The NFL Conference Championships are set

January 23, 2023
There was one snowy upset in upstate NY, but otherwise, the three top seeds handily won their games. Now we’re onto the Conference Championships — and one step closer to the Rihanna concert.
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The GIST: TBH, the Divisional Round was kind of a snoozefest. There was one snowy upset in upstate NY, but otherwise, the three top seeds handily won their games. Now we’re onto the Conference Championships — and one step closer to the Rihanna concert.

AFC: The No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs and No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals both emerged victorious this weekend, topping the No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars 27–20 and No. 2 Buffalo Bills, respectively, to set up next week’s AFC Championship rematch.

  • This marks Kansas City’s fifth straight championship game, but the vets will enter with some concerns after QB Patrick Mahomes suffered a high ankle sprain in Saturday’s win. With adrenaline pumping, Mahomes said he’d be on the field for the ’ship.
  • Meanwhile, resident Big Boy and aforementioned Bengals QB Joe Burrow made Buffalo say brr yesterday, ending the preseason favorite Bills’ emotional quest for an elusive Super Bowl title. Sorry to this mafia.

NFC: Though it nearly came down to the final moments, Mr. Irrelevant QB Brock Purdy and the No. 2 San Francisco 49ers reigned supreme over veteran QB Dak Prescott’s No. 5 Dallas Cowboys in last night’s 19–12 win. Shoutout to Niners tight end George Kittle, whose standout one-handed juggle catch helped send SF to their second straight NFC title game.

  • And as expected, the No. 1 Philadelphia Eagles clobbered the No. 6 NY Giants 38–7 on Saturday. That means Philly is in the NFC Championship for the first time since the 2017 season, which also happens to be when they last won the Super Bowl. Is something special brewing in Philly?
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