Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pigskin Picks: NFL Conference Championships

Sunday, Jan. 22
NFC Championship – 2:05 p.m. (CT)

Pack 30, FALCONS 27 – If last week’s game in Dallas wasn’t exciting enough, this one should be. Atlanta showed its well-deserved to be the NFC’s No. 2 seed, as it gave Seattle no chance at all in defeating the Seahawks 36-20 last weekend. After giving its home fans plenty to cheer for in the Seattle win, the Falcons now welcome Green Bay to its Georgia Dome home. Once again, the Atlanta faithful should have plenty to cheer for in tomorrow's matchup. However, while the "Dirty Birds" have a strong artillery on offense, its defense just doesn’t stack up well against the Packers. Jordy (Nelson) or no Jordy, Aaron Rodgers yet again finds a way to play inspired football and galvanize his team. After defeating the No. 1 seed Cowboys 34-31 in Dallas last week, the Packers find themselves in another hotly contested game on the road… and as the final tick of the game clock expires, Green Bay emerges victoriously and advances to Super Bowl LI.






AFC Championship – 5:40 p.m. (CT)

Steel 24, PATS 20 – Two for two on Championship Sunday for the road teams... Why not? In the bigger upset of the two games this weekend, the mighty Patriots fall at home to Pittsburgh. Head coach Mike Tomlin has prepared for this moment, this challenge – defeating Bill Belichek, Tom Brady and the Patriots on their home turf in New England. The Steelers use the same recipe for success as it did last week – deploying a steady dose of its star-studded trio on offense, while doing enough on defense to get the job done. Le’Veon Bell has the game of his life tomorrow night, as Pittsburgh takes down the AFC’s top seed.


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