And then there were four. We’re looking forward to what is maybe the single best day on the NFL calendar: Championship Sunday. The matchups are great, the storylines are dramatic and we have a fun blend of old and young quarterbacks. As exciting as these games look, I think it will be quickly forgotten that we were thisclose to an all-AFC North conference title game.
The Ravens clamped the Bills’ high-powered offense, holding them to just 220 yards, while Baltimore marched five times inside the Bills’ 30. Those drives resulted in a grand total of three points for the Ravens ... and seven points for Buffalo, courtesy of a pick-six that essentially sealed the game. The Ravens outgained the Bills, ran more plays and averaged more yards per play. Watching Justin Tucker miss two field goals was like watching Steph Curry miss a pair of free throws, a sign that it just wasn’t the Ravens’ night.
The Browns held the Chiefs to 22 points and had a shot to eliminate the champs with Patrick Mahomes out for a large chunk of the game. They had the ball down five, ran three bad plays and punted. They never got their hands on the ball again. Allowing that third-and-14 to be converted to an eventual first down will haunt the Browns -- and their fans -- for years. The rematch of that wild Monday night game in December was very close to taking place on Championship Sunday, but will now be tabled until next year.