By Vonora Lewis
The road to the Super Bowl is tough. Only the best of the best will make it to Tampa Bay. After 16 weeks of playing football at the highest level, one game decides who holds up the trophy. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs have made it to the February 7th battle, however, the road was not easy.
The Green Bay Packers vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the battle that everyone was waiting for. The Goat himself vs Mr. Automatic is not only a blockbuster but the NFC Championship game. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers traveled to the frozen tundra to face the NFC North Champions.
The walking Lombardi Trophy took out the Saints and continued their Cinderella story to Lambo field. Tom Brady did not have a goat performance during the championship game. He completed 20-36 of his passes. Brady threw for 280 yards and had 3 touchdowns.
The craziest part was he had 3 interceptions and the Packers did not capitalize on them. Leonard Fournette led in rushing yards with 12 carries for 55 yards, which resulted in 1 touchdown. Fournette also had 5 receptions for 19 yards. Fournette was crucial for this win and will be necessary against the Chiefs. Chris Godwin led the Buccaneers in receiving yards with 5 receptions for 110 yards. Star receiver Mike Evans only had 3 receptions for 51 yards and 1 touchdown in the championship game.
The Packers’ defense did not show up for this game. The Packers completely shut down the Rams offense and ran those points up. However, the Buccaneers game went a completely different way. After the last second 39-yard pass from Brady to Scotty Miller, this game looked hopeless for the Kings of the North. However, the Packers still have Aaron Rodgers. Rodger completed 3-48 of his passes.
He threw 346 yards, had 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Aaron Jones led in rushing yards with 6 carries for 27 yards. Marquez Valdes-Scantling had 4 receptions for 115 yards and 1 touchdown. Even though Devante Adams scored a touchdown, the Buccaneers defense shut him down for the majority of the game. The Buccaneers ended the Pack season and will be the first team to play at their home field for the Super Bowl.
The Buffalo Bills vs the Kansas City Chiefs is the battle of the offense. Both teams know how to put points on the board. Josh Allen has been having the best season of his life. While Allen is thriving, Patrick Mahomes gets a toe injury and took a serious hit during the Cleveland game.
After beating the Browns, the Chiefs were shaken at the chance that their star quarterback was injured. That possibility and the fact that the Chiefs defense is not their strength, analysts began to worry. However, Patrick Mahomes silenced all the people saying he wasn’t going to be healthy for this game.
Mahomes continues to crush his competition, each and every week. Mahomes completed 29-38 of his passes. He threw for 325 yards and had 3 touchdowns. Darrel Williams led in rushing with 13 carries for 52 yards and scored 1 touchdown. Tyreek Hill led in receiving yards with 9 receptions for 172 yards. Good old reliable Travis Kelce connected with Mahomes for 13 receptions for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Chiefs will need to keep this dominant offense going next week. By beating the Bills, the easy part is over, now it is time for the “Big Game”.
The Buffalo Bills had a long season and even broke their own “curse”. After demolishing the Ravens offense, the prior week, the Bills were riding high. They played in the AFC Championship game for the first time in 26 years. The Bill overall has a solid team.
Their offense was ranked number three this season. Josh Allen completed 28-48 passes. Allen threw for 287 yards, scored 2 touchdowns, and had 1 interception. Allen also led in rushing yards with 7 carries for 88 yards. Cole Beasley led in receiving yards with 7 receptions for 88 yards. The dynamic duo between Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs was shut down by the Chiefs defense. Diggs only had 6 receptions for 77 yards. However, Dawson Knox and Isaiah McKenzie were the only ones able to score touchdowns this game. The Bills have been knocked out, but they will be back hopefully with some additions to their defense.
February 7th is the day we see the Goat vs the Kid under the big lights. Patrick Mahomes is on his way to becoming the goat; however, he is facing the true Goat at “his turf”. Brady has been to NINE Super Bowls and has won six of them. He is used to the pressure and has the number one ranked defense and stellar receivers. Mahomes has the number 1 ranked offense in the league and knows how to play and win from behind.
If the Chiefs defense can shut down Brady, this game will go to the Chiefs. Can the Kid take down the Goat? We will see you at 6:40 pm on February 7th.