AFC Championship

AFC Championship: The New England Patriots are taking on The Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday in the AFC Championship game. NFL students point out how often the Chiefs have given the Patriots regular-season grief of late.The Patriots are 1-5 at Arrowhead Stadium all-time, including a 41-14 that was the second-largest margin of defeat of Tom Brady’s career

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The New England Patriots are once again in familiar territory, as they are playing for a chance to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

This marks the eighth straight year that the Patriots are in this position, and the one thing that seems certain about their game with the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium is that they are not likely to be impacted by nerves or anxiety.

What they are likely to be affected by is Kansas City’s explosive offensive ability and the big arm and overall talent of second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The Kansas City signal-caller has had a brilliant season, and he will likely be named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player when that award is handed out February 2, the night before the Super Bowl.
Eight days after dismantling the Colts on a snowy afternoon in western Missouri, the Chiefs will return to host another postseason showdown with an even later kickoff, at 6:40 p.m. ET. Early weather reports suggested a frozen evening for their AFC Championship Game against the Patriots, but recent updates have upgraded that forecast to merely “pretty cold.”

Original lows of 5 degrees Fahrenheit have been bumped up to the mid-20s — still low enough to gameze water and for the ideal gas law to get Tom Brady’s footballs nice and grippable, but not low enough to actively punish any fans brave enough to stand outside in it.

And, sadly, after last week’s snow game against the Colts, there’s only a 10 percent chance of precipitation Sunday evening. That doesn’t mean the Chiefs aren’t ready to keep their loyal fans warm from the inside out
As if anyone needed reminding, the Patriots are very good in the postseason. But in case that wasn’t clear, someone edited the AFC championship Wikipedia page to emphasis just how frequently they tear through their conference playoffs.

The AFC championship game, as its Wikipedia page usually defines it, is played “by the two remaining playoff seeds, the AFC postseason’s first two rounds. The AFC champion then advances to face the winner of the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship Game in the Super Bowl.”

But according to one user who doctored the page Friday night, “The AFC Championship Game is the annual championship game of the American Football Conference (AFC) where one team gets to play the New England Patriots for a chance to play in the Super Bowl.”
The user who made the edits, Andrewr1008, has a history of making changes to pages belonging to New England sports teams and, of course, has a little bit of a point.

Since the 2001 season, the Patriots have been to the AFC championship game 13 times, winning it eight times. And the team’s recent stretch of success — Sunday’s game marks the eighth straight year in which New England has played in the game — has practically solidified the contest’s status as the Patriots Invitational.

Maybe the user was having a bit of fun, maybe he was trying to point out the Patriots’ dominance one last time, as media speculation swirls about whether the Chiefs, under star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, are ready to seize the AFC crown from Tom Brady and Co.
The New Orleans Saints earned a heart-racing win over Philadelphia last week, continuing the Saints’ Super Bowl hopes and putting Who Dat Nation in position to celebrate on the best weekend in sports, NFL Conference Championship weekend. Now they host the Los Angeles Rams for the right to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl!

The NFL’s final four take the stage to determine who moves on to Super Bowl LIII. The NFC title matchup features the two best teams in the conference all season, while the AFC title matchup.

Chiefs vs Patriots

Chiefs vs Patriots : NFL AFC Championship 2019 The Kansas City Chiefs take on the New England Patriots for the right to hoist the Lamar Hunt Trophy at 5:40 p.m. CT

Kansas City has been hit with snow, rain and freezing temperatures the last few weeks, but what does mother nature have in mind for the AFC championship game? Early reports indicated it could be below 10 degrees but that has changed as the big game gets closer.

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Neither the Patriots or the Chiefs are strangers to frigid temperatures and both experienced cold games in the divisional round. SN takes a look at the weather forecast what Arrowhead Stadium is doing to prepare and what it means for the teams. Kansas City, Missouri is expected to be cold on Sunday, but the “arctic blast” many were expecting is no longer in the forecast. According to Weather.com, Sunday’s forecast calls for a high of 28 degrees with a low of 18. When the matchup was first set the weather called for -5 degree temperatures and while it is still expected to be below freezing, 28 degrees is “warm” compared to the first report.

Before the Patriots-Chargers game Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a press conference, “We’re playing the Chargers, we’re not playing the weather” when asked if the cold conditions would give the Patriots an advantage in the divisional game. Even though Belichick chooses to ignore the weather and focus on the opponent, the Patriots’ numbers in cold games tell a story.

In weather below 30 degrees, counting for regular season and playoff games, the Patriots are an impressive 28-6. On the road in these types of games Brady is 8-3, throwing for 21 touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Patriots are underdogs against the No.1 seed Chiefs, but the cold weather reports no doubt put a smile on the faces of Patriots fans, knowing how good their quarterback is in the cold.

Even though Sunday is not expected to be the frozen nightmare many predicted, the weather ahead of the game is still affecting the stadium. Arrowhead Stadium workers had to re-sod the field after the snow and ice altered the field.

The Wildcat returns for his 22nd season in The Post. Including the 1997-2017 seasons in the Bettor’s Guide, Cat’s record in print stands at 595-498 (54.5 percent) against the spread.

Here is his prediction and analysis for who moves on to Super Bowl 2019 between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game.AFC East has been sufficient to boost Bill Belichick’s crew into eternal home-field advantages throughout the AFC tournament.

