5 NFL playoff takeaways: Referees, quarterbacks and more context for Kirk Cousins
January 31, 2023
The Super Bowl is set, and the process of how we got here was both unsurprising and unexpected - just the way the NFL likes it.
With Philadelphia and Kansas City set to face each other in two weeks, here are five takeaways from Sunday's conference title games (and the playoffs overall).
1. Officiating continues to play an outsized role in determining outcomes of games. While most of us would agree the late hit penalty that pushed the Chiefs into field goal position for the winning kick Sunday was correct (even if QB Patrick Mahomes sold it), the more subtle calls leading up to it gave Kansas City an edge.