The four teams remaining in the playoffs vying for that Super Bowl berth all have two things in common: good defense and they were beaten by the Patriots in the regular season (had to throw that in). Perhaps the pass-rushing prowess of these teams will clue in Bill Belichick that it’s finally time to go get that big-time pass rusher the Patriots have been lacking? But I digress. Here are my predictions for the AFC Championship Game Sunday at 6:30 and Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at 3 pm.
AFC Championship Game
Steelers over the Jets, 20-13. Big Ben Roethlisberger will be the difference in this game. With Troy Polamalu back, the Steelers’ defense will be tougher than when these two teams met in the regular season, and Mark Sanchez will not be as comfortable in the pocket as he was last week against the Pats. Roethlisberger has more big game experience and will not make the critical mistake to sink his team.
NFC Championship Game
Packers over the Bears, 27-17. The Packers have been playing playoff football for several weeks now while the Bears had a bye week and played a weak 7-9 playoff team last week. The Packers’ momentum will carry them to the Super Bowl. Like the AFC game, I think the quarterbacks will make the difference. Jay Cutler will try forcing the ball one too many times and will throw a pivotal pick or two while Aaron Rodgers will be able to move the ball against the Bears’ defense.
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