by Matt Weininger
Let’s recap the conference championship games before I get to my Super Bowl prediction.
Cincinnati Bengals defeat Kansas City Chiefs ( 27-24)
Comeback of the year! The first half was dominated by the Chiefs as they took a 21-10 lead and, at one point, were winning 21-3! With that all said, the game started to look like a blowout by halftime. However ,what started to change the momentum was a play with seconds left in the second quarter when the Chiefs, instead of going for the field goal, went for a touchdown with seconds left in the half. A key stop by Bengal cornerback Eli Apple changed the tide of the game. After halftime the Bengals defense stepped up and didn’t allow any points until the Chiefs final drive of the 4th quarter. The Cincinnati offense was led by “the man” Joe Burrow who threw for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Bengals kept persevering and eventually took the lead late in the fourth quarter. However, on the final drive in regulation the Chiefs kicked a field goal to tie the game. In overtime, the Chiefs had the ball first and threw an interception to the Bengals. The Bengals then marched down the field and kicked a field goal to send them to the Super Bowl.
San Francisco 49ers @ Los Angeles Rams (20-17)
This game was so close! The Rams outlasted the 49ers in the NFC Championship game to move on to the Super Bowl. This back and forth game was close the entire way. The 49ers could have iced the game many times, but the Rams persevered. Deebo Samuel carried this San Francisco team on his back with 98 yards receiving and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough. Ultimately, the dynamic offense of Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. was too much for the San Francisco defense. The Rams offense looks to keep rolling along with their star studded defense against the Bengals.
Super Bowl Prediction:
In an upset, the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Los Angeles Rams 27-24.
Enjoy the game!