2011 NFL Playoffs: Once Again Defense Prevails for Saturday's Winners

Shaun McPartlinCorrespondent IIIJanuary 16, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 15:  Tramon Williams ##8 of the Green Bay Packers returns an interception 70-yards for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during their 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Georgia Dome on January 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Defense still wins championships.  

Sure, Aaron Rodgers scored four touchdowns today and Big Ben and the Steelers put up 31 points, but without both teams' stingy defenses, it could have been a different story.

Flacco and the Ravens ran a clinic vs. the Chiefs last week. They posted almost 400 total yards and scored a whopping 30 points on the road.

Then they walked into Heinz field, and it was a completely different story. The Ravens accumulated 126 total yards. Flacco had that in the first half last week. They also turned the ball over three times and virtually imploded.

The Steelers defense limited Flacco and his weapons and came away with the victory. Regardless of the 24 points Baltimore posted, they were stagnant out there. Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin finished with a combined negative two yards. Case and point.

In the NFC, the Packers left the Falcons with their pants around their ankles. A 48-21 loss at home, where you were almost unbeatable all season, is disheartening. The Falcons' balanced attack was nowhere to be found. 

The Falcons finished with 194 total yards and turned the ball over four times. Charles Woodson and co. had Matty Ice on his heels, and he folded under the pressure.

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Tramon Williams, a Pro Bowl snub, which he probably won't care too much about if he is playing on the Sunday after the Pro Bowl, showed why he is just as dangerous as Woodson. He intercepted Ryan, who only tallied nine picks all year.

Defense, defense, defense. I can't preach it enough. If you want a chance to play into February, you must have a solid defense. A potent offense can only get you so far.

That very reason is why we will see the Pittsburgh Steelers playing against the Green Bay Packers on Super Bowl Sunday.

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