NFL Championship Weekend Thoughts and Predictions

NFL Championship Weekend Thoughts and Predictions:

This is the greatest collection of quarterbacks on championship Sunday of all time.  The matchups are outstanding, Tom Brady against Ben Roehtlisberger and Matt Ryan against Aaron Rodgers.  There are no elite defenses to match what was featured a year ago.  Sunday will be all about scoring, right?

Green Bay Packers (10-6) at Atlanta Falcons (11-5)                           Sunday 2:05        FOX

The Atlanta Falcons have averaged almost 37 points per game at the Georgia Dome this season.  That includes a 33-32 win over Green Bay on October 30th.  The Falcons have been the NFL’s best offense all season.  The Packers issues are (outside of injuries) all on defense.  That should create a mismatch in favor of the Falcons.  Keep this in mind, Atlanta is the worst scoring defense to qualify for the post-season this year.  The Packers offense is obviously cooking with peanut oil—averaging 34.8 points per game over the past six games.  We can talk about this game as it relates to numbers all day—and we have actually done that—all week!  I have a feeling this game is about the immeasurables.  There is an ingrained memory of the NFC Championship two years ago in Seattle.  Aaron Rodgers and so many of his teammates will never forget that feeling.  That intangible is a driving force that cannot be measured.  The numbers will say Atlanta wins—“that game” 24 months ago gives me the feeling that Green Bay won’t miss another opportunity to get back to a Super Bowl.

Green Bay—36 Atlanta—31 


Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)  at  New England Patriots (14-2)           Sunday 5:40        CBS

The Patriots have been the AFC’s best all year, and despite last week’s bumpy performance against Houston, this is still all about the mastery of Bill Belichick.  The Steelers couldn’t find the endzone against Kansas City…they won’t find it enough against New England.

New England—26  Pittsburgh—20

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