Which NFL stars will carry their teams to Super Bowl?

Published 6:32 a.m. ET Jan. 18, 2020


In at least one respect, the four NFL teams left standing in the conference championship games might make for a somewhat unlikely group.

The San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans have combined for just one Super Bowl win since the 2000 season (by the Packers in the 2010 campaign). But while the teams might be short on recent experience at the game’s biggest stage, there’s plenty of star power among them. 

From Aaron Rodgers going up against Jimmy Garoppolo to Patrick Mahomes clashing with Derrick Henry, Sunday’s conference championship games will feature several of the league’s premier talents trying to lift their teams to a spot in Miami.

With that in mind, we asked writers and editors from around USA TODAY Sports and the USA TODAY Network: Which star player will lift their team to the Super Bowl?

Their answers:

Travis Kelce.

It wasn’t a coincidence that Patrick Mahomes went back to his big tight end again and again during Kansas City’s wild and rapid comeback from an early 24-0 hole. Much like Rob Gronkowski was for the New England Patriots, Kelce gives…

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