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The Road to Tampa: NFL Confrence Championship Games Previews

Dan WebbContributor IJanuary 12, 2009

The road to the Super Bowl is simple: win and your in. But this week, we have two big games, and I'm here to break them down, starting with Philadelphia vs. Arizona on Sunday.

 

Eagles at Cardinals, Sunday 3 PM EST

The Eagles will come in with the momentum, upsetting the defending Super Bowl champions New York Giants, 23-11. For the Eagles to win, they need big games from McNabb and Westbrook, who was held to under 50 total yards by the Giants.

The Cardinals come in with an 11-7 record and are looking to make their first Super Bowl ever. Last week, Warner and the Cardinals upset the Panthers 33-13 in pouring rain. It was a big game for Larry Fitzgerald, who had eight catches for 166 and a touchdown.

Players who will impact this game are Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Donavon McNabb, and Brian Westbrook. I look for this one to be a close, but in the end, Philly comes out 24-21, and will be in their second Super Bowl.

 

Ravens at Steelers, 6:30 PM EST

This will be the third time the Steelers will face the Ravens—the Steelers swept the Ravens in the regular season.

For the Ravens, Joe Flacco turned around from a one-touchdown, seven-interception start to finish with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The Ravens finished with an 11-5 record and the sixth seed in the playoffs. The way the Raven win is big games from Ed Reed and Le'Ron Mclain.

On the Steelers side, Big Ben is tring to lead the Steelers to their sixth Super Bowl title— an NFL record. Last week against the Chargers, they held them to 17 seconds of total possession time in the third quarter. If they do that against Baltimore, they'll win.

Prediction: Ravens 27-17, too much Ed Reed.

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