These NFL players from Iowa college football teams will play in Sunday's AFC and NFC championship games

Emery Glover
Des Moines Register

Four NFL teams still have hopes of reaching Super Bowl LVI. 

The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium while the Los Angeles Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game at SoFi Stadium, which is the site of this year’s Super Bowl.

The Chiefs are hoping to make a third consecutive trip to the NFL’s championship game while the Bengals are looking to punch their Super Bowl ticket for the first time since 1989.

The 49ers have their eyes on returning to the Super Bowl for the second time in three years. They were defeated by the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in Miami. To do that, they’ll have to get past the Rams, a conference rival, who hasn’t played in the NFL’s big game since 2019. The meeting between the Rams and 49ers will be the third contest this year between the two teams.

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As these four teams battle for the chance to win the Lombardi Trophy, they’ll have several players from Iowa colleges on their rosters. Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa each have at least one player currently on an NFL playoff roster. 

Here’s a look at those players by team who are still playing for conference championships this weekend. 

Iowa Hawkeyes

  • Mike Daniels, defensive tackle (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Riley Reiff, offensive tackle (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Austin Blythe, offensive lineman (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Anthony Hitchens, linebacker (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Ben Niemann, linebacker (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Jake Gervase, safety (Los Angeles Rams)
  • AJ Jackson, offensive lineman (Los Angeles Rams)
  • George Kittle, tight end (San Francisco 49ers)

Iowa State Cyclones

  • Landen Akers, wide receiver (Los Angeles Rams)

Northern Iowa Panthers

  • Daurice Fountain, wide receiver (Kansas City Chiefs)