This week is the one of the biggest weeks of the year. Four teams remain but only two can punch their ticket to Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay. On the NFC side the Buccaneers and the Packers are led by future Hall of Fame QBs Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers respectively. Each player is looking to add to their already illustrious careers. On the AFC side you have the Bills and the Chiefs. These teams are led by Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes respectively. Mahomes and Allen have been starters for just three seasons. But both players are young and upcoming stars looking to build up their legacies. First we will start with the matchup between the NFC’s surefire Hall of Fame QB duo.
Buccaneers at Packers: NFC Championship; 3:05 P.M (FOX):
Predictions: Packers over Buccaneers
Earlier this year Green Bay traveled to Tampa and went back home reeling from a 38-10 blowout loss. Green Bay took the lead early 10-0 looking like they were going to run away with it. But Rodgers threw an ill advised pick-6 to cut their lead to 10-7. Then on the next drive Rodgers threw another interception that was nearly another pick-6. The Bucs offense cashed in and took the lead 14-10. After that it was tough sledding for Green bay as Rodgers would be under constant duress by the Buccaneers defense. The Buccaneers also ran the ball well behind Ronald Jones who had 23 carries, for 113 yards, 2 touchdowns. If Green Bay wants to win this time around they will have to first avoid the turnovers and do a much better job against Tampa Bay’s blitzes. I believe that the Packers will win this game. Green Bay will not have to go on the road this time around and they will have the advantage there. I believe that the Packers will do a better job of protecting Rodgers. The Packers have one of the best offensive lines in football. Even though they played poorly the last time they played Tampa, I believe they will be more prepared this time.
Bills at Chiefs: AFC Championship; 6:40 PM (CBS, ESPN)
Prediction: Chiefs over Bills
The Bills travel to Kansas City coming off two home playoff wins. Overall the Bills have won 11 of their last twelve games and look to add another win this week. Kansas City comes into the game with some great news. After Patrick Mahomes left last week's game with a concussion, Mahomes was cleared to play this weekend. Last time these teams played the Chiefs won 26-17. Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran wild for 161 yards and kept the Bills off the field. Edwards-Helaire though has not played since December 20th because of a sprained ankle. CEH is expected to play in the championship game, but the Chiefs may not want to give him a heavy workload after not playing football in over a month/ So I would not be surprised if they leaned on Mahomes’ arm to win this week. The Bills won their two playoff games in different ways. The first was an offensive show with the offense putting up 27 points and Josh Allen scoring three total touchdowns over the Colts. In their win over Baltimore, the Bills defense stifled a Ravens ground attack that had been dominant coming in, holding them to only 3 points. If the Bills are going to win this game Allen will have to come up big. The Chiefs offense is tough to stop since they can score so quickly. But, Allen has a team that can match up with them offensively. With receivers Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, John Brown, and Gabriel Davis the team should have no issues scoring. In the end I believe the Chiefs will win in a shootout. I believe both QBs will play great and the score will end up in the thirties for both sides. In the end I believe Kansas City will do a little more and advance to the Super Bowl.