2019 NFL Conference Championship Games Preview

Russell S. Baxter

2019 NFL Conference Championship Games Preview

By Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter (VIBE)

Special to Pro Football Guru

The 2019 NFL season is down to three meaningful games, with all due respect to the Pro Bowl.

On wild card weekend, three of the four road teams came up with wins. Last Saturday and Sunday, it was the home squads that combined for a 3-1 mark. The lone visiting club to win was the upstart Tennessee Titans, who humbled the team with the best record in the NFL with a 28-12 triumph over the Baltimore Ravens.

Sunday will see a pair of regular-season rematches in the conference title games. The last time both the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers lost this season was to the Titans and San Francisco 49ers, respectively. And now as luck would have it…

So it’s down to the final four. So what two clubs are headed to South Florida to clash in Super Bowl LIV? It’s PFG Vibe’s somewhat-unique look at the AFC-NFC Championship Games. Julie Voigt (VI) and Russell S. Baxter (BE) offer their quick analysis on each contest (All times ET).

NOTE: Win-loss records include playoffs.

Sunday, January 19

Tennessee Titans (11-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (13-4), 3:05 pm

VI: Championship Sunday. A Clash of the Titans. At the beginning of the season, who would have guessed that the Tennessee Titans would be one game away from playing in the Super Bowl at Miami? But then again, no one would have guessed that the Kansas City Chiefs – led by current reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes – would be struggling again defensively. Tennessee has won the last four games with the Chiefs, including a playoff victory in 2017.

BE: The Titans are the first team with less than 10 wins to reach the conference title game since the 2011 New York Giants – who went onto win Super Bowl XLVI. Mike Vrabel’s club has also won five consecutive road games, knocking off the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots and the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens. Derrick Henry is running over opposing defense like a runaway freight train. But Kansas City’s defense has settled in after a miserable start.

Green Bay Packers (14-3) at San Francisco 49ers (14-3), 6:40 pm

VI: The Green Bay Packers enter the NFC Championship Game as underdogs. And if they want to punch a ticket to Miami, they will have to try and slow down one of the hottest teams in the NFL. During the regular season, the 49ers defeated the Packers, 37-8, on a Sunday night at San Francisco. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has had some time to prepare for a match-up that didn’t go his way earlier this year.

BE: The Packers held on for another win last Sunday and the key was some late third-down tosses from Aaron Rodgers. When LaFleur’s club met the Niners earlier this season, third down was a four-letter word. Can Green Bay’s defense force Jimmy Garoppolo into more mistakes than usual?

Julie Voigt (@JulieNoted_PFG) and Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) are the co-founders of @pfgVIBE. Julie is also an NFL feature writer for SI Pro Football Guru, while Russell writes for FanSided, NFL Spin Zone and Elite Sports NY.

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