I'm back, today I'm previewing the AFC and NFC Championship games which take place Sunday. In the AFC we have the feisty Jets taking on the always tough Steelers. Also, an old rivalry takes a brighter spotlight as the Bears square off against Green Bay. First, let's preview the AFC Championship game.
New York has beaten the two best quarterbacks in the NFL. Now, they will have to go up against it's exact clone on defense, maybe even better. The key for New York will be for Mark Sanchez to have a flawless game like he did against New England last week. If he doesn't achieve this feat they're pretty much done for in this game.
Ben Roethlisberger will have to try to survive the aggressive Jets pass rush, but he's maybe the only quarterback in the NFL who can withstand great pressure by defenses. One problem that Pittsburgh might run into is great cornerbacks in Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Both of them will cover the great duo of Mike Wallace and Hines Ward.
In this game, I believe it will be a defensive slugfest. Mark Sanchez will be like he did against New England and hook up with Santonio Holmes multiple times. Then, the Jets defense will shut down the run and make Roethlisberger throw it over the middle to Heath Miller most of the time with Revis and Cromartie on the outside.
Indianapolis tried that against them in the Wild Card round, but they were shut down by New York. The Jets will own the better quarterback and defense in this game as New York will win this game 20-14.
Next, the NFC Championship game is between Green Bay and Chicago at Soldier Field. Aaron Rodgers is on one of the best streaks I've ever witnessed in the playoffs. They have beaten Michael Vick and Philadelphia, then destroying Atlanta last week 48-21.
Chicago on the other came into the playoffs cold losing to Green Bay 10-3 to let the Packers in the playoffs. The Bears defeated Seattle last week 35-24, but looked good in the process.
Defenses will be at a premium in this game, but I don't see it being that way. Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler will throw it all over the place on Sunday. I see Clay Matthews and the Packers defense making plays all game halting Chicago drives to field goals ending their magical season. Green Bay Packers win this game and advanced to Super Bowl 45 in a 31-16 over Chicago.