This is it. As we continue our NFL Storylines series we are now down to the Conference Championship edition with four teams left. This is the weekend that will determine who will appear in Super Bowl LIV, and the playoffs have certainly been full of surprises so far. As the Tennessee Titans ready themselves for the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers get prepared for the Green Bay Packers, it all comes down to Sunday’s performance and who has the strength to reach for the Lombardi Trophy.
Conference Championship Edition – NFL Storylines
Titans vs Chiefs
The Titans finished sixth in the AFC and pulled off a couple of surprises to get to where they are now. They’re ready for the number-one Chiefs, and they have the power to put on a good show. To make things interesting and secure the win, they’ll have to continuously look for the long plays to threaten the Chiefs’ secondary. If running back Derrick Henry can find the seams, the Titans could be unstoppable.
The Chiefs are confident in their ability and quarterback Patrick Mahomes knows what it takes to get the job done. He can’t take all the credit, though, as his wideouts have routinely been able to find separation and make the big plays. The Chiefs are favored in a big way, currently sitting on a moneyline of -340 in the NFL odds, but the Titans won’t go down without a fight. In fact, Tennessee has been the underdog by four points or more four other times this season and has gone on to win all of those – one of them was against Kansas City in Week 10. However, this is going to be the exception and the Chiefs are going to Florida on February 2.
49ers vs Packers
On the NFC side of the house, the 49ers aren’t going to have an easy game against a Packers defense that has bounced back since the season wore on. When these two teams met in Week 12, San Francisco rolled over Green Bay, 37-8, but this is a different game and a different team. The Packers aren’t going to be as easy to beat.
This is the eighth time that these two teams have met in postseason action. The last time was in 2013 in a Wild Card game, which the Niners took 23-20. Packers wide receiver Davante Adams has been on fire lately and set a franchise record last week with 160 receiving yards against the Seattle Seahawks. If the Packers expect to win, he’s going to have to bring his A game on Sunday and quarterback Aaron Rodgers is going to have to step up. He failed miserably against the Niners in that Week 12 game and needs to have completely wiped that game from his memory.
The Niners, despite being first in the conference standings in the NFL, haven’t been all that great when it comes to defensive pressure on their opponent’s quarterback. However, they’ve been on top in virtually all other categories and the defensive secondary has figured out a few tricks to stop the big plays. The -350 moneyline pointing toward San Fran says a lot about its possibilities this weekend. The Packers are going to keep things close, though, and the Under 46.5 (-110) is going to pay off.