The top two regular season teams advance to the NFL playoffs on Saturday, but what makes them so great? Watch the Jacksonville Jaguars (9-8) vs Kansas City Chiefs (14-3) followed by the New York Giants (9-7-1) vs Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) 9:30 p.m. on Sky Sports NFL.
The top two teams from the 2022 regular season enter the NFL postseason on Saturday as the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles enter the field in first place.
MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes and mid-season leader Jalen Hurts, who went through amazing campaigns, will try to take the first step towards the promised land.
But what made these two teams the best in the regular season? What are their strengths and weaknesses, and what is their position when it only takes two wins to qualify for the Super Bowl?
Let’s dive in with the AFC Champions…
In five seasons, Patrick Mahomes was Kansas City’s starting quarterback, they won the AFC West, had at least 12 wins, and advanced to at least the divisional round of the playoffs each time.
This one was no different: 14 wins, number one in the seed, the league’s best rushing in both yards and points, it’s become the norm in Missouri. Head coach Andy Reid continues to create winning teams that destroy everyone in their path, and Mahomes is thriving.
Interestingly, two of KC’s three losses came at the hands of the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, one of which they would have faced in the conference championship had they overtaken the Jacksonville Jaguars. But overall, this is a team to beat and favorites to win the Vince Lombardi trophy.
At 27 years old Patrick Mahomes is the “old man” of the AFC quarterback group. And let’s be honest, what he’s done in five years would be a very strong career for a 10- to 15-year veteran, let alone one just starting out.
We’ve written extensively about how special Mahomes is, and this season he showed once again why he has the potential to be the greatest ever to do so. No, this is not an exaggeration – there were no such people as Mahomes.