NFL students point out how often the Chiefs have given the Patriots regular-season grief of late. Now, it’s cricket to give due attention to Kansas City coach Andy Reid’s sustained postseason difficulties, but, then, this is Reid’s first season enjoying the services of rookie wonder QB Patrick Mahomes — successor to Alex Smith, Matt Cassel, Brodie Croyle and Trent Green.

Critical Los Angeles Chargers injury issues at linebacker lessened the Bolts’ defense, and the Patriots’ offense took full advantage of LA’s defensive passivity last week. Reid may finally score his second Big Dance date. Likely worst case? Last team to score, covers. Chiefs ease clear at Arrowhead, for one unit.

Patriots vs Chiefs

Patriots vs Chiefs : AFC Championship 2019 ,The New England Patriots are once again in familiar territory, as they are playing for a chance to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

Kansas City has been hit with snow, rain and freezing temperatures the last few weeks, but what does mother nature have in mind for the AFC championship game? Early reports indicated it could be below 10 degrees but that has changed as the big game gets closer.

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Neither the Patriots or the Chiefs are strangers to frigid temperatures and both experienced cold games in the divisional round. SN takes a look at the weather forecast what Arrowhead Stadium is doing to prepare and what it means for the teams. Kansas City, Missouri is expected to be cold on Sunday, but the “arctic blast” many were expecting is no longer in the forecast. According to Weather.com, Sunday’s forecast calls for a high of 28 degrees with a low of 18. When the matchup was first set the weather called for -5 degree temperatures and while it is still expected to be below freezing, 28 degrees is “warm” compared to the first report.

Before the Patriots-Chargers game Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a press conference, “We’re playing the Chargers, we’re not playing the weather” when asked if the cold conditions would give the Patriots an advantage in the divisional game. Even though Belichick chooses to ignore the weather and focus on the opponent, the Patriots’ numbers in cold games tell a story.

In weather below 30 degrees, counting for regular season and playoff games, the Patriots are an impressive 28-6. On the road in these types of games Brady is 8-3, throwing for 21 touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Patriots are underdogs against the No.1 seed Chiefs, but the cold weather reports no doubt put a smile on the faces of Patriots fans, knowing how good their quarterback is in the cold.

Even though Sunday is not expected to be the frozen nightmare many predicted, the weather ahead of the game is still affecting the stadium. Arrowhead Stadium workers had to re-sod the field after the snow and ice altered the field.

The Wildcat returns for his 22nd season in The Post. Including the 1997-2017 seasons in the Bettor’s Guide, Cat’s record in print stands at 595-498 (54.5 percent) against the spread.

Here is his prediction and analysis for who moves on to Super Bowl 2019 between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game.AFC East has been sufficient to boost Bill Belichick’s crew into eternal home-field advantages throughout the AFC tournament.

NFL students point out how often the Chiefs have given the Patriots regular-season grief of late. Now, it’s cricket to give due attention to Kansas City coach Andy Reid’s sustained postseason difficulties, but, then, this is Reid’s first season enjoying the services of rookie wonder QB Patrick Mahomes — successor to Alex Smith, Matt Cassel, Brodie Croyle and Trent Green.

Critical Los Angeles Chargers injury issues at linebacker lessened the Bolts’ defense, and the Patriots’ offense took full advantage of LA’s defensive passivity last week. Reid may finally score his second Big Dance date. Likely worst case? Last team to score, covers. Chiefs ease clear at Arrowhead, for one unit.

New England vs Kansas City

New England vs Kansas City: Kansas City vs New England, Kansas City has been hit with snow, rain and freezing temperatures the last few weeks, but what does mother nature have in mind for the AFC,Patriots-Chiefs weather forecast: Snow and ice give way to warmer AFC .head to the Chiefs AFC Championship Game versus the Patriots on

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The most anticipated rematch of the year unfolds Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) take on the New England Patriots (11-5) in Arrowhead Stadium. The AFC Championship kicks off at 8 p.m. on CBS.

It’s the battle of two potent offenses and two mastermind head coaches, but the biggest storyline is likely between both signal callers. Patrick Mahomes, a second year quarterback who stands alone as the frontrunner to win MVP, is up against Tom Brady, arguably the best quarterback to put on an NFL uniform.The last time these two teams faced off, the Patriots defeated the Chiefs 43-40 in October. The Patriots survived the shootout because Brady did what he does best: leading his team up the field with under a minute left to set up kicker Stephen Gostkowski for the game-winning field goal as time expired.

This time around, the Patriots will need to find away to slow down the Chiefs high-powered offense. They had no answer for Mahomes or the speedy Tyreek Hill, who torched the Patriots secondary for 140 yards and two touchdowns. The Chiefs are 3-point favorites to win Sunday’s matchup, the first time in 68 playoff games that Brady and coach Bill Belichick are underdogs. The over/under is 57.5.

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After the Patriots shredded the Los Angeles Chargers 41-28, Brady seemed to enjoy playing the underdog card when asked about facing the Chiefs. “It’ll be a good game. They’re a good team. We played them earlier this year. Everybody thinks we suck and that we can’t win any games. We’ll see. It’ll be a good game,” Brady said.he local kickoff time is 5:40 p.m. and with the sun setting at 5:24 p.m. in KC, fans will not get any added warmth from the sun.

