Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady all extended their NFL seasons to find themselves one win away from Super Bowl LV.
Aaron Rodgers: Too Easy
The Green Bay Packers have advanced to the NFC Championship game behind yet another stellar performance by their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
We backed him into win the MVP here in early December, now he’s a $1.03 chance to take possession of the award. More importantly, his Packers are now favourites in the Super Bowl LV Winner market at $2.80.
Rodgers was brilliant once again in Green Bay’s 32-18 win over the LA Rams. He threw two touchdowns, ran one in himself and piled up 296 passing yards. The numbers are impressive, but it’s how it looked that makes the Packers $2.80 so appealing.
His smirk towards the end said all, really. It looked easy for him. Too easy.
There was talk of the Packers looking ahead at their next quarterback before this season started. That discussion has been put back to bed, though.
Baltimore Barely Throws A Punch
Lamar Jackson left the field with a concussion, but his injury isn’t why the Baltimore Ravens will be watching the AFC Championship Game from their couch. They had already fallen 17-3 behind the Buffalo Bills by the time Jackson left the field following the last play of the 3rd quarter. Simply, the Ravens were beaten by a better team on the day.
Josh Allen and the Bills won their eighth straight to book a date with the Kanas City Chiefs next week. It’s their best streak since 1990 and has positioned them on the third line of betting to win Super Bowl LV at $3.60. When you’ve got Josh Allen ($11 to win MVP) in the pocket, anything is possible.
Allen is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL at the moment. He was kept quiet on the ground to rush for just three yards this week, but his ability as a dual-threat that makes him and the Bills offence so dangerous.
Josh Allen joins Patrick Mahomes (2019) and Ben Roethlisberger (2005) as the only QBs under the age of 25 with multiple wins and a 100+ passer rating in a single postseason
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 17, 2021
However, it was the Bills defence that sealed the deal this week. Cornerback Taron Johnson, in particular, took centre stage when he returned Jackson’s pass 101 yards to seal the victory.
Chiefs Get The Job Done, Mahomes In Doubt
Despite the idea of a possible Cinderella story and a couple of big bets coming in on the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs got the job done to win 22-17.
This will be their third straight AFC Championship game, but that barely rates a mention in the post-game chatter. It’s all about Patrick Mahomes and his injury.
The Chiefs QB took a hit and doubled-down on the contact as his head barrelled into the turf. Stumbling as he tried to stand, Mahomes was forced from the field and straight into the NFL’s concussion protocols. Andy Reid offered some positive comments on Mahomes’ chances of playing next week:
Reid on Mahomes:
"He got hit in the back of the head and kind of knocked the wind out of him…he's doing great right now, which is a real positive, passed all the deals that he needed to pass so we'll see where it goes from here."
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) January 17, 2021
Still, there is no doubt that Mahomes is, in fact, in doubt. It’s reflected in their Super Bowl odds and adds an element of intrigue into Buffalo’s chances next week.
Different Team, Same Result
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hadn’t won a playoff game in 18 years before Tom Brady arrived. Now, they’ve won two in a fortnight and will face the Green Bay Packers for a place in Super Bowl LV next week.
It will be Brady’s 14th Conference Championship game…If there were any arguments against his GOATness, they’re wearing very thin now. As the New England Patriots struggled in their first season without Brady, the 43-year-old is notching up another season to remember. While out at $5.50 to add another Super Bowl win, we surely know by now that anything is possible with Brady on the field.
It wasn’t such a rosy picture for Drew Brees who may have just played his last game in the NFL.
It got to this point for Brees by the time he threw his third pick:
WE WANT JAMEIS
— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) January 18, 2021