2024 NFL Playoffs: Who will be the Ultimate Team and Win it All?

(Top) Quarterback Patrick Mahomes for The Kansas City Chiefs  
(Bottom) Quarterback Brock Purdy for the San Francisco 49ers
(Top) Quarterback Patrick Mahomes for The Kansas City Chiefs (Bottom) Quarterback Brock Purdy for the San Francisco 49ers
Noa Prothais

The Regular National Football League Season has just come to a close, and now fourteen teams are battling to play in Super Bowl LVIII, one of the biggest sporting events in the United States. The First games started on Saturday, January 13th. NFL Playoffs is a 4-week long stretch of single elimination games until only two teams are left.

The fourteen eliminated playoff teams from this year are the Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, and the Miami Dolphins. This is a crazy important worldwide advent that has everyone on their toes.

The NFL Playoffs are coming to an end. This last season for The Detroit Lions has been better than usual, almost winning playoffs for the first time since 1957 according to Statmuse. With a close game of 31-34, the Lions made Detroit proud by beating The Los Angeles Rams. The Lions have also beaten the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, and New Orleans Saints. With new coach Dan Campbell coming in, The Lions have a great chance for next season. According to Michigan Live, “…and they’ll have one of the league’s most talented rosters at their disposal, with only three full-time starters from their 14-6 season eligible to hit free agency in March.” Sounds like the Lions are slowly coming back and maybe even have a chance for next year’s Super Bowl.

(Left) Tamp Bay Buccaneers Baker Mayfield prepares to throw
(Top right) Lions Detroit loses against the San Francisco 49ers
(Bottom right) The Baltimore Ravens in AFC going against the San Francisco 49ers in NFC (Noa Prothais)

Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams Quarterback, lost to the Detroit Lions and could only complete sixty-nine percent of his passes. The Chiefs are very vulnerable defending the run, particularly on the edges. This might be a major issue to the Chiefs as the 49ers have a strong running back Christian McCaffrey and he takes advantage of the edge. Josh Allen from The Buffalo Bills didn’t show his all during this year’s playoffs.

In this year’s American Football Conference Championship game, the Chiefs defeated the Baltimore Ravens on the road (17-10) to advance to their fourth Super Bowl in five seasons. In the National Football Conference Championship Game, the 49ers came from behind to beat the Detroit Lions (34-31) score according to Goal. This leaves The Kansas City Chief against the 49ers in this year’s Super Bowl. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has won two and lost one leaving him at his fourth Super Bowl, and The 49ers’ Brock Purdy is the eighth quarterback to start in the Super Bowl in his first or second NFL season, with Joe Burrow and Russell Wilson as the most recent quarterbacks.

The Chiefs and the 49ers met in the Super Bowl back in 2020 when the Chiefs beat the 49ers 31-20 according to The Athletic. The starting quarterback then for the 49ers was Jimmy Garoppolo, while the quarterback for the Chiefs was Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes will start for the Chiefs this year, while the 49ers are bringing in a new face in Brock Purdy. The Chiefs will look to add another win to their Super Bowl record increasing them to 4 wins. The 49ers are looking to go for their sixth win next Sunday. It’s been heard that this will be a very close game having everyone at the edge of their seats.

Other than the strong playing teams there’s more that makes The Super Bowl great. On People newspaper, The Kansas City Chiefs head coach is Andy Reid who has been coaching since 2013. And The 49ers head coach is Kyle Shanahan, who’s been coaching them since 2017!

Grizzly Gazette Sports Team Picks!!
Sophia Walker- 49ers 32-28
Noa Prothais- 49ers 26-22
Abel Nieto- 49ers 27-2
Adrian Ramos- 49ers 28-14
Kenan Mansilla- 49ers 28-24
Brayden Brewer- 49ers 30-27


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Sophia Walker
Sophia Walker, Staff Writer
Sophia Walker is a Staff Writer  for the Sports New Team on the Grizzly Gazette and she is in her last year of highschool. She's very passionate about writing about campus activities, student spotlight stories and community issues because she wants to be involved with everything that is happening and to be able to share what needs to be shared which is very important to her. Being a part of the Grizzly Gazette to her is extremely important because there is so much that is going on and all people need to be educated with everything in the world and our community which is very diverse and different. She loves journaling, writing their thoughts and making poems with what happens to make her feel better and researching common things going on to learn more. She also loves helping people and leading them in any way she can, she strives to help and understand anyone. She has had many hobbies including hockey, dance, tennis, volleyball, and acting. Eventually I would love to be a therapist or counselor for families, relationships, and or with any people in need of help or support. 
Noa Prothais
Noa Prothais, Staff Writer
Noa Prothais is in 10th grade, she is bilingual in French and english. She is a staff writer on the Sports News Team for the Grizzly Gazette. Outside of school work Noa is part of the XC and Track team, and after school she does ballet. She's on varsity for both Track and XC and has been doing ballet for almost 9-10 years. After only doing track for a few months last year she went to CIF. Being an athlete she’s very passionate about writing sports so that she can hopefully share the journey of individual teams or student athlete, she wants to be able to share about personal records and team environment to encourage the respect and time it takes to commit to a sport, she’d also like to write about student spotlight stories or CEPAT, because it involves more than one topic. She really wants to be part of the grizzly gazette to learn more about this profession to hopefully pursue this in the future. She loves writing, running, and dancing, occasionally drawing.