"This is something you dream about your whole life," is how Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Nick Sirianni opened his post-NFC Championship game press conference. That dream began playing in Sirianni's head many years ago in a small town in Upstate New York.
The old saying goes, "a chain is only as strong as its' weakest link." NFL teams are a lot like chains. Every player is important to their unit's success and there are hardly any weak links when you get into Divisional Playoff weekend. So, let's look at some of Saturday's players that could unlock tickets to next weekend.
A few jabs at an opposing fanbase can always be fun, especially when you have history on your side. Kansas City Chiefs' fans had to feel particularly confident going into Sunday's game vs. the Buffalo Bills, with their team being victorious in three of the last four meetings between the two AFC powerhouses. That confidence obviously only ballooned when Chiefs' quarterback Patrick Mahomes ended the Bills magical Super Bowl quest in a matter of 13 seconds last January. Well, sometimes over-confidence backfires.
The Buffalo Bills are headed to their first AFC Championship game since 1994 where they'll face the Kansas City Chiefs. Fun fact the Bills beat the Chiefs that year 30-13 but I digress. This time around the entire outlook of the game hinges on whether or not Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes will be cleared to play or not.
Let's start from the beginning here. When the Madden 2021 ratings came out and Buffalo Bills' QB Josh Allen had a 99 arm strength rating and Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes had a 98. Mahomes said on ESPN that he wanted a "Throw off" to prove the ratings wrong. Then Allen accepted the Challenge on the NFL Network. This needs to happen and it needs to spark the return of the "Quarterback Challenge."