Patrick Mahomes is undisputed QB1; Eagles dominate the trenches

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Sunday’s championship didn’t go as planned, but it still brought a lot of excitement and entertainment to the world of football.the opportunity to see philadelphia eagles When kansas city chiefs Pushing aside the competition offers something compelling Super Bowl LVII match (Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 PM ET in the FOX and FOX Sports apps) No.1 seed in each conference.

As the debate rages on poor refereeing and premature injuries, we have a chance to see Soccer’s Two Greatest Teams Face Off in Arizona, the chance to win the ring cements a legacy. Before comparing and contrasting the Chiefs and Eagles, here are the former NFL scout’s thoughts and observations.

3 things I noticed…

Patrick Mahomes QB1 that everyone recognizes

It was fun debating whether another quarterback would replace the former NFL and Super Bowl MVP to become the game’s No. 1 quarterback, but Mahomes squashed that conversation, citing his combination of talent and toughness. performed on a big stage.

Despite limping with a banging ankle, the sixth-year pro connected on 29 of 43 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns. Bengals game on SundayGiven that the chief was missing Kadarius Tony, Juju Smith SchusterWhen Mekor Hardman For some of the injury-driven games, Mahomes’ efficiency and effectiveness suggests that the NFL’s ultimate QB1 can work with anyone on the perimeter.

of course, Travis Kelce future wearer of the Gold Jacket, marquez valdes scantling A solid WR2, but the arsenal around the All-Pro quarterback doesn’t compare to his counterpart on the opposite sideline. kept humming like a machine that poured From hopping scrambles to impromptu jumping his pass from the pocket, the five-star gunslinger made game-deciding plays.

Mahomes has shown the football world that he is still the undisputed champion in the position given the challenges he faced while delivering another phenomenal performance.

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Eagles’ D-line dominates again

The rise of the Eagles is directly related to the weekly disruption and destruction of defensive fronts that overwhelm the enemy with their collective strength, power and explosiveness.The unit has appeared and is in the NFC championship game with overwhelming performance Against 49ers.

From the first snap to the final buzzer, the Eagles bullied the “bullies” while showing great talent and depth.Scrimmage The cumulative effect of dealing with his eight or nine different defenders playing at a breakneck pace on his line drains opponents, totaling three sacks, seven QB hits, and Knocked both of the 49ers’ available quarterbacks out of the game.

Additionally, the thickness of the Eagles’ layers can withstand a tough 49ers running game that forces most opponents to tap out in the fourth quarter. The 49ers’ quarterback-less offense made it easy for the Eagles to load up on the running game, but the penetration and gaps from the defense and his control made it all but impossible. Christian McCaffrey To find a room to run most of the day. And when the Offensive Wizards tried to find a play to help his 49ers move the ball, Kyle called Shanahan his seat useless.

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Chiefs’ young secondary steps up

Losing L’Jarius Sneed in the first quarter forced the Chiefs to play with a young group of cornerbacks who responded to the bell. Despite his youth and immaturity on the island, Trent McDuffie, Brian Cook, Joshua WilliamsWhen Jaylen Watson Neutralized bengals‘Wide Receiver Corps and Force Joe Burrow on an off day.

The constant pressure from the Chiefs’ front line certainly contributed to their efforts in the secondary, but the discipline and attention to detail displayed by the young defender helped Steve Spagnolo. keep the Bengals to 20 points.

The young quartet showed football maturity over their ages as rookies played key roles on the perimeter. Groups stay connected in coverage to eliminate deep balls sparking deep balls, and also demonstrate instincts, awareness, and tackling skills to limit ‘chunk’ play in catch-and-run plays in space .

With a collection of newcomers who made an impressive debut in the AFC Championship Game, the Chiefs’ defense could prove problematic for their opponents over the next few seasons.

3 things I didn’t like…

49ers and Bengals violate ‘DBO’

Before you can win the game at the highest level, you need to eliminate self-harm that leads to loss. Turnovers, penalties, big plays allowed and kick game errors lead to losses in most games, but mistakes in these areas have a huge impact on the postseason.

