The NFL No. 1 and 2 seeds from both conferences advance to the conference finals. That’s the way it should be, right? The four best teams battling it out on the gridiron with the winners headed to the Super Bowl.
The AFC Championship will have the New England Patriots flying into Kansas City to play the Chiefs. The game has a 6:40 p.m. kickoff Sunday. The NFC Championship will see the L.A. Rams flying into New Orleans to play the Saints with a 3:05 p.m. kickoff scheduled.
How did these four teams advance to the championships, you ask? Let’s stay in the AFC, as the Chiefs routed the redhot Indianapolis Colts. The Colts’ offense could do absolutely nothing against the Chiefs. I guess you could say the Andrew “Luck” ran out this season.
The man, Tom Brady, love him or hate him (yes, many hate him) demolished the L.A. Chargers on Sunday. The Chargers were totally embarrassed and one could say the voltage was dead on the Chargers’ football team. The Patriots showed why they are the Patriots every year at home in the playoffs, looking almost invincible. It’s crazy, actually, what they do year in and year out.
The NFC had the Rams running all over the Dallas defense, which was quite shocking to me. The play of Dak Prescott, quarterback of the Cowboys, was terrible with him missing numerous throws to open receivers.
The defending Super Bowl champs, Philadelphia Eagles, were eliminated by the New Orleans Saints. The Eagles jumped out early and were totally inept the rest of the football game. The Saints rallied and it was a great game to watch. The best one of the weekend, actually.
Let’s pick the two winners who will play for the Super Bowl in a couple of weeks. I did go 3-1 last week after going 1-3 the week before. I’m dumber than a football bat, but even I know that makes me .500! Here we go:
The NFC has a regular-season rematch of a game the Saints won by 10 over the Rams. This game has the potential to be an instant classic with plenty of fireworks offensively. The Saints have all-everything Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas, who torched the Rams in the first meeting. The Rams will need Jared Goff to step up his play in order to win. The running back tandem of Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson will need to churn out some yards against the Saints’ defense.
The Rams coach, Sean McVay, cannot afford to fall in love with Goff passing it and go away from the running game. He has a tendency to abandon the run and it will cause him to lose this game if he does. The Rams’ pass defense is improved with Aqib Talib back from injury. The Saints need to account for Aaron Donald and keep him out of Drew Bree’s face.
This game will be as good as advertised and here is the big prediction: Saints March To Super Bowl 34 and Just A Rams Hair Short 31.
The Patriots and Chiefs are also a regular-season rematch and a game the Patriots won on a last-second field goal. New England is headed to its eighth-straight AFC title game. Wow to that, I say! The Patriots are only 1-4 on the road in playoff games since 2005. They also were only 3-5 on the road this season. The Patriots loved home cooking this season going 9-0 and only trailing for seven minutes all season! Another huge WOW! Tom Brady is the GOAT and he will give the Chiefs’ defense fits.
Kansas City defeated the home field demons and looks for two in a row at home. The exciting Patrick Mahomes leads the Kansas City offense and can put up points faster than I can down four hamburgers and two fries. The speed of Tyreek Hill is scary to opposing defenses, especially an old and slow Patriots’ defense. We also know how good tight end Travis Kelce is for the Chiefs. The Chiefs’ defense is horrible and Tom Brady will exploit it. The prediction: Mahomes No Go Home 34 and Pats More Road Woes 30. firstname.lastname@example.org