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Chiefs 34- Packers 31 

The two favorites will meet up in the Super Bowl, pitting the MVP frontrunners of Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes against each other. This year, the NFL changed its postseason format, leaving only the top seed in each conference with a bye. Fortunately, both the Packers and Chiefs were the AFC and NFC’s one seeds, and their teams being the only ones with time to rest will be a huge advantage for the rest of the playoffs. A rested Chiefs’ offense will be too much for the Browns’ and Bills’ mediocre defenses. The Packers will simply outplay probably the worst remaining team in the Rams, and in a legendary duel between Brady and Rodgers, the latter will come out on top. The Chiefs’ explosive offense will be too much for the Packers’ defense as they get put into a “pick your poison” scenario against the Chiefs’ plethora of great offensive weapons, compared to the Packers’ offense which has for the most part, been the Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers show. In what will surely be an instant classic, Rodgers will tie the game at 31 points apiece, and with under a minute left Mahomes will set up a Harrison Butker game winner as time expires. –Colin Horan ‘21

Packers 35- Bills 31

As the race for the Lombardi Trophy narrows down to fewer and fewer teams every week, only one will be hoisting it at the end. That team will be the Green Bay Packers, topping the Buffalo Bills in a shootout. Aaron Rodgers will win the MVP this year and is one of the great quarterbacks currently and of all time. This year alone Rodgers threw for a career-high 48 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Rodgers didn’t do alone though, WR Davante Adams also put up career highs this season, finishing 5th nationally in yards and 1st in receiving touchdowns with 18. Not only that, young RB Aaron Jones also had a solid season finishing with 1,104 rushing yards along with 9 rushing touchdowns. As for the defense Linebacker, Za’darius Smith recorded 12.5 sacks finishing 4th in the NFl as well as 17 tackles for loss. Safety Darnell Savage recorded 12 passes defended and star cornerback Jaire Alexander had 51 combined tackles and 1 interception. This overwhelming offense and a defense filled with stars up front, in the middle, and in the secondary will be too much for the Bills to handle. Although young star quarterback Josh Allen has played outstanding this season and wide receiver Stefon Diggs finished first in receiving yards, the Bills will not win this year. However, watch them as a sleeper team next season. –Dylan Sondike ‘24

Chiefs 35- Packers 28. The top seeds colliding in the Super Bowl may seem too predictable, but a matchup between these two will definitely not disappoint. The chemistry between Aaron Rodgers and Devante Adams appears to be immune to any lockdown corner or defense, and if Aaron Jones finds running room against an average Chiefs defense, the Packers have a much higher chance of stripping the Chiefs of back to back Super Bowl titles. While it started off as their weak spot, the Packers defense has improved significantly in recent weeks and has the ability to disrupt even the best quarterbacks, including the Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. If Chiefs’ running back Clyde Edwards-Elaire is back healthy from his leg injury against the Saints, the Chiefs explosive passing game will not have to carry the entire load, and they can use a balanced offensive attack as they successfully did in the last Super Bowl. The Chiefs have a pattern of starting out slow in playoff games, and coming from behind, including the divisional round and Super Bowl last year. This pattern will continue, as Rodgers will out-play Mahomes in the first half. However, Mahomes’ youth and unique play-making ability will eventually lead the Chiefs to victory over the 37-year old Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Mahomes will throw for three touchdowns and Travis Kecle will record 10 receptions and over 100 yards. The Chiefs will become the eighth team to win back to back titles and Mahomes will once again win Super Bowl MVP. –Jimmy Yates ‘21

Chiefs 31- Packers 24

After the exciting debut of the NFL’s Super Wild Card Weekend, we are on to the divisional round of the playoffs. With four exciting games this week, it should be another fun weekend of football. However, if a Super Bowl prediction were to be made now, it feels like the most realistic prediction is the Kansas City Chiefs facing off against the Green Bay Packers. Starting off with the NFC, it seems like everyone has a shot to go to Tampa Bay and play in Super Bowl LV, but Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have been on another level this year, and if the future hall of famer can get by a tough Rams defense they should be a lock for the Super Bowl. The Saints and Bucs don’t really match up well with the Packers, as Drew Brees has looked slow in his return from injury, and The Bucs can only beat up on the bad teams, barely getting by the Washington Football Team and their backup quarterback last week. In the AFC, it’s a two-horse race between the Chiefs and Buffalo Bills, as the two explosive offenses will most likely face off in a high scoring contest, where the Chiefs will move on, going to their second straight Super Bowl. And to finish off the 2020 season, the Chiefs will again take home the Lombardi trophy, after defeating the Packers in a back and forth game reminiscent of last year’s Super Bowl. –Ryan Duvall ‘21