AFC CHAMPIONSHIP – KANSAS CITY 34, BUFFALO 30

Every now and then you roll a game where the experience matched all the hype. This was one of those games. EIGHT lead changes!! Back and forth all night. Buffalo took a 30-27 lead with less than two minutes to play when Josh Allen hit Stefon Diggs for a 5 yard touchdown pass. But, the Bills’ kickoff went out of bounds and Kansas City started from their own 40 yard line. Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ clutch quarterback, then led KC on a 60 yard march culminating in a TD toss to Tyreek Hill to take the lead by 4 with only 40 seconds remaining. Amazingly, however, Allen drove the Bills down the field . . . but, on the game’s final play from the Chiefs’ 36 yard line, he hit Diggs on a pass, but he was tackled at the KC 14 yard line as time expired. Probably the BEST game of my tournament so far, as the Chiefs head to the Super Bowl to take on the Packers!

Championship Games Lineups Set

A very important part of my replays are the dice-rolls that set my starting lineups and let me know who is out for the game. And, for the four teams still remaining, this can be a critical step. So, here are the players out with injuries for my two Championship Games:

ARIZONA: Kenyon Drake (RB)

GREEN BAY: Alan Lazard (WR), David Bakhtiari (T), Dean Lowery (DE), Kenny Clark (NT)

KANSAS CITY: Sammy Watkins (WR), Mitchell Schwartz (T), Anthony Hitchens (LB)

BUFFALO: John Brown (WR), Ed Oliver (DT), Jerry Hughes (DE)

Also, and this is kind of fun . . . these four teams feature perhaps the BEST wide receivers in the card set! DeAndre Hopkins (Cardinals), DaVante Adams (Packers), Tyreek Hill (Chiefs) & Stefon Diggs (Bills). Each of them is a 5-rated receiver with an A* receiving rating!!

Semi-Final Games – Injury List

One thing that can have a significant impact on a team’s success are players who cannot participate in a game because they’re nursing injuries. And, the way I determine starters is based on their actual usage in the representative season and a roll of the dice. So, for instance, if a player actually missed four games in the actual season, then, mathmatically, he has a 25% chance of missing games in my tournament. And, here are the eight teams playing in the final four games and a list of three key players (there are more) who cannot play. And, there are some pretty big names on this list – Cooper Kupp, Budda Baker, Tre’Davious White, Mark Ingram, to name aa few. It should make it interesting!

ARIZONA – Zane Gonzalez (PK), Haason Riddick (LB), Budda Baker (SS)

DETROIT – Kenny Golladay (WR), Romeo Okwara (DE), Jarrod Davis (MLB)

KANSAS CITY – Sammy Watkins (WR), Alex Okafor (DE), Anthony Hitchens (LB)

TENNESSEE – Jadeveon Clowney (DE), DaQuan Jones (DT), Rahaan Evans (LB)

LA RAMS – Cooper Kupp (WR), Andrew Whitworth (OT), Jordan Fuller (S)

GREEN BAY – Jamaal Williams (RB), Dean Lowery (DE), Christian Kirksey (LB)

BALTIMORE – Mark Ingram (RB), Ronnie Stanley (OT), Calais Campbell (DE)

BUFFALO – Zach Moss (RB), AJ Klein (LB), Tre’Davious White (DB)