Previewing the NFL’s conference Championships

By J.D. McKay

The most exciting weeks of the NFL season have come, and some parts are the same. The Patriots are in the AFC Championship game for the eighth straight time, and Drew Brees is leading the Saints deep into the playoffs again. However, some things have changed. The Chiefs unfortunately did not blow a lead in the second half of a playoff game, and the Rams are actually good for the first time in my life.

The NFC Championship game is on Sunday at 3:05. The Saints will beat the Rams at home to send Brees to his second Super Bowl. The Rams have a very good rushing game, which is the main reason they beat the Cowboys last week. They also have a solid defense led by defensive tackle Aaron Donald who can get after the quarterback and is incredibly quick. However, the Superdome gives the Saints the best home field advantage in the NFL. It can make opposing offenses struggle to communicate and can contribute to false start penalties that can stall an offense. Plus, the Saints have Brees, one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, and potentially the best running back duo in the NFL. Final Score: Saints 23, Rams 17

The AFC Championship game is the late game, starting at 6:40. The Patriots, who, as I said above, have been in the conference championship for the past eight years (which might be the most impressive sports record I have ever heard) are playing the Chiefs. The Patriots are led by Tom Brady who is oldest non-kicker in the NFL but is still one of the best QBs in the NFL. However, Brady will not be able to overcome the Chiefs’ home field advantage or their young QB Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs’ defense showed against Andrew Luck last week that that they can be one of the best defenses in the NFL, and they could give a much less mobile QB in Brady some issues in the pocket. The Patriots’ defense will also be no match for Mahomes and the rest of the dynamic Chiefs’ offense, who scored 40 points when the played in Week 6 of this season.  Final Score: Chiefs 45, Patriots 31

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