Playoffs NFL 2021 Buffalo hasn’t arrived since 1994, Tampa Bay since 2003
In the early 1990s, the Bills entered four consecutive Super Bowls, although they could not be victorious. No other franchise has managed to repeat it. Almost a decade later, the mediocre franchise of the Buccaneers emerged from nowhere to win an NFL championship. Since then, both teams were irrelevant. Until now.
Next weekend Buffalo, who last made it this far was in the 1993 season, visit Kansas City, the reigning Super Bowl champion, for the American Conference title. The Chiefs may miss their dynamic quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who suffered a concussion in the triumph of Sunday, 22-17 ante Cleveland.
“It’s a special time to be a Bill,” said tackle Dion Dawkins.
While, Tampa Bay, led by Tom Brady, travel to Green Bay for the National Conference championship game. Yes, the same Bucs who had only made the postseason in 2007 since they were crowned in 2002, until Brady and his six Super Bowl champion rings arrived from New England this season. Their 30-20 win over New Orleans He sent them to Lambeau Field for the NFC championship match.
“It’s amazing for our team”, Brady said, making it clear that he was important to all of those New England titles with each victory in Tampa. “We worked hard to get to this point. Two playoff road wins is sweet.”
It remains to be seen who will have the sweetest ending. The teams heading to Tampa – yes, that’s where the Super Bowl on February 7 and no team has played the maximum game in its own fiefdom.
Both teams used key players on defense to win in the divisional round and possibly they will need similar actions if they want to advance. The Bucs and Packers are renowned for their offense, from their quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay is perhaps having the best campaign of his illustrious career, accompanied by his powerful running backs Leonard Fournette and Aaron Jones.
Stopping Rodgers and catcher Davante Adams is a must for Tampa Bay. Also being neutralize Brady and his teammates Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate.
“It was important, I think defense was the key to the game.”Brady admitted after the win over the Saints. “It needs to be great one more time.”
On conditions at Lambeau Field, where they are forecast temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius, which is certainly cold for a Florida team, but not cold. And you have to remember where Brady got all those titles. Strangely, the Packers haven’t won a championship game at home since the 1996 season.
Much will depend on the condition of Mahomes. Although substitute Chad Henne was able to respond after Mahomes’ departure during the third quarter on Sunday, including with two important plays to secure the win. But the Chiefs could be in trouble if Mahomes can’t play.
Andy Reid, whose willingness to risk should be recognized no matter the circumstance, has engineered a virtually unbeatable attack when Mahomes is in command. It’s hard to imagine Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and others bullying in the same way without him.
Reid says something else is at stake in Kansas City. Asked what impressed him the most about the Chiefs’ win over Cleveland, he said: “Probably the visceral strength of the players who weren’t daunted when Pat was gone. Easier said than done.”
Now they have to face Buffalo, the best team in the AFC in the last two months. The Bills are the most balanced of the four still in the race, and perhaps the most confident overflowing.
In a game that was delayed by COVID-19, the Bills lost at home to the Chiefs 26-17 in October. They played in the rain. Mahomes’ condition, not the playing field, is likely to define which of the two will go to the Super Bowl.