Only four teams remain in the NFL postseason. All of them have an elite quarterback (Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger) with a great offense. They have solid defenses capable of making stops and causing turnovers for more possessions. But only two will advance to the Super Bowl. Here are the NFC and AFC championship predictions.
1. Green Bay at Atlanta (3:05 pm)
Probably the most must-watch game on Sunday as two high-powered offenses go at each other for the second time. The Atlanta Falcons won against the Green Bay Packers on Oct 30, 33-32. Now the Falcons, led by Matt Ryan, look to win another one. The offense has much more weapons than the Packers. They have Julio Jones, Taylor Gabriel, Devonta Freeman, etc. When the offense starts to develop rhythm within a game, it’s impossible to contain. Too many weapons for any team to try to stop. Their defense has gotten better over time and will be tested against the hottest team in the league.
The Packers won a close one thanks to a field goal in the final seconds of the fourth quarter at Dallas. But despite all of that, Aaron Rodgers continues to be on an historic level delivering clutch throws at pivotal moments. Since his comments on “running the table,” he has 24 touchdowns and only one interception. The offense still can score a lot of points without wide receiver Jordy Nelson. They’ll have to keep playing that way on the road, but with no weather conditions since it’s in the dome. It would be a shocker if these teams don’t score at least 28 points. But expect this to be a shoot out and the Packers squeezing out another win to secure their Super Bowl berth.
Packers 31 Falcons 28
2. Pittsburgh at New England (6:40 pm)
If those thought this would be the AFC championship, then you deserve a prize. Two of the top teams in the AFC face each other again. The Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the New England Patriots at home without their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. They put themselves in a tough whole after the loss, but started to win games heading into the postseason. They won in Kansas City by two points, struggle to score points but got the job done. Big three of Ben, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown need to play at the highest level against a tough Patriots team.
The Pats at home are unstoppable, including the postseason. The duo of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady continues to dominate the NFL. The offense is still great under Brady, who continues to make plays at 39 years old. He still has weapons despite losing Rob Gronkowski, complemented with a solid running game. Defensively they still cause disruptions against opposing offenses. They know the Steelers inside and out. Brady has won six out of eight against Roethlisberger. But this time it’s different. The Steelers will win in a close one and meet the Packers for another Super Bowl rematch.
Steelers 28 Patriots 24