There are just four teams left competing for the Lombardi trophy and we are going to have a new champion and a new postseason favourite after last season’s champions – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – and bookmaker’s favourite – Green Bay Packers – were knocked out during the divisional playoffs weekend. Bet on The Superbowl –
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In what has turned out to be one of the most exciting and unpredictable NFL playoffs in recent memory, the Kansas City Chiefs have established themselves as the team to beat after a nail-biting victory in overtime over the Buffalo Bills.
The Chiefs trailed by three points deep into their own territory with 13 seconds to play against the Bills, the lead having changed multiple times within the final two minutes. It was Mahomes’ ability to retain possession and make impossible plays under increasing pressure in an unforgettable 42-36 win.
The Chiefs reward for their victory is the right to host the AFC Championship game for the fourth consecutive year, effectively the road to Super Bowl LVI goes through the Chiefs.
The team looking to stop them, the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals went 31 years without winning a playoffs game but have now managed two in a row. On the backs of rookie wide-receiver Ja’Marr Chase who has over 100 receiving yards in both playoff wins and rookie kicker Evan McPherson who has made 8 out of 8 field goals so far in the playoffs the Bengals have been the feel-good story of the NFL season.
It stands to reason that the Bengal’s storied run may end in Arrowhead stadium. Kansas City’s recent strength, form and the home crowd make it a tough place to visit and win. As Mahomes showed last weekend in his titanic head-to-head against the Bills’ Josh Allen, a game-tying drive can happen in just 13 seconds.
The Bengals have been good all season keeping games close, Cincinnati has only lost two games by more than one score, and with quarterback Joe Burrow taking a giant leap forward in his second year the time and place is set for another epic head-to-head between two of the AFC’s next generation of quarterback superstars, Mahomes and Burrow.
You can back the Bengals as serious underdogs against the Super Bowl favourites, the Kansas City Chiefs.
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In the NFC championship game, inter-state divisional rivals face off against each other for the third time this season as the Los Angeles Rams host the San Francisco 49ers. The star studded Rams convincingly knocked out last year’s defending champions the Buccaneers, however success on Sunday will depend on whether coach Sean McVay can deploy his players to accomplish something he has so far failed to do in six previous attempts: beat Kyle Shanahan and his 49ers.
The 49ers, fresh off toppling the no.1 seeded Green Bay Packers in the snow at Lambeau Field, are the team they haven’t overcome. Their shadow hangs over the Rams possible storybook finish, indeed in week 18 of the regular season the Rams lost a 17-point halftime lead to give the 49ers entry into the postseason.
A similar fate nearly befell the Rams during the divisional playoff weekend, thanks to a series of self-inflicted errors, a 27-3 third-quarter lead over Tampa Bay turned into a 27-27 tie with under a minute to play. On this occasion star quarterback Matthew Stafford managed to find his key receiving partner Cooper Kupp down the field to take his team to the Championship series for the first time ever.
Can the Rams continue their fine form and win another match to book their place at a home-field Super Bowl? They are playing extremely well but a lot will rest on the shoulders of Stafford. After carving the Bucs up in the previous round for 366 receiving yards and two touchdowns, Stafford needs another strong showing having failed to top 250 receiving yards in either meeting against San Francisco, throwing multiple interceptions in both losses.
Even with the spread betting and fixed odds favouring Los Angeles, this matchup feels like a toss-up. The 49ers averaged 145.5 rushing yards in their two regular season victories over the Rams and if they are to make it three, it is going to come down to their run game and defense.
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Coach Kyle Shanahan has found a way to run the ball on the Rams every time they have faced each other over the last couple of years. With Deebo Samuels and Elijah Mitchell taking on ever increasing workloads the last couple of months watch out for intricate wide-zone offensive plays designed to get physical with the Rams defense.
The 49ers are a tough and physical team, their defense allowed a total of 34 points in upset wins over the favoured Cowboys and Packers, holding two of the NFL’s best offenses under check with sbobet.
The familiarity between these two teams makes for a fascinating contest of contrasting styles utilising similar coaching philosophies. There will certainly be no love lost between the rivals, a win by either the Rams and 49ers would go some way to writing the next chapter in a fascinating conclusion to the NFL season.