Weather is unpredictable, so this could change at any moment but for now fans going to the game can feel better knowing the “arctic blast” is no longer expected.

Tom Brady in cold weather
Before the Patriots-Chargers game Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a press conference, “We’re playing the Chargers, we’re not playing the weather” when asked if the cold conditions would give the Patriots an advantage in the divisional game. Even though Belichick chooses to ignore the weather and focus on the opponent, the Patriots’ numbers in cold games tell a story.

In weather below 30 degrees, counting for regular season and playoff games, the Patriots are an impressive 28-6. On the road in these types of games Brady is 8-3, throwing for 21 touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Patriots are underdogs against the No.1 seed Chiefs, but the cold weather reports no doubt put a smile on the faces of Patriots fans, knowing how good their quarterback is in the cold.

Arrowhead Stadium prepares for the snow
Even though Sunday is not expected to be the frozen nightmare many predicted, the weather ahead of the game is still affecting the stadium. Arrowhead Stadium workers had to re-sod the field after the snow and ice altered the field.It’s amusing that the Patriots are using the no-one-believes-in-us card, despite advancing to their eighth straight AFC title game, and 13th overall for quarterback Tom Brady. But, hey, if the Patriots and Tom Brady want to believe that people think their time has passed, then whatever floats their dynasty boat. It’s delusional, but it worked last week when they dropped Brady’s age on the scoreboard (41) to destroy the Chargers in the divisional round. Here’s another false narrative to pair with the Patriots’ underdog mentality: Brady doesn’t have enough offensive weapons. That was debunked when Brady carved through the Chargers defense with the trio of James White, Sony Michel and Julian Edelman. The Patriots recorded 498 yards against the Chargers, and that was with tight end Rob Gronkowski only recording one catch for 25 yards. The Chiefs have one of the best front sevens in the NFL with Justin Houston, Dee Ford and Chris Jones. But the Chiefs’ ferocious pass rush could be negated by Brady’s quick trigger. That doesn’t bode well for a Chiefs secondary that allowed 273.4 passing yards per game in the regular season, second worst in the NFL. In their Week 6 shootout, the Chiefs sacked Brady twice and forced one turnover. They’ll need a lot more in the second meeting if the Chiefs want to advance to the Super Bowl. EDGE: Patriots

CHIEFS OFFENSE VS. PATRIOTS DEFENSE

Here’s what the Chiefs’ dynamic offense did versus the Patriots defense in the regular season: 446 total yards, 8.4 yards per play, 40 points. The Chiefs still lost by three points. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs could easily score 40-plus points again, but that’s not the winning recipe versus the Patriots. In this case, less is more. The Patriots prevailed in the first game because they forced Mahomes into two interceptions and controlled the clock by having the ball for 36:09. The Chiefs will need running back Damien Williams to do what he did last week against the Indianapolis Colts, when he recorded 129 yards on 25 carries. Mahomes put up historic numbers in his first season as a starter, recording 5,097 passing yards and 50 passing touchdowns. But it’s only his second playoff game and he can’t afford to turn the ball over to give Brady more possessions. The Patriots defense is led by cornerback Stephon Gilmore and linebacker Dont’a Hightower. EDGE: Chiefs

Kansas City vs New England

Kansas City vs New England: The New England vs Kansas City step onto the field for Sunday night’s AFC Championship Game, temperatures at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium are expected to be in the 20s. The NFL playoffs might get another big-time weather event, as a possible arctic blast could settle in over Kansas City.The Patriots will travel to Kansas City next Sunday to battle the top-seeded Chiefs for the chance to make their third consecutive Super Bowl

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Kansas City has been hit with snow, rain and freezing temperatures the last few weeks, but what does mother nature have in mind for the AFC championship game? Early reports indicated it could be below 10 degrees but that has changed as the big game gets closer.

Neither the Patriots or the Chiefs are strangers to frigid temperatures and both experienced cold games in the divisional round. SN takes a look at the weather forecast what Arrowhead Stadium is doing to prepare and what it means for the teams.

Kansas City weather forecast
Kansas City, Missouri is expected to be cold on Sunday, but the “arctic blast” many were expecting is no longer in the forecast. According to Weather.com, Sunday’s forecast calls for a high of 28 degrees with a low of 18. When the matchup was first set the weather called for -5 degree temperatures and while it is still expected to be below freezing, 28 degrees is “warm” compared to the first report.

Below is the original weather report for Sunday from meteorologist Ryan Maue.The local kickoff time is 5:40 p.m. and with the sun setting at 5:24 p.m. in KC, fans will not get any added warmth from the sun.

Weather is unpredictable, so this could change at any moment but for now fans going to the game can feel better knowing the “arctic blast” is no longer expected.

Tom Brady in cold weather
Before the Patriots-Chargers game Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a press conference, “We’re playing the Chargers, we’re not playing the weather” when asked if the cold conditions would give the Patriots an advantage in the divisional game. Even though Belichick chooses to ignore the weather and focus on the opponent, the Patriots’ numbers in cold games tell a story.

In weather below 30 degrees, counting for regular season and playoff games, the Patriots are an impressive 28-6. On the road in these types of games Brady is 8-3, throwing for 21 touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Patriots are underdogs against the No.1 seed Chiefs, but the cold weather reports no doubt put a smile on the faces of Patriots fans, knowing how good their quarterback is in the cold.

