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Litwin’s Locks: NFL conference championship round

Heather Newberry

An Arizona player holds a football prior to the UA-ASU rivalry game on Nov. 25, at Sun Devil Stadium.

I am so pumped for Sunday. While this year’s playoffs have been fun to watch, there hasn’t been a great game yet. There’s not a single one we’ll be able to recite play-by-play five years from now. However, in my opinion, that is about to change. These games have all the cliffhangers a fan could want: will the star quarterback play? Can a 43-year-old man still play a young man’s game in sub-freezing temperatures? Can the Bills circle the wagons? All will be answered on Sunday. 

NFL (Lines according to ESPN Daily Lines pulled on Jan. 21, 2021, at 10:16 a.m. MST)

Sunday, Jan. 24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+150) at Green Bay Packers (-170)

Line: Packers -3, Total: 51

If anyone is going to slow down the Packers’ offense, it’s going to be this Bucs’ defense. They can stop the run, and their secondary is fully capable of guarding the Packers’ wide receivers. Plus, Bucs’ linebacker Devin White is putting the NFL world on notice of just how talented he is. However, there is no one playing better football right now than the Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers. 

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While I don’t see the Packers lighting up the scoreboard, I do see them moving the ball. The difference between this Packers’ team when compared to those of the last few years is that they also have a defense that can take over a game. The Bucs will keep this close, but I have more faith in Aaron Rodgers than I have in Tom Brady. Pick: Packers -3

Buffalo Bills (+140) at Kansas City Chiefs (-160)

Line: Chiefs -3, Total: 53.5

This game will obviously come down to whether Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes plays after having suffered a concussion in the divisional round game against the Browns. From the different reports I have read, it sounds like the concussion shouldn’t hold him out. The Chiefs have not played great football in the last six to seven weeks. That worries me going into this game against the Bills’ team that is sizzling. Maybe a hot take, but Josh Allen is the best player in this game, and he will show why. Pick: Bills +3  

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