NFL Conference Championships: Buccs v Packers, Bills v Chiefs

Tom Brady will be looking to secure his 10th Super Bowl appearance with a win over the Green Bay Packers while the Kansas City Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills as they look to repeat their 2019 success.

Matthew Crist

We’re just two games away from knowing who will be going to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, so will Aaron Rodgers get the better of Tom Brady and can the Chiefs win without Patrick Mahomes?

Tampa Bay beat the Packers 38-10 in week six of the regular season in what was their worst loss of the season and Tom Brady and his team inflict another defeat as the veteran QB looks to make it a seventh Super Bowl win and the Buccs first since 2003.

Later that day, the Kansas City Chiefs will try to repeat their Super Bowl LIV success of 12-months ago by getting past the Buffalo Bills, though so much will depend on the fitness of Patrick Mahomes, who suffered a concussion last week against Cleveland.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Green Bay Packers

NFL Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last season, the Packers were twice beaten by the San Francisco 49ers, once during the regular season and once again in the NFC Championship game so will be keen to avoid a repeat this time around.

That’s because Tampa Bay beat the Packers 38-10 in week six of the regular season in what was their worst loss of the season as Tampa bullied their opposition, scoring 38 unanswered points after conceding early in what was a rough night for QB Aaron Rodgers – who was sacked five times.

The Packers are a far stronger team this campaign, however, but Sunday’s game will be far from straightforward as they prepare to face six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady, who has turned a talented team into potential Super Bowl winners almost overnight.

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Tampa were underdogs against the Saints but delivered a resilient performance to beat their rivals despite not being at their best offensively and were, in all honesty, assisted by the mistakes made by Drew Brees.

Whether they will be so fortunate against the Packers is a different story though as, since that hiding back in October, Aaron Rodgers has been the best player in the NFL while Green Bay’s running game, bolstered by the likes of Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon will also pose a threat.

The Bucs defence was more than capable of dealing with this threat last time around, though, forcing Rodgers into uncharacteristic mistakes, something he is unlikely to repeat given recent form.

PACKERS WIN (-3) : 1.85
BUCCS WIN (+3) : 2.01

Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills

The Kansas City Chiefs will be playing in their third consecutive AFC championship game when they host the Bills on Sunday with the reigning champions and conference top seed two wins away from repeating in Super Bowl 55.

But the Chiefs are sweating on the fitness of quarter-back Patrick Mahomes ahead of this weekend’s game, who suffered a concussion against the Browns and remains a doubt for Sunday’s AFC contest with Buffalo.

Supposing he is unavailable, which is fairly likely given the concussion he sustained, could the Cheif’s hopes will rest on the shoulders of bacup Chad Henne who, prior to week 17 of this season, when key starters were rested, had not started an NFL game since 2014.

Henne showed that he had plenty of confidence during his cameo against Cleveland, throwing a couple of completions, making a key scramble but also throwing a pretty inexcusable interception.

Second-seeded Buffalo is in the playoffs for the third time in four seasons after breaking an 18-year drought in 2017 having last lost in the playoffs two years ago against Tom Brady’s Patriots.

When the teams met in Week 6 of the regular season, the Chiefs won 26-17 and while Patrick Mahomes was held to 222 passing yards — his third-lowest total of the season — Kansas City’s running game carried the day, racking up 245 yards on the ground.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen was held to 122 yards through the air that day while the rushing numbers, which were inflated by a couple of Allen runs, weren’t any more impressive with 84 yards on 23 carries.

CHIEFS WIN (-3) : 1.90
BILLS WIN: (+3) : 1.95

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