Arrowhead Stadium prepares for the snow
Even though Sunday is not expected to be the frozen nightmare many predicted, the weather ahead of the game is still affecting the stadium. Arrowhead Stadium workers had to re-sod the field after the snow and ice altered the field.The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense is a perfect candidate for the 10-year challenge that’s all the rage right now.

Only it would be more like the 10-day challenge.

If there’s anything that gives the Chiefs a chance to upend the New England Patriots on Sunday and reach their first Super Bowl in nearly 50 years, it’s the sudden transformation of their defense. The unit that was among the very worst in the league during the regular season shut down Andrew Luck and Indianapolis in last weekend’s divisional round.

No first downs allowed until the final drive of the first half. No third-down conversions in the entire game. A total of 13 points.

“There was a point in that game, all things being said, it was a two-score game,” Luck said afterward. “Really? It did not feel that way.”

Didn’t look that way, either.

NFL Playoffs 2019

NFL Playoffs 2019: The NFL conference championship final four has been set. In the divisional round of the playoffs the Rams, Saints, Chiefs and Patriots were all victoriou. 2019 NFL Playoff Odds: New Orleans Saints Vs. Los Angeles Rams NFC Championship Game Expert Picks.

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The NFL conference championship final four has been set. In the divisional round of the playoffs the Rams, Saints, Chiefs and Patriots were all victorious and are one game closer to securing a spot in Super Bowl 53.

The Rams beat out the Cowboys 30-22, behind a big performance from both C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley. The duo combined for 238 yards rushing yards and the three Rams touchdowns of the game.

The Saints held off the reining Super Bowl champions, the Eagles, to win 20-14. Two touchdown passes from Drew Brees and two interceptions from Marcus Lattimore sent the Saints marching to the conference championship game. New Orleans scored 20 unanswered points after Philadelphia took a 14-0 lead in to the second quarter. The Saints will host the Rams on Sunday in the NFC title game.
After a divisional round that didn’t give us any upsets, don’t be surprised if there’s some serious postseason drama this weekend and that’s because the playoffs are down to the NFL’s four best teams. Actually, they’re not just the four best teams but also the four highest-scoring teams in the NFL season, which means it won’t be surprising at all if we see some offensive fireworks on Sunday.

Patrick Mahomes and his 50 touchdown passes will be going up against a Patriots team that’s playing in the AFC Championship Game for the eighth straight season in a matchup you can stream on CBS All Access. In the NFC, the Rams will be traveling to New Orleans for the third time this season after heading there in August (for a preseason loss) and November (for a regular season loss).When Drew Brees takes the field on Sunday, he’ll be going up against a Rams secondary that will include Aqib Talib, which is notable because Talib didn’t play the first time these two teams met. Although Talib isn’t an interception machine, he does give the Rams an instant boost in the secondary, which defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will likely take advantage of. If the Rams’ secondary plays better this time around — they got shredded for 346 yards in the first meeting — Brees is likely going to have some trouble finding open receivers.

Also, don’t forget that Brees is going to be facing pressure from the guy who led the NFL in sacks this year (Aaron Donald). With a better secondary and non-stop pressure coming from Donald, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Brees make multiple mistakes against the Rams. This is a bold prediction because Brees didn’t throw two interceptions in a single game all year. As a matter of fact, the last time Brees threw multiple interceptions in a game came last season, when he threw two picks in the Saints’ 29-24 divisional round playoff loss to the Vikings. When these two teams met back in Week 9, Kamara arguably had one of his most impressive games of the season. Not only did he do some damage on the ground (82 yards, two touchdowns), but he also caught four passes for 34 yards and a touchdown for a total of 116 yards and three touchdowns.

The reason Kamara could explode on Sunday and have an even bigger game is because there’s a good chance the Rams will be focusing a lot of their defensive attention on Michael Thomas, especially after watching Thomas catch 12 passes for 171 yards against the Eagles in the divisional round. Thomas actually had an even bigger game against the Rams back in Week 9 when he caught 12 passes for 211 yards, so it’s almost guaranteed that the Rams will be keying in on him, which could potentially open up things for other players in the Saints offense, like Kamara.

If Kamara can hit the 175-yard mark, he’d become just the second running back since the 2000 season to have that many scrimmage yards in an NFC Championship. The only player to pull that off this century was Marshawn Lynch, who totaled 183 yards against the Packers in January 2015.

New Orleans vs Los Angeles

New Orleans vs Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints meet Sunday in NFL action at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This season, NO has allowed 674 fewer rushing yards and 11 fewer sacks than LA. If the Rams don’t shore up their defense and bring their strong rushing attack, the Saints will march on. The last six meetings have all been won by the home team, including New Orleans’ 45-35 win in Week 9 of this season. In that game, Los Angeles erased a 35-14 deficit before the Saints scored the game’s final 10 points.

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The New Orleans Saints host the Los Angeles Rams in the first of the two conference championship games next Sunday afternoon. This showdown most definitely doesn’t lack star power, and both teams come armed with high powered offenses. New Orleans ranked 3rd in points scored, averaging 31.5 per game, while their 379 yards/game ranked 8th in the league. They take on a Rams defense that ranked 19th in the NFL, surrendering 359 yards and 24 points per game. The game is a rematch of a week nine game played in New Orleans, won by the Saints in a 45-35 shootout. Los Angeles comes into the title game off a 30-22 divisional round defeat of the Dallas Cowboys, while New Orleans downed the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 in their division round matchup. Today’s piece breaks down how the Saints offense may fare against the Los Angeles defense.

