Los Angeles – The NFL, the National League of American Football, has offered enough to boost its declining TV audiences of previous seasons: Sunday, the four best teams of the regular season, the most spectacular too, and two generations of quarterbacks will try to win their ticket for the Super Bowl on February 3rd.
This is the shock that all observers have been waiting for and hoping for: Patrick Mahomes will challenge Tom Brady, considered by many to be the best quarterback in history.
At 23, for his first full season as "QB"Kansas City Chiefs, Mahomes has frightened the statistics and led his team to the top of the AFC with 12 wins in 16 regular season games and a first home win in play-offs since 1994.
He became the third quarterback in history to score 50 touchdown passes in one season after legendary Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
If her season 2018/19 could earn him the title of MVP, it is tainted by a defeat (43-40), the first of his career as a holder, which left him a bitter taste, in October against the New England Patriots of Brady.
"We played badly, especially at the beginning of the match and me in particular, but we learned from this defeat and it will be a fight between the dead of hunger"he predicted.
At 41, Brady knows better than anyone what it takes to reach the final: he participates with hisPats"In its eighth consecutive conference finals, never before seen in NFL history, and the 13th of its career!
– Polar cold –
"If you are not motivated to play such a match, you will never be motivated", said the five-time winner of the Super Bowl.
His "Pats"appeared often in difficulty during the regular season (11 v-5 d).
"Everyone thinks we're bad and we can not win, but we'll see what happens, it'll be interestingBrady smiled last Sunday after sweeping the Los Angeles Chargers (41-28) in the second round.
The expected show will take place by a cold polar in the Chiefs Stadium. The weather forecast has been revised upward: instead of -18 ° C initially expected, a much more pleasant … -5 ° C early evening in Kansas City.
"No matter the cold, the time of the match or the efforts to be made, I do not care", swept Brady who still does not see him hang up his helmet at the end of the season.
The other semi-final conference final between New Orleans and the Los Angeles Rams will take place in the comfort of the Saints Indoor Stadium.
She also stages two generations of quarterbacks, Drew Brees (40) for the Saints, and Jared Goff (25) for the Rams.
Brees, who drove "NOLA"in his only title in 2009/10, has collected records this season as the gain in yards to the pass.
"We have seen this season his level of professionalism, he has been evolving at this level for so long", admired Goff who dreams of offering the Rams a second Super Bowl after the one won in 1999/2000.
Final of the NFC, 14h05 local (20h05 GMT):
New Orleans – LA Rams
Finale of the AFC, local 5:40 pm (23:40 GMT):
Kansas City – New England
NB: the final, the Super Bowl, will take place on February 3 in Atlanta