It’s almost here people, the most important game of the season and arguably one of the biggest spectacles in sports if not the grandest of them all, the Super Bowl is almost upon us and holy crap I cannot wait. But before talking about what will happen in Atlanta there still needs to be an AFC and a NFC Champion to headline and that is exactly what we are here for. Let’s talk about who will be going to the big dance and who will just have to do with throwing a kick-ass viewing party at home. In all honesty one could argue that the best teams in football this season are rightfully there, but we all know that only three of those four teams actually made the statement and effort during the season to be called favorites, the other one just rides off Brady and Belichick’s luck and charisma.
In a matchup between the GOAT qb Tom Brady and the new kid on the block qb sensation Patrick Mahomes you know there will be fireworks all over the place even if Kansas City is under freezing temperatures and playing conditions. It’s not just the Brady vs. Mahomes matchup here, it’s also the matchup between two of football’s best coaches, Bill Belichick and Andy Reid. One, Billy boy, has won it practically all, the other tubby Andy, he’s come close, very close but always ends up finding a way to screw himself out of glory. Well this year I am a strong believer that the tide is about to change drastically for Reid and we will finally have the chance to see him coach again in the Super Bowl and who knows, maybe even win it.
The Patriots have not played their best football this season, and while yes, their win against San Diego last week was one full of dominance it still doesn’t make up for the fact that this team is slowly starting to rust and the magic is kind of running out little by little. Pitting them up against the other best team in the conference after playing the Chargers will not benefit them in any way. This Patriots team is running thinner by the day when it comes to physical stamina, Brady is like 300 years old by now and even if he is one of the best if not the best to ever grace his position, he cannot continue to carry this team on his back. People always praise Tom’s quick mind and precision when it comes to getting rid of the ball fast and good, but this Chiefs defense is looking more and more like a true threat to even the best quarterbacks and their offensive lines. Look at what they did to Andrew Luck and the Colts. They ran right through him and helped make sure the offense didn’t have to worry so much about winning the game all by themselves. Is Tom Brady ready for this? Is the Patriots offense, with their running game being their strongest real weapon right now, especially when the ball is given to White or Michel and Gronk almost heading for retirement ready for what they will get in KC? I can say yes based on pedigree but apart from that, it’s a no from me.
The Chiefs on the other hand have everything in their power to win. They just need to do one exercise and it will be all good for them, they need to believe they can win the biggest games of the season. It’s no time for choking right now, the good thing is Patrick Mahomes does not look like a choker in any form, way or shape. Mahomes is slowly turning into the new sensation we all needed to see in a quarterback position where all the true greats are aging and there are no real big-time candidates to take over once they leave. This man has a game vision and an arm that should come with an explanation booklet. He makes the Chiefs play better as a whole and it doesn’t hurt that he has guys like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce making room for his passes. Their defensive line, if on the goods will take care of Brady with ease, the crowd will be heard from beginning to end and the weather, well to say they’re going to freeze their asses to victory is putting it lightly but I’m calling this game for the Chiefs. Kansas City, you’re going to the Super Bowl.
On the NFC, the Saints and Rams. It’s either going to be the millennial version of “The Greatest Show on Turf” or Brees and his legacy living to play one more game. The Rams for almost anybody are the best team in football hands down. They have the best coach, the best defense, the best running back and one of the best quarterbacks. You know what else they’ve collected this season? A loss to the Saints in the Superdome. So, what will it take for the Rams to beat the Saints and go on to the Super Bowl? They have to do everything the Eagles were doing only making sure that they receivers can catch the ball properly. There is no clear way of how to beat such a strong Saints team, but maybe holding Kamara, Ingram and Thomas down long enough might give them a strong chance of succeeding, that is until you take into account that you need to take care of Drew Brees too. Aaron Donald needs to make Drew Brees a ghost, eliminate him and hope for his partners in defense to feel the same way, if not, Brees is just too damn good.
The Saints are playing at home and man is that Superdome magical or what? They have all of their best weapons in hand and ready, just like last week against the Eagles. So why were they one catch away from almost being eliminated? Their offensive line, a strong, respectable one left Brees hanging a couple of times. That cannot happen again this week if they want to win. The Saints with Brees and company can score plenty of points but so can the Rams, so it all comes down to who will have better protection in the pocket to get their game going. I want the Saints to make it to the playoffs because Brees deserves one more shot at the Super Bowl title to cement his legacy, but also this Rams team is just too damn good and a Rams vs. Chiefs match up in the Super Bowl would be beyond amazing so I’m going to say, against my better judgment that the Rams will win this one, but if I’m wrong and the Saints make it through, I’ll be one happy camper waiting to see Brees win the Super Bowl.