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Justin Reid, starting safety for the Kansas City Chiefs, is going to the Super Bowl.
Reid had seven tackles and a pass breakup that ended a drive in the Chiefs’ dramatic 23-20 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. Reid played all but one defensive snap and was in on four special teams plays.
Reid earned a tackling grade of 81.7 and a defense grade of 72.8 by Pro Football Focus. Reid and the Chiefs meet the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII on February 12, in Glendale, Arizona.
Justin Reid on the tackle. Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/.USA TODAY Sports.
For the Bengals, receiver Trenton Irwin caught one pass for six yards and was targeted twice in the fourth quarter. He played 48 offensive snaps and one special teams snap, receiving the kickoff on the game’s final play. Teammate Michael Thomas was in on 17 special teams plays.
Christian McCaffrey rushed for a game-high 84 yards on 15 carries in San Francisco’s 31-7 loss at Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game. McCaffrey also caught four passes for 22 yards and scored on a spectacular tackle-breaking 23-yard run that tied the score, 7-7, in the first quarter. It was his ninth consecutive game with a touchdown.
He earned an 81.9 offense grade and 83.1 rushing grade from Pro Football Focus.
In three playoff games, McCaffrey rushed for 238 yards on 40 carries and caught 12 passes for 61 yards, and scored three touchdowns.
Christian McCaffrey breaks a tackle on his way to a TD. Photo by Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports.
In the divisional playoff round:
Justin Reid had six tackles, including five solo, and had a quarterback hit that led to an interception in the Chiefs’ 27-20 victory over visiting Jacksonville. For the Jaguars, Walker Little started at left tackle and played every offensive snap in his fifth consecutive start and four special teams plays.
Trenton Irwin had one catch for 13 yards in the Bengals’ 27-10 victory at Buffalo and played 19 snaps. Teammate Michael Thomas had 15 plays on special teams.
Christian McCaffrey gained 57 yards in total offense – 35 on the ground and 22 on six catches – and scored on a two-yard go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown run to help the 49ers to a 19-12 victory over visiting Dallas.
For the Cowboys, tight end Dalton Schultz had five catches for 27 yards and scored their only touchdown, on a 4-yard pass from Dak Prescott in the second quarter. In two playoff games, Schultz caught 12 passes for 122 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Dalton Schultz scores against the 49ers. Photo by Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports.
In the wild card round:
Christian McCaffrey rushed for 119 yards on 15 carries and caught two passes for 17 yards, including one for three yards from Brock Purdy for the game’s first touchdown in the 49ers’ 41-23 victory over visiting Seattle. For the Seahawks, Colby Parkinson started at tight end and caught three passes for 14 yards and returned a kickoff for 14 yards.
Walker Little started at left tackle for Jacksonville in its 31-30 comeback victory over the visiting Los Angeles Chargers. Little played every offensive snap and did not allow a sack, hit, or hurry in 55 pass-blocking snaps. For the Charger, Foster Sarell played 30 offensive snaps at left tackle and did not allow a sack or hit, while receiving a 71.3 pass-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus.
Walker Little against the Chiefs in the divisional round. Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/USA TODAY Sports.
Harrison Phillips started at defensive tackle and had three tackles, a QB hurry, and deflected a pass in Minnesota’s 31-24 loss to the visiting New York Giants.
Receiver Trenton Irwin played seven offensive snaps and one on special teams in Cincinnati’s 24-17 victory over visiting Baltimore. Teammate Michael Thomas was in on 15 special teams plays.
Tight end Dalton Schultz caught two touchdown passes – of 22 and 11 yards from Dak Prescott – to help Dallas to a 31-14 victory at Tampa Bay. Schultz caught seven passes for 95 yards and his scores helped the Cowboys build a 24-0 lead.