Rematches can be exciting, especially when there’s an online Super Bowl.
NFL fans get a pair of them on Sunday.
The most fascinating thing simply because of its historical significance is San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams. Sure, it’s kind of a Cali, but these are two of the proudest, most successful brands in professional football history. They have met 145 times, of which the 49ers got past six goals first and held a 75-67-3 draw against their lower division opponents. The Niners won the only meeting to advance to this knockout stage, 30-3 in 1989 on their way to a quarter of five Super Bowl titles. The Rams own one of those – as they represent St. Louis with “The Greatest Show on the Lawn.”
It certainly won’t be a bad show at Arrowhead Stadium either. Kansas City hosts fourth consecutive AFC Championship and looking for a third trip in a row to the Super Bowl. Don’t underestimate the resourceful Bengalis, who beat away the away captain 34-31 on January 2 to start the new year off right by winning tickets to the AFC North.
“Literally we have one more game left to do whatever we have to do, however we are going to make it happen, go out there and take one more (win) to go to Super.” Bowl,” running back Joe Mixon said. “It was the biggest match you can imagine. When I was a kid, I didn’t imagine it. And even now it still feels like I’m dreaming.”
San Francisco 49ers (July 12) at Los Angeles Rams (May 14)
This is a meaningless stat, but if it continues, the Niners should be in good shape. Longtime professional Aaron Donald – defensively the unanimous choice this season – was recently invisible against San Francisco. Donald has only had three times under pressure and zero in two losses against the 49ers in 2021.
“I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot in such a short amount of time in this league,” said Donald, a seven-time All-Pro and three-time Best Defensive. “The only thing I’m missing now is to be a world champion. To get there, we have to win this week. “
Both of these teams have lost in recent Super Bowls, LA to New England, then San Francisco to Kansas City. If either of their great All-Pro offensive weapons, the Expanded Cooper Kupp – as teammate Donald is a unanimous choice – or the 49ers receiver/rerun Deebo Samuel deal a lot of damage, that’s it. may be decisive.
According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the 49ers are the team below 3 1/2 points despite the dominance they have shown in this competition. When a team has your number, well, just a hunch it will continue.
Cincinnati Bengals (July 12) at Kansas City Chiefs (May 14)
The Bengals could be a team to deal with for years to come, certainly going to be like Fantasyland two years ago. But QB Joe Burrow came in with the top pick in the 2020 draft and seems to be the real thing. His former LSU teammate, WR Ja’Marr Chase, was a lot of fun as a rookie, and had plenty of other weapons.
In some ways – perhaps not so much in style as a result – the Bengalis remind some of the chiefs. They are comfortable in a shootout and, although their defense is not the game-breaking type, it can make for big games.
Pro Picks like the 7-1/2 score Cincinnati got from the Chiefs, who at QB Patrick Mahomes, WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce know all about being on this stage. We also believe the Bengals are a year ahead of schedule and Kansas City will advance to its third consecutive Super Bowl.
RECORDS IN 2021
Last week: Straightforward: 1-3. Head-to-head: 2-2.
Section: Straight Up: 184-98-1. Anti-spread: 157-122-2.
Best bet: Straight bet: 12-7-1. Anti-spread: 13-7.
Special Rank Up: Straight Up: 15-3. Anti-contagion: March 15.
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