NFL Playoff Championship Round previews

There are only three games remaining of the 2020 NFL season with the two Super Bowl participants set to be decided this Sunday.

NFC Championship

Number 1 seed Green Bay Packers will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first game of Sunday in the NFC Championship.

Aaron Rodgers’ side finished the regular season on a six-game winning streak, which included putting up 35 and 41 points against the Chicago Bears, and 40 versus the Tennessee Titans.

The Packers then hammered the LA Rams 32-10 in the Divisional Round last week.

Opponents Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one of just three teams to beat the Packers in the regular season, back in October and week 6 when they came from 0-10 to run out 38-10 winners at Raymond James Stadium.

Lots has changed then, not least the temperature, where the cold has to favour the hosts this weekend.

After a bye week in week 13 Bruce Arians’ side ran off four straight victories and looked good with Tom Brady bombing the ball down field.

With receivers in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski, the six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback can afford to do that.

Brady will need to be careful as the Packers have a couple of top defensive backs, as well players who can get good pressure off the edge.

Getting pressure on the quarterback is just what the Bucs do themselves, recording no fewer than five sacks in the first meeting between these two.

If their front seven can do similar this Sunday then an upset could be on the cards.

Tampa Bay have put up 31-23 and 30-20 victories over the Washington Football Team and New Orleans Saints to get this far and may need to put up more points to progress to the Super Bowl.

However, we think they will pull off an upset at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Tip: Tampa Bay Buccaneers to advance to Super Bowl LV

AFC Championship

Defending Super Bowl champions and number 1 seeds Kansas City Chiefs will welcome the Buffalo Bills to Arrowhead Field in the second Championship game on Sunday.

The question at the start of the week was whether Patrick Mahomes would be available for this one. The superstar quarterback exited the 22-17 Divisional Round victory over the Cleveland Browns midway through the third quarter with a concussion.

Mahomes is cleared to start this Sunday, but there have been no updated on the toe injury he suffered versus Cleveland that had clearly been hampering his movement. One to keep an eye on.

Buffalo narrowly held on to a 27-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the Wildcard round before their defence shut down Lamar Jackson in a 17-3 upset of the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round.

The Bills are certainly getting the hype heading into the AFC Championship this weekend but I cannot see their defence shutting down the likes of Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill in this one.

Josh Allen will need to put up a large number of points if the Bills are to progress and as good as he’s been in the second half of the season, I don’t see it happening.

Tip: Kansas City Chiefs to advance to Super Bowl LV