The night before the 2009 NFL draft, a text flashed across Matthew Stafford’s cell phone. It was Mark Sanchez, who was holed up with some friends at a dive bar in Manhattan. Sanchez wanted Stafford and his crowd to join them.
When pro football fans these days think of NFL teams in Houston, Denver, Detroit and San Francisco, they rarely think, in the immortal screech of Jim Mora, “Playoffs?!” After wandering in the playoff desert for a combined 37 seasons, those franchises are eager to quench their fans’ postseason thirst.