Predicting the NFL Conference Championship Games

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in 2017. Photo by Scott Kinser/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

After a memorable weekend of Divisional Round games, the NFL playoffs have reached the Conference Championship stage, which will decide the teams that face off in Super Bowl LIV.

The Tennessee Titans, who have been the story of the playoffs after upsetting the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens in the first two rounds, will face off with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC game. Meanwhile, the two top seeds in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers, will match up in their conference’s game.

Let’s take a look at the matchups and make predictions for the winners.

AFC Championship Game: Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs will host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game, pitting one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes, and one of its best running backs, Derrick Henry, against each other.

The Titans have put on a defensive clinic in the first two rounds of the playoffs, limiting New England to 13 points and the Ravens to only 12. Few would’ve ever predicted that they would even get this far, but will the Chiefs prove too much of a challenge for them?

Kansas City is clicking, with Patrick Mahomes and company finding their grove in recent weeks after an up-and-down regular season that started to turn around after a mid-season loss to these very Titans.

While Tennessee has had a great run, we think their magical ride will come to a close in a close loss this weekend, meaning that Andy Reid and the Chiefs will reach their first Super Bowl since 1969.

Prediction: Chiefs 24, Titans 20

NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers

The NFC’s #1 and #2 seeds will battle for the right to play in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday. The 49ers have looked the part as the NFC’s top team throughout the entire season, and they blew out the Vikings in dominant fashion last weekend.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will have something to say about this though, as one of the NFL’s best veteran quarterbacks and a team that has been here before will try to keep the NFC favorites from returning to the Super Bowl for the first time since the famous Blackout game at the Superdome.

We ultimately think that the 49ers’ suffocating pass defense will be too much for Rodgers and the Packers to figure out. We have San Francisco meeting up with the Chiefs in the big game.

Prediction: 49ers 28, Packers 13