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The Xs and Os with Greg Cosell: Previewing the NFL’s conference championship games

And then, there were four! It’s time for the conference championship round of the NFL playoffs, deciding which teams will play in Super Bowl LVIII. Greg Cosell of NFL Films and ESPN’s NFL Matchup, and Doug Farrar of Touchdown Wire and the USA Today Sports Media Group, are here to get you ready for the most interesting matchups.

Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens

  • How will Lamar Jackson deal with Steve Spagnuolo’s unconventional blitzes?

  • Can Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco take over this game, and will “pin/pull” continue to be a thing?

  • Will Mike Macdonald’s Ravens defense cause Patrick Mahomes to hesitate in his process with all those coverage disguises?

  • How will Baltimore counter the Chiefs’ effective use of heavy personnel in the run and pass games?

Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers

  • Jared Goff has become much more than just a game manager, so how will Steve Wilks’ 49ers defense deal with that?

  • Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn has done a brilliant job coaching up a cornerback-light roster. But will that turn into a pumpkin against Kyle Shanahan’s 49ers offense?

  • Is Brock Purdy’s bad game against the Packers in the divisional round indicative of vulnerabilities that can be exploited here?

  • Will the Lions’ rookies on both sides of the ball be the ultimate difference in this game?

You can watch this week’s “Xs and Os,” previewing both conference championship games in detail, right here:

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How Patrick Mahomes will deal with the Ravens' pressure and coverage.

The Chiefs' young secondary could be a problem for Baltimore's passing game.

The Chiefs excel out of heavy personnel, especially in the run game with Isiah Pacheco.

Lamar Jackson isn't beatable in one way, but Steve Spagnuolo will have blitzes waiting for him.

Deebo Samuel is the tone-setter for Kyle Shanahan's 49ers offense.

Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn has done an amazing job covering one personnel issue.

Should Brock Purdy's bad game against the Packers be cause for concern for the 49ers?

Story originally appeared on Touchdown Wire