NFL Playoffs: Championship Games

Friday January 21, 2011

Welcome to Championship Week! The AFC and NFC will crown new champions in their conferences. The roles are reversed from last week. The NFC Championship Game features one of the most storied rivalries in football. The AFC Championship Game features two teams that live and die by the running game and defense. All four teams believe they should play in Dallas for that Lombardi Trophy, but only two can enter.

NFC Championship Game=> #6 Green Bay Packers at #2 Chicago Bears: the most storied rivalry in football gets elevated to a bigger stage. The Bears host the Packers, and both teams cannot hide their hatred for each other. There is no love lost between these two. The season series is split one apiece leading up to this rubber game. The Bears are strong at home and refined their offensive line. Now they face their toughest test against Green Bay’s defense. The Packers have been playing the best football since the end of the season. Can they shut down Jay Cutler, who torched the Seahawks last week? Both teams want this victory, but the tougher team will prevail.

Prediction: Packers 24-17

AFC Championship Game=> #6 New York Jets at #2 Pittsburgh Steelers: these two teams are similar in their game plan. They are also quite the trash talkers, but instead the only talk is of admiration and respect. Maybe talk isn’t needed because of the war they are about to embark on. The Jets have had the tougher road, beating Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on their home turf. Now, they must face another Super Bowl quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger. The Jets have been battle tested before but not like this. They may have beaten Pittsburgh before, but the playoffs are a different atmosphere. The Steelers are on t eh rise again after they mounted a comeback victory against their rival Ravens. They know what it takes to go to the dance. This should be a hard-hitting, instant classic. No one will be safe in this one.

Prediction: Steelers 14-10

Good luck with you picks and teams this week. See you next time.

Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

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