The Super Bowl LII matchup will be determined on Sunday as the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs square off in the AFC Championship Game, while the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints do battle in the NFC Championship Game.
There is mild rooting interest for fans of the New York Giants outside of their general love of football, with several former coordinators now serving in the role of head coach (Bill Belichick, Sean Payton) and several former players angling for a ring (Eli Apple, Jay Bromley and Donte Deayon).
So, how are we here at Giants Wire feeling about conference championship weekend? Let’s take a look.
Dan Benton: Patriots 31, Chiefs 30
This is a difficult game to predict because the Chiefs are at the top of their game, while the Patriots are not at theirs. However, it feels foolish to ever bet against New England — especially when they are angry and feel disrespected. It’s a rarity they are ever the underdogs, and they’ll be out to make sure that’s never the case under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady ever again.
Tyler Henry: Patriots 35, Chiefs 24
Until the Patriots get taken down, it’s hard to pick against them. Despite the poor road record, I see the Patriots going back to the Super Bowl again. Both offenses have shown they can score, but between the Patriots’ playoff experience and the questionable defense of Kansas City, it’s hard for me to see the Chiefs winning this one. I think the Patriots pull away with a late touchdown to seal the victory.
Mike Moraitis: Chiefs 35, Patriots 21
This is the end of the road for the Patriots this season, as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will be unable to duplicate their win against the Chiefs from earlier in the season. Instead, the legendary pair will be handing off the torch to Patrick Mahomes and the star-studded Chiefs, who will undoubtedly exploit a mediocre Patriots defense en route to yet another impressive offensive performance. Expect Brady to watch his 2018 demise from the ground, with the Chiefs’ pass-rush doing what the Chargers’ could not: put Brady on his backside.
Doug Rush: Chiefs 27, Patriots 20
If this game were being played in Foxborough and up in New England, picking Tom Brady and Bill Belichick would be an easy one. But it’s not. The last two times the Patriots were on the road in an AFC Championship Game, they lost both times and Patrick Mahomes has this Chiefs team firing on all cylinders right now. Is the Brady-Belichick era over? Who knows, but they don’t advance to a third straight Super Bowl after today.
Kevin Hickey: Patriots 35, Chiefs 30
This is a very difficult game to predict, especially with the way both offenses looked in the divisional round. Still, Tom Brady and the Patriots looked spectacular and while Patrick Mahomes appears to be unstoppable at this point, the playoff experience with New England should help them weather the storm (figuratively and physically). The Chiefs defense is better at home, but the Patriots will have enough to get it done.
John Fennelly: N/A