NFL conference championship game plans: Keys to win, players to watch, matchup advantages for Bengals-Chiefs, 49ers-Rams

Just four more NFL playoff teams. Can the Bengals upset the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game? Will the 49ers make it three straight wins against the Rams in their NFC Championship Game matchup? Or will the favorites get the job done and move on to Super Bowl LVI?

Each remaining team is just one win from reaching the Super Bowl, and we're here to help them get there. Who moves on to Los Angeles for the final game of the season might come down to the game plans. So let's scheme up some victories. What must all four teams do to win on Sunday?

We took a closer look at the game tape and outlined the winning blueprint for all four teams, including personnel matchups, scheme advantages and coaching tendencies that will play a part in who wins and who goes home. For each matchup, we picked out two keys for each team's game plan -- one offensive and one defensive -- identified game-breaking players and pointed to a one-on-one matchup that could impact the outcome.

Here is how each team wins their conference championship matchup. (We included ESPN's Football Power Index projections for each matchup, along with the current game lines.)

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(6) San Francisco 49ers at (4) Los Angeles Rams

NFC Championship Game
6:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, Jan. 30 (Fox)
Line: LAR -3.5 (45.5)
FPI prediction: LAR (59.5%) by 3

What the 49ers must do to win