AFC Championship Game preview: Five things to know about the Tennessee Titans


After finishing last in run-defense DVOA in 2017 and "18, the Chiefs ranked 29th this season". Given Kansas City's success in recent years, it's a little surprising to recall the Titans have won all three of the previous matchups. Despite the stakes being raised, Rodgers noted the team is doing their best to operate the same as a typical game week.

Kirk Cousins threw for 172 yards but was sacked six times by the home team's imposing pass rush. The 2018 NFL MVP recorded four TD passes in the second quarter to join Doug Williams (Super Bowl XXII) as the only quarterbacks to throw for a quartet of scores in one period of a playoff game.

It will mark the second time this season San Francisco hosted Green Bay after winning, 37-8, November 24.

Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs is congratulated by his teammate Travis Kelce #87 after a third quarter touchdown against the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs will survive another Henry onslaught and book their first Super Bowl berth in 50 years.

The Packers on Sunday jumped ahead of Seattle 21-3 in the first half thanks to a 20-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to star receiver Davante Adams, who also scored a 40-yarder in the second half.

A 49ers-Chiefs matchup would be solid, as well, but likely wouldn't receive the overall hype that Packers-Chiefs would.

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The 49ers, of course, clinched their spot in the conference title game by beating the Minnesota Vikings, 27-10, Saturday in an impressive performance at Levi's Stadium. The 49ers also can get the Packers out of position with misdirection, motion and play-action.

This will be the second meeting between these two squadrons this season. No disrespect to a fluky Jaguars team, but Shanahan's third 49ers squad is far superior.

The Niners will host the NFC championship game next week against the victor of Sunday's game between Seattle and Green Bay. The Coach of the Year candidate's presence, and the Browns passing on bringing defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and other staffers to Cleveland, gives San Francisco's rapid revival staying power.

The Packers didn't put up much of a fight when they were blown out by the 49ers earlier this season.

But the Seahawks, despite Wilson's 277 yards passing and 64 rushing, could not overtake the Packers. Garoppolo does not possess Rodgers' gifts, but he's working with a team that will allow him to be less than dominant and still hold that bizarrely ugly conference championship trophy.