PFT’s championship game picks

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The postseason is rocketing toward a crescendo, and MDS enjoys a one-game lead with three to play because someone (i.e., me) foolishly believed the Vikings would beat the 49ers — and failed to surrender to the gut feeling that the Titans would beat the Ravens.

This week, we disagree on one game. Which gives me a chance to forge a tie heading into the Super Bowl.

For our picks, keep reading.

Titans at Chiefs

MDS’s take: The Titans have a path to victory in this game, and it’s similar to their path to victory in the regular season: An efficient day for Ryan Tannehill, a lot of yards for Derrick Henry, and some special teams breaks going their way. But I don’t see that as the most likely path. More likely, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense proves it just has too much firepower for the Titans to stop, and Tennessee’s run-first game plan proves not to put enough points on the board. Kansas City is going to the Super Bowl.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 30, Titans 17.

Florio’s take: The Titans narrowly beat the Chiefs in Week 10, but Tennessee should have been blown out. In his first game back from a knee injury, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was slower than he is now, which made him less dynamic as a thrower. He still generated more than 400 passing yards, and he’ll likely do it again. Will the Chiefs be able to stop Derrick Henry? If they can build enough of a lead, yes, because the Titans will have to abandon the run, at some point.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 34, Titans 24.


Packers at 49ers

MDS’s take: This game wasn’t close in the regular season, and I don’t think it’s going to be close in the postseason, either. The 49ers’ defense is going to shut down Aaron Rodgers, and although Aaron Jones will have a decent game on the ground, that won’t be enough. The 49ers will take an early lead, their defense will protect it, and the running game will grind out the clock in the fourth quarter as San Francisco gets back to the Super Bowl.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 28, Packers 13.

Florio’s take: The 37-8 victory in Week 12 becomes a ball and chain for the 49ers this time around. Despite the margin, the game turned sharply against the Packers during a first half that featured dumb penalties, a very untimely fumble, a misguided decision to run from shotgun formation on fourth and one while down by only 10 points, and horrendous clock management near the end of the second quarter. If it’s a lot closer than 23-0 when the third quarter starts on Sunday, the Packers will have a very real chance to win — especially since Aaron Rodgers is keenly aware of his football mortality and Jimmy Garoppolo has the potential to make a critical mistake in crunch time. If the Packers can weather the early storm, they can steal a Super Bowl appearance late, setting up  rematch of what was called at the time the AFL-NFL World Championship Game to cap the NFL’s 100th season.

Florio’s pick: Packers 24, 49ers 21.

99 responses to “PFT’s championship game picks

  1. Interesting nugget- Aaron Rodgers is 17-41 when facing a team on a winning streak (including playoffs). I’ll take the 49ers.

  2. Titans 24 Chiefs 23 Titans play clock killer to keep Mahomes off the field with Henry. 49ers 31 Packers 20 49ers light the Packers up again with the passing game and turnovers from Rodgers.

  3. I love a good upset in the conference championships, but I don’t see Green Bay’s defense stopping SF very often. As for the Titans, I think they have a much better chance at beating KC, but I don’t think that happens either.

    KC vs. SF in the Super Bowl. But man I’d love to see TN in there….

  4. I think Florio might have hit on the key to this game. What would be a better story in the NFL’s 100th season than a rematch of the first Super Bowl? If the game is at all close, the Packers will win because that’s what has been decided.

  5. Why are most people not picking the Titans? Henry is going to run all over that defense. When these wild card teams get hot, many of them stay hot all the way to the super bowl. If the defense can shut down Lamar Jackson, they’re more than capable of doing the same to Mahomes.

  6. Teams don’t usually get as many favorable calls in the playoffs as they do in the regular season. This works against my Packers. But what really hurts is that we’re not playing in greene bay where we really get home field refferential treatment.

    We need the 49ers to have an off game and our Pakres need to play their best game.

