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NFL Championship Week Evaluation



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Feb 1, 2023

Convention Championship week within the NFL. Primarily the “semi-finals” for the Tremendous Bowl. We at the moment are right down to 4 groups, who’re one match away from taking part in within the greatest match of the 12 months.

So, let’s look again at what occurred, and see who might be taking part in in Tremendous Bowl LVII.

NFC Championship: San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles

All season lengthy, the Philadelphia Eagles have been one of many, if not the, finest groups in soccer this 12 months. Aside from a minor hunch close to the tip of the common season attributable to the damage to quarterback Jalen Hurts, the Eagles have been taking part in sturdy aggressive soccer all through the season. This gave them the primary seed within the NFC. Final week, the Eagles demolished the New York Giants. This week, they confronted a far stronger check within the San Francisco 49ers, who with the assistance of Christian McCaffrey and Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy have gone on a 12-game profitable streak. Might Philadelphia finish this streak and guide their place within the Tremendous Bowl?

The primary drive of the sport belonged to the Eagles and it was attention-grabbing. It started with Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts and firm struggling to maneuver the ball. They confronted third down on their first two units of downs, with the second set seeing 4th down. On this 4th down, Hurts threw to DeVonta Smith, who would carry out a shocking one-handed catch to maneuver the ball into the San Francisco purple zone. Nonetheless, upon inspection, after the drive completed, this play would have been classed as an incomplete go if the 49ers reviewed it. They didn’t do that, and a pair of performs later, Eagles working again Miles Sanders ran the ball in for a 6-yard speeding landing.

In got here 49ers Quarterback Brock Purdy. His offense started to maneuver the ball up the sector with the hope of scoring to begin their problem for a spot on the Tremendous Bowl. They made the 50-yard line, however on the following play, it appeared like Purdy had thrown a poor incomplete go, that as a result of contact with an Eagles defender previous to the go, might have been classed as a fumble. Not like the 49ers of their earlier drive, the Eagles did attraction this ruling. They have been profitable. Purdy had fumbled the ball which was recovered by the Eagles’ protection. Issues obtained even worse for San Francisco quickly after. They didn’t solely simply lose possession, that they had misplaced their quarterback. Purdy was injured on this play, his return was questionable. 

We then noticed the return of our outdated good friend. The “Pageant of Kicking” had made its method to Philadelphia, PA, as the following 5 drives all led to punts after offensive performs that went nowhere. 

The poor streak can be damaged by the 49ers, who have been now quarterbacked by Josh Johnson. Nonetheless, it was not Johnson who would rating the factors. It will be a 23-yard run by Christian McCaffrey which tied issues up 

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The tie lasted 6 minutes. On their subsequent drive, Philadelphia slowly moved the ball down the sector. It was then left to Miles Sanders, who scored a 13-yard speeding landing, his second of the sport. Issues turned even higher for the Eagles quickly after, as Josh  Johnson fumbled the ball, which the Philadelphia protection recovered. From this, Boston Scott ran the ball into the endzone for a 10-yard speeding landing. This meant that at halftime, the Philadelphia Eagles had a 21-7 lead over the San Francisco 49ers. 

The second half of this sport was not nice. With nearly all of the San Francisco offense injured, they have been by no means going to make a correct problem to Philadelphia, who have been already fascinated about their Tremendous Bowl look in two weeks’ time. 

After opening the half with extra punts, the Eagles would improve their lead. From a drive that began at their very own 9-yard line, Hurts and firm drove the ball right down to the San Francisco one-yard line. Then, Hurts ran the ball in for one more landing to all however safe the Eagles’ place on the Tremendous Bowl. 

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The 49ers can be turned over on downs of their subsequent drive. The next possession by the Eagles would end in a 31-yard discipline purpose. Purdy would return to the sport late within the fourth quarter however would make no affect by any means. The 49ers would fumble the ball, and their Tremendous Bowl probabilities on the sport’s remaining drive, because it turned official.

The Philadelphia Eagles had crushed the San Francisco 49ers 31-7 to win the NFC Championship sport for the fourth time and booked their place at Tremendous Bowl LVII. For the 49ers, if Purdy had not been injured, this sport could have been nearer. This crew is unquestionably changing into stronger annually, and it might not shock me in the event that they returned to this sport for the third 12 months in a row subsequent 12 months. 

