Alright folks, here we are. Just three days away from playing the two games that will ultimately decide who plays in the Super Bowl!
#2 Rams @ #1 Saints (NO -3.5) (O/U: 57)
This will be a battle of two elite offenses, with dominant quarterbacks as well as two running backs who can run all over the defenses. We start with LA, whose pickup of CJ Anderson may have been the most underrated mid-season signing across the NFL. He dominated last weekend against the Cowboys along with Todd Gurley. Jared Goff was able to get his first playoff win, and now McVay’s team is brimming with confidence. Heck, Sean Payton just said Aaron Donald is the best defensive player in the NFL. The highest of high praise.
New Orleans was able to withstand the final Nick Foles drive, punching their ticket to their first NFC championship in 10 years. You already know what happened last time they were here, and now they are hoping for the same results. Interesting to note that in 2009, their three losses came against the Cowboys, Bucs, and Panthers. Same deal this year. Is this to be taken seriously? Oh yes. The secondary for New Orleans continues to shine, while their offense is among the best in the league. A BATTLE is coming.
Prediction: Saints beat the Rams in a high-scoring affair to get back to the Super Bowl!
#2 Patriots @ #1 Chiefs (KC -3): O/U: 57
When these teams last met, the Patriots managed to out-perform the Chiefs, winning a very high-scoring battle, 43-40. Back and forth they went, and now New England is trying to do it on the road. We already know that the weather is going to be cold, well below freezing, but that shouldn’t slow down either team from playing their best. Brady hasn’t had too many road playoff games in past years, but here he is now, and he has a chance to make a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance. Let’s see what happens with them in this game.
KC, on the other hand, has an offense as elite as any in the league, with Mahomes tossing over 50 touchdown passes and throwing for over 5,000 yards this year. The running game has taken no hit despite the late-season switch, as this is a team that lacks a weakness on that end. The big issue for KC is going to be their defense. This is a unit that nearly allows as many points as they score. The Pats scored 43 when they met, and the Rams hung 54 on them in their regular season meeting, We know one thing is for sure. They are going to have to score a ton to win and get to the big dance.
Prediction: KC -3. They will win a high-scoring battle! OVER 57!