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Bills, Bucs Risen From Super Bowl Droughts

In the 1990s, the Bills buffaloed their method to 4 successive if not profitable Super Bowls. No different franchise has managed that.

About a decade later, the long-downtrodden Buccaneers swashbuckled to an NFL title.

Ever since, just about nothing for these groups. Until now.

Next weekend, Buffalo, which final bought this far within the 1993 season, heads to reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City. And the Chiefs could possibly be lacking their dynamic star quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, who was concussed in a 22-17 victory Sunday over Cleveland.

Its a particular time to be a Buffalo Bill, deal with Dion Dawkins stated.

Meanwhile, TB (as in Tampa Bay), led by TB (as in Tom Brady) heads to Green Bay for the NFC championship sport. Yes, the identical Bucs who made the postseason as soon as, in 2007, after their 2002 league crown, and never since till Brady and his six Super Bowl rings arrived from New England for this season. Their 30-20 win at New Orleans despatched them to Lambeau Field for the NFC championship match.

Its nice for our group,” stated Brady, who additional establishes how accountable he was for all these titles in New England with every victory in Tampa. We labored laborious to get so far. Two street playoff wins is fairly candy.

Which two groups will probably be sweetest? The groups that may head to Tampa sure, that’s the place the Super Bowl will probably be staged on Feb. 7, and no group has performed within the huge sport on its residence discipline.

NFC

Tampa Bay (13-5) at Green Bay (14-3)

Both groups used key performs by their protection to win within the divisional spherical, and sure will want related performances to advance. Sure, the Bucs and Pack are lauded for his or her offense, from their quarterbacks Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers has had maybe one of the best season of his illustrious profession to robust runners Leonard Fournette and Aaron Jones, to a bevy of receivers, to stable strains. But holding down All-Pros Rodgers and vast receiver Davante Adams is a should for Tampa Bay. So is neutralizing Brady hooking up with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate.

It was big. I believe the protection was the important thing to the sport, Brady stated after the win over the Saints. It must be big as soon as extra.”

As for the circumstances at Lambeau Field, properly, forecasts name for temperatures within the 20s, which definitely is chilly for a group from Florida, however not frigid. And bear in mind the place Brady gained all these titles.

Oddly, the Packers haven’t gained an NFC championship sport at residence for the reason that 1996 season. They are four-point favorites within the earliest betting strains. If that appears low, bear in mind who’s quarterbacking the opposition.

AFC

Buffalo (14-3) at Kansas City (15-2)

So a lot will depend upon Mahomes’ situation. While journeyman backup Chad Henne did properly sufficient after Mahomes departed Sunday within the third quarter, even making two huge performs to clinch the win, the Chiefs could be severely hampered if Mahomes can’t play.

Andy Reid, whose willingness to gamble and all the time play to win ought to be lauded no matter circumstance, has designed a virtually unstoppable assault when Mahomes is behind heart. It’s laborious to think about Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and the opposite threats being, properly, as threatening with out him.

Reid maintains there’s something else at play in KC. Asked what impressed him most in regards to the Chiefs holding off Cleveland, he replied:

Probably simply the intestinal fortitude of the blokes pounding by means of, not getting down when Pat went down. Thats simpler stated than finished. Somebody requested that virtually the quarterback, so simply that a part of it, having that belief, having earned that respect from the blokes I believe is huge.

But pay attention, no person bought down. I imply, there was no person that was hanging their head or moping all through the sport.

Nor will they in opposition to Buffalo, which has been the AFC’s greatest group the final two months. The Bills are probably the most balanced of the 4 remaining contenders, and might need extra confidence than anybody.

They misplaced at residence to the Chiefs in a COVID-19 delayed sport in October, 26-17. That sport was performed in moist climate.

The early betting line is Kansas City giving Three 1/2 factors. Mahomes’ situation, not the sector circumstances, will decided the percentages. And fairly presumably who goes to the Super Bowl.

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