NFL's Conference Championship Games: Pennsylvania Bowl, Anyone?

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NFL's Conference Championship Games: Pennsylvania Bowl, Anyone?

By Derek Lofland.

That was about as disastrous of a week as you will ever see. I went 0-4 in the playoffs' predictions last weekend.

It doesn’t get any worse than that; however, I cannot see many people picking three of the four road teams to win. I picked one, which had to be the wrong one.

If you picked these championship games at the beginning of the playoffs, congratulations. Especially if you picked the NFC game.

Here is how I see the NFL Conference Championship Games playing out...

Keep in mind that the opposite will probably happen:

Baltimore (13-5) at Pittsburgh (13-4)

Baltimore has to feel good going into their game against the Steelers. Granted, they did go 0-2 against the Steelers in the regular season. Their first game was a 23-20 OT defeat. The second was a last minute 13-9 defeat where they led most of the game.

The storyline this week will be the Steelers beating the same team three times in a season. It is a daunting task. Don’t let the stats get in the way of a fun story.

Since 1990, when the playoff round expanded to six teams per conference, the 2-0 team is 9-5 against the 0-2 team in the playoffs. You could argue it is much harder to beat a team that you already lost to twice in a season than it is to beat the same team three times.

The defenses are pretty even. They both have...

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