CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WTVD) — The Buffalo Bills are heading to the AFC Championship for the first time since 1994, two years before quarterback Josh Allen was born, after a 17-3 win over the Ravens.
If you’re a Carolina Panthers fan, you’re probably not happy about the Bills success or should I say the success of ‘Carolina North.’
What do I mean by Carolina North? Over the past few years, the Bills have taken the Panther’s scraps. For starters, Buffalo’s head coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane both came from Carolina in 2017.
Since then, they’ve brought more than 20 players from Carolina to Buffalo and not just any players but ones that have become key pieces to this season’s success.
Right now, there are 8 active Bills players with Carolina ties. Mario Addison, Vernon Butler, Cheap Josh Norman Jersey, Daryl Williams, AJ Klein, Dean Marlowe, Cheap Andre Smith Jersey and Bryan Cox Jr.
It’s not just players either but coaches, scouts and video personnel.
Was it wrong to let all of these people reunite in Buffalo?
Did the Panthers make a mistake?
I’m not saying that if the Panthers had found a way to make it work and keep some of these guys that they’d be the ones heading to the Conference Championship, but I’m also not not saying that.
Since 2017, the Panthers have only had one winning season going 11-5 in 2017 losing in the wild card round of the playoffs. Then in 2018 went 7-9 and finished 5-11 the past two seasons.
The Buffalo Bills have had three winning seasons since 2017 in 2017 (9-7), 2019 (10-6) and they’re currently 13-3 this season.
Call it a curse, call it a coincidence but I’m just calling it how I see it.
The Bills will face the winner of the Browns and Chiefs game next Sunday in the AFC Championship Game with a chance to play in the Super Bowl.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is inactive for their meaningless regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers, which means he will finish with 4,740 yards, 38 touchdowns and six interceptions.
It also means Chad Henne will start his first game since September 2014 with Cheap Matt Moore Jersey backing him up.
Also inactive for the Chiefs, who have wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and its first-round playoff bye, are wide receivers Tyreek Hill (hamstring) and Sammy Watkins (calf), running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle), linebacker Ben Niemann (hamstring) and right tackle Mike Remmers (back). Strong safety Tyrann Mathieu is a healthy scratch.
Chiefs running back Le’Veon Bell and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi are active despite missing practice time with knee injuries this week. So are defensive tackle Chris Jones, who needs 2 1/2 sacks to earn a $1.25 million bonus, and tight end Travis Kelce.
The Saints will be without their regular backfield with running backs Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray going on the COVID-19/reserve list earlier this week. Ty Montgomery is expected to be the Saints primary running back, although Taysom Hill could get some carries.
Carolina will also be without its top two running backs with Cheap Christian McCaffrey Jersey and Cheap Mike Davis Jersey because of injuries. McCaffrey, an All-Pro in 2019, has missed 13 games this season because of injuries. The Panthers also will be without its top pass rusher in defensive end Cheap Brian Burns Jersey and starting left tackle Cheap Russell Okung Jersey.
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald is inactive for the final game of the Arizona Cardinals’ regular season against the Los Angeles Rams.
The famed veteran receiver has a groin injury that will keep him out of what could have been his final game. The 37-year-old Fitzgerald hasn’t said whether he will play next season, and the Cards will miss the playoffs if they lose to Los Angeles.
Cardinals safety Budda Baker also is active after being listed as questionable with a neck injury.
Rams rookie running back Cam Akers is active after missing just one game with a high ankle sprain. Los Angeles already is without leading rusher Darrell Henderson and starting quarterback Jared Goff because of injuries.
Newly signed Blake Bortles will be the backup for Rams quarterback John Wolford, who will make his NFL debut.
Indy will try to make the playoffs short handed. The latest blow came Sunday afternoon when No. 3 running back Jordan Wilkins was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.