  7. The Kansas City is palpable. They HAVE to win this game. Tennessee on the other hand, loose and free with nothing to lose. I can sense a classic costly Andy Reid playoff/game management blunder

  8. There is no way the Chiefs go to a Super Bowl. If a meteor has to strike Kansas City of it the celebrity performing at half time chooses that moment to reveal himself as the Antichrist, then so be it. Both of those events are more plausible than Andy Reid or the Chiefs alone qualifying for the Big Game.

    And the Titans have twice upset the Chiefs in recent history. I realize Mahomes is Mahomes and that the Titans really don’t have anyone at that position, but still …

    And while no one detests the Packers more than I do (ugh gross), I think this is one of those games where a lopsided regular season win gets turned on its head. In 2010 the 14-2 Patriots has beaten Blutarsky’s Jets 45-3 just a few weeks before dropping the divisional round game to those same Jets 28-21. This upcoming game has that smell to it.

    So I see the gritty visitors from the cow towns prevailing.

    Titans vs Packers in one of the least sexy shredders in recent Big Game history.

  9. Jimmy Garoppolo has the potential to make a critical mistake in crunch time.
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    You’ve been saying this all year. He throws picks, yes. He has not thrown a pick when the game on the line. As a matter of fact, he’s lead this team to a few game winning drives. Keep hating on Jimmy G. 22-5 as a starter.

  10. One thing that isn’t mentioned in all the talk regarding the first game between the Titans and Chiefs is that not only did the chiefs lose that game because of a series of uncharacteristic mishaps in the last few minutes, they also controlled the time of possession during that game, even though Henry had like 180 yards. If they can avoid those boneheaded mistakes like the botched field goal and fumbles recovered for 6pts, and play the same game they played last time they should win. It will be a fight for sure, Titans are coming to play, but I think KC has the advantage at every position outside of RB.

  11. The Ravens squandered six possessions with turnovers and turnovers on downs yet still rolled up 530 yards on an average at best Titans defense. The Chiefs won’t make the same mistake, they’ll win by at least two possessions.

  12. 49ers over Packers – 49ers are better built with more coaching experience for high pressure games like this.

    I love that the AFC has finally stepped up and offers 2 really good teams that could go either way…
    I’d love to see Andy Reid finally get over the hump but also I like to see the Titans pull out a win with old school running game and good clock management…

    Titans over Chiefs – Titans keep proving they are the underdog only because of being underestimated!

  13. GB vs KC. That’s what Roger and the league offices want. It’s fitting end to the 100 years celebration. Niners fans, it doesn’t matter if you’re team is better, the refs will make sure the Packers get it. Take it from us Saints fans. Also it’s amazing that Bill Vonovich who was part of that controversial call last year is going to referee the SB. That further shows how corrupt the NFL has become. He should have been fired for what he did.

  14. A clock killer vs a fast offense.
    #24 pass def vs #5 pass off
    #3 rush off vs #26 rush def

    2 opportunistic defenses… but Tannehill will not throw the ball and that will be the difference.
    Remember when we said the Ravens had too many weapons?
    27-24 Titans on the last drive.

  15. unbridledsexy says:
    January 16, 2020 at 12:31 pm
    One thing that isn’t mentioned in all the talk regarding the first game between the Titans and Chiefs is that not only did the chiefs lose that game because of a series of uncharacteristic mishaps in the last few minutes, they also controlled the time of possession during that game, even though Henry had like 180 yards. If they can avoid those boneheaded mistakes like the botched field goal and fumbles recovered for 6pts, and play the same game they played last time they should win. It will be a fight for sure, Titans are coming to play, but I think KC has the advantage at every position outside of RB.

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    I see youre glossing over the refs giving the Chiefs a fumble recovery even though Tannehill literally recovered his own fumble. Time of possession? With the battering ram that is Derrick Henry, you think you win TOP again? I think the Chiefs win but this game will be much tougher than Chiefs fans want to admit. You’re passing game is better than ours, we’re better pretty much every where else.

  16. The chance of seeing KC lose was last week. They will not take the Titans lightly. It is hard to beat the same team twice. This time it is in KC. I just cannot see them lose. That’s probably why they will lol. SF-KC in the Superbowl. KC should win it all

  17. And while no one detests the Packers more than I do (ugh gross), I think this is one of those games where a lopsided regular season win gets turned on its head. In 2010 the 14-2 Patriots has beaten Blutarsky’s Jets 45-3 just a few weeks before dropping the divisional round game to those same Jets 28-21. This upcoming game has that smell to it.

