Conference Championship Weekend!

Well, here we are at the penultimate weekend of football. We get the NFC oldsters vs the AFC youngsters. What used to be fondly referred to as the Bay of Pigs games back when both teams sucked the bone in the 80s, we have 43 year old Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs against relative puppy 37 year old Aaron (I coulda been a Niner) Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Brady of course left the safety of his cozy relationship with Bill Belichick to strike out on his own in Florida. Sure, it’s easy to call Brady the winner in this deal of system over player, as the Pats went 7-9 and missed out on the playoffs while Tom terrific has taken the Bucs to the edge of another Super Bowl. Crazy shit if you ask me. I thought the Bucs would be a WC that maybe got one win and gracefully crashed and burned. And it isn’t as if he lifted the team onto his shoulders and threw his way to victory. But still I’m a little more than impressed that he has gotten them this far.

He has a lot of weapons at his disposal in Tampa, and he has used them well. But, I don’t think they get past Green Bay. Should be a fun one though.

Green Bay gives up 3.5 points, but I think they cover and win. The prevailing sentiment out there is never bet against Brady in the playoffs. Well, fuck that, Green Bay wins 24-17.

  • Green Bay vs Tampa Bay – 12:05 pm on Fox

The AFC Championship pits the wobbly Patrick Mahomes against the newly awesome Josh Allen. This one could get interesting if Buffalo can get in Mahomes’ face. He has his concussion he suffered last week, along with a toe injury he suffered before that. His hip is wonky as well. So, this one may not be as in-the-bag as one might think. Both teams were scoring machines in the regular season but have cooled off a bit on the playoffs.

Buffalo is coming off two grind-it-out playoff games against the Colts and the Ravens. Definitely a rough road to get here. With Mahomes beat up, I think the Bills get another chance at their first Super Bowl win. They give 3.5 points themselves. But this should be another cover by the victors. Buffalo wins 24-13.

  • Kansas City vs Buffalo – 3:40 pm on CBS

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24 Responses to Conference Championship Weekend!

  1. alleykat69 says:

    I’m all over the Packers winning this game!
    Aaron Rodgers has what I believe his best year in his brilliant career.His passing this season was phenomenal and surgical carving up teams. Big advantage at running backs in Jones,Williams&now Dillon coming on strong 💪
    Probably the 2 best ever cold conditions QB’s ever, but Rodgers thrives in the snow which is likely.
    Just don’t think Brady even with some nice receivers Evans,Godwin, Gronk, ( Antonio Brown now ruled out ( knee) will keep up..Packers 34-17

    I like Buffalo 🦬 to prevail, there’s something magical going on with this team with Allen&Diggs clicking all year and a much better defense then KC’s should be enough especially with Mahomes banged up and I’m doubting he even finishes this game!
    Still 2 high scoring teams going at it So points will be abundant but Bills in the end ..Bills 38-30 over the Chiefs!

  2. Winder says:

    Both games are all about defense. We have seen how Rodgers is when he is under pressure. I think GB wins this one but to be honest TB has just as good a shot. GB has the better run game.
    I think Mahomes is a pretty classy guy and good for the NFL. But I truly want Buffalo to put our their best effort. Both these game should be fun. I haven’t been to interested in the playoff so far but I think these two match ups reflect the best in the league.

  3. andrew Lowe says:

    Matthew Stafford asking for a trade and the Lions have agreed apparently.
    I would take him over Jimmy G hands down.

    • NJ49er says:

      I’m begining to see some value in Darnold, if all this ‘Deshaun wants out of Houston’ stuff takes off.
      Looking like a good place to conduct business, here in NJ, now that Saleh has effectively opened a 9er pipeline to the Meadowlands.
      I’m expecting Comp Picks for what are likely to be FAs following Saleh.
      NYJ have a desirable slot, extra Picks to play with and, plenty of money to spend.
      Us? Not so much, unless we get free of the Jimmy money.

      We moved to keep Scangerello away from Saleh, after he left for Denver.
      There will be plenty of interchangeable parts between us.

  4. 12th Man says:

    If it was my decision I would go after a proven QB, not a project or expecting a rookie to play to SB standards.
    Jimmy was good enough, barely, but can’t stay healthy.

    Stafford looks like the best available guy. Watson is unlikely to sign with the Niners and Matt Ryan isn’t really an upgrade IMO.

    Rosen is a better development prospect than Beater or Mullens.

