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Biggest Stories in Sports: Legit Lions, Mahomes Legacy

Elijah Southwick

Lions Advance to First NFC Championship Since 1992

The Detroit Lions have lived up to and exceeded all expectations to finally turn their franchise around in the 2023-24 NFL season. The Lions defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs and will face the top-seeded San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game with a Super Bowl berth on the line.

It’s been a magical run for the Lions. The team entered the year as a popular sleeper pick and has now cemented their place among the NFL’s elite. Head coach Dan Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes are receiving heaps of praise for their efforts to bring winning football back to Detroit. 

They’ll face their biggest challenge yet on the road against the 49ers (-7). They’re the feel-good story in football this year, and there’s no doubt they’re one of the best teams in the NFL to boot. It’s an elite matchup between the 49ers and Lions, and the winner will have a legit shot at winning this year’s Super Bowl in Las Vegas.

Mahomes Keeps Incredible Streak Alive

The Kansas City Chiefs and QB Patrick Mahomes defeated the Bills 27-24 on Sunday in another instant classic between the two AFC powerhouses. With the road win, Mahomes and the Chiefs extended their streak of AFC Championship Game appearances to six in a row, the second-longest such streak in NFL history.

The Chiefs’ sustained success is remarkable. When factoring in the ebbs and flows of the team’s roster over the last six seasons and the level of competition within the AFC in that same timeframe, Kansas City’s achievements are stunning. Since the team traded away All-Pro WR Tyreek Hill in the 2022 offseason, the Chiefs have added a Lombardi trophy and are one win away from their fourth Super Bowl appearance in six years. What the Chiefs have lost on offense in that span has been made up for by a new generation of defensive studs in players such as DBs Trent McDuffie and Justin Reid, DE George Karlaftis, LBs Nick Bolton and Willie Gay.

The Baltimore Ravens await the Chiefs on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game, and Mahomes will face off against fellow MVP QB Lamar Jackson for the first playoff meeting between two of the best quarterbacks of a generation. While the Chiefs are unmatched in terms of longevity over the years, the Ravens (-3.5) seem to be the clear favorite and superior team headed into this matchup, fueled by Jackson’s elite play.

The anticipation is extremely high for both the AFC and NFC Championship Games on Sunday, and for good reason. You couldn’t ask for better matchups, better teams, or better storylines. It’s bound to be a memorable day of football for years to come.

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