Super Bowl Predictions 2012: Rematch from Super Bowl XLV Will Happen

T.J. McaloonContributorJanuary 3, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Antwaan Randle El #82 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after catching a 13 yard pass against the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Two of the best teams entering the NFL Playoffs are the two teams that finished the NFL season last year in the Super Bowl, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.

Both teams are playing at a high level with their dominating offense and defense’s, which will carry them to a rematch in Super Bowl XLVI.

Why Green Bay Will Make The Super Bowl

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is chased out of the pocket while playing the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Green Bay enters this postseason with two main reasons why they will end their season in Indianapolis against the Steelers. 

One, they went a perfect 8-0 at home this year, outscoring opponents 321-171. The Packers had five victories where they scored 40 points or more, and another two wins where they scored over 30 points. 

While the offense was able to have their way with any opponent at home, the defense was able to stay focused to keep teams from scoring, even when the offense had the game wrapped up by the end of the third quarter. 

Second, they come into the playoffs with the best quarterback in the league, Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers had an insane stat line at home this year, completing 70 percent of his passes, with 2,149 yards and 24 touchdowns with only four interceptions.

If the game was close in the fourth quarter with the Packers either up by seven, or down by seven, Rodgers was able to lead his team to a crucial touchdown. 

In those spots, Rodgers stats were still solid with 25 completions on 36 passes, for 422 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

The Packers should have no problem in handling their two opponents in the NFC playoffs. Their season will once again end in the final game of the year, the Super Bowl. 

Why Pittsburgh Will Make The Super Bowl

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 08:  Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns is stopped by the Pittsburgh Steelers defense at Heinz Field on December 8, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh is built around their defense, and that has helped this team to three of the last six Super Bowls. Once again the Steelers will ride a defense that comes into the AFC playoffs as the No. 1 defense, back to their fourth Super Bowl in seven years. 

The bracket works out perfectly for the Steelers. They open the postseason against a Denver Broncos team that has lost their last three games, being outscored 88-40. 

With the Steelers and their No. 1 passing defense dominating the Broncos and their 31st ranked passing offense, they should move on to play the New England Patriots

Earlier this year against the Patriots, the Steelers held New England and Tom Brady to their lowest point total, and Brady’s lowest passing yard total for the year. With the Steelers not dealing with any major injuries to their defense, there is no reason why they cannot repeat this performance in the Divisional Round. 

Finally, this will lead to a rematch against the Ravens, who they have lost to twice this year. However, in that second loss in Pittsburgh, the Steelers out gained the Ravens in both passing and rushing offense, while scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter.

If it wasn’t for a late second touchdown, the Steelers would have won the game and the division. They would have been the No. 1 seed in these playoffs. 

Pittsburgh moves past Baltimore for the second time in three years to play in the Super Bowl. 

These two scenarios make the most sense when figuring out who the teams will be in this year’s Super Bowl. Pittsburgh and Green Bay will provide us with another tremendous Super Bowl to end a great NFL season.