AFC – Cincinnati Bengals (12-7) @ Kansas City Chiefs (14-5):
The Bengals are heading to the AFC Championship game for the first time since 1989, where they went to the Super Bowl and lost to the San Francisco 49ers who happen to be in the NFC Championship game. The Bengals have a big obstacle in their way with the Kansas City Chiefs who came out on top in debatably the game of the year winning against the Buffalo Bills 42-36 in overtime. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for over four hundred yards and four touchdowns, leading his team down 36-33 with thirteen seconds left in regulation, he went from the yard line all the way to field goal range in two plays for kicker Harrison Butker to kick the forty nine-yard field goal to put the game in overtime. The Chiefs won the coin toss which gave them the ball and they were able to drive down the field and have Patrick Mahomes throw a game winning touchdown to tight end Travis Kelce. You can read Gus Wilson’s Article, “Bills vs Chiefs: Game of the Decade?” for more on that game. The Bengals and Chiefs faced off in the regular season in week seventeen with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and wide receiver Jamarr Chase putting on a show, as Jamarr Chase caught 11 receptions for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Bengals won 34-31 with a last-second game winning field goal by rookie kicker Evan Mcpherson, who also kicked the game winning field goal in the Divisional round against the Tennessee Titans 19-16 to send them to the AFC Championship game. The Bengals are +7.5 point underdogs against the Chiefs at Arrowhead.
NFC – San Francisco 49ers (12-7) @ Los Angeles Rams (14-5):
The Rams have lost the last six matchups in the last three years against the 49ers. The 49ers are the team who broke Rams head coach Sean McVay and the Rams’ streak of winning when leading at the half, the Rams were 45-0 before that loss. Sean McVay is looking to break the Rams streak of six straight losses to San Francisco this week as they face the team that just knocked out the number one seed in the NFC out of the playoffs. The 49ers held the Green Bay Packers to just ten points and quarterback Aaron Rodgers to just 225 pass yards and no touchdowns. The Packers were only able to eclipse over sixty yards rushing on twenty carries, the 49ers defense played their hearts out, while almost losing the game for them the offense drove down the field on the drive that mattered most and were able to get into field goal range for Robbie Gould to kick the forty nine yard game winning field goal to pull off the upset of the playoffs beating the Packers 13-10. The Rams beat Tom Brady and the Bucs in the Divisional round after nearly blowing a 27-3 lead. Matthew Stafford was not going to have his playoff run end like that, he threw the ball to wide receiver Cooper Kupp for a forty four yard gain, that set up ex Bucs kicker Matt Gay to kick a thiry yard field goal that won them the game 30-27. The Rams and 49ers game should be the most anticipated game of the week as it’s a division rivalry of the west. The Rams are a -3.5 point favorite against the 49ers at home.