On NFL Championship Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans 35-24 and the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 37-20.
The Titans entered the game as +7.5 underdogs to the AFC Championship Game host, the Chiefs. The Titans proceeded to take a 10-point lead in the first quarter. The week prior, the Chiefs dug themselves a 24-point hole, only to score 28 points in the second quarter. This week would be similar, but not with that amount of firepower.
Before the end of the first quarter, Patrick Mahomes hit Tyreek Hill for an eight-yard touchdown. A sigh of relief was let out by the fans at Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns, adding 53 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Dennis Kelly of the Titans would become the heaviest player to score a touchdown, when he caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to put the Titans ahead 17-7. That’s when the Chiefs decided to blow the game open.
The Chiefs offense responded with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Hill. Hill had 67 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Right before the half, Mahomes broke a 27-yard touchdown run, evading defenders along the sidelines to give the Chiefs their first lead of the day. A lead in which they would not surrender. After two more second half touchdowns by the Chiefs, the Titans finally scored again from a Tannehill touchdown pass to Anthony Firkser.
The final score of 35-24 would signify the end of a 50-year Super Bowl drought for the Chiefs.
The 49ers and Packers game would have no back and forth suspense as the AFC game. The 49ers took a quick 27-0 lead in the first half. Raheem Mostert rushed for three touchdowns in the first half. He finished with 220 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
The Packers first touchdown would come in the third quarter with a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Aaron Jones. Rodgers finished with 326 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
After attempting only eight passes in the game, the 49ers offense scored 37 points, while the defense held the Packers offense to just seven points through three quarters of play. The Packers scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, with the game far out of reach.
The 49ers are now 2-0 against Rodgers in NFC Championship games since not drafting the quarterback in 2005.
The Chiefs and 49ers will play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3. The Chiefs open as -1.5 favorites.