    Those same pats had also lost to the Jets in week 2 28-14 and the Clowns 34-14. They weren’t legit

  18. unbridledsexy says:
    January 16, 2020 at 12:31 pm
    One thing that isn’t mentioned in all the talk regarding the first game between the Titans and Chiefs is that not only did the chiefs lose that game because of a series of uncharacteristic mishaps in the last few minutes, they also controlled the time of possession during that game, even though Henry had like 180 yards. If they can avoid those boneheaded mistakes like the botched field goal and fumbles recovered for 6pts, and play the same game they played last time they should win. It will be a fight for sure, Titans are coming to play, but I think KC has the advantage at every position outside of RB.

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    I see youre glossing over the refs giving the Chiefs a fumble recovery even though Tannehill literally recovered his own fumble. Time of possession? With the battering ram that is Derrick Henry, you think you win TOP again? I think the Chiefs win but this game will be much tougher than Chiefs fans want to admit. You’re passing game is better than ours, we’re better pretty much every where else.

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    Not glossing over anything, but to your point, Tannehill was able to recover his own fumble, if he loses it TOP swings even more in KC’s favor, so that’s not the best point to bring up. And yes, I think KC can control the TOP again, they’ve done it once with a less then 100% qb and no defense and on the road, I believe they can do it with a healthy QB, better defense and at home. I’m not trying to take anything away from Henry or even Tannehill, I’m just saying pound for pound the Titans are outmatched across the board. Everyone brings up how hot the Titans are but it’s not like the Chiefs haven’t been on the same run, and haven’t beat the Pats and Ravens themselves. The Chiefs have a bone to pick with TN, the Superbowl is on the other side of this game for KC as well, they have the same motivations. I’ll take a highly motivated and hot KC over a highly motivated and hot Titans.

  19. Titans control the clock, Wear down KC’s defense.
    Titans D stays rested, keeps the Golden Boy in the box and bends but doesn’t break.
    Titans 28 – Chiefs 20

    Niners eat the Pack alive.
    Niners 35 – Pack 14

  20. For all of the folks who are saying things like “uncharacteristic plays” that “caused” the Ravens and Chiefs to lose to the Titans, I’d simply point out that it’s somewhat coincidental that 2 different teams both did things they normally didn’t do when playing the same team…weird huh? It’s almost as if the Titans had something to do with it.

  21. ahostiletakeover says:
    January 16, 2020 at 12:42 pm
    The Ravens squandered six possessions with turnovers and turnovers on downs yet still rolled up 530 yards on an average at best Titans defense. The Chiefs won’t make the same mistake, they’ll win by at least two possessions.
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    I agree. The Ravens went up and down the field all day against the Titans – just didn’t put the ball in end zone. I don’t see the Chiefs being as inept.

    KC 38
    TN 20

  22. The Titans were damn near perfect against the Ravens. Hard to do that twice. Its simple for them, shorten the game with long drives and solid defense. The Chiefs had 13 drives against the Texans. The Titans need to keep that figure to 10 or below. As much maligned as that KC defense is, it was superior to Tennessee’s in yards & points surrendered. Beware Titans fans, your team is the Cinderella and the clock eventually strikes 12. KC 28, Ten 21.

    Green Bay had a far better turnover ratio than SF in 2019. It’s simple for GB, don’t give up the rock and they’ll have a chance to closeout the game in the 4th. Methinks, GB has a bad turnover. SF 27 GB 24.

  23. rodgers has a worse road record than my boy eli and eli has 20 more games played…..niners all day.. chiefs d gets brought back to earth as henry runs wild all over them.. titans win

  24. You would think it’s a Chiefs v 49ers Superbowl but any other combination wouldn’t surprise me. Hopefully the big talking points afterwards don’t involve refereeing decisions and the better teams progress.

  25. Titans don’t win. They’ll be back to reality. Now they are on notice after beating ravens. The win over patriots didn’t surprise anyone considering the pats lost at home to the dolphins with a lot on the table.

  26. I’m actually expecting Tennessee to upset KC, not hoping for it, but expecting it. Don’t underestimate the Tennessee defense and the job they did last week in Baltimore.

    It’s less likely that Green Bay pulls the upset in SF. The Packers’ best bet is to take a big early lead, force some turnovers and make JG throw the ball to beat them. The Packers aren’t the same team away from home.

  27. Am I the only person that has watched the 49ers this year? They’re not walking into a game underestimating anyone. He’s not going against Jimmy G, he’s going against that defense and they’re healthy and fresh. Vikings fans said same thing, “pressure will be on the 49ers”. They don’t buy into that nonsense. They just go play ball. I smell alot of frustration coming Green Bays way.

  28. I don’t see a re-run of week 12, the 9’ers are an impressively powerful team. After witnessing their systematic dismantling of the Vikes last weekend, and the Pack having not played a complete game all season, I have to pick against my team. 9’ers by 7. And hoping I’m wrong.

    Titans in an upset by 3. I believe defenses win championships.

  29. No dogs left in the fight for me….but rooting for the Titans only because I know that’s worst case scenario for Super Bowl marketing.

    Can you imagine the talking heads having to praise Ryan Tannehill for two weeks? Priceless`

  30. “What would be a better story in the NFL’s 100th season than a rematch of the first Super Bowl?”

    No one under the age of 60 gives a crap. That was so long ago that it is irrelevant to the vast majority of fans.

  31. Keep on hating on jimmyG. I see Rodgers making more costly mistakes than jimmyG. Niners win 31-13

    If belichick great defense couldn’t stop Henry running, how do you think the worser kc defense is going to stop henry? The tough physical running game and defense always beats the finness passing team. For example, look at the 2007 16-0 high scoring Patriots losing to the 9-7 giants. Or the 2013 high scoring broncos that was breaking every passing record but lost to the physical tough seahawks. The titans don’t have the legion of doom but they’re good enough and they have a better more explosive beast mode rb. I’ll take the physicality of the titans over the finness kc chiefs who aren’t physical and can’t run the ball to save their life.

  32. If the Packers win, I’m convinced the NFL fixed it for it to be a repeat of the first super bowl for the 100th season. Green bay is not a good team. They won games because of reff calls helping them (Lions game, last Bears game, Vikings first game, Panthers game). These manufactured wins stole a bye week from a much better team in the New Orleans Saints. It’s the 100th season and it’s the first Superbowl Match up again? Give me a break. The 49ers are a much better team, and a Cheifs-49ers would be a way better quality match up.

  33. Packers have no chance. They have no answer for the pass rush and that they cannot run the ball on SF. It would be different if the 49ers got lucky one game but they have been harassing everybody. The only reason Baltimore and Seattle got lucky is because both quarterbacks can run and SF didn’t leave a spy to contain the mobile quarterbacks or we are looking at the 15-1 49ers en route to a 6th Super Bowl title. No one can cover Kittle and having three very fast running backs is deadly. The only hope for Green Bay is getting penalties in their favor and the 49ers having Kittle go out for an injury. Game….set….match.

  34. If the pack continues to not score in the 4th..its the 49ers.
    if the pack cannot stop bosa…its the 49ers.

  35. The Pack will come prepared and looking better than the first meeting. But regardless of any preparation they will simply be outmatched. Niners will pull away in the second half. Expect a very similar result as the last meeting.

    Niners 35 Packers 10

  36. The Chiefs remind me a lot of the early Manning Colts. Fast explosive offense against lesser teams but cone unraveled when they get smacked in the mouth. Expect the more physical Titans team to smack the Chiefs in the mouth.

  37. Jimmy can make a mistake. So can Rodgers. i dont get the mindset that Jimmy is some mistake prone QB when all he does is win. Look at his win percentage with good and bad teams. its almost a historic rate.

