NFL Playoff Predictions: Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Bound

Old AccountSenior Writer IJanuary 23, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15:  Safety Ryan Clark #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with teammates James Farrior #51 and Troy Polamalu #43 after an interception of quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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In just a few hours we will see the Green Bay Packers face off against the Chicago Bears, while the Pittsburgh Steelers host Rex Ryan's New York Jets.

After a week of analyzing both teams, I am ready to make my predictions. Who will head off to Dallas in two weeks for this year's Super Bowl?

Here are my predictions for both games.

NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears will battle for the third time this season, with a trip to Dallas on the line.

The teams have split their regular season meetings, which were both controlled by the defenses.

I believe there will be more scoring in today's matchup. Who will come out on top? I am going with the Packers, who I predicted would represent the NFC in the Super Bowl in August.

I am more convinced of this Packers team now than I was about a month ago. Right now, all units are firing on all cylinders.

Aaron Rodgers is showing the nation his potential in just his third season as a starter. His decision making and athleticism should help him against one of the better units in the league in Chicago.

It also helps he has plenty of weapons to throw to besides the big threat receivers in Donald Driver and Greg Jennings.

If Chicago can pull it out, another great performance will be needed out of Jay Cutler. I can't see him making it two great performances in a row.

The Packers defense was a lot for Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense to handle, and this unit now faces a weak offensive line and a turnover-prone quarterback like Cutler.

In a battle that is going to come down to the quarterback, I'll take Rodgers and the Packers.

Packers 24  Bears 21

AFC Championship Game: New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers

The most anticipated game of the weekend is the AFC title match between the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Both teams come to the AFC title game having knocked off their most hated rivals. I agree with Jets linebacker Bart Scott as I can't wait to see this game.

This is a tough pick for me, but I am taking the experienced Pittsburgh Steelers in this matchup.

Last week's win over the Baltimore Ravens proved the Steelers can avoid their mistakes early on, and Ben Roethlisberger may be the most clutch playoff quarterback in the league today.

The Jets defeated the Steelers a month ago, without starters Heath Miller and Troy Polamalu.

Polamalu is going to be the difference-maker once again in this AFC title game. Pittsburgh's No. 1 rushing defense is going to limit a Jets running attack that has been successful the last two weeks.

With Polamalu roaming the field today, Mark Sanchez is bound for a few key mistakes that will cost his team.

Ben Roethlisberger continues to show his toughness and is going to use his speed receivers to exploit a Rex Ryan defense he knows very well.

I am giving the Jets more respect than normal, but the Steelers will be making their trip to Dallas.

Steelers 23  Jets 17

So I have a Steelers-Packers Super Bowl in two weeks. Enjoy the games anyway as they should be instant classics!


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