The AFC and NFC Championship games are set for this weekend and surprise surprise all the usual suspects have showed up. I went 2/4 last week in predicting winners. This week is a little tricky as clearly the best teams in each division are set to collide for a chance to go to Super Bowl 51.
NFC Championship- Packers vs. Falcons
Does Aaron Rodgers always find a way to make the play of the game or what? Sunday at 3:05 PM the two best in the NFC are going at it. The Atlanta Falcons have a dynamic offense this year. They have two running backs that can take it to the house at any given moment and Matt Ryan is finding ways to spread the ball around to all his receivers not just relying on Julio Jones. The Falcons defense has also been stepping up as of late locking down the opposing team’s running game and getting to the quarterback. On the other hand the Packers seem to make magic happen when they need it the most. Aaron Rodgers is throwing a heck of a long ball in the playoffs and the Green Bay offense is humming with contributions from Ty Montgomery and Jared Cook. All that being said I think the Falcons have more than enough firepower on both sides of the ball to take the win and move on to the Super Bowl.
AFC Championship Game- Steelers vs. Patriots
And the Patriots are once again on the verge of a Super Bowl appearance along with the ever popular Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are coming off a hard fought win against the Chiefs in an outing where they didn’t score a single touchdown but 18 points by their kicker was enough to win the game. It’s hard to believe that a game where Bell has 170 yards and Brown led receivers with 108 they couldn’t produce a single touchdown. The Patriots on the other hand put a beating on the Texans the likes of which we all expected but it was a very difficult first half for Tom Brady. These are probably the best two coaches in the AFC and there is no doubt they’ll both have their teams ready to play. I have to give the edge to the Patriots in this game. Belichick is a master at taking away the other teams best players on offense and Brady will always find the best matchup to throw to. I think it comes down to the Patriots making just a few more plays over the Steelers to advance to the big game.