Scene of the Week: AFC & NFC Championships Set
The AFC and NFC Championships are set for next week, and we’ve got some thrilling matchups. On the AFC side, the sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the second-seeded Kansas City Chiefs this past Saturday. The Titans are coming off an improbable 28-12 win against the Baltimore Ravens in which they led wire-to-wire. The Titans hope to make the Super Bowl for the first time since 1999 when they lost to the Rams 24-21. As for the Chiefs, head coach Andy Reid finally gets his chance at a Super Bowl appearance with Kansas City. Backed by a great performance from Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs came back from a 24-0 deficit against the Texans this past Sunday.
As for the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers are hosting the Green Bay Packers on (date). The Packers just bounced back from a huge win against the Seahawks at Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers hopes to lead this Packers team to another Super Bowl, in hopes for the star QB’s second Super Bowl. As for the 49ers, this season has been more than phenomenal. They racked a 13-3 regular season, a huge win against Minnesota last week, and are one win away from the Super Bowl.
For both teams, the narrative is “win, and you’re in.”
Take of the Week: Titans Make Super Bowl LVI
No one expected the Tennessee Titans to even make it past the first round given they had to travel to New England and play the Patriots. But after a huge performance, they shocked the world and advanced to the second round to face the Baltimore Ravens. No one expected them to win that game either, being 10.5 point underdogs. But, again, they won in Baltimore with ease and will now play the Chiefs in Kansas City.
If any team is capable of winning on the road, it’s Tennessee. Two straight road wins — first against the defending Super Bowl champs and second against the best team in the whole NFL, the Baltimore Ravens. If Derrick Henry does his thing against this 26th place Kansas City run defense, Ryan Tannehill does all he needs to do, and this Titans defense plays great, expect the sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans to make the 2020 Super Bowl.
Browns Hire Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski as Next Head Coach
The Cleveland Browns were in need of a head coach ever since Freddie Kitchens was fired on Dec. 29. On Jan. 7, every team with a head coaching vacancy had found their man except for Cleveland. The Browns then waited and waited and finally signed Stefanski as their next head coach. The move came after Minnesota was defeated by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Divisional Round following a lackluster offensive performance.
The Browns are looking to get back to winning again, and that starts with Stefanski. With so many offensive weapons in Kareem Hunt, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Baker Mayfield, and more, Stefanski has a lot to work with moving forward.