Register Reporter Recaps NFL Playoffs

The NFL Playoffs are set to resume this weekend. Register Reporter Ryan Miller catches you up on what’s happened so far on the road to the Super Bowl.

Packers beat Rams 32-18 to proceed to the NFC Championship

Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to beat the Rams 32-18 to host Tom Brady and the Buccaneers at home in Lambeau Field on January 24th. This is now Aaron Rodgers’s 4th NFC Championship game but he is 1-3 all time, while Tom Brady’s first-ever NFC Championship game but it feels slightly different but not entirely. Brady is 9-4 all-time in AFC Championship games and now he is leading the Buccaneers to their first championship game since 2002. It is shaping up to be a really interesting matchup, do not rule out either one of these teams. 

Buccaneers beat Saints in a defensive bout

Brady-Brees III was the headline for the matchup going in the game. How the Saints have beaten Brady 2 consecutive times in the Regular Season. The first time, Bucs lost 34-23 in Week 1 then the Saints blew out the Bucs 38-3 in the middle of the season. There was a saying heading into the game where people were doubting the Saints because it was not probable that they can sweep the Bucs three times in a season and they were right. For both quarterbacks, it was a static start with both defenses smothering the offenses. Saints were up most of the game but it was fairly close until Brees started throwing interceptions. He threw a total of 3 picks, and Brady and the Bucs successfully capitalized on turnovers and that is why the Bucs came out on top. Brees, who threw for 19/34, 134 total yards, 1 touchdown, and 3 interceptions. Many speculate Brees to retire sometime after the season, but he still has a year left on his contract.

Bills beat Ravens 17-3 to go to AFC Championship since 1994.

Josh Allen continues to have the best year in his young career. Ever since Tom Brady left New England, Allen has become the leader the Bills needed for them to be the top-dog of the AFC East. Ravens, led by Lamar Jackson, who beat the Titans the previous week, had a hard time getting anything going on offense, throwing for 142 yards and 1 crucial interception. Jackson threw the ball in the endzone and it was picked off by Taron Johnson for a 101-yd pick-six to increase the score to 17-3 instead of a possible tie. This cemented the game for the Bills to advance to the AFC Championship.

Colts QB Philip Rivers retires after 17 seasons

Philip Rivers retires after 1 season in Indy, leading them to an 11-5 season. His final game came when the Bills beat them in the Wild Card matchup. He threw 27/46 for 304 yards with 2 touchdowns. He finishes among the top 5 in both total passing yards and touchdowns and to never have won a super bowl.

Predictions:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v. Green Bay Packers, Sun 3:05 p.m Est on Fox 

Sunday’s afternoon match against two star-studded #12’s Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. These two teams have faced each other earlier in the season where Tampa beat Green Bay 38-10 at home. Now the tables have shifted where now, the NFC Championship is in Lambeau Field. There is a 50% chance of snow setting up the scene for a frozen tundra matchup. I see this game to be a very close game if the Bucs are able to get to Rodgers, but if he is not pressured, then the Bucs would have to rely on their pass defense and scoring off turnovers. Packers have the #1 offense but Tom Brady has been in this situation many times before and never rule him out. 

Buffalo Bills v. Kansas City Chiefs, Sun 6:40 p.m Est on CBS.

On the AFC side of the ball, you have two extremely great offenses, first you have the Kansas City Chiefs who is led by a questionable Patrick Mahomes for Sunday’s game. He has been through the concussion protocol ever since he left the 3rd quarter of last week’s divisional game against the Browns. In the likely chance that he returns to the field, there is also a chance where he may not start and the back Chad Henne might start under center. If Henne is starting then the Bills might be too much for the QB veteren. The Bills have been performing very well with Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs. Diggs has led the league in receptions and really have turned this team around. I see this game being the closer game out of the two because these offenses can compete on the same level, and don’t be surprised if this game turns into a shootout by the Bills, but just because Mahomes is questionable, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill will find someway to stand out and make an impact for the Chiefs.