Gates’ Top Team of the Divisional Round

Gates’ Top Team of the Divisional Round

by January 25, 2023 0 comments

The NFL Divisional Round of the playoffs ended, and the postseason is in full swing. Last year’s Divisional Round included one of the best playoff games in NFL history between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs. Unfortunately, this year’s Divisional Round did not feature such great games.

This means we are left with four teams competing for conference titles. In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers will be taking on the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. In the AFC, the Cincinnati Bengals are against the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead for the conference title game. So, without further ado, the Top Team from the Divisional Round was the Kansas City Chiefs. 

The Five-Time AFC Championship Contenders

The Kansas “Shitty” Chiefs, according to Maria Taylor, will be going to the AFC championship for the fifth time. The First time they were in the Championship was against the New England Patriots; Kansas City went on to lose that game in overtime. The final score was 37-31 in 2019. The following season, the Chiefs were in the AFC Championship versus the Tennesee Titans. In that game, Kansas City was able to win 35-24. The Kansas City would go on to win the Super Bowl versus the San Fransico 49ers.

In 2021, the Chiefs would take on the Buffalo Bills winning, 38-24. Last season, the Chiefs took on the Cincinnati Bengals, unfortunately losing 27-24. This year the Chiefs will be taking on the same team and location as last year. If Kansas City does win, they would be in the Superbowl for the third time in five years. 

High Flying Scoring 

Rookie Isiah Pacheco had 12 carries for 95 yards, with almost eight yards per carry. Pacheco also led the team in rushing. Former Green Bay Packer Marquez Valdes-Scantling had a six-yard catch for a touchdown. Harrison Butker made two field goals, the longest being 50 yards at the beginning of the second half. Kansas City backup quarterback Chad Henne threw a touchdown and had 23 yards on the day. Travis Kelce led the Chiefs in receiving, having 14 catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns against Jacksonville. An average of seven yards per catch. Travis was 45 percent of the Chiefs’ total passing yards. Kansas City had 218 passing yards. 

Mahomes is Not Human 

Patrick Mahomes is not Human. He played an NFL football game with practically one leg and still threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow, and Mahomes were the only three quarterbacks to throw two touchdowns over the weekend. All three got wins in their respective games. The Chiefs’ offense put up 362 yards of total offense, while the Jacksonville Jaguars put up 349 yards. Mahomes does look to be trending toward playing in the AFC Championship versus Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mahomes returning to the game after hurting his ankle was similar to that legendary Matthew Stafford game when he played through a separated shoulder during a 2009 matchup versus the Clevland Browns. That was during Stafford’s rookie year.

Defense 

The Chiefs’ defense was able to pick off Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawerence once. Rookie defensive back Jaylen Watson was the one who picked Lawerence. Kansas City’s defense was also able to get pressure after Trevor. He was sacked twice during the game by defensive end Frank Clark who has five-and-a-half sacks in the 2022-2023 season. In addition, defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi got his first sack of the season during this game against Lawerence. 


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