NFL 2020 Conference Championship Preview and Predictions
And then there were four. Despite all the upsets and emotional swings of the last couple of weeks, three conference champions remain. They are accompanied by one underdog, the Tennessee Titans, who are two more wins away from the unthinkable. Perhaps as disappointing as Brady’s last game as a Patriot (or perhaps not?), NFL fans will not get to experience the thrill of Saturday football this weekend. The doubleheader begins Sunday at 3:05 PM ET as the Cinderella Tennessee Titans head to Kansas City for a matchup with QB Patrick Maholmes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Titans at Chiefs Preview
After a disappointing end to last year’s exceptional season, the Chiefs came out sluggish last week as the Houston Texans jumped out to a shocking 24-0 lead in Arrowhead. One must wonder if Bill O’Brien is regretting not going for it on a fourth and one from the KC 13, up 21-0 in the beginning of the second quarter. Instead, the Texans opted for the field goal to give them a 24-0 lead. The Chiefs would score for the first time two plays later. Then again seven plays later. Then again three plays later. By halftime, the Chiefs had come all the way back to take a 28-24 lead into the locker room. The second half, though interesting at times, never really felt that close as the Chiefs cruised to a 51-31 victory and will advance to the conference championship where Patrick Maholmes is one win away for the first Super Bowl trip of his young but already legendary NFL career.
It is against that backdrop that the Tennessee Titans find themselves after two shocking upset victories to start their playoff run, including a blowout of the Ravens. Perhaps of particular interest, the Chiefs’ run defense isn’t exactly the best candidate to stop Derrick Henry and the war path that he has been on. Vegas seems to have taken note, the Chiefs enter at “just” 7.5 point favorites at home. This game can be seen on CBS and will kick off at 3:05 PM ET.
Packers at 49ers Preview
Both teams came off the bye weak and promptly took care of business. Though the Seahawks made it close late, they were no match for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. It appears the change at the top was just what the Packers needed as Matt LaFleur has guided the Rodgers lead Pack to the Conference Championship in just his first year with the reigns after having taken over for Mike McCarthy who just accepted the job as the Dallas Cowboys head coach.
This game has an identical opening spread of 7.5, with the 49ers playing at home. It appears that Vegas is a believer in San Francisco’s top ranked secondary against hall of fame bound Aaron Rodgers and top target Davante Adams. This game will kick at 6:40 PM ET (barring delays that should be considered inevitable) and can be seen on FOX (don’t forget to change the channel from CBS).
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