Playoffs heat up as the conference championship matchups are set

Ryan Fennell, Sports Editor

With the NFL season down to four teams, the playoffs to this point have not disappointed. These first two weeks of playoff football have been filled with electric plays, unreal comebacks, and, of course, a few unexpected comebacks. Even as a fan of a team that did not make the playoffs, I have enjoyed the 2020 postseason nonetheless.

The story of the postseason so far has been the magical run that the Tennessee Titans have put together in the past weeks. The team snuck into the playoffs as a wildcard and the 6th seed in the AFC. In the first round, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Derrick Henry took down the dynasty that is the New England Patriots. The strong Tennessee defense shut down Tom Brady, and the offense did just enough to squeeze by. However, this win was not what shocked the world the most. In the following week, Henry would put on another offensive show and lead the Titans to an upset against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens were the favorite to win the Super Bowl after a 14-2 regular season record. The Titans were not expected to be in this position, but with a few solid performances, they are not a team to sleep on.

Taking on the Titans will be Pat Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs who had a headline of their own in the divisional round this past weekend. The team scored 41 unanswered points after finding themselves down 24-0 to the Houston Texan early in the second quarter. Mahomes took control of the game in the second half and ended the game with 321 yards and five passing touchdowns, leading the Chiefs to a 51-31 win.

In the NFC, the playoffs have been a little bit more predictable but have not shied away from some nail biting games. The two teams remaining on this side of the playoffs are the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. These teams are ranked one and two in the conference and have not had many problems all year when it comes to winning. Due to this success and two high powered offenses, fans will be in for a ride with the NFC Championship game. The game should be a back-and-forth duel between quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and veteran Aaron Rodgers.

The playoffs have been wild already, and they are not close to being over just yet. It is hard to predict the playoffs, but I am hoping the Titans can keep this magic going and win it all. The underdog story is always something that I am rooting for, so hopefully they can pull off two more upsets with the help of their stellar defense. However, the 49ers just look too good in every aspect, and I believe they are the team to beat. We can make our predictions and cheer with all we’ve got, but all we can do is wait and watch let the games play out. The Titans and Chiefs will square off in Kansas City Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1:05 PM, and the Packers and 49ers will play in San Francisco that afternoon at 4:40.