PLAYOFFS REACH FEVER PITCH IN THE KANSAS CITY SNOW

FINAL SCORE

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 13

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS   31

Greetings sports fans and welcome once again to Vegas Valley Sports Beat the little column that can. It is simply a perfect day for a playoff Saturday afternoon here in the lovely Las Vegas Valley. Currently, we are feeling a touch of the bitter cold that is gripping much of the eastern United States and the southern half of California oddly enough. But, for the moment anyway, it’s a beautiful day.

There is currently a band of winter weather working its way East towards the Las Vegas Valley, however; that residents and anyone who may be traveling in or out of our fair city via McCarran International or on the nation’s roadways might wish to keep a weather eye on while they keep the other eye on the NFL playoff picture.

Doppler Radar National Mosaic

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The Chiefs have already put 7 on the scoreboard with 10:05 still on the clock in the first quarter as I write this which proves they’re a force to be reckoned with as the runup to Super Bowl LIII shifts into full gear in Kansas City, Missouri. Heavy snow is falling and the current temperature is 33-degrees (1°C) but the wind chill factor makes it feel like 23°F (-5°C).

Already now with 6:28 on the ticker the Chiefs have taken a 14-0 lead over the Colts who seem shellshocked by the ferocious attack of the combined offensive and defensive squads on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

As fast as I can get this article together the Kansas City Chiefs have the ball again and are marching towards the goal line again. Just that quickly Patrick Mahomes hits KC tied end Kelcy near the Colts’ 40-yard line.

As this goes to press the Chiefs have ended a 25-year long losing streak in the first round of the playoffs. They will be hosting their very first NFC Championship game in team history. Congratulations to Kansas City fans and to the Chiefs who unquestionably played like champions today.

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With only 8 teams left in the chase for the Lombardi Trophy, there are sure to be plenty of sparks and friction heat as the Dallas Cowboys meet the Los Angeles Rams who are at home in LA for this round. Kickoff is slated for 8:15 p.m. ET. Cowboy’s star running back, Ezekiel Elliot is expected to start the game against the Rams who allowed a league-worst average of 5.07 yards per rush this season while Elliott, averaged the same 5.07 yards per carry on first and ten situations. The pundits are projecting LA to win at 76.0 % but Dallas is sure to ride into the fray with a different game plan in mind.

FPI Chances To Make The Super Bowl

Saints 49.8 percent
Chiefs 46.9 percent
Rams 35.7 percent
Patriots 26.3 percent
Chargers 16.3 percent
Colts 10.5 percent
Cowboys 8.6 percent
Eagles 5.9 percent

Tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET, Los Angeles gets a second shot at immortality as the Los Angeles Chargers take to the field against the 5-time world champion New England Patriots in Gilette Stadium. The Brady Bunch is favored at 62.1% of the powers that be, like their chances to win but let us not forget the beating the Patriots took at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys earlier this season.

Once that game is decided, the defending World Champion Philadelphia Eagles travel down to The Big Easy to face the New Orleans Saints who are favored to win at 77.4% by critical acclaim.

I agree that the Eagles have a tough row to hoe tomorrow but they had the same row ahead of them last year when they defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII and they cannot be counted down and out until the final whistle blows.

If they wish to defend their title in Atlanta on Feb. 3rd, however; the Eagles are going to have to convert on third downs more than they did last week. they were fourth in the league, at 48.8 percent but during last Sunday’s victory over the Chicago Bears, Philly converted only five of 12 third downs against the best defense in the league.

The Saints defensive line is sure to have other ideas but they allowed an average of 84 rushing yards per game the final eight weeks of the season, the fifth-best in the league while allowing an average of 3.66 yards per carry on first down. The Eagles were just 24th in the league this season in yards per carry on first down, with an average of 4.14.

My prediction for who is going to be hoisting the LIIIrd Lombardi Trophy in Atlanta?

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Dallas Cowboys Crowned Six-Time Super Bowl Champions February 3rd.

I believe this not only because I am a life-long fan of the Dallas Cowboys, but because I know the team has the tools to get the job done in hand. As long as they can stay healthy, execute their playbook without penalties on both sides of the football, convert on 3rd downs, and take full advantage of every failure on the party of the second part regarding their own shortcomings.

The Dallas Cowboys will be going into each game looking to ride rough-shod over any team that stands in their way. That’s a tall order to be sure, but a Cowboy is always tall in the saddle. In any event, it is definitely going to be an exciting end to a spectacular NFL season that saw many surprises and many unplanned victories.

Giddy up Cowboys. Go on out there and get you some, and may the best team win.

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