There are only three games left in this wild NFL season.
Through all the ups and downs, starts and stops due to COVID-19, we have two excellent clashes left in the conference championship round. The winners will advance to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Fla. On February 7.
There are countless great storylines for the AFC and NFC Championship games, like two young quarterback stars going head to head on the AFC side (if Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes can play after sustaining an injury) and two legendary NFC quarterbacks trying to get back to a Super Bowl. We should be in three more phenomenal clashes before we head into the offseason.
The two conference championship games are on Sunday and the times shown are Eastern:
NFC Championship: No.5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-5) to No.1 Green Bay Packers (14-3), 3:05 p.m. on Fox
Aaron Rodgers had wanted an NFC home game for a while. He finally got it.
The Packers won the NFC seed and beat the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round to advance to the conference title game. With another win, Rodgers will make his first Super Bowl since the 2010 season. He has had a terrific season that will most likely end with his third MVP award. The Packers ‘offense was sensational against the Rams’ best defense on Saturday, racking up 484 yards in a 32-18 win.
He will face Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. A Brady vs. Rodgers matchup in a Super Bowl has always been a dream when Brady was with the New England Patriots, and we’ll finally have a head-to-head high-stakes playoff game. The Buccaneers advanced to the NFC Championship game with a 30-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Surprisingly, this is Brady’s 14th Conference Championship game, an incredible story for 43-year-old Brady.
The Packers and Buccaneers met during the regular season. The Buccaneers won this game 38-10.
AFC Championship: No.2 Buffalo Bills (15-3) to No.1 Kansas City Chiefs (15-2), 6:40 p.m. on CBS
Two young quarterback stars with strong weapons will face off for last place in Super Bowl LV. Assuming Patrick Mahomes can return for the game.
Mahomes left Kansas City’s 22-17 division-round victory over the Cleveland Browns due to injury. He stood up after being hit and was unsteady. He was assessed for a concussion and ruled out, although Andy Reid did not say Mahomes suffered a concussion. Mahomes’ status will be a big story in the week leading up to the game.
Mahomes is perhaps the biggest star in the NFL. He has an MVP award, a Super Bowl MVP, and a ring and is universally regarded as the best player in the game, especially since he’s only played four seasons and has many years to come.
Josh Allen has joined the elite level this season. The Bills’ third-year quarterback had a huge breakthrough, and he could end up getting more MVP votes than Mahomes (although Rodgers is seen as a virtual lock to take home the award).
The Bills and Chiefs are more than their quarterbacks. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are superstar pass hunters for Kansas City. Stefon Diggs, acquired in an off-season trade by the Bills, led the NFL in catches and receiving yards. The Bills defense had a fantastic game limiting Lamar Jackson in a 17-3 division-round victory over the Baltimore Ravens, but slowing down the Chiefs will be a huge challenge.
This is the third consecutive AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs. The last time the Bills played in the AFC title game was the end of the 1993 season and they beat a Chiefs team led by Joe Montana.
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