NFL Review: Championship games decided after Chiefs, Packers, Titans and 49ers advance

After an incredible weekend of NFL action there are just four teams left in the race for Super Bowl LIV in Miami on February 2nd.

Matthew Crist

The Kansas City Chiefs came from 24-0 down to beat the Houston Texans 51-31 and advance to the AFC Championship game in a thriller on Sunday night in what was an eventful weekend of playoff action in the NFL Divisional matchups.

The Chiefs now face the Tennessee Titans for a place at the Super Bowl on Sunday, 2 February having survived an early scare when the Houston Texans raced to an imposing lead in the first quarter at Arrowhead Stadium.

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson found Kenny Stills and Darren Fells, and Lonnie Johnson ran in a blocked punt as the visitors raced into a 21-point first-quarter lead as an upset looked on the cards.

But Damien Williams sparked what looked like an unlikely comeback when he scored the first of his three touchdowns five minutes into the second quarter, with Mahomes finishing with five TD passes, 321 passing and 56 rushing yards.

Their reward is a matchup with the Tenessee Titans, who shocked the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday evening as they brushed aside many people’s Super Bowl favourites and the AFC top seeds 28-12.

Titans Running back Derrick Henry set a post-season-record by rushing for 195 yards on 30 carries and also passed for a touchdown as the Titans eased past a Ravens side who looked the shadow of their regular-season selves while Ryan Tannehill passed for two touchdowns and ran for another.

It was certainly a day to forget for Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson, tipped to be the league’s Most Valuable Player, who was intercepted twice and lost a fumble in the defeat.

Also on Saturday, the 49ers beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-10 with Tevin Coleman rushing for 105 yards and two touchdowns as San Francisco now host the Green Bay Packers for the NFC title on January.

The 49ers never trailed for the entire game, with the Vikings limited to just 21 yards rushing and 147 total yards by the impressive looking San Fransico defence.

Such was their defensive domination that Minnesota had only seven first downs as Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was sacked six times.

The Green Bay Packers reached the NFC Championship game with a 28-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the final Divisional game of an epic weekend.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 16 of 27 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns to Davante Adams, who had eight receptions for a franchise postseason-record 160 yards.

The Packers will now visit the top-seeded San Francisco 49ers to decide who will progress to Super Bowl 54 which will be held in Miami on the first Sunday in February.

NFL Championship Games

Titans @ Chiefs
Sunday, January 19
20:05 Sky Sports

Packers @ 49ers
Sunday, January 19
23:40 Sky Sports

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