The 2021 NFL season is down to its final eight teams.
The Divisional Round is right around the corner, and each matchup promises to be a classic.
With each team just two wins away from the Super Bowl, the players will give it their all to bring championship glory to the franchise.
While the top seeds in both conferences will enjoy a home-field advantage, playing at home does not guarantee victory.
Out of the teams still in the running, here are the pairings that will provide the best possible Super Bowl LVI.
2. Buffalo Bills Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buffalo Bills nearly made it to the Super Bowl last year but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.
This year, they are peaking at the right time after struggling in the middle of the regular season.
But unlike their 2020 campaign, their defense isn’t a liability anymore.
Buffalo entered the postseason with the top-ranked unit in terms of total yards allowed (272.8), passing yards allowed (163), and points allowed (17) per game.
Do you guys talk abaht the lack of respect for the Buffalo Bills??
“We want the respect that we deserve but at the same time I could give 2 shits about all of that.. I’m so focused trying to win football games for this team” ~@JoshAllenQB#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/SSUUAKS9Kb
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 20, 2022
Their offense is also running like a well-oiled machine, as evident in their victory over the New England Patriots during Super Wild Card Weekend.
Josh Allen and the Buffalo offense made it look easy against an elite NFL defense by scoring a touchdown on their first seven drives.
It was a flawless performance for the Bills that they did not commit a turnover or even attempt a punt.
That production level puts the rest of the teams on notice because Buffalo can dominate on both sides of the ball.
However, it would be a dramatic Super Bowl if the Bills faced the quarterback that tormented them for decades: Tom Brady.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 16, 2022
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made easy work of the Philadelphia Eagles, with Brady throwing two touchdown passes and for 271 yards.
Aside from the 44-year-old future Hall-of-Famer commanding their offense, the Buccaneers are also ranked third in run defense during the regular season, allowing 92.5 yards per game.
That said, this potential Super Bowl showdown can either become a shootout or a defensive chess match.
But for it to happen, the Buccaneers must hurdle the Los Angeles Rams while the Bills defeat the Chiefs.
1. Green Bay Packers Vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Green Bay Packers last won the Super Bowl in 2010 over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Since then, they’ve lost four NFC Championship Games despite having Aaron Rodgers under center.
The three-time NFL MVP had another solid regular season, making Packers fans believe 2021 will finally be their year.
This is what we’ve worked for. This is the playoffs.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 20, 2022
But for Green Bay to make a Super Bowl return, they must first overcome the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs are looking to represent the AFC for the third straight year.
If they reach the big game again, they are also hoping to bounce back from the humiliating 31-9 defeat against Tampa Bay.
However, Kansas City will be in a dogfight against the visiting Bills in the Divisional Round.
Beautiful, isn’t she? 😍 pic.twitter.com/tEHzHioEaH
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 21, 2022
The Chiefs defeated the Packers earlier this season, 13-7.
But if both teams will play in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium, expect both quarterbacks to deliver commendable performances.