18 January 2017

2017 NFL Conference Championships Predictions

Four teams remain alive in this NFL season as we have reached the conference championship games, but only two teams will be able to advance to Super Bowl LI. Which teams will they be?

Here are my predictions for the NFC and the AFC Championships.

Last Week: 3-1
2016: 171-93

Sunday, January 22nd
Packers (10-6) vs. Falcons (11-5) - Fox, 3:00
Green Bay Packers (1968 - 1979)Atlanta Falcons (1990 - 2002)
All everybody is talking about is that bonkers finish in Arlington as the Packers, propelled by that spectacular play by both Aaron Rodgers and Jared Cook but let's not ignore the home team here. The Falcons got here by smashing the Seahawks at home, Matt Ryan has looked terrific and you know that the Georgia Dome will be rocking thanks it being the final game in the building's history. Given both star quarterbacks, we should see plenty of points so that usually means that this will come down to defense. I have a little more confidence in the defense of Green Bay so I think that will power a road victory here.
Packers 35 Falcons 31

Steelers (11-5) vs. Patriots (14-2) - CBS, 6:30
Pittsburgh Steelers (1969 - 2001)New England Patriots (2000 - Pres)
It's not as if the Patriots are ever lacking for motivation but I feel like Antonio Brown's livestream of Mike Tomlin's postgame speech was an unforced error and didn't help the cause. But simply put, I believe that New England is the better team here and they have never lost to the Steelers at home with Tom Brady as their starting quarterback. Look for him to try to exploit a young Pittsburgh secondary and that will be the difference.
Patriots 28 Steelers 23

5 comments:

  1. If everyone expects the Steelers to go to the Super Bowl, they are gonna have to pull off an upset such as this. Nobody beats New England at home. I think that'll change on Sunday when the Steelers win 35-28.

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  2. Traditionally, the NFL's "Conference Championship Sunday" tends to have at least one visiting team win. As potent as Matt Ryan & the Falcons' offense has been all season, including in their huge home win over the Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Playoff down in Atlanta, it's very hard to pick against Aaron Rodgers & a Packers' team that somehow will find a way to leave the ATL with another "W" in the NFC Championship. I have to think Green Bay pulls another rabbit out of the hat with a 31-27 thriller to close the Georgia Dome.

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  3. Hi Ben
    First the NFC; I know the Falcons’ O looked good last week but I thought Seattle exposed a number of deficiencies in their D and Special Teams and were unfortunate to end up losing by 16. Green Bay are more disciplined and savvy than Atlanta on the whole. Whilst accepting the game is indoors etc. I still like the Pack to win by 7.
    Then the Pats and Pittsburgh. The Pats were ultra-sloppy against Houston whose D deserves big credit for keeping them in the game for so long. I think Pitt is the ream with momentum and like their chances of dumping Brady on the seat of his pants a few times. Despite both teams having potent attacks I think neither will score big and the winner will be in the low 20s. In this case the winner shall be Pittsburgh.

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  4. The Packers are the "hot" team and will probably win Super Bowl 51, against the Patriots.

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