This Sunday January 29 we will know the two teams that will reach the Super Bowl and it is that, the NFL Conference Finals come with two extremely incredible games.
In the American Conference, Joe Burrow’s Bengals face Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs. A duel that we already saw last season in this same instance.
The Bengals won last year, but these Chiefs are on fire, albeit with the possibility of not having their best man 100%, because an ankle injury afflicts him for the Conference Finals.
For the National Conference, a team duel at its best, although with totally different realities. Eagles was the best in the NFC and showed it against Giants.
Peeeeeero, the 49ers are not a flank, because they have a more than powerful offense to face Philadelphia, although, there are also doubts about San Francisco because Dallas had them in their hands to reach the Conference Finals.
The data and curiosities of the Conference Finals
49ers vs Eagles
- Brock Purdy showed that he has difficulties when facing good teams, not everything is honey and flakes and the Eagles defense is fierce on offense when it comes to capturing QB’s, that will be a key to the game
- Eagles have four players with 10+ QB sacks, Brock Purdy will be in trouble
- Brock Purdy is the fifth rookie QB to appear in the Conference Finals (Shaun King, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Mark Sanchez are the others)
- Peeeero, history is not good for these rookie QB’s, because none have won in the Conference Finals, in fact, combined they have nine interceptions for only four touchdown passes
- The 49ers are 3-3 this season by giving up 19 points or more.
- Jalen Hurts and Brock Purdy have met once, but not in the NFL. It was in college football, Hurts’ Sooners beat Purdy’s Iowa State, but the fireworks were not lacking. Both QB’s threw 8 TD passes (5 from Purdy and 3 from Hurts), so we could see something like that in the Conference Finals.
- Disadvantage for 49ers, because the disabled list has Christian McCaffrey as doubtful for the Conference Finals game
- Deebo Samuel had limited training to avoid further injury
- Eagles is the best team in the NFC since 2000, because it has reached 7 Conference Finals since the new millennium, more than any other team.
- San Francisco’s last loss was in NFL Week 7 against the Chiefs
- The 49ers defense allowed an opposing receiver to record 100 yards in their first two playoff games.
- Brock Purdy and George Kittle is San Francisco’s strongest connection, completing 31 of 41 passes for 447 yards and 7 touchdowns.
- There is a chance, life permitting, that Jimmy Garoppolo will be active for the Conference Finals. So, even if he is not 100%, he could go out and save the 49ers if required, he just has to recover to be ready, although the coach does not see it as feasible.
Bengals vs Chiefs, second meeting in Conference Finals
- One of the keys will be the offensive line protection for Patrick Mahomes, even if he is fully recovered from the ankle injury, he surely does not want to injure himself or risk it again.
- The same will happen with Joe Burrow, because last week three of his starting offensive linemen were absent and the replacements did a wonderful job covering their quarterback.
- The Bengals have won three straight games against the Chiefs, including one of the Conference Finals last season, in addition, they have already beaten them at home and on the road
- The last time Patrick Mahomes played injured in the playoffs was in the Super Bowl against the Buccaneers and he lost
- The Bengals have a record of 0 wins and 3 losses when they sack Joe Burrow five or more times.
- Joe Burrow has never lost in the month of January, with a record of seven wins and no losses
- Since 2014, there have been 13 games in the Conference Finals that are rematches of regular season games, in those games, the team that has won the regular season game has a record of 10 wins and three losses.
- Patrick Mahomes should stay in the pocket, even if he doesn’t like this spot, as most of his ERA comes outside the pocket, making a total of 15 TDs from outside the pocket since 2018 in the playoffs.
- Chris Jones, Chiefs defensive tackle, will be the key to victory, because he is an infallible QB fighter. This season he has 15.5 sacks, 29 quarterback hits and 77 pressures, watch out Joe Burrow
- Patrick Mahomes wants to break Tom Brady’s record as the youngest QB to reach 3 Super Bowls, but first the Conference Finals
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