    Darnold is a risky proposition to install as the starter. It might work out, or not.

    Niners are mostly built to win now. Wasting a year or two creating the future franchise QB squanders the prime years of the WR, TE, RB, DE, LB positions, all of which have stars now.

    • Winder says:

      Good point. I still believe that we need to draft a QB at least every other year. Picking up old QB’s is not a long term solution.

    • NJ49er says:

      Agree with you 12th in a straight swap of Stafford for Jimmy.
      Too many moving parts involved to unload Jimmy with a no trade clause IMO.
      I can see Jimmy back to NE very easily.
      Jimmy is also a Midwest guy so, Detroit might be doable, along with Indy.
      Absolutely keep Rosen, Darnold as a younger option if NYJ seek to move him.

  5. 12th Man says:

    I agree Winder, although for this particular draft I would re-sign Rosen and consider him the same as drafting a QB.

    I dont think he has had a fair shake so far in the NFL.

    In the Stafford scenario they lose their first round pick so I would ignore the QB position with the balance of the picks. Lots of areas that need shoring up.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    As much as I’d like to see Watson here, he would cost the team their future for 5 years. We would be looking at losing 3 1srt round picks, If it backfires we are fucked sideways.

    I’m all for drafting a QB. Even busting a move to trade up. But going for Stafford or Watson, who has all the leverage to go where he wants, would be too costly.

    Good, bad or indifferent, we ride with Jimmy G and develop the QB we draft.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Don’t get the decision not to go for it by the Packers down on the goal line. Sure, it’s do or die, but their D couldn’t stop the Bucs. Dumb. And it IS do or die.

    And the half time bomb? Dumb dumb dumb. They play man coverage to stop the short pass and give up the bomb with 8 seconds left?

    Packers did a lot of dumb shit. Rodgers outplayed three-picks Brady but lost due to stupid decisions by the coaches.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    This game is over. 4th and 2 and Buffalo wimps out? A lot of bad coaching decisions in these 2 games today.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Fucking unreal. Buff scores and is down 17. They try for 2 and miss. They kick the extra point and they would be down 2 scores. Then they get the onsides kick?

    4th and 28?

  10. unca_chuck says:

    No to Stafford. He would cost an arm and a leg and is too old to demand what he would get.

    Watson is a different fish. If he wants to be here, he could come without forcing us to break the bank. Should he want to. He has a full- no-trade clause and could soften the blow, AND he’d cost only $10 mill against the $24 mill hit Jimmy G is. And Watson is a giant upgrade.

    But at what cost? 2 first round picks? 3? Warner? I think any scenario would be too costly for the Niners.

    As I’ve been saying their best route if they want a top-notch QB is to trade up. I don’t think they do that either. I think they hope for a Mac Jones in the 2nd round and develop him. With Jimmy G at the helm this season.

    • 12th Man says:

      What do you think Stafford would cost in draft/players/ dollars terms Chuck?
      Stafford turns 33 soon, which in today’s NFL means at least another 5 years or roughly equivalent to his next contract. That’s will surely see the Niners through their current SB window.

      • unca_chuck says:

        Shit, he’s worth two 1st rounders? A 1st and a 2nd? That’s what the Bengals got for Palmer when he was old, and I like Stafford over Palmer. He’s gonna be costly. And for him at 33 it’s a risk. Players? If we can get Armstead into a deal, it wouldn’t kill me. Bosa or Warner? Fuck no. Won’t even entertain that. Or even Kinlaw.

  11. alleykat69 says:

    Like Jerry Rice mentioned recently the 49ers need a “Ferrari” to take them to the next level again and Watson is the man to do that!
    He is an incredible talent and only 25 with many years of prime time play!
    Yeah it’s going to take a lot to dangle to get him but WTF a top notch QB is what this team now if they want to get back to the SB anytime soon..

    • 12th Man says:

      I dont think they have a realistic shot at him Kat, and if they did it leaves the team seriously depleted. Great player obviously.

  12. Winder says:

    I wouldn’t give up Bosa or Kittle. But i would give up the next 3 1st rd picks and some scattered 3rd and 4th rders.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Watson could conceivably come here and not break the bank. We’d have to get creative in the deal, but Paraage is pretty good at that. If we ain’t gonna draft a QB, going after Watson would be a great idea.

    Fuck, when Brady was on the market, we coulda worked something out for way less than what Waton will command. And look where fucking TB is now.

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