Quarterback is the most important position in football. It doesn’t matter whether the game is a throw down in high school or whether it’s the NFC Championship. This Sunday, how the quarterbacks play will be one of the main factors that determines which teams stamp their ticket to Super Bowl 57. Will San Francisco’s Brock Purdy post better stats than Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts? Who will win the massive quarterback duel between Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow and Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes? Keep reading for a NFL Playoffs Betting analysis and free quarterback matchup picks for Sunday’s NFL Championship contests.
Who’ll Win the Quarterback Matchups in the 2023 Conference Championship Round?
2023 NFL Conference Championships
- When: Sunday, Jan. 29
San Francisco 49ers – Brock Purdy at Philadelphia Eagles – Jalen Hurts
- When: Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3:00 pm ET
- Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
- TV/Streaming: FOX
After NFL Week 18, many questioned whether Jalen Hurts had what it takes to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to the NFC Championship. Not only did Hurts have what it takes, but Jalen played like the quarterback we saw throw down earlier in the season.
Hurts completed 16-of-24 for 154 yards and 2 TD passes. Jalen also rushed for 34 yards and a TD on 9 carries. Hurts’ leadership and play is why the Eagles beat the Giants 38-7.
Jalen played great versus the Giants. He must play much better against the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners’ D is the best in the NFL. Hurts is going to have a much tougher time finding the open receiver or seeing rushing lanes.
Hurts will struggle so much that Brock Purdy will post the better stats. The Eagles shut down NYG quarterback Daniel Jones. Philadelphia won’t shut down Purdy.
Make no mistake, Purdy didn’t light up the Dallas’ secondary. In fact, Brock threw for a measly 214 yards. He didn’t even toss a TD.
Dallas, though, is a different team than Philadelphia. The Eagles gave up 5.9 yards per carry to the Giants in the blowout victory. San Francisco should have a much easier time rushing the football against the Eagles than they did versus the Cowboys. Rushing the ball will open the passing game for Brock. Purdy outplays Jalen Hurts in this Sunday’s NFC Championship.
QB Matchup Pick: Brock Purdy
Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow at Kansas City Chiefs – Patrick Mahomes
- When: Sunday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 pm ET
- Where: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
- TV/Streaming: CBS/Paramount+
It’s almost unfair to make a pick for this quarterback matchup. Joe Burrow has all of his weapons and is uninjured.
Patrick Mahomes is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Even if Mahomes were one hundred percent, Burrow might be the quarterback pick because of Joe Cool’s receiver room.
Mahomes has good recievers. They pale in comparison to Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and Ja’Marr Chase. Not only that, but Joe Mixon is one of the better pass-catching running backs in the league.
Cincinnati looks like they’re on a mission. Burrow gets it done by posting better stats than Mahomes.
QB Matchup Pick: Joe Burrow