PHILADELPHIA- The Philadelphia Eagles will face the San Francisco 49ers in an epic clash in this year’s NFC Championship. This NFC finale will decide which team will advance to the Super Bowl and it looks to be a contest of two teams that have a great chance to win. It doesn’t seem like either team has a moderate edge over the other. Although many NFL fans may quickly predict the Eagles and claim there is absolutely no logical reason to pick the underdog San Francisco 49ers, we have to go with a Lee Corso quote “Not so fast, my friend”.
The biggest story of the emergence of a potential NFL star right away. Can the “Mr. Irrelevant” of the draft Brock Purdy deliver his team to another “improbable” win? Purdy hasn’t lost a game yet. His main offensive weapons receiver Deebo Samuel and running back Christian McCaffrey are obviously two players who are really making things easy for Purdy. San Francisco also boasts a top-level defense which just held the Dallas Cowboys, one of the NFL’s best offenses, to just 12 points last week. It’s important to remember that San Francisco’s defense may not make things so easy for the juggernaut Eagle’s offense.
The Eagles’ offense continues to dominate and although they are going against a feared defense, this unit could still score 28+ points with relative ease. Jalen Hurts is one of those underestimated quarterbacks who most NFL fans doubted would become a good quarterback much less a great quarterback. Receivers A J. Brown and DeVonta Smith are a big part of Hurt’s success. While the Eagles’ defense boasts a few big names especially defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, the story for the Eagles is still the offense putting up 28+ points a game.
49ers 31 Eagles 28
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals
These two teams face each other for the second consecutive playoffs. Cincinnati is more ready now than ever after claiming the AFC crown last year. Cincinnati is another team that is hard to dismiss as an underdog. In fact, despite records that are almost even in this game, Cincinnati seems like the real favorite here.
The offense of Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Joe Mixon continues to take on any defense. This team gave the Bills’ defense a very hard time last week and will like to do the same to the Chiefs’ defense.
On the other side, Patrick Mahomes continues to develop rapport with his new receiving core. Sometimes that team chemistry takes years to develop. However, it’s happening quickly in Kansas City which makes Mahomes look that much better overall as a quarterback and team leader. Life without Tyreek Hill could’ve been very difficult but credit Mahomes for handling the pressure and expectations well. Receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster (933 receiving yards, three touchdowns), Marquez Valdez-Scantling, and Skye Moore of Western Michigan making big things happen. Rookie running back Isaiah Pacheco (830 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns) might also make an impact. We also can’t forget the reliable tight end Travis Kelce’s (1,388 receiving yards, 12 touchdowns) ability to jumpstart the passing game.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Kelce was listed as questionable on the injury report and might miss the game.
Bengals 49 Chiefs 42