The Saints passing game didn’t produce it’s normal numbers under coach Sean Payton this season, but it was for the most part an extremely effective unit. New Orleans averaged 253 yards through the air per game during the regular season, good for 12th in the league. Now forty year old quarterback Drew Brees had as efficient a season as he’s ever had, eclipsing his own NFL record by completing 74.4% of his passes. He threw for 3,992 yards, his lowest output as a Saint, but threw for 32 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions. Brees has always been effective at spreading the ball around, and is masterful at finding the open receiver, but he was fortunate to have one of the league’s most dominant receivers this season in Michael Thomas. In just his third season, Thomas has rewritten the team’s record book, setting several NFL records in the process. He led the league with 125 receptions, had his third consecutive 1,000 yard season (a team record 1,405), and scored nine touchdowns. Thomas had 12 receptions for 171 yards and a score in last week’s playoff victory over Philadelphia, giving him 27 catches for 327 yards and 3 touchdowns in three postseason appearances.

The New Orleans pass production dipped a bit down the stretch, with Brees averaging 236 ypg over his final seven games, as opposed to 292 ypg with 18 scoring passes and 1 interception over the first eight contests. Other than Thomas, the only other receiver that had consistent production was running back Alvin Kamara, who had 81 receptions for 709 yards and 4 scores. Kamara is a threat from anywhere along the offensive formation, as he and Thomas proved to be a devastating combo against opposing defenses. Rookie wideouts Tre’quan Smith and Keith Kirkwood have both had standout moments this season, but have combined for just 41 catches and 636 yards, although they do have 7 touchdown receptions. Brees trusts his tight ends, Benjamin Watson and Josh Hill, but they have only 51 receptions for 585 yards and three scores between them. Ted Ginn Jr. missed eleven games this season with a knee injury, but returned for the playoff run and adds a deep threat element to the passing game.

The Saints suffered some injuries along their offensive line over the last half of the year, specifically on the left side, to tackle Terron Armstead and guard Andrus Peat. Brees was still sacked just 17 times for the year, although there were some protection breakdowns that forced him to rush his throws down the stretch.

The Rams finished 14th in the league against the pass, allowing around 236 yards per game, but surrendered 31 touchdown passes, good for just 25th in the league. Their success against the pass is predicated on getting heavy pressure on the quarterback from their All-Pro defensive tackles, Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh. The Rams had 41 sacks during the regular season, 20.5 from Donald and 4.5 from Suh. A midseason trade with Jacksonville brought them talented edge rusher Dante Fowler, who teams with Michael Brockers to give Los Angeles a good compliment to their inside rush. Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters are a pair of top-flight cornerbacks that go along with Nickell Roby-Coleman, giving the Rams a solid trio of corners, while Troy Hill and veteran Sam Shields add capable depth. Safeties LaMarcus Joyner and Johnson Johnson add a playmaking presence to their defense’s back end, while Samson Ebukam and Cory Littleton have been big play linebackers.

The real showdown that most will be Michael Thomas vs. Marcus Peters. Thomas tormented Peters and the Ram secondary in week nine, catching 12 passes for a franchise record 211 yards and a 72-yd. touchdown late in the 4th quarter over Peters to clinch the Saints victory. After the score, Thomas reached under the goalpost and pulled out a cell phone, reminiscent of a similar 2003 celebration that involved Saints wideout Joe Horn. Peters did not react well to what he perceived as disrespectful behavior from Thomas or coach Sean Payton, and the three have engaged in a war of words since. While most will be the battle between these two, the New Orleans receiving corps as a whole must be able to get separation in a Rams secondary full of big names. Talib sat out the November 4th meeting with an injury, and some suspect that he may draw the assignment of covering Thomas more often. Ginn also missed the November contest between the two teams, so his abilities must be accounted for as well.

The New Orleans running game ranked 6th in the NFL, averaging 127 yards per game and 4.3/carry. The Saints 26 rushing touchdowns were the highest in the league, and they were paced by a formidable duo at running back with Kamara and Mark Ingram. Kamara led the Saints in rushing, with 883 yards and a team record 14 touchdowns, while Ingram added 645 yards and six scores. The two averaged 4.6 yards per carry, and each has proven capable of picking up tough inside yardage as well as the speed to break the big plays. The team’s offensive line simply beat up opponents throughout the 2018 season, establishing control of the line of scrimmage and allowing the Saints to have the league’s most balanced attack. Peat, fellow guard Larry Warford, and center Max Unger have mauled opponents inside, opening up initial holes as well as cutback lanes for their talented runners. Tackles Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk are among the best in the game at sealing the edge for backs to get outside, and get upfield quickly to break open big runs.

Los Angeles ranked 23rd against the run during the year, surrendering 122 ypg, and the 5.1 yards per carry they gave up ranked last in the NFL. Donald, who is also the Rams best run defender, is capable of getting quick penetration into the offensive backfield to short-circuit plays, but otherwise the L.A. defensive line has had trouble at times holding up against physical offensive lines. Linebackers Samson Ebukam, Cory Littleton, and Mark Barron are athletic, but a bit undersized. Safeties Joyner and Johnson are good in run support and terrific tacklers. Despite some struggles against the run during the year, Los Angeles held the physical rushing game of Dallas and Ezekiel Elliott to just 50 yards on the ground in last week’s playoff win.

