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PFT’s conference championship game picks

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The season is getting closer and closer to its final act. The last Sunday with more than one game has arrived, and MDS and I are separated by only one game with three left.

Last week, I correctly picked three of the four games. MDS was 2-2. He’s 6-2 and I’m 5-3 so far in the postseason.

This week, keep reading to see what we think about the two games that will determine the Super Bowl participants.

Packers at Falcons

MDS’s take: Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers are playing the quarterback position better than anyone else in the league right now. So this game should be a shootout, with 300-plus passing yards from both quarterbacks, and 30 or so points for both teams. The difference, I think, will be the Falcons’ ability to make plays both on the ground and through the air. I expect Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman to combine for more than 100 rushing yards and to help the Falcons protect a late lead. The Falcons will win a close one and punch their ticket to the Super Bowl.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 33, Packers 30.

Florio’s take: Before Week One, I picked the Packers to get to the Super Bowl and win it. And then came the playoffs, where I had a chance to pick the Packers over the Giants, and didn’t. Next came the divisional round, where I had a chance to pick the Packers over the Cowboys. And didn’t. So now the Packers are one game away from making my September prediction at least half-accurate (the Ravens were my AFC choice), and I’m sorely tempted to pick against them again.

I’m stupid, but not that stupid. Aaron Rodgers has reached a higher level of performance, and he has sustained it regardless of who is running routes and catching passes. Yes, the Falcons have been great. The Falcons are good enough to advance. But in a toss-up game, I’ve got to go with the guy who made one of the best tosses we’ve ever seen to earn the spot in the NFC finals.

Florio’s pick: Packers 37, Falcons 31.

Steelers at Patriots

MDS’s take: Both of these teams’ offenses struggled in the divisional round, with the Patriots throwing as many interceptions in one game as they had thrown in 16 games of the regular season, and the Steelers failing to get to the end zone and winning on field goals. I think the AFC Championship Game may be a defensive struggle as well, perhaps with a defensive touchdown making the difference. In the end, I like the Patriots to win a close game and get to their seventh Super Bowl in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 24, Steelers 20.

Florio’s take: Bill Belichick likely will try to take away Antonio Brown, forcing the Steelers to run the ball into a two-gap front that could make Le’Veon Bell hesitate a little more than he already does before hitting the hole. Forcing the Steelers to sustain drives without mistakes on one hand and moving the ball largely at will against a defense that Tom Brady traditionally has managed to crack adds up to the Patriots emerging from the game with at least one more point than the Steelers.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 27, Steelers 20.

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  1. jae121704 says: Jan 19, 2017 11:57 AM

    Pats / Packers – Gonna be a great Super Bowl!

  2. spotsdad says: Jan 19, 2017 12:00 PM

    I wish someone would pick against the Patriots so they can start the “Nobody believed in us, nobody respected us” bologna.

  3. tjacks7 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:01 PM

    Patriots 27, Steelers 24 & Falcons 52, Packers 34.

  4. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jan 19, 2017 12:01 PM

    I honestly have no clue about this game. Sure, I want NE to win and think they can but this has all the signs of a weird, low scoring, referee involved cluster. I just can’t get a handle on exactly how good either team is at the moment. Both have a few chinks in the armor.

    Expect another nail biter.

  5. fredsingleton says: Jan 19, 2017 12:01 PM

    Falcons vs. Patriots. It’s inevitable.

    Go Falcons!

  6. bigfaketdsinmyface says: Jan 19, 2017 12:01 PM

    Couldn’t care less about the two AFC teams. The NFC game should be amazing to watch. Hoping to see a fresh face in the Superbowl and Falcon’s W.

  7. SteelersStairwayToSeven says: Jan 19, 2017 12:04 PM

    Steelers 30 Patriots 17
    Patriots finally have to face a real QB.

  8. billswillnevermove says: Jan 19, 2017 12:05 PM

    I was 4-0 in picks last week, good thing I’m not playing against you two, you both would be playing for 2nd place.

  9. factschecker says: Jan 19, 2017 12:05 PM

    I’m starting to think the Pats Steelers game might be in the teens. Old school low scoring defensive slugfest. Perhaps a FG wins it for whoever has the ball last.

    17-14 type of game.

    Meanwhile I could see the NFC game pushing 80 points combined. Maybe even over.

  10. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 19, 2017 12:05 PM

    Packers by 10+.

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  11. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:06 PM

    If Davante, Morgan, Geronimo play and are effective, the Falcons defense get a 40 burger dropped on them en route to an ARod/Brady Super Bowl.

    Jordy would be an unexpected bonus. If not, ATL is going to outscore the Packers. Neither defense will be able to manage more than a couple stops all game.

  12. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:07 PM

    And the Vikings trolls are out in force! A 20 point blowout tjacks???

    LOL. Dude. Just go away.

