In Sunday’s NFC game, the Green Bay Packers triumphed over the Seattle Seahawks, by a score of 28-23 at Lambeau Field.
The Packers had enjoyed the bye week in the previous round of games, whilst Seattle had battled past the Philadelphia Eagles to meet new coach Matt LaFleur’s men.
The home side struck first, with Quarterback Aaron Rodgers finding an impeccable run from Wide Receiver Davante Adams to make it 7-0.
In quite typical fashion, Adams and fellow wide receiver Aaron Jones were the stars of the show for the Packers: accumulating all four of their touchdowns as Green Bay eventually led 21-3 at halftime, and 28-17 heading into the fourth quarter.
But the Seahawks stayed strong towards the end: main man Russel Wilson carried them back into it; but it took until the final two minutes for the Packers to sack Wilson, force the Seahawks to punt the ball away, and close out the dying minutes to win in Wisconsin.
Green Bay have now advanced to face the San Francisco 49ers in next week’s NFC Championship game: Jimmy Garoppolo and co. were exceptional in their convincing 27-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
And with next Sunday’s Championship game being held in Santa Clara, the 49ers would hope home field advantage pays dividends. Earlier in the season, the 49ers crushed the Packers 37-8 at the Levi’s Stadium; the site for the NFC’s final game of the season on the 19th of January. Kyle Shanahan and his team head into the decisive fixture as perhaps the favourite to win not only the Championship, but another Super Bowl.
Sunday night also saw the Kansas City Chiefs emerge victorious over the Tennessee Titans in a high scoring affair. The Chiefs found themselves 0-21 down early on, before fighting back to dominate the rest of the game and win 51-31.
This means it’ll be the Chiefs hosting the surprise package Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game.
With defending champions the New England Patriots having been eliminated earlier in the divisional rounds, this year’s Super Bowl will be the first without Tom Brady and Co. since 2016’s clash where the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers.