The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers will square off for the NFC title on Sunday, followed by the AFC championship between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. Both games are expected to be competitive, with all four teams viewed as legitimate contenders. The winners will meet in two weeks for Super Bowl LV. For neutral fans, here’s a breakdown of why all four potential Super Bowl matchups are intriguing.
Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs — This would pit two of the NFL’s best quarterbacks — Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes — against each other, and it’s likely a dream matchup for State Farm’s advertising team, but it would also be a treasure for anyone interested in sports history. The Packers beat the Chiefs in the first ever Super Bowl in 1967.
Packers vs. Buffalo Bills — Buffalo and Green Bay, both mid-sized cities in the Great Lakes region, are home to two of the most ardently loyal, passionate fan bases in the NFL. The enthusiasm would be infectious.
Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — There aren’t a lot connections between these two franchises, but who wouldn’t want to watch a rematch between Mahomes and Tom Brady after the latter eked out a win over the Chiefs in the AFC championship game two seasons ago when he was still with the New England Patriots.
Bills vs. Buccaneers — The Bills and Brady go way back, having played twice per year during his Patriots days, and it generally hasn’t been pretty for Buffalo — the future Hall of Famer is 32-3 against his longtime rival. On the one hand, that could set it up a storybook ending for the Bills and their fans, who may have a chance to capture their first ever Super Bowl victory by getting revenge on their nemesis. On the other hand, Bills fans may prefer to just avoid Brady altogether. Tim O’Donnell