A wild weekend of NFL Postseason football recently concluded. It included the Tennessee Titans knocking off the Baltimore Ravens, who were the hottest team in professional sports over the course of the last three months. It turns out that a 14-2 regular-season record doesn’t mean much if a team with a 9-7 record gets hot at the right time. Now comes the time when four teams are going to square off for the right to represent their conference in Super Bowl LIV. NFL Conference Championship Playoff Tickets are available to all fans now.
In past years, this game has very often featured the New England Patriots. It is worth giving a shout out to the squad that is a true modern-day dynasty, because fans may have witnessed the end of their amazing run. But talking too much about Bill Belichick and Tom Brady would be unfair to the four teams who have done amazing things throughout the course of a long and demanding season to put themselves one game away from a Super Bowl appearance.
Let’s start with the aforementioned Titans. The group that galvanized themselves over the final weeks of the season has won two weeks in a row on the road as gigantic underdogs. The first victory brought the Patriots season to an end, and their most recent exploit brought the Ravens season to a close. Those two victories alone are enough for Tennessee Titans fans to celebrate this team as the greatest in last 20 years, since the squad led by the late Steve McNair came within a yard or two of possible Super Bowl victory against a St. Louis Rams team led by quarterback Kurt Warner.
The Titans will truly scribe an amazing story into the folklore of NFL history if they are able to leave Kansas City with a victory. Las Vegas has them as eight point underdogs as of now. This is very interesting, because fans who have watched the regular-season and NFL Playoffs closely know that Kansas City can score a touchdown in the blink of an eye. After the Houston Texans got out to a huge lead of more than three touchdowns in the first half, the Chiefs did not panic.
Instead, they scored four touchdowns of their own in the second quarter, and pulled away in the second half for a 51-31 victory that represented one of the craziest and most up-and-down games in NFL postseason history. Patrick Mahomes tossed three touchdowns to Travis Kelce, forever cementing their connection in NFL postseason history as well.
Will Tennessee be able to stop Kansas City? That is likely a matter of ‘time of possession’. In that case, the question swings to the other side, and it becomes “will the Kansas City defensive lineman and linebackers be able to slow down Derrick Henry? The Titans running back has absolutely slayed defenses the last few weeks, running down the field like an unstoppable human being in route to record-setting yardage totals.
The NFC has been very interesting this year.
The San Francisco 49ers went 13-3, turning in one of the most amazing and bounce-back seasons in history after a dismal 2018 campaign. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan and General Manager John Lynch obviously know what they are doing. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo does not have to be a world beater on any given afternoon or evening, but he is allowed to throw highly important passes into the capable hands of receivers when the moment arises.
San Francisco was only beaten by the Seahawks, the Ravens and the Falcons this year, all of which are out of the picture as of now. On the evening of November 24, they absolutely dominated the Green Bay Packers by a score of 37-8, the only Packers touchdown coming in the third quarter, which was essentially garbage time at that point. Aaron Rodgers was held to just 104 passing yards, by far his lowest total of the year and one of the lowest totals of his entire illustrious career.
Conventional wisdom assumes that he will once again have a tough time in Santa Clara in front of a raucous crowd, but the law of averages suggests that he might pass for well over 300 yards. One truth is that the Packers have grown into a much different squad in the two months since, and will likely come out West with a much different game plan. They will need to, because the 49ers defense is among the best they have ever had.
Led by rookie Nick Bosa, the 49ers defensive line featuring other first-round picks has fully rounded into form this year. They have made it very tough for opposing running backs to get any type of traction, and have penetrated the offensive line well enough to make the passing attack for opposing teams off kilter. Huge sacks on defense are every bit as important as huge gains on offense, and the 49ers once again aim to flex their muscles on the defensive unit regardless of what the Packers plan for them.
Green Bay will likely aim to feature wide receiver Devante Adams, who absolutely dominated the Seahawks secondary in route to a 28-23 victory in the Divisional Round. Adams was targeted a dozen times in the cataclysmic Green Bay loss in San Francisco, catching seven passes for just 43 yards and their lone touchdown. Conversely, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle caught six passes while targeted six times for a total of 129 yards and one touchdown. Green Bay figuring out a way to stop Kittle will be as important as San Francisco figuring out a way to stop Adams.
Whatever happens, fireworks and footballs are sure to fly. Everyone who purchases NFC Championship Tickets will have both an up close and personal view of the action and a story to tell. Now is the time to secure affordable 2020 NFL Championship Game Tickets, as well as Super Bowl LIV Tickets.