    Yet, Rodgers is some big game QB savant because he won a SB once? he isnt Brady in the postseason. he is also older these days. either one of these QBs can have a great game or a bad game. Jimmy had some damn good games on the road this year where he was a key in his team winning. See NO and Seattle for examples.

  38. jdubkc says:
    January 16, 2020 at 12:14 pm
    Chiefs don’t need to stop Henry to win. He will get his but it wont be enough.

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    I thought that too… but when i looked at their first matchup I was surprised. Mahomes was 36/50 for 446 yards and 3 TDs and 0 INTs. The turnover margin was even (1 lost fumble each). Henry ran for 188 and the Titans won despite Mahomes playing very well. It was a close battle, but if the Chiefs let Henry run wild the Titans can win regardless how well KC plays.

  39. thenewguy12 says:
    January 16, 2020 at 2:01 pm
    “What would be a better story in the NFL’s 100th season than a rematch of the first Super Bowl?”

    No one under the age of 60 gives a crap. That was so long ago that it is irrelevant to the vast majority of fans.

    ———-

    Well, they did start the season with Packers Bears, and the All time 100 players included many players much older than that. So I would say the league cares very much about honoring the history of the game this year. A repeat of SB #1 would play into that very nicely.

    It’s also ok to care about history regardless of age. In fact, I would say it’s important to care about the history of the game.

  40. The Titans are playing with confidence and swagger. And they’ve won in KC this season. I could see Vrabel schooling Reid in clock management if the game is close.

  41. inozwetrust says:
    January 16, 2020 at 1:20 pm
    ahostiletakeover says:
    January 16, 2020 at 12:42 pm
    The Ravens squandered six possessions with turnovers and turnovers on downs yet still rolled up 530 yards on an average at best Titans defense. The Chiefs won’t make the same mistake, they’ll win by at least two possessions.
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    I agree. The Ravens went up and down the field all day against the Titans – just didn’t put the ball in end zone. I don’t see the Chiefs being as inept.

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    Their first match up is indicative that the Titans can stay with the Cheifs even if Mahomes plays well. For the Chiefs the win easily they need to get out to a fast lead more than anything, to make the Titans one dimensional. If not and Henry goes for near 200 again then the Cheifs wll be in a battle to the end of the game.

  42. On Championship Sunday, both games really could go either way.

    Tennessee is playing old school football, running the ball, controlling the clock, keeping the opposing offense off the field, and fielding a stout defense when they are. RB Henry averages 5+ yards per carry against eight-man fronts. It will be difficult for QB Mahomes to work his magic if he can’t get on the field. The Titans have a good chance for an upset.

    It’s hard to bet against this 49er defense. At the same time, it’s hard to be in favor of this 49er offense. Rodgers is a better and more experienced quarterback than Garoppolo, and the Green Bay defense, now healthier, is nothing to laugh at. The Packers have a good chance for an upset.

    If I were a betting man, and I’m not but if I were, I’d pick Green Bay and Kansas City, for a rematch of the first Super Bowl. However, I can easily see how the outcome could be San Francisco and Tennessee. Or San Francisco and Kansas City, or Green Bay and Tennessee, yada yada yada.

    I don’t expect a blowout in either championship game. Both will be close and come down to whichever team has final possession.

  43. SF VS KC.
    I know a lot of you want the State Farm Boys (Mahomes & Rodgers) to play each other in the SB, but I don’t think its going to happen.
    SF 27 – GB 16
    KC 34 – Tenn. 23

  44. No way the Titans can either completely stop the Chiefs offense nor score enough points to keep up, and while the Pack/49ers game will be closer, with a healthier 49er defense they will show that the earlier win was no fluke. Hope both games are entertaining though.

  45. From the first day of the season, it was preordained that it would be Chiefs/Packers for the Superbowl on this 100th year of pro football. I’ve seen the NFL at points during this season so blatantly “FIX” the games via the refs and the clown show in NY, to make it happen. This will be A ARon’s Swan Song to get the him another Super Bowl before his great decline.

