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The inaugural Super Bowl held in Las Vegas had everything NFL scriptwriters could’ve desired.
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (14-6) hope to become the first repeat champions since 1992 by winning three Super Bowl championships in five years – which would cement them as a potential dynasty.
Brock Purdy is making history, having come back from injury and leading his San Francisco 49ers (14-5) towards their sixth Super Bowl championship since 1991, which would tie him with Pro Football Hall-of-Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young in terms of Pro Football Hall-of-Famer recognition.
Of course, New Orleans brings its own set of attractions; hosting the Super Bowl here would once have been considered unthinkable by NFL.
Have we mentioned Taylor Swift yet?
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Halftime entertainment went from marching bands to megastars on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium’s halftime show, as Grammy-winning superstar Taylor Swift arrives just in time to see Travis Kelce try for another ring he wants so badly. Swift will likely fly in from Japan following her concert performance there on Saturday for Sunday’s game at Allegiant Stadium.
Kelce, the four-time All-Pro tight end, remains focused on minimizing any distractions this week as he fields numerous inquiries regarding Swift and their romantic relationship that has captured millions and gained him new fans of football.
“Show up every day thinking more about the present than planning for the future,” Kelce advised. “Of course, it is necessary to plan for what lies ahead but trying not to dwell too heavily on past performance is paramount… We wouldn’t compare what we did last year to this year – every year is its own journey!”
AFC Championship Game Results: #3 Kansas City Chiefs 17, #1 Baltimore Ravens 10.
Kansas City Chiefs have been the dominant team of this decade in the NFL so far, participating in three out of the last four Super Bowls while winning two of them. However, they have yet to appear like champions this season, leading the league in dropped passes and struggling on offense. What saved them was an exceptional defense which picked up where their offense left off. The Ravens, on the other hand, are coming off of an impressive second-half performance against the Texans and have advanced to host this AFC championship game for the first time since 1970. Patrick Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce early to give Kansas City an early seven-point advantage. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens responded quickly with their own touchdown score as Lamar would throw an improvised 30-yard pass to Zay Flowers to tie up the contest. The second quarter belonged to the Chiefs as they outshone Baltimore 10-0 thanks to Isiah Pacheco’s touchdown run and Harrison Butker’s 52-yard field goal to take an 18-7 advantage into halftime. Second half was all Ravens: costly red zone turnovers doomed them as Zay Flowers fumbled the ball lunging for goal line, then later Lamar Jackson threw a triple-covered end zone interception to seal their fate. Baltimore would try for a late field goal but their efforts would prove futile; Patrick Mahomes will now represent his AFC title at Super Bowl LIII with Kansas City after they triumphantly defeat Baltimore 17-10.
NFC Championship Game Results: #1 San Fransisco 49ers 34, #3 Detroit Lions 31
The San Francisco 49ers have been the class of the National Football Conference this season and in this postseason they’re taking advantage of all that remains from NFC North to get to them; after Packers battled them to a draw and now resurgent Lions were ready to give it all they had against them. As for the Lions, once considered the laughingstock of the league, they have come a long way and now show no mercy in games such as this one. Their first-half performance illustrated this perfectly. Detroit quickly took advantage of their power running game to edge past San Francisco 24-7 thanks to Jameson Williams, David Montgomery, and Jahmyr Gibbs all reaching the endzone. In the second half, the 49ers found some momentum that quickly turned into an unstoppable onslaught due to some fantastic play by Niners players and some questionable 4th down decisions by Lions coach Dan Campbell. San Fransisco used a 27-7 scoring run to close out their victory. Brandon Aiyuk, Christian McCaffrey and Elijah Mitchell all found their way into the endzone to put San Francisco ahead 34-24. Jared Goff connected with Jameson Williams late for the Lions to make it three point game but that would be as close as they got. Meanwhile, San Francisco are searching for their first championship since 1981 against Kansas City who beat them four years earlier in Miami.
Once we reach Week 13 and 14, NFL’s four remaining final four – Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, reigning champ Kansas City Chiefs, and upstart Detroit Lions – have had 17 regular-season games and two weeks of postseason play to come to fruition.
AFC: Baltimore’s 13-4 regular season record and win of AFC North earned them the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye, and they looked refreshed during their 34-10 Divisional Round victory against No. 4 Houston Texans. Now standing between them and conference gridiron glory are No. 3 Kansas City Chiefs.
