NFL Playoffs: What We Learned From the Conference Championship

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The Super Bowl matchup is set. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who came into the playoffs as the fifth seed in the N.F.C., will host the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. For Tom Brady, it is a chance at a seventh Super Bowl win. For Patrick Mahomes, it is an opportunity to be the first quarterback to win back-to-back titles — since Brady.

The Buccaneers came into Sunday’s N.F.C. championship game as underdogs on the road, but beat the Green Bay Packers, 31-26. The Chiefs, playing in their third consecutive A.F.C. championship game, beat the Buffalo Bills, 38-24. The game did not feel that close.

Here’s what we learned: