Saturday, January 21, 2017
2016-17 NFL Playoffs -Championship Sunday
I've gone 7-1 in these playoffs picking games with my only wrong one being the Pittsburgh-Kansas City one that was decided by a holding call and failed two point conversion.
Two teams will move on to play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy while the other two will see their season come to a bitter end,
So let's get to it.
This is a rematch of a Week 8 October 30 class at the Georgia Dome in which the Falcons scored late on a Matt Ryan to Mohammed Sanu TD pass to edge the Packers 33-32.
The Falcons are coming off their 36-20 playoff demolition of the Seattle Seahawks in which their number one ranked offense shredded the vaunted ;Legion of Boom; while the Packers after building an 18 point lead, needed a clutch throw from Aaron Rodgers and a 51 yard Mason Crosby field goal with 3 seconds left in the game to escape with a 34-31 win over the Cowboys.
But as the saying goes, it's defense that wins championships, and Atlanta's is slightly better than the Packers right now. Been a wonderful ride for the Pack, but the Falcons are going to close out the Georgia Dome in style.
Falcons to win the George Halas Trophy when this game concludes.
#3 Pittsburgh Steelers (13-5) vs #1 New England Patriots (15-2) at 5:40 PM CST on CBS
The Patriots got an unexpected challenge from the Houston Texans, whose number one ranked defense hit Brady early and often and only trailed by 8 points going into the fourth quarter until Brock Osweiler became Bad Brock and started throwing interceptions to the Patriots and threw away their chance at a huge upset as the Patriots rolled to a 34-16 Divisional Round victory. .
The Steelers committed ten penalties in that October 23 game, and one of them wiped out a second quarter TD pass from Landry Jones to Darius Heyward-Bey .They were also missing Ben Roethlisberger in that one to a knee injury as well
He's back for this one , but it probably won't make a difference, especially if the Steeler offense doesn't find the end zone early and often this week.
Patriots to win this game and the Lamar Hunt Trophy.