The Eagles make the Tremendous Bowl. However who would they face?

AFC Championship: Cincinnati Bengals @ Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

The Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs are unquestionably two of the strongest groups within the league. Together with the Buffalo Payments, it was extremely possible that two of those three groups would meet within the convention championship. This match was a repeat of final 12 months’s AFC Championship sport, the place the Bengals gained on a last-minute discipline purpose to ship them to the Tremendous Bowl. Extra importantly, that is the fourth encounter between Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes, two of the most effective quarterbacks within the league. Burrows has by no means misplaced to Mahomes, Would he proceed his streak, or would the Chiefs make the Tremendous Bowl of their fifth consecutive look on this sport? 

The Bengals would have the primary drive of the sport, however wouldn’t be capable of do something with the ball. Alternatively, Kansas Metropolis would be capable of do one thing. In typical Mahomes vogue, the ball rapidly moved up the sector. The Chiefs reached the Bengals’ 25-yard line earlier than the drive stalled, leading to a 43-yard discipline purpose from Harrison Butker. 

The next Kansas Metropolis drive was extra of successful. On the Bengals’ 9-yard line,     Pacheco ran the ball in for a 9-yard speeding touching. Nonetheless, the Chiefs can be penalized for an offensive holding on the play. This not solely pressured them again 10 yards, however it additionally wiped the landing off the board. The drive did finish in factors, however once more from the boot of Butker, who would kick a 24-yard discipline purpose. 

Not desirous to be omitted of the sector goal-kicking enjoyable, the Bengals would rating one on their subsequent drive. Evan McPherson would kick a 30-yard discipline purpose to maintain the lead at 3 factors. 

However, as we now have been all through the season with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, as soon as they concede, they rating in a short time. The identical factor occurred once more on their subsequent drive. Mahomes and firm drove the ball down into the Bengals’ purple zone, after which on fourth down, Mahomes threw a 14-yard landing go to Travis Kelce. 

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Joe Burrow can be intercepted within the Bengals’ reply to this rating, however the Chiefs weren’t in a position to transfer the ball within the reply. Earlier than halftime, it appeared like Burrow can be intercepted once more, however a defensive penalty overturned it. McPherson would kick a 23-yard discipline purpose as halftime arrived. This meant that because the crew went into the locker rooms, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs had a 13-6 lead over the Cincinnati Bengals. 

The Bengals can be the primary to attain within the second half. Burrow would discover Tee Higgins for a 27-yard landing go to tie the sport. This tie wouldn’t final lengthy, nonetheless. On the following drive of the sport, Mahomes would discover Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 19-yard landing go and the lead returned to Kansas Metropolis.

Then, an enormous error on Kansas Metropolis’s behalf occurred. Patrick Mahomes was sacked after which fumbled the ball. This ball was then scooped up by the Bengals’ protection in a really respectable discipline place for one more game-tying landing. Burrow and firm then moved the ball right down to the Chiefs’ 2-yard line, and it might be Samaje Perine who would rating the 2-yard speeding landing to tie the sport once more. 

In the course of the fourth quarter, Joe Burrow can be intercepted once more by the Chiefs’ protection. In an analogous response to his first interception, the Chiefs couldn’t convert the acquire into factors. What they might do subsequent can be considerably controversial, and so typical of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

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With solely a discipline purpose wanted to win and with 30 seconds left on the clock, the Chiefs tried to maneuver the ball. Then, on third down, Mahomes scrambled for the primary down, however this was nonetheless not in discipline purpose territory. Nonetheless, there was a penalty in opposition to the Bengals for pointless roughness on the play. This allowed the Chiefs to maneuver into discipline purpose territory. With the final kick of the sport, Butker would rating a 45-yard discipline purpose to offer the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals to ship them to the Tremendous Bowl to face the Philadelphia Eagles.

Final 12 months, The Bengals gained with a last-minute discipline purpose. This 12 months, the roles reversed, with the Chiefs scoring the winner. With this win, Patrick Mahomes will get his first victory over Joe Burrow, in what’s going to hopefully be a robust and aggressive rivalry between these two-star gamers.



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