It’s finish time.
Finishing is one of the key philosophies we emphasize around here, from offseason training to midweek practices to Sunday games. It’s all about doing things right longer than the other guys, and it’s going to be a key factor in determining how the rest of our season plays out.
We’re 4-4 at the midpoint, and our record so far is a direct indication of how well we finished in each of those games. In all of our wins, we finished strong — the Green Bay and New England games stand out in that regard with thrilling conclusions to those victories. But in our losses, we failed to finish right — we lost a late lead in our game against Detroit this weekend and couldn’t mount a comeback in San Francisco, St. Louis or Arizona.
But none of that matters now. It’s what we do now that counts. And what we do now is all about finishing. Fortunately, we finished our last two seasons on strong notes, so we’ve got that experience to feed off of. In 2010, we won a division title in the last game of the season before defeating the Saints in the opening round of the playoffs. Then last year, we won 5 of 6 after the halfway point, showing that it doesn’t matter how you start, but only how you finish.
So the challenge is set before us. Can we do things right longer than the other guys and finish this season on a strong note? If you want to be a champion, you have to do just that.
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