NFL News and Rumors: And then there were four…
NFC/AFC Championships galore
Only four teams remain in the NFL postseason: the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, and New Orleans Saints. These are the best four teams left. No. 1’s vs. No. 2’s. If you’re not excited about these matchups, then get excited. The Saints were bailed out on a ball that went right through the hands of Philadelphia receiver Alshon Jefferey; the Chiefs took an early two-score lead and never looked back; the hero of the Rams was someone you hadn’t even heard of for years; and Tom Brady once again proved his is still Tom Brady, regardless of his age.
We are in for quite the weekend…
Scroll through to find more on the last four teams remaining in the NFL postseason.
Kansas City Chiefs (AFC No. 1)
A lot of hype surround the Chiefs this season after such a promising direction they were headed at the helm of Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes. Partner that offensive-minded duo with a speedy cheetah on the outside in receiver Tyreek Hill and the sure-handed tight end Travis Kelce, and this team is dangerous.
And throw in the cold, snowy weather in Kansas City in January, and this is not the team to face. Just look at last week against the Indianapolis Colts: while Colts QB Andrew Luck did throw for over 200 passing yards, the Colts could not turn those yards into points. KC defeated IND 31-13.
Now, the ever-dangerous, no-sign-of-slowing-down, aging-like-a-fine-wine Tom Brady and the New England Patriots come to town in what should be an epic high scoring matchup.
New England Patriots (AFC No. 2)
Odds that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick make the playoffs each year? Bet on it. Trying to beat Tom Brady in Foxborough, Massachusetts in January? Good luck with that. Arguably the team with the best chance to pull off an upset last weekend was the Los Angeles Chargers with that defense and veteran QB Philip Rivers. Yeah, not even remotely close as the Patriots defeated the Chargers 41-28.
Is it a lock that the Patriots will be an AFC contender EVERY year? Well, that’s been the case since Brady and Belichick have been around, or at least for 14 out of the 17 seasons they’ve been around. The last time the Patriots did not make the playoffs:
- Instagram did not exist
- The Twilight Saga begins
- The Dark Knight premiered in theaters
- Jay-Z and Beyonce tied the knot
New England travels to face Kansas City this Sunday at 3:40 PM (PT) in Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City.
New Orleans Saints (NFC No. 1)
Maybe one of the best quarterback/receiver combinations we’ve seen this NFL season, Drew Brees and Michael Thomas have proved to be at the top. Let’s rewind the clock to week nine of the NFL regular season: Los Angeles Rams visiting the Saints. Two high-powered offenses going at one another ending up in a 45-35 Saints victory. Thomas racked up 12 receptions for 211 yards and one touchdown. It was awesome.
Last week, while the Saints had troubles getting going in the first half against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles, you better believe New Orleans better find a way to start quicker with the Rams and Todd Gurley marching in this Sunday.
Los Angeles at New Orleans will kickoff at 12:05 PM (PT) this Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Los Angeles Rams (NFC No. 2)
If you think the Los Angeles Rams don’t have revenge on their minds, you are sorely mistaken. After losing to the Saints 45-35 in week nine and getting their first loss of the season, this game has an additional emotional tie to it.
The key to this game, two words: Aaron Donald.
The defensive end who is up for Defensive Player of the Year, needs to make his presence known and right away by getting pressure on Drew Brees all night long. In their last meeting, Brees and Thomas hooked up for over 200 yards. It will be important to not let Brees just sit in the pocket.