    Look, I don’t like it either. Look back at the headlines each week and how many flags on 3rd down each of these teams get to extend their drives. Tell me I am wrong. Did you watch the Packers and the Lions with Cheat Blakeman and his crew? The NFL knows that unless it’s your team, you will take notice for 30 seconds until next week and promptly forget about it. Here is your Superbowl sheeple!

  46. Titans are playing with house money and a seemingly unstoppable running game. How many times has Reid won in the conference title game? After this game, Vrabel and him will have that same amount of conference title game wins.

  47. Oddly, I’m starting to feel somewhat optimistic about the Packers. I do think they’ll come out much stronger than they did in the November matchup and actually make it a good game. And they do stand a real chance to win. No guarantees, but it should be a fun one to watch.

  48. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    January 16, 2020 at 2:04 pm
    Keep on hating on jimmyG. I see Rodgers making more costly mistakes than jimmyG. Niners win 31-13
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    We will. Jimmy G is not why the Niners are winning. Best case scenario he’s been Trent Dilfer. I see a lot of Niners fans trying to pump up Jimmy G and I think that’s just to justify that giant salary.

  49. I think the upsets were last weekend. KC Vs SF Superbowl!

    The likelihood of the Titans pulling out another spectacular underdog win like they had against Baltimore over the Chiefs after what the Chiefs just overcame and proved last week is nearly zero.

  50. The Titans beat KC in the regular season and just finished beating NE & Baltimore in consecutive weeks, so no one can say they’re not capable of beating KC. Or anyone else in the league.

    But KC has been the best team in the AFC all along. Their being located in MO and Mahomes getting hurt took them off the national radar, but NE just wasn’t themselves this year and Baltimore was the novelty of the year.

    It’s nice to have two championship games where no one really knows who’s going to win, but I think KC will just impose a bit too much will this time.

    In the NFC, I think it will be close. Unlikely for so many bad breaks to go against GB as they did in the first game. They can beat SF the same way they beat Seattle. They key for them is for it to be competitive from the start. Would be hard to catch up to SF if they get out to a quick lead.

  51. The more physical team tends to win the win the conference championship games. simplistic, I know, but the 1990 NFC Championship sticks in my mind as the template. In 1990, SF had an all time great team that was physical – but the Parcells/Belichick/LT Giants were even more so, and won in a classic finish. A ball control offense that managed 5 FGs, a fake punt in the 4th quarter, and a critical mistake by the Niners with 2:30 left (the Riger Craig fumble) led to history being made. Tennessee fits this profile to a T, and KC is hardly the two time defending Super Bowl Champs that SF was. In the NFC, this year’s Niners are by far the more physical team, and unless GB plays the game of the year and the Niners get sloppy, SF should prevail. No matter the outcomes, this is the best Sunday of the year for a pro football fan!

  52. KC is the favorite yes, but Ravens were also heavy favorites. And for those saying Henry won’t do enough and Chiefs will outscore them, well the Ravens were the #1 scoring offense in the league and were unstoppable all season, Titans shut them down. I know Mahomes can win with his arm, while Lamar couldn’t last week, but I don’t see the Chiefs getting a huge lead or anything, it’s gonna be a tough grind it out game, and Titans will keep Mahomes from scoring by controlling the clock with Henry. It won’t be just about Henry’s yards, but the Time of Possession.

  53. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    January 16, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    I think Florio might have hit on the key to this game. What would be a better story in the NFL’s 100th season than a rematch of the first Super Bowl? If the game is at all close, the Packers will win because that’s what has been decided.
    **************************************************************************
    Hey if the football gods decide this is what’s gonna happen…then this is what’s gonna happen.

  54. That’s right keep on underestimating the Titans.. the Pats and the Ravens did and we all saw what happened there.
    I see it Titans 33 KC 31

  55. TrubiskyIsGarbageAndTheBearsShouldHaveDraftedMahommes says:
    January 16, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    We will. Jimmy G is not why the Niners are winning. Best case scenario he’s been Trent Dilfer. I see a lot of Niners fans trying to pump up Jimmy G and I think that’s just to justify that giant salary.