Kamara rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns when the Saints defeated the Rams on November 4th, as New Orleans racked up 141 yards rushing. The Saints offensive line not only paved the way for a good rushing performance that day, but they held Donald and the Rams pass rush without a sack. The Saints line struggled quite a bit early in their playoff meeting with the Eagles last week, but fortified somewhat as the game went along. After a slow start, New Orleans ran for 96 yards on 19 carries in the second half. This offensive line will have their hands full with Donald, perhaps the best defensive player in the league, along with the rest of a powerful Los Angeles line. Their ability to establish a running game will help the Saints maintain a balanced offensive attack, and they will be challenged to maintain a secure passing pocket for Brees.

Saints vs Rams

Saints vs Rams: The NFL Playoffs are down to its final four teams. The Los Angeles Rams spent most of the season as the odds-on 2019 Super Bowl favorite. They gave way to the Saints late in the year, in part because of a loss to New Orleans in one of the most entertaining games of the season. New Orleans has held steady as a three-point favorite in the latest Rams vs. Saints odds. In 24 hours, the Saints have a chance to go back. This is the spot where it all happens. Saints vs Rams in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 …

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The Saints and their home fans were left shell-shocked last Sunday when the team dropped into an immediate 14-0 hole in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles wouldn’t score another point however, and New Orleans eventually erased the deficit and survived with a 20-14 win.

Since going 5-0 SU and ATS with five straight wins by 10 points or more, the Saints are 1-5 ATS over their last six games with two losses and only one win by more than six points. The 2019 NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams is set to kick off on Sunday afternoon. It’s the second time this season that these teams will meet, but this time around the stakes are much higher. The action returns to the Superdome—the site of New Orleans’ key 45-35 victory over the Rams in Week 9, a win that allowed the Saints to nab the top seed in the NFC despite both teams finishing the 2018 campaign with identical 13-3 records—with a berth in Super Bowl LIII on the line in a win-or-go-home 2019 NFL Playoff matchup.

Oddsmakers believe that the Saints will once again come away victorious, but not by as large of a margin as in the first tussle. They opened the squad as a three-point favorite as soon as the NFC Championship Game matchup was set and that line hasn’t changed at all despite the fact that the underdog Rams are drawing 59% of overall bets. That’s because the larger wagers have been on New Orleans, with 57% of the money liking the franchise to make its first Super Bowl appearance since winning it all a decade ago. The total on this game has also stood pat at 57 points, a surprisingly low number given the last showdown between these foes reached the 80-point mark. Still, with a trip to Atlanta on the line, it may not be the wisest to expect the same surge of scoring to occur in the rematch.

Will Los Angeles find a way to pull an upset in the NFC Championship Game and get back to the Super Bowl for the first time in nearly two decades, or will the Saints show that they have this opponent’s number and complete the sweep in the Superdome on Sunday? Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has a lean on the outcome that you will not want to miss. Before seeing which side the Vegas expert is predicting to win against the spread, check out the complete schedule, start times, TV information, updated odds and more for both of the conference championships in the 2019 NFL Playoffs.

The New Orleans Saints will take on the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game on Sunday afternoon, a showdown of youth vs. age, offense vs. defense, the Big Easy vs. The City of Angels, and I’m running out of things to include in this list so I’m just going to stop now.

Sean Payton and the Saints are coming in as hot as any team in football, with their usual juggernaut offense led by Drew Brees complemented by a defense that is suddenly looking extremely tough to beat. The Saints beat the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles in the last round, and looked comfortable doing so after some early stumbles, plus one late missed field goal and nail biting final drive, which ended in a Nick Foles interception.

The Rams enter, somehow, as kind of the lowest key team in the conference championships. They are led by their ferocious defense, which pressures the quarterback as well as any team in the league. The offense, orchestrated by wunderkind coach Sean McVay – who makes me regularly feel awful about what I’ve accomplished by my age – hasn’t been as dynamic this season, but they’ve got one of the best running backs in football and Jared Goff is more than adequate at quarterback. Or, well, adequate. And that might be enough.

In their last 17 games at home, the Saints, the +175 favorites on the updated Super Bowl odds, are 15-2 SU and 8-9 ATS per the OddsShark NFL Database.

C.J. Anderson was signed by Los Angeles with just two games left in the regular season as an insurance policy for Todd Gurley. But Anderson has been a lot more than that for the Rams with 422 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns through three games including a 123 yard and two touchdown effort in last Saturday’s 30-22 win over Dallas.

Gurley also had 115 yards in the win, and the Rams are on a roll with a 3-0 SU and ATS record over their last three games. Sunday’s total is set at 56.5 points at sports betting sites. The UNDER is 6-2 in New Orleans’ last eight games.

New Orleans defeated Los Angeles 45-35 at home earlier this season in an impressive blowout victory. Over their last six games, however, the Saints are averaging only 19.2 points per game. It will be interesting to see if the New Orleans offense finds its groove for another shootout in this one or if it ends up being a more physical and low-scoring affair than many are expecting it to be.

