March 4, 2024
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There are 4 groups remaining within the NFL playoffs – all with hopes they may attain the Tremendous Bowl with victories subsequent weekend.

The San Francisco 49ers will host the Detroit Lions within the NFC Championship Recreation, and the Baltimore Ravens will welcome the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs within the AFC Championship Recreation.

The 49ers are again within the convention title recreation after final yr’s debacle in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles that noticed a number of accidents have an effect on the offensive aspect of the ball. The Lions are within the convention title recreation for the primary time for the reason that 1991 season. Rather a lot has modified within the group since then.,

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The Ravens are internet hosting their first convention title recreation ever. A win would imply the franchise’s first Tremendous Bowl look for the reason that 2012 season. The Chiefs have now made six consecutive convention title video games, which have yielded two Tremendous Bowl rings for the reason that 2019 season.

Earlier than the video games kick off, have a look beneath for the checklist of the highest remaining quarterbacks.

4). Brock Purdy, 49ers

Brock Purdy, #13 of the San Francisco 49ers, seems to go as he warms up previous to an NFL divisional spherical playoff soccer recreation between the San Francisco 49ers and the Inexperienced Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium on Jan. 20, 2024 in Santa Clara, California. (Michael Owens/Getty Photographs)

49ers quarterback Brock Purdy could also be main the most effective staff left within the NFL postseason, however out of the 4 quarterbacks remaining within the playoffs, he’s ranked final going into the convention championships.

Purdy’s 59% completion price, 252 passing yards and landing go in opposition to the Inexperienced Bay Packers didn’t do sufficient convincing. He had one landing go within the staff’s 24-21 victory. He has an entire host of weapons, together with Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.

McCaffrey showcased simply how harmful he might be as he scored two dashing touchdowns. Purdy threw a landing go to Kittle that helped eke out the win. Nevertheless, there’s undoubtedly room to alter the minds of naysayers with an enormous recreation in opposition to the Detroit Lions as if main San Francisco on a game-winning drive was not sufficient.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan praised Purdy.

“There was occasions that we have been all off at occasions,” Shanahan mentioned, through Yahoo Sports activities. “… I believed everybody who had just a few performs that caught out, that both ended a drive or it was why we didn’t get a primary down — similar factor on protection, even on particular groups — however everybody who did try this stuff made an enormous play on the finish in all three phases to get us again into it. 

“Brock, he made some massive performs on this recreation, missed a pair — however main us down on that final drive and getting the win, that’s all you may ask for.”

3). Jared Goff, Lions

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff, #16, throws the ball throughout an NFC Divisional Playoff recreation between the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Detroit on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024. (Amy Lemus/NurPhoto through Getty Photographs)

Lions quarterback Jared Goff has been right here earlier than. He has led Detroit on an inconceivable run to the convention championship recreation and has a matchup in opposition to the 49ers – probably the greatest groups within the league. Goff has NFC title recreation expertise as he led the Los Angeles Rams to a victory over the New Orleans Saints within the 2019 recreation.

Now, Goff is on a brand new staff and is one win away from getting again to the Tremendous Bowl. Goff’s massive recreation expertise might be a distinction maker in opposition to the 49ers. He had 287 passing yards and two landing passes in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers within the Lions’ 31-23 win.

“It’s thrilling,” Goff mentioned of getting again to the NFC Championship. “We joked in there after the sport. Sarcastically, the final time plenty of us performed in it was in opposition to one another. It was me with the Rams in opposition to (Lions head coach Dan Campbell) with the Saints. (Lions linebacker Alex) Anzalone was there. (Lions defensive coordinator) Aaron Glenn was there. Yeah, so it’s thrilling.

“And never only for me, however for our complete staff and it’s one thing that we’ve – it’s not, I don’t need to say this arrogantly, however we anticipated to win the primary recreation, we anticipated to win this recreation and now we get to go to a recreation we anticipated to be in in opposition to a extremely good staff at their place and we’re going to return into it anticipating to win. It’ll be a troublesome recreation, however It’ll be enjoyable.”

2). Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes vs Bills

Patrick Mahomes, #15 of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, dodges Micah Hyde, #23 of the Buffalo Payments, throughout their AFC Divisional Playoff recreation at Highmark Stadium on Jan. 21, 2024 in Orchard Park, New York. (Al Bello/Getty Photographs)

For the sixth consecutive time, Patrick Mahomes has led the Chiefs to a convention championship. Mahomes and the Chiefs may be seen because the perennial favorites to make the Tremendous Bowl as soon as once more, however this season has been a bit of bit totally different.

Kansas Metropolis was ninth in yards gained and fifteenth in factors scored. It was the primary time they completed exterior the highest 10 in factors scored for the reason that 2016 season, when Alex Smith was nonetheless the beginning quarterback. There was way more trials and tribulations in 2023 for the Chiefs, however they’ve come out with victories at dwelling in opposition to the Miami Dolphins and on the street in opposition to the Buffalo Payments.

The stress will probably be largely off Mahomes as all eyes will probably be on Lamar Jackson as he tries to interrupt by and lead the Ravens to a Tremendous Bowl. He might be able to take benefit and win the sport.

“There’s no weak spot there,” Mahomes mentioned of the Ravens’ protection. “It’s going to take our greatest effort. Protection, offense, particular groups, they do all of it. It’s at all times an ideal problem, and that stadium goes to be rocking, so we’re excited for the problem.”

1). Lamar Jackson, Ravens

Lamar Jackson vs Texans

Lamar Jackson, #8 of the Baltimore Ravens, celebrates after dashing for a landing in opposition to the Houston Texans through the fourth quarter within the AFC Divisional Playoff recreation at M&T Financial institution Stadium on Jan. 20, 2024 in Baltimore. (Rob Carr/Getty Photographs)

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was the MVP favourite after the season and proved Saturday night time in opposition to the Houston Texans that he’s greater than able to taking the staff to the subsequent stage as the most effective quarterback left within the postseason.

Jackson had 152 passing yards and two landing passes in addition to two scores on the bottom. Baltimore confirmed no ring rust. Baltimore can be internet hosting the AFC Championship for the primary time in its historical past. Jackson has the possibility to do all of it in entrance of the house crowd.

He mentioned he was motivated a bit of bit with the knack on him being that he solely had one playoff win.

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“I noticed it. Sure, I see it, however it’s what it’s,” Jackson mentioned. “I don’t actually care about what folks say. I’m attempting to win day in and day trip. Each time I’m on that area, I’m attempting to play to the most effective of my skills. These guys simply had our staff quantity up to now, but it surely’s a unique staff. Like I’ve been saying, we simply have to remain locked in on what’s forward of us.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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