Battling for the title: How the AFC and NFC playoff matchups play out

Written by Lauren Chattman, CNN The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are on a franchise-best four-game winning streak, but it’s been the Kansas City Chiefs that have been surging. This record-tying run includes…

Battling for the title: How the AFC and NFC playoff matchups play out

Written by Lauren Chattman, CNN

The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are on a franchise-best four-game winning streak, but it’s been the Kansas City Chiefs that have been surging.

This record-tying run includes a 17-16 overtime victory over the defending champion New England Patriots, whose star quarterback Tom Brady outplayed Arrowhead Stadium’s reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes, 31-28.

The game began with Brady torching the Chiefs’ defense to generate four third-quarter touchdowns to put the Patriots up 28-13.

Mahomes’ second touchdown pass, a 10-yard lob to Tyreek Hill in the fourth quarter, proved to be the game-winner and kept the Chiefs in the running for home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Philly’s 21-3 start to the season caught the attention of casual sports fans, but since then the Eagles’ defense has been under the scrutiny of diligent sports fans, who now realize the team hasn’t been scoring with the same gusto.

Still, the Eagles may be in the midst of a defensive breakout and a Super Bowl appearance, but their offense has yet to translate to a high level of production. Their point total (342) is good for seventh in the NFL, but that is below the points-per-game average of 133.0.

The division-winning team will face the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs. The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots also face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC divisional round on Saturday.

In the AFC championship game on Sunday, the Chiefs will face the Tennessee Titans or New England Patriots.

The teams met in the 2017 divisional round, with the Titans prevailing 42-40.

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