For the second time this season, San Francisco pummeled the Packers — again thanks to Robert Saleh’s defense beating up the offense designed by his best man Matt LaFleur, making this the worst best man beating since Lance’s profanity-laced beatdown of Harper in The Best Man. But this game belonged to Kyle Shanahan and Raheem Mostert; the former for joining his dad, Mike, as the only father-son duo to lead teams to a Super Bowl and the latter for his breakout game for the ages. Whether they win Super Bowl LIV or not, this is one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history.
The man with the “wrist flick from hell” had the homecoming from hell, as California-native Aaron Rodgers dropped to 0-5 in his postseason career against a Top 10 pass defense and Green Bay blew the opportunity to cap the NFL’s centennial season with a rematch of the first-ever Super Bowl. Rodgers may see an open window, but it seems his only path to another ring will be if the Packers can assemble an unbeatable supporting cast like Denver did for Elway in the late 1990s.
Kansas City’s run is poetic for so many reasons. The Chiefs’ Super Bowl IV victory was the last meeting between the AFL and NFL before the 1970 merger, and it feels like Andy Reid — whose championship drought is roughly half as long — is due for a breakthrough. Patrick Mahomes is here to remind you why he’s the reigning MVP and the Chiefs defense is eerily reminiscent of the 2006 Colts D that woke up from a regular season slumber to propel Tony Dungy to his long-awaited title.
Though the Titans fell short of a Super Bowl, Tennessee’s unexpected run to Championship Sunday was impressive. After steamrolling the Chiefs in the regular season, Derrick Henry’s postseason for the ages ended with only 69 yards — but it was enough to snap a playoff record near and dear to the hearts of Redskins fans. If the case for Henry to leave Nashville plays out, don’t be surprised to see the Skins throw a lot of money his way.
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