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Discussing the NFC and AFC Championship games along with other NFL news.

NFL: AFC Divisional Round-Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Can we start off by saying what an absolute joy it is to be going into championship weekend in the NFL and there is nary a New England Patriot team to be seen?

As if we need another reason to cheer for the Tennessee Titans this weekend, I’m still sincerely thankful to their efforts of cleansing the 2019 NFL playoffs of the heinous pats.

AFC Championship: Titans at Chiefs

And now, we get to see if the Titans will become my new #2 favorite team in the AFC as they face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

While I’d like to sit here and tell you all about how many ways the Chiefs will lose this game, you guys and gals know I do my best to keep it real. KC is Goliath. The Titans are David. I’m not so sure the “hero” we’re all cheering for isn’t going to get absolutely crushed on Sunday.

I do think they have more than a puncher’s chance of winning. The Titans have really impressed me with what they’ve been able to do defensively in the playoffs. They have a strong front seven that can create a pass rush and their secondary plays with tight coverage alongside good technique.

While I find it likely the titans will be able to slow down the KC offense and keep their score between 20-30 points, I wonder a bit about the flip side. The Chiefs’ defense has been playing really solid football in the back half of the season. The key for this is Derrick Henry and the Titan offensive line. He’s the key to the Titans’ offense and has been each week of the postseason. The Titans need him to get it going if they are going to have a chance.

NFC Championship: Packers at 49ers

On paper, this is the game that looks to be the more competitive of the two games. The NFC in general has been far more competitive at the top of its conference than the AFC has been.

On one side, we have the Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay Packers replete with an honest-to-goodness real NFL defense and an actually productive run game. This really reminds me of what happened in Denver in the late 90s with a QB getting long in the tooth and a coach revamping the team to it into championship contention.

On the other side, we have the San Francisco 49ers. I honestly could probably write a page about this team and how impressed I was with their performance against the Minnesota Vikings last week. Their defense was absolutely smothering top to bottom. Their offense was dangerous and consistent in their ability to move the ball. If Kyle Shannahan can keep this team playing at the same level they played during the Divisional week of play, no one is going to beat them.

And this week, I honestly think the outcome of the NFC title game is more predictable than the AFC. While Green Bay may have some success on defense in slowing down the 9er offense, they won’t be able to stop it. And on the other side of the coin, I’m having trouble seeing any way that the Packers will be able to string together enough successful plays to score more than maybe 17 points.

Who you got?

So who are you cheering for this weekend, Broncos Country? Hit up the poll and the comments. Let me know how you think the games are going to turn out and why.

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Poll

Which team are you cheering for to be NFL Champions this season?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    San Francisco 49ers
    (52 votes)
  • 43%
    Tennessee Titans
    (79 votes)
  • 8%
    Green Bay Packers
    (16 votes)
  • 19%
    No one (cause this is a Broncos blog and the chefs can pound sand)
    (36 votes)
183 votes total Vote Now