The AFC and NFC championship games feature two young guns and two future Hall of Famers at QB which is great for the NFL.
The Veterans QB’s
Tom Brady and Drew Brees will both be in the Hall of Fame one day. For now, they are still busy re-writing the history books. Both are Super Bowl champions but Drew Brees will feel that this opportunity is crucial to his legacy. Tom Brady’s legacy is already secure but his burning desire to be the best ever keeps him at the very top of his game.
The New Orleans Saints have made it clear for the last year that they were going all in with moves that they have made both in free agency and the draft. For Drew Brees, the time is now if he wants to add to the one Super Bowl on his resume. Like Brady, Brees has had to adjust his game over time. Neither quarterback throws the deep ball with like they used to. Both QB’s are in their 40’s so that’s really no surprise. The most important thing to understand is these guys play in systems that allow them to set up the deep ball so that when they need to throw it, they haven’t expended as much energy as the younger guys throwing it all over the place. What they might lack in arm strength, they make up for with their ability to dissect opposing defenses.
In the New England Patriots week 6 win over the Chiefs, Mahomes made mistakes that you won’t see from Tom Brady. You can say the same thing about the terrible interception Goff threw when the Rams lost to the Saints. These two future Hall of Famers have been there, done that. They will need to show the Young Guns how it’s done one more time if they hope to add to their already impressive resumes.
The Young guns
Both Jared Geoff and Patrick Mahomes are in their second seasons as NFL quarterbacks although it’s Mahomes first year as a starter. It seems that the year of learning from the sidelines really paid off for Mahomes and the Chiefs. This will be the first AFC Championship game ever played at Arrowhead Stadium which is monumental for one of the most die hard fan bases in the NFL.
If Patrick Mahomes plays at his best, the Chiefs could be playing in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1970. That’s a lot of pressure for a young player but he seems very equipped to deal with it considering his regular season form. He will most likely be the league MVP after only one season as a starter. A win over Tom Brady to get your franchise back to the Super Bowl could be a passing of the torch.
As for Jared Goff, despite the up and down season critics claim he’s had, he still made it to the Pro Bowl and is in charge of one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. The Rams will absolutely need the best version of him in their rematch with the Saints. Goff is known to be very intelligent both on and off the field and he will know that he is only two good performances from gaining the respect a Super Bowl title brings in to any QB.