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Pop’s Picks: Conference Championship

Conference Semi-Finals Notepad: Time is of the essence. 
Despite their top record in the conference, the Titans couldn’t get it done. I’m sure they thought they were on the way to kicking the winning field goal, and then Ryan Tannehill threw his third interception.  Jimmy Garoppolo should have been picked off at least three times and wasn’t. The Packers have a lot to think about regarding how they lost this game, surrendering 10 points on special teams and only scoring 10 points.  The Rams pressured Brady all game long, but things seemed to go the right for the Bucs in the second half, and as Leonard Fornette was only too happy to score and tie the game with 42 seconds left on the clock; It wasn’t to be, a couple of Cooper Kupp catches, a walk-off field goal and game over. The Bills thought they won the game, but they left Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs 13 seconds to move the ball 45 yards; they kicked the game tieing with 3 seconds to spare.  Have a wonderful football weekend!! 
Pop’s Playoff record:  Record Straight-up 5-5, and against the spread 5-5.
Bengals (10-7) at Chiefs (12-5) 
Line: Chiefs are favoured by 7.
Sunday, 3:05 p.m., CBS
Bengals surprisingly knocked off the Chiefs three weeks ago, with Joe Burrow connecting with Ja’Marr Chase for three Touchdowns and 266 yards. The Chiefs won’t forget this loss and will have extra incentive to beat them at Arrowhead.
Chiefs win and cover.
Bengals lead series 16-14-0.
49ers(10-7) at Rams (13-4)  
Line: Rams are favoured by 3.5.
Sunday, 6:30 p.m., ET, FOX
In the last five meetings between these two teams, the 49ers have walked away with five wins. The 49ers seem to have the Rams number. The Rams have a lot of talent and play very cohesively on offence, with Matthew Stafford effectively hitting his open receivers. Aaron Donald is going to continue to terrify the opposing quarterback. This game will be an opportunity for Jimmy Garoppolo to shine and lead his team to victory. In the end, the Rams will break this losing jinx against the 49ers and finally win a game when it counts.

Rams win and cover.
49ers lead series 75-67-3.

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