Ahead of Sunday’s NFL conference championship games, here’s a look at seven Green Bay Packers, five Kansas City Chiefs, four Buffalo Bills, and four Tampa Bay Buccaneers who make up a list of the 20 best players remaining in the NFL playoffs.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Tristan Wirfs: The rookie right tackle surrendered just one sack all season while protecting the league’s oldest quarterback
19. Buffalo Bills OT Dion Dawkins: Buffalo’s pillar left tackle has done a stellar job protecting Josh Allen’s blind side in his breakout third season.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Antoine Winfield Jr.: The Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate has been a tremendous impact player in the Tampa secondary all year.
17. Green Bay Packers DL Kenny Clark: When he’s hot, the 2019 Pro Bowler can be a game-wrecker inside for the Pack.
16. Kansas City Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu: The Honey Badger is a three-time Pro Bowler and one of the most versatile defenders in the NFL.
15. Green Bay Packers edge Za’Darius Smith: The highly-paid veteran has 29 sacks in 35 regular-season and playoff games with Green Bay.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans: The seven-time 1,000-yard receiver is one of the most gifted offensive players in the sport, although he’s been off his game and less than 100 percent lately.
13. Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones: One of the league’s most productive backs, Jones has scored 30 touchdowns the last two seasons.
12. Buffalo Bills CB Tre’Davious White: The 2019 first-team All-Pro is one of the NFL’s most skilled shutdown corners.
11. Green Bay Packers C Corey Linsley: The 29-year-old was a first-team All-Pro snapping balls to likely MVP Aaron Rodgers this season.
10. Green Bay Packers CB Jaire Alexander: The second-team All-Pro surrendered just 4.7 yards per target into his coverage this season.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady: Even at 43, Brady is a top-10 NFL quarterback. He posted a 126.9 passer rating in the final four weeks of the regular season.
8. Kansas City Chiefs DL Chris Jones: The two-time Pro Bowler was a force in last year’s Super Bowl.
7. Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs: The red-hot veteran wideout led the league in receptions and receiving yardage in 2020.
6. Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill: There might not be a more dangerous offensive weapon in the NFL than the insanely fast Hill.
5. Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce: The first-team All-Pro set a new tight end record with 1,416 receiving yards this season.
4. Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams: The first-team All-Pro led the NFL with 18 touchdown grabs in the regular season.
3. Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen: The third-year top-10 pick broke out and became a franchise quarterback with 37 touchdown passes to 10 interceptions this year. He’s an MVP candidate.
2. Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: The reigning Super Bowl MVP is the best young player in the sport.
1. Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: A heavy favorite to win his third MVP, Rodgers posted the second-highest single-season passer rating in NFL history this year.