Packers, Steelers to Meet in XLV Rematch

Zach Piatt

Sports Editor

Green Bay Packers – Atlanta Falcons

Tie game, 35 seconds remaining, Packers’ ball. Talk about an intense two-minute drill. Aaron Rodgers, once again, willed Green Bay to a win. It looked as though the Pack were going to have to battle it out in overtime with the Cowboys until Rodgers fired a strike 36 yards down the sideline while running to his left to Jared Cook. Cook positioned himself perfectly to keep his feet inbounds for the catch. This lined up Mason Crosby for a 51-yard game-winning field goal attempt. He had to make it twice after Dallas iced him, but Crosby was money, and Green Bay advanced.

The Green Bay Packers advanced to the NFC Championship after a thrilling last-minute, game-winning drive. Mason Crosby hit two 50+ yard field goals including the game winner as time expired. Photo courtesy of Google Images.

The Green Bay Packers advanced to the NFC Championship after a thrilling last-minute, game-winning drive. Mason Crosby hit two 50+ yard field goals including the game winner as time expired. Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Atlanta’s game against the Seahawks was a little less stressful. The Falcons took care of business 36-20 over Seattle behind Matt Ryan’s 338 yards and 3 scores.

The NFC Championship will feature two MVP-caliber quarterbacks in Rodgers and Ryan. I believe both QBs will perform to the best of their abilities, but Rodgers told the world the Packers would run the table, and so far he has kept his promise. At this point I don’t think there’s any reason to doubt that Green Bay will go all the way. This game is a toss up, but the Packers’ grit will move them on.

Pittsburgh Steelers – New England Patriots

A week after rushing for a Steeler playoff record 167 yards in the Wild Card round, Le’Veon Bell took a leap forward, rushing for 170 against the Chiefs. That’s been the formula all throughout the playoffs: Bell rolls, Pittsburgh rolls. Antonio Brown has also continued to shine with 232 receiving yards in two playoff games. It’s been the defense that has held the strongest. The Steelers’ defense has allowed just 28 points and 3 touchdowns in the postseason.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on New England in the AFC Championship. Le'Veon Bell has broken the Steelers' playoff game rushing record the past two weeks. Photo courtesy of Google Images.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on New England in the AFC Championship. Le’Veon Bell has broken the Steelers’ playoff game rushing record the past two weeks. Photo courtesy of Google Images.

New England received a first round bye but didn’t skip a beat in the Divisional round, breezing past Houston 34-16. Dion Lewis scored three touchdowns for the Patriots, becoming the first player in NFL history to run, catch, and return a kickoff for a score in a single playoff game. This shows just how unpredictable New England’s offense is; someone new steps up every week.

As dominant as the Patriots have been this season, something tells me this isn’t their year. Bell and Brown will keep on keeping on and Pittsburgh’s defense will hold New England just enough to pull out a victory.

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