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Can Big Ben do it again?
We have arrived at championship weekend. So far, there have been road wins in both the Wild-Card and Divisional games, so one would think that either the Steelers or Saints have a good chance of winning, and believe it or not, that just might happen.
AFC: Pittsburgh at New England
This is a rematch from Week 8, where the Steelers beat the Patriots, 25-17, but this time, the game is in Foxboro. The Patriots horrendous defense will have to show up, contain Big Ben and not give up the big plays to Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. Conversely, the Steelers are going to have to get to Brady.
This may sound a bit outlandish because the brilliant Dennis Green once said, "You dance with the one who brung ya." This just after the Vikings were handed an embarrassing NFC Championship loss at the hands of the New York Giants.
My point is, Belichick often goes against conventional wisdom. Belichick is a poker player who knows when to hold 'em. And he seems to hold 'em until the playoffs. I would expect Belichick to conceive some sort of defensive plan, so the Steelers must be wary.
Winner: It's a close one, but I believe Brady pulls it out late. Patriots win.
NFC: New Orleans Saints at Green Bay
Yet another re-match, but this one is from Week 1. Green Bay held on to the victory as Drew Brees fell short on the final drive. This game will be as exciting, but with a lot more on the line than just a Week 1 football game.
Not to take anything away from the 49ers, but I think most people wanted to see this matchup. The NFC's two best quarterbacks slinging the ball around like gunslingers sling bullets. Again, I don't expect too much defense, but I do believe there is one defense that will come up with some big plays late, and that team is...Green Bay.
As for the two quarterbacks, just sit back and watch them work. It's going to be a very entertaining game.