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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: After a wild & thrilling Divisional Playoff round, four walk-off winners move into Conference Championship matchups one step from Super Bowl LVI

For the first time in National Football League history, all four Divisional Playoff round matchups were decided on the final play of the game. And in the process, three of the four favored home teams went down in defeat.

With the top-seeds from both conferences eliminated, the NFL’s four teams still standing will face off in conference championship games for the right to play in Super Bowl LVI.

In the AFC title game, the defending conference champion Kansas City Chiefs (14-5) will host the AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals (12-7) at 2 p.m. Sunday. The NFC Championship game will follow as the surprising San Francisco 49ers (12-7) visit the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams (14-5) at 5:30 p.m.

THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel remains focused on the NFL playoffs following the unprecedented 17-game regular season. Throughout the NFL postseason, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel will put their expertise and experience to the test by picking the NFL playoffs on the road to Super Bowl LVI Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Joining THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel this season will be Toney Rogers, a local business owner in the Heart of Texas, while Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

During a weekend in which only one favored home team won its Divisional Playoff game, Wade (2-2) and Toney (2-2) managed to break even to tie at the top for the week, while Brett (1-3) correctly selected the Kansas City Chiefs to make their fourth straight AFC title game appearance, while Don (0-4) came up empty on all four picks.

Join us every Thursday throughout the 2021 football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for a select group of the week’s high school games, your favorite college teams from the NCAA Div. I, Div. II and Div. III, as well as the state’s two NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, and the postseason all the way to Super Bowl LVI.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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