We are now down to four teams in the quest for a Super Bowl title. With a Super Bowl title on the line, these teams will surely give it all they have left in the tank on Sunday. What could possibly be more exciting than that? Let’s predict these two games.
Rams (14-3) at Saints (14-3)
In the NFC Championship Game, the Saints will host the Rams in New Orleans. The Saints might be at home, but that still cannot hide the complete mismatch that this game is. Los Angeles is just better in every facet of the game. Their dynamic passing attack will do wonders against a secondary that ranked just 29th against the pass and is vulnerable down the field. Add in an outstanding rushing attack with Todd Gurley and CJ Anderson, and it’s safe to say the Rams will have no problem putting up points in this game. Meanwhile, the Saints offense has continued to struggle recently, while the Rams defense has been significantly better since Aqib Talib returned from injury, allowing around 17 points per game since his return. Los Angeles is the better team all around who is also the hotter team, and they’ll have no problem winning this game on the road to advance to the Super Bowl. Prediction: Rams 28 Saints 23
Patriots (12-5) at Chiefs (13-4)
In the AFC Championship, the Patriots and Chiefs will face off in a rematch from Week 6, where New England won 43-40 on a last second field goal. The difference? This game will be in Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium, one of the toughest places for a team to win on the road at. Still, this is Tom Brady and the same Patriots who’ve gone to eight straight AFC Championship games, so this should be an extremely close affair. Brady and the Patriots’ rushing attack that ranked top five should do damage against a Chiefs defense that ranked 31st against the pass and 27th against the run. However, there is reason to believe that Kansas City can hold New England just enough. Despite being tabbed as one of the league’s worst defenses, the Chiefs are allowing just 18 points per game at home, and held Andrew Luck and the high flying Colts offense to just 13 points. Even if Brady and co. double that total, that should be enough for Kansas City to win, thanks to their brilliant offense that averaged 35.3 points per game in the regular season. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ vertical passing attack should be able to move down the field against a slow and inconsistent Patriots secondary, and overall Kansas City has more team speed and playmakers. In a close game like this one should be, that could end up being the difference, and as a result the Chiefs will take down the Patriots in what can be see as a changing of the guard from Brady to Mahomes. Prediction: Patriots 27 Chiefs 30