The NFL playoffs are in the semi-final round!
We are down to the final four teams, and there will be a new Super Bowl Champion.
With two old veteran QBs facing off against young up-and-comers, it will surely be another slate of interesting games.
Here are 789’s official playoff predictions for the 2018-19 NFL Conference Championship Round:
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND GAMES
New England at Kansas City Chiefs
In what I expect will be the more entertaining matchup of the weekend, the Patriots will travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs.
Of course, its being predicted to be the coldest game in the history of Arrowhead Stadium. That may affect the passing game, forcing both teams to become creative through the air and pound the rock on the ground.
Prior to writing this, I felt that the Chiefs would find a way to come out on top.
However, in a game that is expected to be grit-and-grind, the Patriots are far better suited for success. The combination of RB Sony Michel on the ground and RB James White in the passing game will help carry QB Tom Brady to another Super Bowl appearance.
Cale’s Prediction: 24-14, Patriots
I have followed the mantra of the home team has the advantage (for the most part) this postseason. Winning in the playoffs is so hard, to go on the road and do it is a whole different beast. Well, guess what, the Patriots are also a whole different beast.
Josh McDaniels is an offensive magician. All character things withstanding, the guy calls a great game, and puts his players in a position to succeed. If the game needs more Gronk, they go to him, if the game plan is the running backs carry the load, you bet it’s coming.
Mahomes is the surefire MVP, he’s carried them all season, and he’s a generational talent. But it’s the AFC title, it’s Andy Reid, and it’s the Patriots.
This may be at Arrowhead, but I’m not counting out the Empire until I see the Death Star blow up.
Tyler’s Prediction: 21-17, Patriots
Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints
After the Eagles’ suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Saints last week, I’d love nothing more than to watch New Orleans fall.
I just don’t believe it will happen.
QB Drew Brees is just too experienced, WR Michael Thomas may be the best receiver in football, and while RBs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram were held in check last week, you can’t contain them forever.
On the other side, RB Todd Gurley has been dealing with injuries, leading the team to rely heavily on RB C.J. Anderson last week. I don’t think the Rams will find the same success on the ground this week, forcing QB Jared Goff to make plays through the air.
Ultimately, I think Brees and the Saints’ offense is just too much for the Rams, setting up a Brees-Brady Super Bowl.
Cale’s Prediction: 27-23, Saints
This one is going to be good. The two best teams in the NFC squaring off at the site of the first match up where the Saints won pretty handily to give the Rams their first loss of the year.
Like last weeks game with the Eagles, I think the Saints will play them closer than last time. I think Goff will be a little spotty in the big game, but with the two headed monster of Gurley and Anderson the Rams will be right in it.
Aaron Donald is going to force a turnover at some point and the Saints will try at least 3 silly plays with Taysom Hill.
At the end of the day, it’s Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. The Saints are marching all the way to Atlanta for essentially a home super bowl.
Tyler’s Prediction: 28-25, Saints
Stay tuned for 789’s Super Bowl predictions in the coming weeks!