It’s down to the final four and this weekend will see us know who will be the two teams to contest Super Bowl LI.
But before that we need to crown a winner of both the AFC and the NFC and the four teams left in the hunt have had a range of battles over the weekend to get to this spot.
NFC Championship Packers v Falcons
The fourth seed travels to the second seed but that means nothing given the incredible form the Packers are in. People were touting their game against the Cowboys as the game of the season. It didn’t disappoint. With a final kick of the game Mason Crosby took them to the final. But in Aaron Rodgers in the form of his life, having 24 touchdown passes and one interception in his last nine starts they will be hyped and ready to take the Falcons.
But let’s not get carried away, the Falcons are in the enviable position of having their quarter back as Matt Ryan who can match Rodgers throw for throw. And one thing that the Falcons can rely on is their match ups on offense versus the Packers defence. The Packers may struggle for an answer to that. It looks as if it won’t be a strong defensive game, the Falcons should nudge it but would you bet against Rodgers in this form? Few would.
AFC Championships Steelers v Patriots
It’s going to be tough for the Steelers this weekend make no mistake. They’re having a dream run but it’s fair that the Patriots are one side they really don’t want to meet. In 18 years they’ve only won one at the Patriots once and in the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era they’ve lost nine out of 12 encounters. Those aren’t numbers you want to consider when you’ve got them standing in the way of making the Super Bowl. Now on the Steelers side is the fact that their pass rush might be the best in the NFL and Brady has always been a bit susceptible to a good pass rush. But you know, that’s probably only a small comfort.
Both teams are on incredible streaks at the moment, the Steelers haven’t lost since November and the Patriots are on an eight game winning record. But given the Patriots record, and the fact they give less away than the Chiefs defensive who the Steelers couldn’t score a touchdown against at the weekend, your money would more likely to be backing the Patriots. If the Steelers have Roethlisberger, Bell and Brown on song then they can be magical, but still likely that the Patriots will