Re: How important is "momentum" in the NFL Playoffs?
I found the portion of the Player X column I was talking about
Player X is a concept running throughout the 2009-10 NFL season in ESPN The Magazine; essentially, it's an NFL star contributing his thoughts on the world of sports anonymously. This specific column appears in the January 11 issue of ESPN The Magazine. For a more detailed archive of these entries, please click here.
I've been to the playoffs, far into the playoffs. And you don't have success in the postseason without learning a few tricks. For the fans and players who are afraid to ask, here are my 10 lessons to help with the winning in January.
1. Rest means rust. If you've clinched a playoff spot early, it's tempting to take off a game or two. But if I were a coach, I'd never do that. Let's say you sit your big guns in Week 17 and have a first-round bye -- it takes a quarter to rub off that two weeks of rust. In the playoffs, you don't have a quarter to go searching for your rhythm. Either you have it coming in or you'll never find it.
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