Life in general and athletics in particular is rife with Recency Bias. Anything that is happening today or simply occurred will like undue weight. However, Sunday’s AFC and NFC Championship Games could be the NFL’s best closing four, or be near enough for debate, at the least.
This is just the eighth time in 29 decades of the present playoff format that games are No. 1 2 seeds, and also the very first time from the 53-year Super Bowl age that the league’s four highest-scoring crimes are showcased. Both games are rematches of regular season meetings, which saw a joint 163 points, scored.
The Super Bowl play-in games also come wrapped with a bow within an overarching subject: Old Guard vs. New. Can Drew Brees, 40, remain on top or is it time for 24-year-old Jared Goff? A tetonic power change could be arriving from the NFL… or not.
PLAY OFF SCHEDULE
Following a divisional round, which did not contain any upsets, there are just four teams left in the NFL playoffs and these teams will be fighting to get a berth in Super Bowl LIII this past week.
At the AFC, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are led into the AFC Championship game for the eighth consecutive year after thrashing the Chargers 41-28 on Sunday. The win means the Patriots are currently headed for Kansas City, where they will be confronting the top-seeded Chiefs. This match will mark the fifth time that Brady has gone to the street for an AFC title game: The Patriots quarterback has gone only 2-3 in his past five games with his last road win coming through the 2004 season.
The Chiefs got a place in the match after beating the Colts 31-13 in the divisional round. This week’s match will mark the first time that the Chiefs have played in the AFC title game as the 1993 season. The AFC Championship is going to be a rematch of a crazy Week 6 match played in New England the Patriots won 43-40.
Due to this win, the Saints are now headed back into the NFC title game for the first time because the 2009 season. The top-seeded Saints will play host to the Rams on Jan. 20.
The Rams got a place in the title game by beating the Cowboys 30-22 on Saturday. The Rams game in New Orleans will indicate the first time since the 2001 year the Rams have played in an NFC Championship. Much like the Patriots-Chiefs match, the NFC Championship are also a rematch of a crazy game that happened earlier this year.
Sunday, January 20
Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints, 3:05 p.m. ET (Fox)
New England at Kansas City, 6:40 p.m. ET