NFL Playoffs: Championship Sunday

By Jim Kennedy
Jan. 19, 2017

Well, my friends, we've made it. Championship Sunday. Four teams remain, and the paths are clear for all. Win, and you're in the Super Bowl. Lose, and you're going golfing. We had two close games on one day, and two blowouts on the other. And yes, Aaron Rodgers pulled off yet another miracle, blah blah blah. Both games on Sunday are going to be tough for the teams and exciting for the fans. As we countdown to Super Bowl 51, we break down the championship games, and predict the contestants going to Houston.

NFC Championship: #4 Green Bay Packers @ #2 Atlanta Falcons

Two of the best are going at it in the Georgia Dome. Aaron Rodgers vs Matt Ryan. Both teams face tough situations on the offensive side of the ball. The Falcons offense have to deal with Clay Matthews, who hasn't had the best postseason so far on the field. Meanwhile, the Packers have to deal with Brooks Reed and Vic Beasley Jr, who were impressive in shutting down the Seahawks running game of Thomas Rawls. The one thing that will be key is that Matt Ryan will be able to utilize his wide receivers all game long. Julio Jones is their number one receiver, yes, but Sanu and Hooper each have shown great ability in helping Ryan out. Rodgers will still be without Jordy Nelson, and will be coming off another comeback performance against the Cowboys. The Packers lost to Atlanta in week 8, and that would think that the Pack would get revenge. Not exactly, as I think Atlanta's offense is just too hot for this Packers defense to handle. They'll get out to a fast start, and I wouldn't be surprised if Rodgers has problems with the Falcons defense. I don't see Julio Jones getting 300 yards, but he'll have at least 2 touchdowns. The Packers' attempt to run the table is over. Falcons 38, Packers 21

AFC Championship: #3 Pittsburgh Steelers @ #1 New England Patriots

We all know the story of Antonio Brown going on Facebook Live during the post game celebrations after they beat the Chiefs, and many people think that's going to be a factor. Breaking news: it won't be a factor. If you're coming into this game talking storylines and Facebook, then check yourselves at the door. If you're looking for a great football game, then welcome aboard my friends! Because when you look at the two games going on this Sunday, this is the going to be the best one. Triple "B" (Bell, Brown, and Ben Rothlesberger) travels to Foxboro to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots. This game can be an offensive shootout in many ways. For the Patriots to prevent this, they need to shutdown Le'Veon Bell all game long. He can't get more than five yards, or else he will make the Patriots run defense pay dearly for that mistake. For the Steelers, it's simple: take down Brady. He has receivers all over the place, so if you can stop the haircut himself, then the Steelers have a chance. While the Patriots got the #1 seed and all, I think Bell and Brown will be too much for the Foxboro faithful. Welcome back to the Super Bowl, Steelers fans! Steelers 31, Patriots 27