Kansas City finished their regular season at 11-6 (their worst record since 2017) but defeated Miami 26-7 during Super Wild Card Weekend and then survived against Buffalo Bills 27-24 on last Sunday to advance.NFC: The 49ers earned the top seed and first-round bye in their conference with a 12-5 record and first-round bye, but their opening postseason game proved thrilling despite third-quarter comeback attempts by Green Bay Packers for a 24-21 Divisional Round win.
San Francisco will face off against the No. 3 Detroit Lions, who won a division championship for the first time since 1993 with their 12-5 record and matching 24-23 Wild Card win against LA Rams before defeating No. 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 in Divisional Round.
AFC Game of the Week: No. 3 Chiefs at No. 2 Bills (-2.5, 46 Over/Under).Sunday 6:30 p.m. ET/ CBSThe Chiefs defense made an impressionful showing against their first playoff foe last weekend but their offense struggled as they fell 20-17 in Week 14. Patrick Mahomes will face his first true road playoff challenge and should receive assistance from his power running game and other areas of playmaking on defense.
Mahomes will remain effective and stay efficient against the Bills by forcing them to stop both Rashee Rice and Travis Kelce, with Isiah Pacheco exerting pressure against their pass rush. James Cook should remain as their primary target while Josh Allen could be pressured into some key giveaways that Mahomes won’t make.
NFC Game of the Week: No. 7 Packers at No. 1 49ers (-10, 50-0.5 total points) on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET and Fox
Green Bay made big defensive plays against Dallas to build on their early offensive start by Jordan Love. Dallas struggled in terms of effort and focus, which Green Bay took advantage of by adopting an aggressive strategy – something San Francisco won’t make the same mistake of underestimating.
The 49ers will have great success running with a revitalized Christian McCaffrey on offense and an arsenal that includes Brandon Aiyuk, George Kittle and Deebo Samuel that can stretch the Packers defense vertically and horizontally with Brock Purdy playing well off of the run. Love won’t see nearly as many benefits from Aaron Jones against them and instead will need to deal with stronger overall pass rush and tighter intermediate coverage than was available against Cowboys defenses.
No. 4 Texans will host No. 1 Ravens (-9.5, 45 Over/Under), Saturday at 4:30 PM ET/ABC (ESPN/ABC).
C.J. Stroud and the Texans have taken advantage of an offense designed to mirror that of 49ers’ quarterback Kyle Shanahan with lesser weapons. DeMeco Ryans is leading their defense alongside Will Anderson Jr. Unlike Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers who routinely produced big interceptions to ignite them in Week 1, Stroud can depend on run play alone to keep Houston competitive far better than in its debut against Baltimore in Week 1.
Lamar Jackson makes the difference by being adept at passing all over the field and finding holes in Texans zone defenses. Additionally, he can elude pressure with bursts downfield to boost limited traditional running game tempo. As Stroud faces plenty of Ravens pass rush led by former Texan Jadeveon Clowney late, they could potentially shut the door late on their run game advantage.
No. 4 Buccaneers visit No. 3 Lions (-6, 48.5 over/under).
On Sunday at 3 p.m. ET and NBC, the Buccaneers couldn’t generate much offense against the Lions at home in Week 6, losing 20-6 in Week 8. But they should be more competitive this time around with Baker Mayfield coming off his stellar performance against Eagles in passing game, Aidan Hutchinson and Lions pass rush being major issues to Mayfield making big plays happen; counterpart Jared Goff should benefit more from an efficient rushing attack as well.
Four teams competing in this year’s NFL playoffs have yet to win a Super Bowl championship.
Buffalo is the only team that has appeared in four Super Bowls; Houston, Cleveland and Detroit all established winning cultures this season.
Which team stands the best chance at making a run at winning this year?
Houston and Cleveland will open up wild-card weekend. Houston boasts rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud, who led them into the postseason with two victories over their final two weeks, while Joe Flacco led Cleveland’s offense by passing for 300 yards four consecutive victories before Week 18. Flacco won Super Bowl XLVII while playing with Baltimore Ravens.
Detroit is back in the playoffs since January 5, 1992! Former Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will lead his current club into Ford Field and give them their best shot at breaking through in the NFC. It marks an historic moment.
Wild-card weekend promises more excitement. Will the Dolphins defeat the Chiefs, or can the Bills continue their streak against the Steelers, or can the Eagles snap out of their slump against Buccaneers? Plus there will be the Packers-Cowboys faceoff!
