NFL Conference Championships

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On Sunday, January 19th, four NFL teams competed for the right to play in the Super Bowl. The AFC Championship had the Tennessee Titans playing against the Kansas City Chiefs, and the NFC Championship had the Green Bay Packers playing against the San Francisco 49ers.

The first of the two games was the Titans against the Chiefs, which was played in Kansas City, Missouri. It was highly anticipated due to the Titans upsetting the extremely talented Baltimore Ravens the week before. The Titans also had a weapon on their sideline in the form of running back Derrick Henry. According to InsideHook, “Derrick Henry has been downright unstoppable this postseason, rushing 64 times for 377 yards and a touchdown.” However, the Titans also had other notable players that had been playing great such as; Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Wide Receiver Cory Davis, Cornerback Logan Ryan, and Safety Kevin Byard—however, the Chiefs were up to the challenge. Unlike the Titans, the Chiefs were here last season when they were defeated by the Patriots. The Chiefs also had the reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes on their team. Last week, Mahomes tore the Texans defense apart with an astonishing 5 touchdown passes. The Chiefs also had several other players that played great the week before such as; Tight End Travis Kelce, Safety Daniel Sorensen, and Defensive End Frank Clark. The Titans started the game on top by scoring 10 points. Late in the second quarter, the Chiefs took the lead with 27-yard touchdown run by Patrick Mahomes. The score was 17-21 at halftime. The Chiefs padded their lead in the fourth quarter by scoring 2 more touchdowns. The Titans attempted to comeback by getting a late score in the fourth quarter, but they ultimately lost the game 24-35. The Score reported that when asked about the game Quarterback Patrick Mahomes said, “I mean, it’s amazing. It really is. To be here, to be a part of Chiefs Kingdom and to be able to do it here at Arrowhead, these people deserve it. And, we’re not done yet.”

The second game of the day was the Packers against the 49ers. The game was played in San Francisco, California. This game had been expected due to both teams being ranked first and second in their conference. The 49ers may have had the home field advantage, but the Packers have one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL History on their team—2-time MVP Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is coming off a solid game where the Packers defeated the Seahawks. Besides Rodgers, the Packers had 2 other offensive stars on their team; Wide Receiver Davante Adams and Running Back Aaron Jones. Those players have created an offense that averaged 23.5 points per game. However, they were going against one of the NFL’s top defenses, which belonged to the 49ers. The 49ers have made themselves known as on of the most dominate teams in the NFL. Their most notable players so far in the playoffs include: Running Back Tevin Coleman, Defensive End Nick Bosa, Wide Receiver Deebo Samuel, and Running Back Raheem Mostert.  The 49ers started the game hot by scoring 27 points in the first half. The Packers couldn’t get a single point on the board in the first half, leaving the score at 0-27 at halftime. The Packers opened up the scoring in the second half with a 9-yard touchdown reception by Aaron Jones. The 49ers scored another touchdown on the next drive. The Packers answered back on their next drive as they attempted to make a comeback. The Packers then made another stop to set them up for another touchdown drive. They showed great bend but don’t break defense on the next drive by only allowing the 49ers a field goal. But on the next drive the 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman got a clutch interception that sealed a victory for the 49ers. The final score was 20-37. “The Score” reported that when asked about the game Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said, “We can win in so many different ways. Raheem, those guys up front, the tight ends obviously were just dominating tonight it was fun.”

The 49ers and the Chiefs will be playing each other for the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday, February 2nd in Miami, Florida.