It looked like it could’ve been disastrous when the Chiefs drove into Tennessee territory late in the fourth quarter, but the Titans defense held, and the two-point conversions didn’t come back to haunt them.
All eyes are on Mariota most of the time in Tennessee, but by the end of the game, Henry had bulldozed his way to 156 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.
Total QBR is an efficiency statistic, but in terms of sheer volume, Kaepernick takes the cake. No quarterback has ever contributed more (garbage-time adjusted) expected points added to his team’s cause in the playoffs than Kaepernick in this contest. Most of that was on the ground, as he rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
Poor David Garrard. He puts in one of the greatest playoff performances of the QBR era and just happens to do it while opposing a Hall of Famer who had the best playoff game of any quarterback since 2006. That’s some tough luck. Garrard actually threw a pick in this game, but it came on fourth-and-6 so he wasn’t overly punished for it.
Elite Kids Frostee Rucker Jersey Maybe no one would bat an eye if a Patriots-Vikings poster popped up even on NFL.com as a potential Super Bowl matchup, but what stands on the league’s Facebook page as of Friday afternoon isn’t a teaser as much as it is a preview. As Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton pointed out, a promotion for two club-level Super Bowl tickets directly lists the Patriots and Vikings as the AFC and NFC champions, saying your team is headed to Super Bowl LII with an accompanying picture of Tom Brady and Case Keenum.
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Rob Gronkowski suffered a concussion during the AFC Championship Game and left before halftime, never to return. It is impossible to know for certain if Gronk will be cleared in time for the Super Bowl, but if you’re a betting man or woman, you should wager heavily on Gronk being on the field. He has two weeks to clear the concussion protocol Alan Page Jersey and this is the Patriots final game of the season. New England isn’t in charge of his decision — independent doctors are, but it would be a stunner if he wasn’t on the field for this one.