Another week, another familiar foe standing in the New Orleans Saints’ way of making it to Atlanta for Super Bowl 53. As you may have heard, the New Orleans Saints beat the Los Angeles Rams 45-35 during the regular season. Turns out, that win could be the difference in the Saints getting to the Super Bowl and not getting there — at least if recent history is any indication.

In each of the past five seasons, the team with home-field advantage in the NFC and AFC championship games advanced to the Super Bowl. But like the rematch with the Philadelphia Eagles last week, there’s no guarantee the Saints will easily come out on top. The Saints aren’t facing the same Rams team they took down in Week 9, with the emergence of C.J. Anderson and return of Aqib Talib posing new problems for New Orleans.

Rams vs Saints

Rams vs Saints: Another week, another familiar Saints vs Rams foe standing in the New Orleans Saints’ way of making it to Rams vs Saints Atlanta for Super Bowl.The two best teams in the NFC collide Rams vs Saints when the New Orleans Saints host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon as field-goal NFL Playoffs 2019 inger on the pulse of Sean McVay and the L.A. Rams.

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The New Orleans Saints are slight home favorites over the Los Angeles Rams in the 2018 NFC championship game, and a majority of NFL experts are siding with the home team. Per NFL Pick Watch, 81 percent of selected experts are picking the Saints to triumph and advance to just the second Super Bowl appearance in team history. Just 19 percent of experts went with the Rams.

Compare that to the split in the AFC championship game: 74 percent of experts like the Kansas City Chiefs, while 26 percent are calling for another Super Bowl appearance for the New England Patriots. Clearly, the football world’s analysts are more confident in the Saints winning at home against the Rams than the Chiefs over the Patriots.

The New Orleans Saints will take on the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game on Sunday afternoon, a showdown of youth vs. age, offense vs. defense, the Big Easy vs. The City of Angels, and I’m running out of things to include in this list so I’m just going to stop now.

Sean Payton and the Saints are coming in as hot as any team in football, with their usual juggernaut offense led by Drew Brees complemented by a defense that is suddenly looking extremely tough to beat. The Saints beat the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles in the last round, and looked comfortable doing so after some early stumbles, plus one late missed field goal and nail biting final drive, which ended in a Nick Foles interception.

The Rams enter, somehow, as kind of the lowest key team in the conference championships. They are led by their ferocious defense, which pressures the quarterback as well as any team in the league. The offense, orchestrated by wunderkind coach Sean McVay – who makes me regularly feel awful about what I’ve accomplished by my age – hasn’t been as dynamic this season, but they’ve got one of the best running backs in football and Jared Goff is more than adequate at quarterback. Or, well, adequate. And that might be enough!

Here’s a look at the impact players who will decide this game:
Most NFL fans are familiar with the NFL Playoff trend of dome teams struggling against opponents in open-air venues come January.

But it’s the inverse relationship between these kinds of matchups that should have sports bettors’ attention come Sunday’s NFC Championship featuring the Rams at the Saints.

To say dome teams have historically dominated outdoor teams in dome settings in the NFL postseason would be an understatement, especially in conference championship games. \
The NFL’s highest-scoring offenses face off in the conference championships next Sunday. Brady leads the New England Patriots into Kansas City to take on Mahomes and the Chiefs, and Brees and the New Orleans Saints host former Marin Catholic High star Goff and the Los Angeles Rams.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “Well-coached, they have a lot of explosive players. We had a tremendous game with them here earlier. That was a long time ago. We’ll see where we are now, see where they are.”

New England hosted Kansas City way back on Oct. 14, and Brady passed for 340 yards and a touchdown in a 43-40 victory that was the Chiefs’ first loss of the season. Mahomes’ 75-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill tied it with 3:03 left, but Brady drove the Patriots to Stephen Gostkowski’s 28-yard field goal as time expired.

The AFC championship game is Brady’s first trip to Kansas City since he threw two interceptions and was sacked twice in an ugly 41-14 loss on “Monday Night Football” on Sept. 29, 2014.

“It’ll be a tough game,” Brady said. “They’re well-coached. They’ve got a good offense. … It’s going to be a lot of fun to go back there and play in a championship game and try to advance.”

New Orleans (14-3) and Los Angeles (14-3) played their own wild shootout on Nov. 4. Wil Lutz’s 54-yard field goal got the lead for the Saints with 6:23 left, and Brees found Michael Thomas for a clinching 72-yard touchdown in a 45-35 victory.

NFC Championship

NFC Championship 2019 : this game were played in Foxboro and not KC, I would lean heavily toward the Patriots. But New England’s path to the Super Bowl rarely strays from Gillette Stadium. Also, the Patriots lost all five games on the road. This was a terrific game earlier this season and the temptation is to think Bill Belichick will conjure up something to stop Patrick Mahomes.

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NFL picks and expert opinions differ widely as the 2019 NFL playoffs continue with Sunday’s conference title games. Oddsmakers expect Chiefs vs. Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and Saints vs. Rams in the NFC Championship Game to come down to a field goal, with both home teams favored by three points. All four of the highest scoring teams during the regular season will be in action, and, accordingly, the Over-Under for each game is in the mid-50s.

And all four teams remaining in the NFL playoff bracket team finished above .500 against the spread this season, with every one but the Rams covering 10 times. But which teams should you back? And what NFL parlay is a must-play? Before you lock in any NFL picks and predictions for Championship Sunday, check out what SportsLine’s legendary expert, Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg, has to say.