    ——–

    interesting. i think the guy was 6-1 with teams who were 6-10 and 4-12.

    but i guess he cant raise his team to heights more than what Dilfer was able to do. 😀

  56. marvin1958 says:
    January 16, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Titans in an upset by 3. I believe defenses win championships.
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    Then you should have picked the Chiefs, as they have the higher ranked defense out of all the teams remaining.

  57. Not glossing over anything, but to your point, Tannehill was able to recover his own fumble, if he loses it TOP swings even more in KC’s favor, so that’s not the best point to bring up. And yes, I think KC can control the TOP again, they’ve done it once with a less then 100% qb and no defense and on the road, I believe they can do it with a healthy QB, better defense and at home. I’m not trying to take anything away from Henry or even Tannehill, I’m just saying pound for pound the Titans are outmatched across the board. Everyone brings up how hot the Titans are but it’s not like the Chiefs haven’t been on the same run, and haven’t beat the Pats and Ravens themselves. The Chiefs have a bone to pick with TN, the Superbowl is on the other side of this game for KC as well, they have the same motivations. I’ll take a highly motivated and hot KC over a highly motivated and hot Titans.
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    KC got rewarded a false fumble, the replay clearly showed Tannehill recovered his own fumble but the refs robbed them, KC might not have won TOP without this atrociously bad ref call. Also, the ONLY aspect that Chiefs are superior to Titans is solely the passing game, Chiefs have a weaker defense and non-existent run game, Titans are more well rounded team. Baltimore had the best offense in the league and they got spanked last week, don’t sleep on the Titans.

  58. Niners would have to have the worst game of the season to lose this coming Sunday.
    I just dont see the packers scoring more than 20 points against the niners D and i just dont see for the life of me the Packers stopping the 2nd highest scoring offense in the league to under 30points. You make the math

  59. Teams who score 39-plus points in a playoff game are 12-22 SU and 6-27-1 ATS in their next playoff game since 1996, including 1-14-1 ATS as a favorite. Buyer beware of KC!

  60. The 2013 Seahawks are the last team to win the SB without beating the Pats in the playoffs. (Before that, the 2010 Packers.)

    Advantage Titans?

  61. I don’t like either team coming out of the NFC. I’d like to see Tennessee beat the Chef’s. Without an underdog coming out of the NFC that I don;t hate, I’ll have to go with Tennessee all the way. The Nashville Patriots.

  62. Santa Clara. So you’re telling me the SF fans turned their backs on the team. It’s really more Silicon Valley’s team these days. Interesting, I didn’t realize this.

  63. The Patriots actually held the Titan offense to 14 points (7 for nearly the whole game) despite Henry’s 182. They had a good plan. Now if they only had more than one weapon on offense …

  64. If you want a real throwback to 100 years ago then you HAVE to root for 49ers-Titans!

    Two teams that can run the ball, stop their opponent running, and play lights-out Defense.

  65. The Packers need to stop 49ers running game to have a chance. But their run defense is very weak. It would take Rodgers winning a shootout, but he has no one reliable to throw to other than Adams. Sherman will shut Adams down. A Packers victory just does not compute. I’d be shocked if 49ers lose. I might also be shocked if 49ers don’t win big.

  66. It’s always possible for a team to come out and lay an egg, like the Chiefs did in the first half against Houston, but if the 49ers come out focused and dialed in this should be blowout city. The 49ers have Dee Ford and Kwon Alexander back, and are much healthier than when they blew out the Packers the first time. But that all requires the 49ers to have the right amount of focus and preparation, and I’m hoping they do. We will see if Kyle Shanahan is worth all of the hype this weekend.

  67. For the 100 year anniversary of the NFL, the league wants a repeat of Superbowl 1, KC vs Green Bay. The fix is in.

  68. I’ve been saying all along the State Farm’s got it right! Mahomes and Rodgers in the SuperBowl.

  69. Sorry for your loss RIP

    footballfan72 says:
    January 19, 2020 at 4:22 pm
    My boy was a huge Titans fan and he went over rainbow bridge last Friday. He will be watching Titans vs 49ers from his suite on the 50 yard line

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