The Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs featured four terrific games, capped off by one of the best games ever. The Super Bowl lines have now changed a bit since there are just four teams remaining, and some of the top betting favorites have been eliminated.
The AFC Championship Game will feature the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Cincinnati Bengals. This will be the fourth straight AFC Championship Game for the Chiefs, and Cincinnati will be coming to town looking for a second straight upset win.
It will be the Los Angeles Rams hosting the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. These teams just met in Week 18 of the regular season and San Francisco picked up an overtime win to reach the postseason.
With just three games remaining in the NFL season, the league is hoping that at least one game is as good as the four that were just played.
Chiefs Win Instant Classic
The final game of the Divisional Round was the best of them all, and the Kansas City Chiefs came away with a 42-36 win over the Buffalo Bills. This entire game was terrific, but things got crazy in the final few minutes.
There were 25 points scored in the final two minutes of this game as the lead changed three different times. Harrison Butker made a 49-yard field goal as time expired to send this game into overtime.
Patrick Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns in the win, and most of those passing yards came on the final few drives. Josh Allen threw for 329 yards and four touchdowns and also racked up 68 yards on the ground.
There was plenty of hype coming into this game and it delivered in a way that is almost hard to explain.
Brady, Bucs Dispatched By Rams
The Chiefs-Bills game has everyone talking, but the first game on Sunday was actually just as good. Los Angeles jumped out to a 27-3 lead early in the third quarter but needed a last-second field goal to escape with a 30-27 win.
Tampa Bay actually didn’t really start the comeback until late in the fourth quarter as they scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 3:20 of the game. Quarterback Tom Brady has been known to lead historic comebacks in the playoffs and he had his team in a position to win with just 40 seconds to go.
Matthew Stafford threw for 366 yards and two touchdowns in the win, and Cooper Kupp was once again his favorite target. It was that connection that set up the game-winning field goal as Kupp was able to get behind the Tampa Bay defense.
Big Upsets on Saturday
Last-second field goals seemed to be the trend during the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs as that is how both of the games were decided on Saturday. The first game of the day saw the Cincinnati Bengals head into Tennessee and stun the Titans.
Quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 348 yards in that win, but it was the defense that really controlled that matchup. Ryan Tannehill struggled with his accuracy in that game as Cincinnati was able to record three interceptions to set the team up in great positions.
The San Francisco 49ers went into Green Bay on Saturday night and were able to pick up a win without scoring an offensive touchdown. Holding Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to just 10 total points is another huge accomplishment, especially on the road.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for just 1321 yards in that win, but the 49ers were able to block a punt and return it for a touchdown late in the game. This is now the fourth straight time that the 49ers have beaten the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Playoffs.
Both the Bengals and 49ers are underdogs again in their respective conference championship games.