How many favorites will make it into the playoffs this wild-card weekend, and will home teams shine? Sporting News’ picks for wild-card weekend:
As this season has unfolded, many have been surprised at what lies in store: Buffalo Bills versus Miami Dolphins meeting for an AFC East title showdown in Week 18.
Some did not underestimate the Bills when they entered their bye week with a 6-6 record due to quarterback Josh Allen and his talent, yet others did write off Buffalo as they brought a four-game win streak into South Florida.
No one gave Miami much hope of winning in time, given their record against top teams. Miami can change this narrative by upsetting Buffalo (they are home underdogs, an example of public perception).
Rookie sensation C.J. Stroud will make his prime-time debut Saturday night when his Houston Texans face the Indianapolis Colts in a loser-goes-home game (technically, a tie can still open other paths to playoff glory.)
Week 18 won’t see as many crucial matchups, but the Jacksonville Jaguars need to beat the Tennessee Titans for AFC South supremacy, while the Green Bay Packers require a win against the Chicago Bears to make the postseason.
Bill Belichick may be coaching his last game as coach of the New England Patriots on September 13th. We couldn’t ignore that fact either!
Jets vs. BrownsWinner: Browns It was widely expected that Joe Flacco would start at some point this season for the Jets; instead he ended up going unemployed due to injuries.
Lions vs. Cowboys Winner: Cowboys I think this week could be their chance at victory against an upstart Lions defense, which could help set up their road victory streak against them.
Cardinals vs. Eagles Winner: Cardinals pull the upset!.
Falcons vs Bears Expect the Bears defense to dominate on offense quickly against an offense as lifeless as the Falcons’.
Winner: Rams in an easy win against an inconsistent Giants squad led by Matthew Stafford who deserves MVP considerations. They should easily take down this Giants squad.
Raiders vs Colts My pick: I believe that Oakland’s improved defense can make life difficult for Minshew and make life hard on him and company.
Dolphins vs. Ravens Winning Team: The Ravens have been playing well on both sides of the ball recently, and have one of the game’s premier quarterbacks in quarterback Joe Flacco at their disposal – so I am selecting them until it becomes evident otherwise.
Patriots vs. Bills I think that the Bills take this contest easily as they continue their winning ways.
Saints vs. Buccaneers Winner: Buccaneers* Tampa Bay has been playing great football recently and isn’t facing too many challenging teams like New Orleans in 2016.
49ers vs. Commanders Winning Side: 49ers And Brock Purdy scores his first win of 2019.
Titans vs TexansI expect C.J. Stroud to return and light up an otherwise lackluster Titans team.
Winner: Seattle Seahawks In the matchup between Steelers and Seahawks, it was clear who had an edge in quarterback play – it was Seahawks due to their superior quarterback play.
Bengals vs. ChiefsWinner: Chiefs The Chiefs can use this game against an underwhelming Bengals defense as an opportunity to regroup.
Chargers vs. Broncos Winner: Broncos at home This game should have been free admission but Broncos defense prevented that from happening.
Packers vs. Vikings Winning Score: Packers Jordan Love has really put me to shame this year with his play on the field. He knows how to play.
On both Christmas Eve and Day, the top offenses will face-off head-to-head against each other in head-to-head matchups.
Starting off, Miami (31.5 points per game) and Dallas (30.8 ppg.) meet up on Sunday in what promises to be an intense rivalry at Hard Rock Stadium, in a high-scoring matchup with Dak Prescott looking to bring Dallas back into contention in the NFC race, while Miami looks for Tyreek Hill to return. This game could serve as an important test against true Super Bowl contenders this year.
San Francisco and Baltimore will face off on Christmas Day for a highly-anticipated prime-time match-up that could serve as a preview to Super Bowl LVII; respectively the 49ers (30.4) and Ravens (27.4) rank third and fourth in scoring offense, with Brock Purdy and Lamar Jackson among the betting favorites for NFL MVP honors. It could even serve as an early preview.
Week 16 features four more contests between teams currently sitting.500 or above and there will likely be significant movement in the playoff picture.
Look for some great upsets during this week and don’t be surprised if the raiders and Giants put up much better fights than expected on Christmas Day.
If you want to make some green on the holidays Mike Goodpaster and Dan Kornhauser are hitting on 60 percent of all bets made against the spread this season. Steve Risley is hitting on 55 percent so all three are in the black this season, so far.
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