January 20, 2020

Jon Ralph’s Conference Championships Recap

Jon Ralph


You might not be a Kansas City Chiefs fan or followed Patrick Mahomes from his stellar college career through to the glorious heights he is now consistently achieving.

You might have hoped your Pats or Saints or Eagles were playing for all the chips on the table.

But if you were equivocating about the reasons to travel to Miami for the Super Bowl, do you need any more incentive?

Mahomes put his stamp all over the Chiefs’ conference title win over the Tennessee Titans as they marched to their first Super Bowl in exactly half a century.

They will take on Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers, which simply gashed Green Bay with a performance where they bullied the Packers into submission with sheer running power.

Why do you need to be there in Miami?

So you can say you were there to witness greatness when it fully emerged onto the title-winning stage.

Because that is how good Mahomes seems to be – the newest version of the procession line of sporting champions like Tom Brady and Serena Williams and Roger Federer before him.

He might fall short of GOAT status like that trio but to watch his past six quarters – orchestrating that stunning comeback against Houston then hurling three touchdowns in the victory over the Titans – you know the journey will be a heck of a lot of fun.

Twice the Chiefs were down a double-digit deficit against Tennessee but there was never the sheer panic of the previous week’s margin because of the quarterback under centre.

He hit Tyreek Hill in stride with a pin-point throw, ran for his own touchdown down the sideline (complete with a slow-motion Lamar Jackson-style spin move) and hurled a game-winning bomb to Sammy Watkins for a touchdown on a third-down play late just when the Chiefs could have called a less-risky run play.

In short, he was brilliant.

It was glorious, and we use that word orchestrated deliberate.

He and coach Andy Reid are totally in synch, with Mahomes the conductor and an offence that also includes tight end Travis Kelce, rarely needed today, and an array of attacking stars.

Mahomes finished 23-of-35 for 294 passing yards and three TDs plus that running touchdown and was a joy to watch as the defence proved its worth stifling the in-form Derrick Henry.

If Mahomes has always been a phenom, San Francisco’s hero today was cut by six teams before his match-winning performance against the much-loved Packers.

Raheem Mostert battered Green Bay for four touchdowns and 220 yards in a 37-20 NFC championship victory so complete the 49ers barely needed quarter back Jimmy Garoppolo or stud tight end George Kittle to provide any fire works.

Garoppolo needed only eight pass attempts, the fewest in conference championship history as Mostert took his chance to stun the Packers defence.

The 49ers were so dominant they basically coasted after establishing a 27-0 half time lead.

So who wins on February 2nd?

Well, the fans given both these franchises are high-scoring teams which can provide shut defence but also pyrotechnics on the offensive side.

San Francisco, a two-win team only two years ago, will believe defensive end Nick Bosa can pressure Mahomes or at least corral him given he has led Kansas City’s rushing totals in both playoff games.

But there is believing and there is doing given reigning MVP Mahomes has passed every test so far with flying colours.

That ticket to Super Bowl LIV?

You know the partying and views will be epic… and now there is every reason to believe the actual contest will live up to the hype.


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