And then, there were four. As we head into conference championship games in the NFL, how do the four remaining offenses stack up? Who has the best offense remaining in the playoff hunt? Find full rankings and analysis for each of the four remaining NFL playoff offenses below.
NFL Playoff Offense Rankings 2024
As we enter the NFL Conference Championship round, all four remaining offenses have proven their capability. In this article, I’ll break down how I see the four offenses shaking out relative to the rest of the remaining teams. From a likely MVP season in Baltimore to the electrifying upstart Lions, there’s a ton to love about the offensive playoff picture.
#1: San Francisco 49ers
I had the 49ers ranked number one entering the postseason, and while their game against the Packers was certainly choppy, I haven’t seen enough to move them off this top spot. San Francisco finished the regular season ranked first in offensive DVOA, EPA, and yards per play.
If there were ever a season for a non-quarterback to win the MVP award, this would likely be it. Christian McCaffrey has been tremendous for the 49ers with over 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 21 total touchdowns. He led the top-ranked rushing offense in the NFL — by both EPA and success rate —, and Kyle Shanahan’s splendid blocking schemes consistently put McCaffrey in space.
The passing game has also been a success story for the 49ers this year, where they ranked first in dropback EPA and success rate. Brock Purdy spent part of the season as the odds-on MVP favorite, and while he won’t win the award in all likelihood, he finished the regular season with 9.6 yards per attempt, the best clip in the league. He was also top five in passing yards and touchdowns.
The one major caveat to all of this is the health of Deebo Samuel. After suffering a shoulder injury against the Packers, Samuel didn’t return to the game, and it sounds like he’ll be a true game time decision for the NFC Championship. Be sure to monitor his status leading up to the game, but even if he’s out, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle should be in a great position to succeed against a suspect Lions secondary.
BROCK PURDY. GEORGE KITTLE. TOUCHDOWN. pic.twitter.com/gp80Kfm11g
— PFF (@PFF) January 21, 2024
#2: Baltimore Ravens
As the clear favorite to win the NFL’s MVP award this season, it’s time for Lamar Jackson to stack some playoff success on his already impressive regular season resume. Against the Texans in the Divisional Round, Jackson finished with four total touchdowns along with 152 passing yards and 100 rushing yards. Houston’s aggressive blitzing worked well in the first half, but the Ravens were able to make halftime adjustments to overcome their opposition.
First year coordinator Todd Monken has modernized the Baltimore offense, and it has paid dividends for their receivers. Rookie sensation Zay Flowers has continued to impress while Rashod Bateman and Isaiah Likely contributed solid performances in the team’s playoff win over the Texans. It’s worth monitoring Mark Andrews’ injury status this week. If the former All Pro tight end can return and give Baltimore a full complement of receiving weapons, this offense will be terrifying the rest of the way.
This was a touchdown for Lamar Jackson the second he caught the snap. pic.twitter.com/pMWOtSveTT
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) January 20, 2024
#3: Detroit Lions
The Lions’ offense was on fire in the Divisional Round, compiling nearly 400 total yards and finding success both on the ground and through the air. Jared Goff now has three touchdowns and no interceptions through three playoff games, and he’s poised for his toughest test of the postseason as he faces the 49ers on the road. Luckily, there aren’t expected to be any weather concerns, which is important for Goff who has historically struggled outdoors.
Rookie first-round pick Jahmyr Gibbs has been dominant in the postseason with 25 total touches for 182 yards and two touchdowns. His 31-yard touchdown against Tampa Bay will be on every highlight reel you see throughout the week. Amon-Ra St. Brown continues to be a dominant presence at wide receiver while tight end Sam LaPorta seems to be fully past any previous injury issues. With offensive coordinator Ben Johnson calling the shots, this is an offense to be feared.
JAHMYR GIBBS BREAKS OFF FOR A TOUCHDOWN 💪🤯
Lions up 24-17
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) January 21, 2024
#4: Kansas City Chiefs
What do we do with this Chiefs? I wrote an extensive article a couple of weeks ago detailing how the once transcendent Kansas City offense had hit a major block in the road this year and wasn’t the same team we’ve seen in years past. Then, Patrick Mahomes went out and threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Bills while Isiah Pacheco had nearly 100 rushing yards and a score of his own. Kansas City averaged a whopping 7.7 yards per play in the game while posting its best offensive DVOA mark of the season.
If you’re buying into that game against what had been a formidable Buffalo defense, I can’t blame you. After all, we’re talking about Patrick Mahomes in the postseason. However, I’m trusting what my research uncovered and what my eyes have told me all season – this isn’t the same Chiefs offense. Baltimore has the top ranked pass defense by DVOA this year as defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald’s scheme has been dominant. Will Mahomes make me look silly once again? I can’t wait to find out.
The Chiefs schemed the Bills up here. Buffalo had some communication issues, and KC used Mecole Hardman's motion to make life difficult.
Ultimately, it's a single-high look, a blown coverage and a walk-in touchdown for Travis Kelce. pic.twitter.com/UtJkbuuKBD
— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) January 23, 2024