NFC/AFC Championship Game Predictions

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Guest Columnist: Chaz Packan

Televised on CBS at 3:05 PM: AFC Championship Game Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs

Last Meeting: Week 10 in Kansas City: Titans Defeated Chiefs 35-32 beginning their late season surge to the NFL Playoffs

Prediction: Titans-27 Chiefs-24

Reason: These are the two hottest teams in the NFL Playoffs. Kansas City overcame a 24-0 Deficit to Defeat the Houston Texans by a score of 51-31.  The Titans have defeated the NFL juggernaut of the past decade, the New England Patriots in New England by a score of 20-13, following it up with a victory over the Baltimore Ravens.  They dominated the best team of the NFL with a score of 28-12.  These two victories, coupled with their win over their opponent the Kansas City Chiefs towards the end of the season, will make this a memorable AFC Title Game on Sunday.  I predict the Titans winning by 3 points in Kansas City just like week 10’s match-up.

Televised on FOX at 6:40 PM: NFC Championship Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers

Last Meeting: Week 11 on 11/24/2019 49ers win in a blowout 37-8

Prediction: Packers-27 49ers- 20

Reason: The 49ers had a convincing win over the Minnesota Vikings. However they were unimpressive and at times sloppy.  On the other hand the Packers competed in a close game with the 49ers NFC West Rival, the Seattle Seahawks defeating them 28-23. As a result of the two performances last weekend, I favor the Packers slightly because since losing to San Francisco on November 24th the Packers have greatly improved their position in the NFC.  They finished strong at 13-3 while San Francisco had a majority of heart-pounding games that came down to the wire.  It was a question of where they would be positioned as of week 17 when they barely escaped the Seahawks, thanks to a goal-line stand in the season finale to clinch the NFC West and the #1 seed in the NFC Playoffs. These results coupled with the 49ers late season struggles despite their status as a #1 seed I am going with the Green Bay Packers for the win.

Editor’s Note:  Super Bowl picks will be published on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Chaz Packan is a life-long Frederick County Resident who graduated from Linganore High School in 2010. He completed senior year work study with the Frederick Keys the local Orioles High-A Affiliate as well as contributing to the Linganore student newspaper The Lance. He was with the Keys from February 2010 to September 2016. While there he contributed to the Keys GameDay program conducting player interviews as well as writing GameDay features. Chaz completed studies at Frederick Community College obtaining an AA in Communications while at FCC, Chaz received an excellence in journalism award from his journalism professor for his contributions to the FCC student newspaper The Commuter. After completing his associates at FCC, Chaz started his own Facebook Live sports program called SportsTalk with Chaz which he did from his home from 2016 to 2017 interviewing several local sports personalities including Frank Herzog, Brenda Frese, Rob Ambrose and ESPN NFL Analyst Anita Marks. Recently, Chaz worked for local Republican Frederick County State Delegate Dan Cox in Annapolis as a Legislative Aide during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions. Chaz will be a regular contributor to the Tentacle touching on local and regional sports as well as his interest in the political process both locally and nationally touching on the issues from a conservative point of view. Tentacle Readers will enjoy Chaz’s depth of knowledge on the subjects he shares a passion for.