans are this Christmas, there’s no shortage of American football games for you to watch. So, throw on your Ugly NFL Christmas jumper, put the feet up and enjoy!

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