The Road to Atlanta

by Aaron Jaffe ’21

NFC Game Preview: Rams v Saints

The number two seeded Los Angeles Rams will fly down to the Big Easy to face off against the number one seeded New Orleans Saints in a much anticipated rematch. In their first matchup back in November, the Rams came in as the best team in the NFC with the Saints only trailing slightly behind. In the week 9 matchup, the Saints held home field advantage and came away with a huge win, 45-35. Drew Brees and co. could not be stopped as they marched down the field with ease against  tough Rams’ defense. The game was eventually capped off by a 73-yard catch and run touchdown from Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas. In this rematch of the top teams in the NFC, don’t expect to see a different outcome. New Orleans once again controls home field and will feed off the rambunctious crowd. The Rams won’t be able to get stops when they need and in a close game, the experience of Drew Brees will sent the Saints to the Super Bowl.

38-34 Saints

AFC Game Preview:

The number one seeded Kansas City Chiefs will host the number two seeded New England Patriots in another rematch game to decide who represents the AFC in the Super Bowl. This single game could be a date in history where the dominance of the Patriots come to a close and the youth and upcoming Patrick Mahomes takes over, or another year of Patriots success. Both teams have electric offenses and major holes on defense. In their first matchup back in October, New England was the home team and the Pats won on a game winning chip shot from Stephen Gostkowski, 43-40. This time around at Arrowhead, the fans will give the inexperienced Kansas City team an advantage over the Tom Brady-led Patriots team, who is in their 8th consecutive AFC championship game. Another shootout is certain and when the game gets late, the pass-rushers from the Chiefs will get after Tom Brady and give the Chiefs their first shot at a Super Bowl since 1970.

41-40 Chiefs

Super Bowl Prediction:

The matchup of the top two MVP candidates will surely be a show but the Saints defense is no match for Kansas City’s historic offense. Chiefs take home the win 45-41.