2021 NFL Preview: Playoffs

Matthew King

Fans are back and most players are back and ready to roll. We are just days away from what should be one of the most exciting seasons of football in a long time. The countdown is on.  Every day leading up to the NFL season I will post a preview of each division with records and breakdowns of each team. It will all culminate on opening day with my playoff predictions where I will give you my pick to hoist the Lombardi Trophy this season. Think of these as little appetizers to help pass the days.

Here we are! We have looked at every single team and talked about what to expect from them. The strengths and weaknesses. The good and the bad. Now we have reached the playoffs. Fans will be back so these playoffs will be rocking. I am going to keep all these predictions pretty brief. But here we go. Here are my 2021 NFL playoff Predictions!

 

AFC Seeding

  1. Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Buffalo Bills
  3. Cleveland Browns
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Baltimore Ravens
  6. Los Angeles Chargers
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers

 

NFC Seeding

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  2. Los Angeles Rams
  3. Green Bay Packers
  4. Dallas Cowboys
  5. San Francisco 49ers
  6. Seattle Seahawks
  7. Minnesota Vikings

 

Wild Card Weekend

Pittsburgh @ Buffalo

Ben Roethlisberger will be about on his last legs at this point in the season. The Bills will be able to key in on Najee Harris and force the Steelers to beat them through the air. Even if Pittsburgh can have success through the air, they can’t beat this team in a shootout. In the final game of Big Ben’s career, the Bills force three turnovers and cruise to the divisional round. Bills win 34-20

 

Los Angeles @ Cleveland

In the best game of Wild Card weekend we see a back and forth battle. Justin Herbert has a big game in his postseason debut. The Browns struggle to run the ball but Baker Mayfield steps up and keeps them right in it. In the end, Justin Herbert finds Keenan Allen late for the go ahead touchdown. Baker Mayfield then turns the ball over in a heartbreaking finish for Cleveland. Chargers win 38-34

 

Baltimore @ Indianapolis

Lamar Jackson continues a superhuman season to will his team into Indy. Carson Wentz has stayed healthy based on the heavy use of Jonathan Taylor. The versatility of Jackson just proves to be too much. Jackson avoids turning the ball over but Wentz throws two picks against an elite defense. Ravens win 28-17

 

Minnesota @ Los Angeles

The Vikings sneak into the playoffs but have a major test in the red hot Rams. Aaron Donald stays glued to Kirk Cousins all game long. Justin Jefferson catches a couple of touchdowns but nobody else gets going on offense. Matthew Stafford picks apart the Vikings defense in route to a fairly relaxing victory. Rams win 31-17

 

Seattle @ Green Bay

Another classic showdown between Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers. Both quarterbacks stay upright for most of the game as Davante Adams and Tyler Lockett both eclipse over 100 yards. Aaron Jones ends up chewing up the clock late before Rodgers finds Robert Tonyan for the game winning score with about 4 minutes to go. Packers win 28-24

 

San Francisco @ Dallas

The great wide receivers in Dallas give the Cowboys a chance in a low scoring game. The 49ers with Jimmy G still at QB, stay on the ground and Raheem Mostert flirts with 200 yards. The 49ers defense make a couple of second half plays to pull away. 49ers win 20-10

 

Divisional Round

Los Angeles @ Kansas City

Get use to seeing this matchup for a long time. The best game of the playoffs goes down to the wire. The Chargers get a couple of turnovers and have Patrick Mahomes on the ropes. Andy Reid starts dialing up the gutsy play calls and it pays off. Patrick Mahomes gets his team to their 4th straight AFC Championship. Chiefs win 45-42

 

Baltimore @ Buffalo

Lamar Jackson at this point is gassed. The do it all quarterback keeps his team in it in the first half. In the second half, the Bills slow down the run game and force Jackson to air it out. It doesn’t work out. Jackson once again falls short but earns a ton of respect from around the league. Bills win 31-20

 

San Francisco @ Tampa Bay

The bye week doesn’t help out the defending champs at all. They fall behind at halftime but come out fired up. The 49ers physical defense bullies the Bucs offensive line down the stretch. Tom Brady has no time to do much of anything and the 49ers pull off a big upset. 49ers win 21-17

 

Green Bay @ Los Angeles

Aaron Rodgers faces off with another old foe in Matthew Stafford. This time the playing field is much more even. Aaron Jones struggles to do much on the ground. Matthew Stafford takes the easy throws to build a lead. The Packers then switch to AJ Dillon at running back and flip the script. Mason Crosby hit a field goal as time expires to send the Packers to another NFC Championship. Packers win 31-30

 

AFC Championship

Buffalo @ Kansas City

Mahomes comes into the game beat up from last weeks grueling matchup. Josh Allen continues his incredible MVP season and torches the Chiefs defense. Mahomes is just to beat up to keep up with the Bills offense. Buffalo heads to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1993 season. Bills win 38-28

 

NFC Championship

San Francisco @ Green Bay

Aaron Rodgers gets one more crack at an NFC Championship at home. The Packers defense shows up in a big way. Kenny Clark shuts down the run game up the middle. Jimmy G cant find success against the improved Packers secondary. Three interceptions by the Green Bay defense finally punches their ticket to the Super Bowl. Packers win 27-17

 

Super Bowl

Buffalo vs. Green Bay

Two of the smaller markets meet in the biggest game of the year. Both quarterbacks bring their A game and duke it out touchdown for touchdown. Jaire Alexander comes up with a big breakup in the 4th quarter. Then, in his final throw as a Packer, Aaron Rodgers lofts a back shoulder fade to Davante Adams who hauls it in for the touchdown. Josh Allen doesn’t have time to answer and the Packers end the Aaron Rodgers era with their 5th Super Bowl in franchise history. Rodgers retires and goes to host Jeopardy! Just kidding. He heads to Denver in the offseason Packers win 35-28

 

There you have it. I know I will hear about these picks and especially the Super Bowl Champion. I always pick with my mind and not my heart. No matter what happens it will be an amazing ride with fans back! Thank you so much for joining in this journey that past week. Now, are you ready for some football?

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