Number One Seed Sunday: Panthers-Giants, Steelers-Titans Both Pivotal Games

Kyle WattContributor IDecember 18, 2008

This Sunday, four of the best teams in the NFL will play. The winners will be rewarded with home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The (11-3) Pittsburgh Steelers roll into Tennessee to play a (12-2) Titans team who are coming off an ugly Week 15 loss to the Texans. Kerry Collins went 15-33 with no touchdowns and one interception.

Tennessee lost more than the game in last Sunday's visit to Reliant Stadium—they lost their best defensive player, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

The Steelers are coming off an impressive 13-9 win against the Ravens and look to lock up the number one seed in the AFC this Sunday at Tennessee. Expect a lot of hard hits—this is going to be a low-scoring defensive struggle for both teams.

The Sunday night game will feature the (11-3) defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants hosting the (11-3) surging Carolina Panthers in the Meadowlands. The Panthers bring MVP candidate Steve Smith to Giants Stadium, along with an offense that is absolutely on fire.

The Giants are coming off an ugly loss to the Cowboys in Dallas but look to get back on track quickly. They can secure the number one seed and a first round bye with a win this weekend. The return of Brandon Jacobs will be huge for New York—he helps soften up the defense for Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw (otherwise known as Wind and Fire).

Steelers def. Titans 17-13

Giants def. Panthers 24-21