NFL Playoffs Heating Up


On Sunday, January 19, the third round of the 2020 NFL playoffs begin. 

The third round of the NFL playoffs consists of four total teams remaining. Two NFC teams with the Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers and two AFC teams with the Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs The two teams who come out on top will be headed for Miami, Florida to play for the Lombardi Trophy. 

“I think this week is more interesting as the Patriots and Saints who were some of the best teams leading up until the first round were eliminated,” senior Tucker White said. “I think it provides for more of a chance for teams like the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans to hoist that trophy,” White finished.

Overall, the NFL playoffs have been very interesting this season already, with first round thrillers in all four games that were played. This week, two matchups excite us, including some of the hottest teams in the league right now such as the San Francisco 49ers and the Tennessee Titans who have now knocked off two of the hottest teams in the NFL in the Ravens and Patriots.

When it comes to the fun-filled gameday slate, senior Burke Thompson is looking forward to seeing the outcomes.

“I’m very excited to watch these games,” Thompson said. “The Titans have just knocked off two of the best teams in back to back weeks,” Thompson continued. “If that doesn’t get you excited to see these games then I don’t know what will. Anything can happen,” Thompson finished. 

During this conference championship round of the NFL playoffs, the Tennessee Titans play the Kansas CIty Chiefs mid-afternoon, and the Green Bay Packers play the San Francisco 49ers in the late game. 

When asked about who he believes would emerge victorious this weekend, freshman Max Crandall favors the teams who received home-field advantage.

“This week I’m going with the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers,” Cranall said. “The Chiefs have a top two offense in the league, and the 49ers pose one of the biggest defensive threats. Not to mention both are at home, which is a huge advantage,” Crandall finished. 

This year, the remaining teams in the playoffs such as the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers have all made tremendous turnarounds from last season.

While both of these NFC teams have shocked White in having such a productive season, there is one in particular that White did not see coming. 

“The Tennessee Titans came out of nowhere,” White said. “They started off the season 2-4, had a mediocre quarterback and looked lost,” White continued. “As of late though, the acquisition of Ryan Tannehill and insane production from Derrick Henry have boosted this team to an amazing level of play lately,” White finished.

Overall, at the end of this week, the stage for Super Bowl 54 will be set, and no matter the outcome of the conference championships, it’s shaping up to be a great Super Bowl.