At the beginning of the NFL season, there are 32 teams, each of them with a 0-0 record. After 17 weeks, and every team playing 16 games, only 12 are left standing. Now, with Wildcard Weekend and the divisional round of the playoffs in the books, only four teams are left. The underdog Titans, a 9-7 team that has been electric as of recent due to the ridiculous play of Derrick Henry, who has rightfully earned the nickname “King Henry” as a result of his play. The Kansas City Chiefs, who are led by arguably the most talented quarterback to ever touch a football field, Patrick Mahomes II. On the NFC side, there’s the other side of the argument for the most talented quarterback ever, Aaron Rodgers, who has lead his Green Bay Packers to a 13-3 record. And then there are the 49ers. Tied with the Falcons for my second favorite team, it’s safe to say that I’m really happy right now, especially considering that they weren’t projected to be anything more than a nine-win team at the beginning of the season. So which two teams will come out on top?
AFC: Chiefs Outgun the Titans 38- 31
For two weeks straight I have doubted the Titans. While I did have some hope that they could beat the Patriots, never would I have thought that they would beat the Patriots and take down the number one seeded Ravens. While Derrick Henry’s performances certainly helped them win both playoff games, their defense was ecstatic in both of those games as well. However, this Chiefs offense isn’t normal. It is easy to envision Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs completely dismantle the Titans’ defense and make them rely on their offense. I don’t think that the Titans can beat the Chiefs in a shootout, but I believe they will have a much greater chance of winning than most people would say. For all we know, the Titans have another upset win against a heavy favorite. But for now, I have the Chiefs advancing to the Super Bowl.
NFC: 49ers beatdown Green Bay 24-13
The 49ers defense has been legit all season long, and they proved it against Green Bay when they battled on “Sunday Night Football.” But the regular season and postseason are two completely different games of football. Green Bay won’t go down as easily this time, especially with offensive genius Matt Lafleur working with a top 10 offense and a well-rounded defense. Despite all the extra preparation Green Bay has certainly made, chances are that it won’t be enough to beat the best team in the NFC with the most talented defense left in the playoffs. You can slander Jimmy Garoppolo for his occasional bad games, but there’s no denying that he’s a winner. I’ll take the Niners defense and Kyle Shanahan’s play-calling over Green Bay 9 out of 10 times.
Who do you think will win the AFC and NFC championship games?
By Hugo Vazquez, Brooks College Prep, Senior