2021 NFL Playoff Predictions

The 2021 NFL Season is upon us and the Music City Drive In has you covered. We’ll be previewing all 32 teams, as well as our picks for award winners and playoff participants each day through Monday, September 6. Check back daily at 4 p.m. EST for each new piece in our preview series.

The 2021 NFL Season begins Thursday! In this final installment of our preview series, our team of sports writers offer our fearless predictions for the playoffs, Conference Champions and the Super Bowl.

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Jason Astarita (@astaritajason)

NFC West – San Francisco 49ers

NFC South – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC East – Washington Football Team

NFC North – Green Bay Packers

NFC Wild Card – Los Angeles Rams

NFC Wild Card – Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wild Card – Dallas Cowboys

AFC West – Kansas City Chiefs

AFC South – Tennessee Titans

AFC North – Baltimore Ravens

AFC East – Miami Dolphins

AFC Wild Card – Buffalo Bills

AFC Wild Card – New England Patriots

AFC Wild Card – Denver Broncos

NFC Champion – San Francisco 49ers: San Francisco is going to be the team I initially thought Baltimore would be before their offensive skill players were ravaged with injury. A complete team with a catalyst at QB, I believe the final incarnation of the Trey Lance offense will give the Green Bay defense too much to handle, while Tampa Bay might be a bit of a reach if they end up there on the road. Nonetheless, let’s gamble on Frisco! 

AFC Champion – Kansas City Chiefs: The best QB, TE and arguably best WR in the league with an easy road through their division and homefield throughout the playoffs. I like Baltimore to give them a run for their money, but it’s difficult to see them keep up offensively unless Rashod Bateman and Marquise Brown play strong when healthy.

Super Bowl Champion – Kansas City Chiefs: The ideal method to overcome the versatile power of the San Francisco offense will be to reduce the multi-dimensionality. Kansas City is best suited to jump the game-script and pin Lance and Shanahan to a deficit and a must-throw attack, exposing themselves to a loss of game-flow and turnovers.

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Matthew Fox (@knighthawk7734)

NFC West—Los Angeles Rams

NFC South—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC East—Dallas Cowboys

NFC North—Green Bay Packers

NFC Wild Card—Washington Football Team

NFC Wild Card—Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Card—San Francisco 49ers

AFC West—Kansas City Chiefs

AFC South—Tennessee Titans

AFC East—Buffalo Bills

AFC North—Cleveland Browns

AFC Wild Card—Miami Dolphins

AFC Wild Card—Baltimore Ravens

AFC Wild Card—Indianapolis Colts

NFC Champion—Dallas Cowboys: Look, I know this will make many people chuckle but I like the Cowboys. I think Dan Quinn gets the defense going and Dak Prescott leads a robust Cowboys’ offense. This is the year the team finally breaks through.

AFC Champion—Buffalo Bills: The Bills had a great 2020 and I think they remain strong in 2021. The Bills made the AFC Championship Game last season and fell short, but this time I think they’re at home and make it to the big game.

Super Bowl Champion—Buffalo Bills: I’m pushing my chips in with Josh Allen and Sean McDermott.

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Timmy Rever (@coachrever)

NFC West—Arizona Cardinals

NFC South—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC East—Washington Football Team

NFC North—Green Bay Packers

NFC Wild Card—Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wild Card—Los Angeles Rams

NFC Wild Card—Minnesota Vikings

AFC West—Kansas City Chiefs

AFC South—Tennessee Titans

AFC East—Buffalo Bills

AFC North—Baltimore Ravens

AFC Wild Card—Los Angeles Chargers

AFC Wild Card—Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC Wild Card—New England Patriots

NFC Champion—Arizona Cardinals: Competent quarterback play is the common denominator in my standings predictions. Many of my predicted division winners and top-seeds have their fates decided in Week 18. I believe the gauntlet of the NFC playoffs will wear on older quarterbacks leading me to (perhaps foolishly) doubt the possibility of an eighth ring for Tom Brady.

AFC Champion—Tennessee Titans: The AFC, on the other hand, is extremely top heavy. The Top-2 seeds will be overwhelmingly favored to reach the AFC Championship Game, where I predict the Titans will avenge their 2019-20 loss to the Chiefs by upsetting the defending AFC champions at Arrowhead in Kansas City.

Super Bowl Champion—Tennessee Titans: For Super Bowl 56, I’m sticking with the two-toned blue from Nashville. Arizona will surprise many this year behind another year of development from superstar QB Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury. However, the physicality and ability to control time-of-possession will propel the Titans to their first Super Bowl in team history and silence the Ryan Tannehill critics once and for all!

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Rob (@mrarizona12)

NFC West—San Francisco 49ers

NFC South—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC East—Washington Football Team

NFC North—Green Bay Packers

NFC Wild Card—Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Card—Los Angeles Rams

NFC Wild Card—Seattle Seahawks

AFC West—Kansas City Chiefs

AFC South—Tennessee Titans

AFC East—Buffalo Bills

AFC North—Baltimore Ravens

AFC Wild Card—Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC Wild Card—New England Patriots

AFC Wild Card—Cleveland Browns

NFC Champion—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC Champion—Kansas City Chiefs

Super Bowl Champion—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Ricky Valero (@rickyvalero_)

NFC West—Los Angeles Rams

NFC South—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC East—Dallas Cowboys

NFC North—Green Bay Packers

NFC Wild Card—San Francisco 49ers

NFC Wild Card—Washington Football Team

NFC Wild Card—Arizona Cardinals

AFC West—Kansas City Chiefs

AFC South—Indianapolis Colts

AFC East—Buffalo Bills

AFC North—Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC Wild Card—Los Angeles Chargers

AFC Wild Card—Cleveland Browns

AFC Wild Card—Tennessee Titans

NFC Champion—Los Angeles Rams

AFC Champion—Buffalo Bills

Super Bowl Champion—Buffalo Bills

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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