Analysis: Defense still wins NFL playoffs

The defense is still winning the playoffs.

The San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals advanced to the conference championship games on Sunday with strong defensive performances.

On Saturday night, the Philadelphia Eagles also played great defensively.

While the focus is on offense led by star quarterbacks, defense matters.

That was evident in the NFL Divisional Round this weekend.

Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s aggressive squad scored two turnovers in the fourth quarter, helping Kansas City beat Jacksonville 27–20 in Game 1.

“We focused throughout the week, especially the week we had a day off, focusing maybe on hitting the ball a little more, or jumping the ball, or just catching the ones that we are given,” said Chiefs midfielder Nick Bolton. “I’ve given up one before, but that’s one of those things that you have to keep going, and in the playoffs you find out they count twice when you get them.”

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