Exciting NFL playoffs lead to historic Super Bowl

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This year the AFC championship trophy went again to the Kansas City Chiefs, who will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.

Tre Sangiacomo, Sports Editor

With more history in the making, with still the biggest game of the year to be played, the 2020 NFL season has not disappointed, especially given all the circumstances that have happened in the past year. 

To start out the playoffs, the biggest storyline coming in was if Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady would be able to once again reach the Super Bowl — this time without Bill Belichek. 

Brady started proving haters wrong after their first matchup with a win over the Washington Football Team by the score of 31-25. 

Many other teams, including the underdogs of the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and L.A. Rams won their first-round game and lived to fight another day. 

Although in the next round all three teams would suffer a defeat, not many people expected these guys to even get past the first round. 

In the Divisional round, the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs showed everyone just why they are the defending champions, as well as that they are looking to go back to back. After defeating the Browns, the Chiefs were on their way to their third straight AFC conference championship game. 

The team responsible with the task of trying to take down Goliath? None other than the Buffalo Bills. 

After wins over the Indianapolis Colts, and the Baltimore Ravens, the Bills still had a great team and in any other game would be the favorite to advance to the Super Bowl. They are a great team on both sides of the ball, but a few mistakes late in the game decided being the ultimate factor for the Bills and when the final quarter ended, the Chiefs were moving on to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row, and now looking to repeat as champions. 

As for the NFC, the Green Bay Packers historically have not played very well in the playoffs. After Aaron Rodgers and the Packers defeated the L.A. Rams by 14 points, it was time to sit and watch to see who would stand in Rodger’s and the Packers’ way from a possible Super Bowl appearance. 

With the second divisional round game being between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was time to prove people wrong for Brady. The Bucs came out of the game firing, and their defense has been dominant as it has been all season. This along with the Saints inability to keep hold of the football and not turnover the ball were the ultimate deciding factors in this game, as the Bucs won 30-20. 

With this lose, Saints quarterback Drew Brees will most likely announce his retirement, while it is upsetting to leave on a loss, Brees and the saints did defeat the Chicago Bears in the wild card round by a score of 21-9. 

Now one of the biggest matchups of the year, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers square off against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Two of who many believe to be the greatest quarterbacks of all time face off with a chance for a Super Bowl appearance on the line. After a hard-fought battle, some missed calls on both sides, and a questionable call on fourth down, the Buccaneers are advancing to the SuperBowl. 

This will be the first time ever that a team in the Super Bowl will be playing on their home field, Tom Brady also advances to his 10th career SuperBowl, an NFL record for a quarterback. 

The Super Bowl airs on CBS at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7.