[Preview] NFL Conference Finals: The NFC Experience, AFC Youth | Touchdown Actu (NFL Actu)





Who to get to Tampa bay in two weeks for this 55th Super Bowl Of the history ? They are only four teams in the running. In AFC, there are the Chiefs and the Bills worn by two talented young quarterbacks, Patrick mahomes and Josh Allen. Opposite, in NFC, the Packers and the Buccaneers will compete against each other, led by their experienced launchers who have already won everything Aaron Rodgers and Tom brady. These four franchises have arguments and the matches are more than indecisive.

Despite his concussion last week, the MVP 2018 should indeed be present for this third consecutive conference final at home for Kansas City. But the weekend will start in the Wisconsin with a match that Green Bay eagerly awaited since last year, when the men of Matt LaFleur had completely missed the event at this same stage of the competition in San Francisco. This time, the final will be at home, against a strong opponent who is Tampa bay.

Kick-off Sunday at 9:05 p.m.
Green Bay Packers (1) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5)

For the first time in their long career, Aaron Rodgers and Tom brady will meet in the playoffs. The two quarterbacks have only played three times. The most recent dates back to last October 18 in Tampa. The Buccaneers left no chance for their opponent in a one-sided match (38-10). This time, the meeting will be played out in the cold of Green Bay and inevitably all eyes will be on the two futures Hall of Famers. On the one hand, Rodgers hope to return to Super Bowl for the first time since 2010 despite four conference finals in the past seven seasons. The other, Brady wants to become the fourth quarterback to play the big game with two different franchises (Kurt warner, Peyton manning and Craig morton). It would be his 10th.

But this meeting is not limited to a quarterback duel. The ground game in particular will play a preponderant role in this part. We have seen that it is in this area that Buccaneers managed to open spaces last week facing the Saints. Ronald jones was, moreover, one of the architects of victory against Packers in the regular season with 113 yards for 2 TDs. Opposite, the other Jones, Aaron, comes out of a season at 1,104 yards to which must be added the 99 of last week against the Rams. The distant duel between the Jones will be interesting to watch. Finally, with a victory, Tampa bay would become the first team in history to play a Super Bowl home.

Kick-off in the night from Sunday to Monday at 12:40 a.m.
Kansas City (1) – Buffalo Bills (2)

In what state will be Patrick mahomes ? This is necessarily the question everyone is asking themselves before this match. If the signs that come to us from Kansas City are good and the MVP 2018 should play, we do not know if it will be 100%. An important question which should be the key to the match. The Chiefs, announced favorites, will however have to play their best football, especially in attack, to keep up with the Bills. I have to say that Buffalo has one of the best attacks in the league (31.3 average points). And if the defense of Kansas City was good when needed in the face of Cleveland, not sure she can muzzle Josh Allen and his whole squad.

For once, the best duel of this match will perhaps be … on the sidelines. Sean mcdermott and Andy reid know each other well. The first was a long time in the staff of the second to Philadelphia during the 2000s, until becoming its defensive coordinator. Their path finally parted in 2011 when Reid dismissed Mcdermott, but the two men remained on good terms. They now meet again in the conference final and will have to compete in ingenuity to surprise each other. The experience could also play a role between a team which hosts the final of the conference for the third time in a row and another which has not reached this level of competition since 1994. At the time, the Bills had beaten … the Chiefs to reach their fourth Super Bowl consecutive.

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Kick-off Sunday at 9:05 p.m.
Green Bay Packers (1) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5)
Kick-off in the night from Sunday to Monday at 12:40 a.m.
Kansas City (1) – Buffalo Bills (2)

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