This season has been one of ups and downs for the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite their worst regular season performance during the Patrick Mahomes era, they find themselves at the Conference Championship, yet again, away for the first time since Mahomes stepped behind center to the Baltimore Ravens. Games between Mahomes and Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson have historically been tough-fought contests, and this year promises to be no different.
After pulling off a win on the road against the Buffalo Bills that many didn’t expect, the Chiefs seem to be coming into form at the perfect time in the season. Their offense finally started to fire on all cylinders, and their defense provided yet another solid performance against Bill talisman Josh Allen. While it was a missed field goal which sealed the game, their 27-24 win over the Bills should assuage the fears that the Chiefs would stand no chance in the postseason. Whether their regular season performances were up to snuff, they are just a game away from their fourth Super Bowl appearance in five years. The Ravens are arguably the best team in football right now, and with such a tough opponent, the Chiefs will need to pull out all the stops and use the creative playcalling head coach Andy Reid has historically been known for to have a good chance at pulling off yet another playoff upset. The Chiefs will be without guard Joe Thuney and receiver Skyy Moore, while the Ravens do not currently have any players guaranteed out for the game.
The Ravens come roaring into this game, with a complete dismantling of the Houston Texans and rookie quarterback CJ Stroud last week. While Stroud had arguably the best rookie season in history, the Ravens defeated them 34-10 to punch their ticket to the Conference Championship. The Ravens will lean on their historically dominant run game to attempt to see if the Chiefs and head to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2013, where they beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.
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