Hammer enjoyed a 17-year ESPN run in which he had only two losing seasons. Last year, he competed against 10 top handicappers in the Las Vegas Review-Journal NFL Challenge and beat them all, finishing 50-29-6 against the spread. Now he’s sharing his strongest NFL picks at SportsLine — and it shows.

Over the past month, Hammer is scorching hot. He has nailed 80 percent (8-2-2) of his best bets in that span — including last week when he cashed easily with the Patriots (-4) in their blowout of the Chargers and nailed the Rams (-7) over Dallas. Hammer also was all over the under (50.5) in Eagles-Saints, a rocking-chair cash as the teams combined for a paltry 34 points.

For the NFC and AFC title games, Hammer got down hard on three picks. If you parlay them, you would be looking at a strong 6-1 payout, just like Hammer de2019red in Week 17. We can tell you Hammer is going over 56 points in Patriots vs. Chiefs despite a Kansas City forecast that is calling for temperatures in the 20s and winds approaching 10 m.p.h.

Goldberg has taken the Kansas City weather into account, but believes Mother Nature will make life difficult on defenses and special teams as well, opening the door for easy points on big plays. Last week, in the midst of a snowstorm on another cold day, the Chiefs piled up 433 yards of total offense, 180 yards rushing, and 29 first downs against the Colts.

And these two offenses certainly know how to produce. They combined for over 80 points in their regular season matchup, and with scoring averages of 35.3 (Chiefs) and 27.3 (Patriots) this season, Goldberg is backing the Over as a key part of his Sunday NFL parlay.

Goldberg also has identified one team poised for a monster performance. The line on that game is way off, Goldberg says, so it’s a must-play for any NFL parlay. You need to see it before locking in any NFL picks this week.

So what are the three NFL best bets Hammer is confident will return a huge 6-1 payout in the conference championships? And which game’s line is way off? Visit SportsLine now to see which spread is way off, and see which spreads to pound this week, all from the legendary handicapper who’s hitting 80 percent of his best bets the past month.

Rams at Saints (NFC Championship, Sunday, 3:05 p.m., FOX)And so the top two seeds in the NFC get another shot at each other. If this one is anything like their regular-season meeting in Week 9, it should be quite the shootout.

In that regular-season affair, the two teams combined for 80 points, 970 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Saints won their seventh straight game while the Rams were dealt their first loss.

With the late-season addition of running back C.J. Anderson, the Rams ran through the Cowboys’ defense for 273 yards last weekend. Meanwhile, the Saints came out sluggish against the Eagles, finally woke up and held on to get to this point.

In 2017, both teams exited the playoffs sooner than they were expecting. This time, the Rams’ road to the Super Bowl ends in New Orleans.

Patriots at Chiefs (AFC Championship, Sunday, 6:40 p.m., CBS)The Patriots are like a chameleon. They adapt to their environment on both sides of the ball better than any team in the league. You don’t know what defensive front they’re going to play week to week, and on offense, when you expect them to run, they pass. Prepare to defend their passing attack and they’ll run the ball. Back in Week 6, the Pats survived a 43-40 shootout.

But that was in New England. This time, the rematch is at Arrowhead Stadium, arguably the loudest football venue in the league. The Chiefs haven’t been to the Super Bowl since the 1969 season. They haven’t been in the AFC title game since 1993. It’s the GOAT, Tom Brady, vs. the new kid on the block in Patrick Mahomes, and he is electric.

This is Andy Reid’s fourth straight year that he’s gotten Kansas City in the playoffs. This time, Reid and his crew dance their way into Super Bowl LIII.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and 2019 the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.As with the AFC Championship, No.1 and No.2 seeds in the NFC clash on Sunday for the right to play in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Sunday, February 3.

The New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams earned the two-best regular-season records in the NFL, each recording 13-3 marks, but it is the Saints who have the No.1 seeding and therefore host the NFC Championship game for the first time since they won the Super Bowl XLIV nine years ago.

The teams met at the Superdome in Week 9, with that early November clash going 45-35 to the Saints. It was the Rams’ third successive defeat by the Saints on the road and in the last 51 years of playing games in New Orleans, they have never lost four consecutive trips.
Those who love stats and conspiracy theorists will point to the fact the referee for the game is Bill Vinovich, who officiated their previous clash when there were only six accepted penalties in the game, with four going against the Rams. The Rams are also 0-8 in games in the last six years when Vinovich has been the referee.

The Rams have not been in the Super Bowl since losing 20-17 to the New England Patriots at the end of the 2001 season, a game ironically played in New Orleans. They seek a fourth title, having won the 1945 and 1951 NFL Championship, before winning their first Super Bowl at the end of the 1999 season.

The NFC South-winning Saints are 6-2 at home this season. Those two losses came against divisional rivals – dropping their opening game against Tampa and resting their starters for their Week 17 finale against Carolina.

The Rams topped the NFC West, having lost two of their eight games on the road – at the Saints and at NFC North winners Chicago (losing 15-6) in Week 14. They defeated Wild Card winners Dallas Cowboys 30-22 last weekend on the strength of a strong running game, while the Saints downed last season’s Super Bowl winners Philadelphia Eagles 20-14.