NFL Fact or Fiction: Steelers Will Face Saints in Super Bowl XLVI

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NFL Fact or Fiction: Steelers Will Face Saints in Super Bowl XLVI
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The Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints will meet up for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

Is this statement fact or fiction?

The Steelers (5-2) made it to Super Bowl XLV (2011) only to lose 31-26 to the Green Bay Packers. They're making a case to get back next year, however. Pittsburgh currently leads the AFC North Division and are coming off a big three-game winning streak.

Pittsburgh gets strong quarterback play from Ben Roethlisberger (veteran of two Super Bowls) and boasts a solid defense. However, a suspect offensive line is a cause for concern.

The Saints (5-2) lost in the first round of last season's playoffs to the Seattle Seahawks, but they did win Super Bowl XLIV 31-17 over the Indianapolis Colts (2010). 

New Orleans is currently on top of the NFC South Division, and retains that potent offense, which has made a few necessary tweaks since last season's inglorious finish.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees is one of the NFL's truly elite players, yet his team has already lost winnable games to Green Bay (42-34) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26-20) in 2011.

Both team's strengths and weaknesses will be analyzed in the following slides.

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