And then there were four teams.
The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs last met in the AFC Championship Game back in the 1993-94 season, and they’ll meet again in 2021. Of course, the big question mark is whether or not Patrick Mahomes will clear concussion protocol and start next Sunday. If not, Chad Henne will be starting in his place.
On the NFC side, the Green Bay Packers eliminated the Los Angeles Rams and expedited Brandon Staley’s exit from the team to go coach the Los Angles Chargers. The lone road team to prevail was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who turned four turnovers into 21 points and a 30-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints in what was presumably the final game of Drew Brees’ career. Brees threw three interceptions (and arguably should’ve thrown more) while Jameis Winston threw a 56-yard touchdown on a trick play. I legit think Winston would’ve given New Orleans a better shot at winning. At least he would’ve pushed the ball down the field while throwing that many picks.
(Quick question: Do you think the Seattle Seahawks would’ve been able to beat the New Orleans Saints had they played? Seattle would’ve faced New Orleans had they beaten the Rams last week.)
And now there are three games left in this 2020-21 NFL season. We have never had a Super Bowl in which one of the teams got to play at home (although the 1984 San Francisco 49ers played at Stanford Stadium). Could that streak end this year with the Bucs? Or will the Packers reach their second Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers? Meanwhile the Chiefs are looking to repeat as champs, where as the Bills are seeking a return to the very city (Tampa) where Scott Norwood pushed his winning field goal wide right.
Sunday, January 24th
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers - 12:05 PM PT, FOX
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs - 3:40 PM PT, CBS