Despite losing QB3 and QB4 to injury, the 49ers’ loss can be attributed to sloppiness and lack of discipline in the NFC Championship Game. The Kyle Shanahan-led team finished minus three in the turnover battle, with him scoring 11 penalties for 81 yards. The game was littered with questionable calls from umpires, but the 49ers’ composure and lack of discipline cost them yards, giving the Eagles plays and extended possession.

The Bengals also violated the “DBO” principle with a minus one turnover margin and nine penalties for 71 yards.Additionally, the Bengals allowed a 29-yard punt return on their final possession of the game to set up the game-winning field goal. but Zach Taylor and his staff point out one’s own mistakes as the main reason for not advancing to Super Bowl LVII.

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Bengals refuse to run the ball

Playoffs are about the players, not the plays, so I’m frustrated with that Joe Mixon As the team’s primary runner, he didn’t play a more important role in the game plan.

The veteran running back finished the game with 19 rushing yards on just eight carries against a Chiefs defense that was vulnerable to runs. and buffalo bills Division round in snow conditions (105 yards and 20 carries for the score). The physical prowess and banging provided by the 220-pounder was needed against an offense aimed at taking his ball deep with a two-high safety shell.

Mixon’s paltry numbers suggest the Bengals would be wise to move out of the running game for production, but the threat of the running game was the only tactic that caused Spagnolo to drop. Yes, and may drop the safe into the box as part of the “plus”. 1″ front designed to keep the run out. Additionally, increased usage of the running game would have shielded the Bengals’ patchwork offensive line from offense. Chris Jones Chase down the quarterback and jump off the ball like a truck star.

Hindsight is always 20/20, but the Bengals’ decision to stay out of the running game is a headache.

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Where is the “stray cat”?

injury brock purdy When Josh Johnson However, I was surprised that Kyle Shanahan didn’t feature a “wildcat” formation that forced starters and backups to the sidelines.

Without a viable passing game due to Purdy’s UCL injury and Johnson’s concussion, the 49ers would have been better off placing Christian McCaffrey and Johnson. Deebo Samuel At the quarterback, perform a series of read option plays and designed quarterback runs. A modified single-wing formation would have been a more significant threat to the Eagles than a handover in traditional I formation play.

Purdy is revered as a quarterback based on his amazing feats heading into the game, but after the Eagles decided he couldn’t field the ball, the rookie didn’t matter. Unable to make an impact in the game as runners, the 49ers basically played with 10 men on the field for the entire second half.

If allowed to do it over, I would love to know if Shanahan will operate from CMC or Samuel from Wildcat to create some RG3 plays in the dirt.

MVP of the week

After hearing all the noise from the outside, the former NFL and Super Bowl MVP reminded the football world of his greatness. Mahomes showed his grit and determination, leading his team to victory against all odds and cementing his position as QB1 in the league.

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Offensive player of the week

The Eagles’ offensive line thrashed and thrashed the 49ers on attack points to earn a Super Bowl spot.Performing Quintet Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Isaac SemaroWhen lane johnson Controlling the action from the start, displaying the athleticism, technique and meanness that sparked offense throughout the season.

Defensive Player of the Week

Chris Jones dominated the AFC Championship Game from the defensive tackle spot. The longtime All-Star dominated his line on the Bengals offensive and as the Chiefs’ designated disruptor he recorded two sacks. The ultra-athletic big man has shown a first-step quickness and overwhelming power that has made him one of the league’s most feared defenders since he stepped into the league in 2016.

unsung hero

Marquez Valdes Scantling quietly posted a 100-yard game Sunday as the Chiefs’ surprise No. 1 wideout. Marquee free agency anchored a passing game that missed three pass catchers and a perfectly healthy Travis Skelce on the perimeter. And the veteran’s outstanding performance justified the team’s decision to sign him as part of the expected replacement group. tyreek hill manufacturing.

Bucky Brooks is an NFL analyst for FOX Sports. He regularly appears on “Speak For Yourself,” analyzes games for NFL Network, and co-hosts the “Moving the Sticks” podcast. follow him on twitter @Bucky Brooks.

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