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Why The Red Zone Matchups Could Decide The AFC Championship Game

Listen to any football coach talk about which aspects of the game matter most and they’ll undoubtedly bring up performance on third downs and in the red zone. Statistically speaking, those parts of the game are the most susceptible to noise. If projecting performance over a full season, performance on first and second down will give you a better indication of future performance than third. The same can be said for the other 80 yards of the field vs the 20 in the red zone.

But in a single game, say one that determines which team will get to go to the Super Bowl, those types of plays are absolutely going to matter. In the AFC Championship Game between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs, we could be in for fascinating red zone matchups on both sides of the ball.

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