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NFL PLAYOFFS: This year’s Super Bowl, whatever the matchup, should be an easy sell for the league


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Aaron Rodgers has accounted for multiple TDs in seven of his last eight postseason outings. On the down side, the Packers QB has never beaten the Niners in playoff action (0-2 lifetime).

The field to reach Super Bowl LIV in Miami dwindled to four teams on Sunday, with both higher seeds (Kansas City, Green Bay) holding ground in the Divisional Playoff round.

This sets the table for Championship Weekend next Sunday, with the upstart Titans and high-octane Chiefs battling for the AFC title (3:05 p.m. EST kickoff) … followed by a classic clash of Packers-Niners for the NFC crown (6:40 p.m. kickoff).

From an NFL perspective, of course, the league would have been thrilled to have all four high seeds playing for the right to make the Super Bowl (just three made the final foursome).

After all, the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens, who got bounced from championship contention Saturday night, had previously won 12 straight games and featured the presumptive front-runner for NFL MVP — quarterback Lamar Jackson.

However, the 6-seeded Titans have been a fascinating watch, thanks to Derrick Henry’s absurd rushing tallies (three straight games of 180-plus yards, four total TDs during this span) and Tennessee’s fearless and uncanny knack for slaying the AFC’s biggest, baddest dragons.

In fact, should the Titans win on Sunday (at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City), it would mark the club’s fourth victory over an AFC division champion … in as many weeks. Whoa!

And before you ask, no other AFC team has pulled off that feat in modern-day history.

Put it all together, and it’s an easy weekend to sell to NFL Nation and Madison Avenue, on the whole, given the star power of the four remaining quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Jimmy Garopplo, Ryan Tannehill), along with the intriguing potential of each Super Sunday matchup.

Bottom line: The people of Miami, along with those planning to be in south Florida for Super Bowl Week, really can’t go wrong with the final matchup — no matter how it shakes out.

Which brings us to this question for the BATSBY Sports audience: Which potential clash for Super Sunday holds the greatest appeal?


**Chiefs vs. Niners (the playoffs’ most devastating offense vs. the postseason’s stingiest defense)

**Niners vs. Titans (potentially one of the most physical clashes in Super Bowl history … both clubs could exceed 175 rushing yards)

**Titans vs. Packers (Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur was formerly Tennessee’s offensive coordinator)

**Packers vs. Chiefs (dream matchup of superstar quarterbacks — Aaron Rodgers vs. Patrick Mahomes)

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out,,, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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