NFL Playoff Predictions

NFL Playoff Predictions

After a wild first two weeks of the NFL playoffs, we are finally down to four teams.

The battle to represent the AFC will be the upstart 4 seed Cincinnati Bengals against the powerhouse Kansas City Chiefs.

The Bengals have won two close games against the Las Vegas Raiders and the number one seed in the AFC Tennessee Titans. Quarterback Joe Burrow has led his Bengals team to a 26-19 victory at home against a tough, hard-nosed Raiders team. Then the following week, he beat a healthy, fresh off the bye, Titans team with Derrick Henry making his return. Burrow threw for 348 yards with no touchdown and a pick to lead his team to a 19-16 victory after kicker Evan McPherson nailed a 52 yard field goal with no time remaining. Rookie Ja’Marr Chase led the team with 109 receiving yards with 5 catches. The Bengals defense did a great job against the Titans, limiting Derrick Henry to 62 yards off of 20 carries. Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill also threw 3 interceptions.

The Chiefs, after an seemingly easy victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chiefs hosted the Buffalo Bills. The Chiefs beat the Bills last season in the AFC Championship Game and man Bills players, specifically superstar wide receiver Stefon Diggs. This may have been the game of the year as there were 25 points scored in the final 2 minutes of regulation. The Chiefs, who won 42-36, advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the 4th consecutive year. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 378 yards and 4 touchdowns while adding 69 rushing yards. Tyreek Hill led the team with 150 receiving yards and a touchdown. Josh Allen, the Bills quarterback, threw for 329 yards and 4 touchdowns and ran for 68 yards. Wide out Gabriel Davis had a historic outing as he had 8 catches for 201 yards and 4 touchdowns.

In the AFC Championship Game, the Bengals will find a way to win for their 3rd straight playoff victory and advance to the Super Bowl on the road with a 35-31 win over Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

The game to decide who will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl is between division rivals San Francisco 49ers and the Las Angeles Rams.  The 49ers have won two games on the road against the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. In the game against the Packers, the 49er offense only accounted for 3 of their 13 points while the other 10 came off of special team blunders by the Packers.  Kicker Robbie Gould sent the 49ers into the NFC Championship Game after a field goal with no time remaining to win in Green Bay 13-10.

The Rams have won two games against the Cardinals and the Buccaneers.  The Rams finished off the Tom Brady led Bucs squad with a 30-27 win. The Rams led throughout the game, but a 4th quarter flurry of points by the Bucs tied the game at 27 with just a few minutes to play. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford led the Rams down the field with a big play to wide out Cooper Kupp to set up a game winning field goal by Matt Gay in the final seconds.

In the NFC Championship Game, the Rams will defeat the 49ers, who have won 6 straight games against the Rams to advance to the Super Bowl. This will be a defensive game with a final score leaning the Rams way 20-17.

This leaves two teams to compete for the Super Bowl title. The Bengals and the Rams will compete in this year’s Super Bowl with the Bengals yet again pulling off the upset to defeat the Rams 28-21. Joe Burrow will win Super Bowl MVP and the Bengals will win their first title ever.