We’re down to the Final Four of the NFL. In the AFC, we have the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the defending conference champs, New England Patriots. While in the NFC, we have the New Orleans Saints hosting the Los Angeles Rams. My picks from last week had me guessing three out of the four teams correctly. My only blemish was thinking the Chargers would go to Foxboro and upset the Patriots. As we saw, New England dominated the game from the beginning. Tom Brady was as efficient as ever throwing for almost 40 yards. The running game was great, and the defense had Philip Rivers frustrated all game. In the other AFC game, Kansas City smothered the Colts from the beginning. Andrew Luck couldn’t get the offense going as the Chiefs defense played their best game of the year.
Patrick Mahomes had the offense looking great as he continued his MVP-caliber season. With the home field advantage, can the Chiefs dethrone the dynasty known as New England? In the NFC, the Los Angeles Rams took care of the Dallas Cowboys in the first game. The Rams used a heavy dose of running from Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson to frustrate the Dallas defense. As far as the defense, Los Angeles played one of their better games while limiting Ezekiel Elliott. Can the Rams repeat their performance against the Saints? New Orleans held off the defending champion Eagles to advance to the NFC title. The Saints used their stout defense to hold Philadelphia scoreless the final three quarters. After the early INT, Drew Brees calmed down and picked apart the secondary. Michael Thomas was the offensive MVP, while Marcus Lattimore’s 2 INTs helped the Saints win the game.
We kick things off in the AFC as this is a rematch from earlier in the season. The Kansas City Chiefs suffered their first loss of the season during Week 6 in Foxboro against New England. The Chiefs are hoping to have their leader in the secondary in Eric Berry back. If the Chiefs are going to go to the Super Bowl, the defense need to step up like they did against the Colts. Patrick Mahomes will need to be Superman, but he’ll need help from the running game and Sammy Watkins also. In their first game, Tyreek Hill went off for 3TDs and Mahomes had a spectacular game but tossed 2 INTs. Either way, that’s pretty damn impressive for someone who was starting his 7th game. With the homefield advantage, can the Chiefs beat the Patriots, head to the Super Bowl and give Andy Reid another shot at the title?
The New England Patriots are back on familiar ground and that’s another AFC Championship game. The Patriots are looking to make another Super Bowl and walk away with their 6th championship. Like I’ve mentioned before, New England handed the Chiefs their first loss. Tom Brady threw for 340 yards and Sony Michel ran for 106 yards and 2 TDs. In the game against the Chargers, Michel ran for over 100 yards and scored 3 TDs. The defense of the Patriots is much improved as they smothered the Chargers for most of the game. Of course, facing Mahomes, the likely MVP is a much tougher task for the Patriots. Will Julian Edelman come up huge again? Can the Patriots defense have the same affect against the Chiefs as they did last week? This is a tough one, but I’m going with the new kids on the block to win.
Kansas City Win 30-28
Time to head over to the NFC for their championship game. The New Orleans Saints will host the Los Angeles Rams in another rematch from earlier in the season. In the first game, which was also held in New Orleans, the Saints handed the Rams their first defeat 45-35. Drew Brees threw for almost 350 yards and 4 TDs, which got people talking about a potential MVP run. Michael Thomas went off against the Rams secondary as he had 12 catches for 211 yards and a TD. After that game, people started to look at the Saints as the Super Bowl favorites in the NFC. During this time, New Orleans was scoring at will against all their opponents. The Saints defense will need to step up against the Rams and do it without Sheldon Rankins, who tore his Achilles Sunday. Can the Saints repeat their performance against the Rams?
As we head over to the Los Angeles Rams who’s trying to finally reach the Super Bowl. With Sheldon Rankins out for New Orleans, Los Angeles could repeat their performance on the ground. C.J. Anderson came up huge last week against Dallas in relief for Todd Gurley. When the Rams are controlling the ground, it set everything up perfectly for the play action for Jared Goff. Los Angeles is pretty much healthy on both sides of the ball unlike the first game. In the first matchup, Aqib Talib was out with an injury and he’ll be huge in this game. Aaron Donald has been itching to make the Super Bowl and this could be a game he’ll try to take over. The Rams will need to play their best game of the year and them some when they hit the Superdome. In the end, I’m going with the Saints win.
New Orleans Win 31-24
Super Bowl LIII
Kansas City Chiefs vs. New Orleans Saints
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