  13. unclebluck says: Jan 19, 2017 12:07 PM

    Matt Ryan will choke and Arron Rogers will be clutch…..just like always….

  14. gbbvan says: Jan 19, 2017 12:08 PM

    >>-GO-PACK-GO!->

  15. omegalh says: Jan 19, 2017 12:09 PM

    I’m rooting for ATL/NE so it’ll be PITT/GB

  16. imodan says: Jan 19, 2017 12:10 PM

    bigfaketdsinmyface says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:01 PM
    Couldn’t care less about the two AFC teams. The NFC game should be amazing to watch. Hoping to see a fresh face in the Superbowl and Falcon’s W.
    ——————————————————————
    Might want to care a bit more about the AFC teams because either one will destroy the defenseless, literally, NFC representative.

  17. adrianbeatason says: Jan 19, 2017 12:10 PM

    Packers vs Falcons will come down to which defense steps up and makes one more big play.

    Statistically, the Falcons defense is worse than the Packers defense. Which is surprising to me because that is not what I would think.

    Should be a good game.

  18. justintuckrule says: Jan 19, 2017 12:10 PM

    MF – just gave GB the kiss of death.

  19. dakelliot says: Jan 19, 2017 12:12 PM

    Steelers don’t deserve to be in the SB with the way Tomlin, his staff and his players have acted this post season. Complete lack of sportsmanship and character. The Packers don’t deserve to be in the SB because I am sick and tired of State Farm Commercials. The Patriots deserve to be in the SB because Belichick said what everyone should think about social media. The Falcons deserve to be in the SB because they’re not the Packers.

    Sums it up.

  20. steelcurtainn says: Jan 19, 2017 12:13 PM

    Steelers 27-New England 20.

  21. boisestatewhodat says: Jan 19, 2017 12:14 PM

    Falcons fail…it’s what they do.

  22. codytha035 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:14 PM

    Packers 53, Falcons 6

  23. psubeerman21 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:17 PM

    No matter who wins, Sunday is going to be a fantastic day of football

  24. tigerpork says: Jan 19, 2017 12:19 PM

    steelers & falcons superbowl

    book it.

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:20 PM

    Two teams will win, two will lose.

    Hopefully the Pats emerge as one of the two winners.

  26. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:21 PM

    “steelers & falcons superbowl

    book it.”

    Lol whenever someone uses the phrase “book it” on this site they are inevitably wrong.

  27. ItsMe says: Jan 19, 2017 12:24 PM

    Look… the Pats vs Steelers game is the easiest to handicap. Tom Brady has bad days when his offensive line can’t protect him against the 3 or 4 front. Think NY Giants (Super Bowls), Denver (AFC Championship Game), or Houston (Divisional Game).

    Given that Pittsburgh’s defensive line is not a threat in their 3 or 4 front looks, Tom Brady will have a good day. We’re looking at 3 or 4 TD’s and 2 to 3 FG’s. That’s a minimum of 27 points with a high of 37. So let’s call it 33 points.

    The only way you beat TB on a good day is to outscore him (vintage Peyton Manning). Can the three B’s score 33 points against this defense? That’s the ONLY question you have to ask yourself. And if you want to bet against the spread, the question becomes how many CAN they score? I would bet it’s going to be mid 20’s at best.

    So, New England easy and give the points.

    So the question becomes, can the three B’s

  28. quizlingclinic says: Jan 19, 2017 12:26 PM

    “SteelersStairwayToSeven says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:04 PM
    Steelers 30 Patriots 17
    Patriots finally have to face a real QB.”


    Unless there is a Time Machine on its way to Foxboro, the Pats will be playing another mediocre QB this weekend. Big Ben and Ryan Tannehill were 11th and 12th in QB rating this season.

    And on the road, Ben was among the worst in the league

  29. kablaam360 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:27 PM

    “steelers & falcons superbowl

    book it.”

    Lol whenever someone uses the phrase “book it” on this site they are inevitably wrong.
    ******************************************************
    Thank God. No one wants to see Steelers football.

  30. philtration says: Jan 19, 2017 12:27 PM

    spotsdad says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:00 PM
    I wish someone would pick against the Patriots so they can start the “Nobody believed in us, nobody respected us” bologna.
    =================================

    And I wish people would quit whining about the Patriots.
    Don’t like them winning all the time?
    Then beat them or stop crying about it already.

  31. xcerebus1 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:28 PM

    ‘SteelersStairwayToSeven says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:04 PM
    Steelers 30 Patriots 17
    Patriots finally have to face a real QB.’

    Pretty harsh man…..Roethlisberger doesn’t deserve to be replaced by another Quarterback. Who do you think the Patriots will face?

  32. sallust99 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:28 PM

    Its Atlanta and Pittsburgh and you will know it early!

  33. peyton42 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:28 PM

    The Packers don’t even have enough healthy bodies to run a three WR set in practice right now.

    And the secondary…complete disarray.

    Best win of Rodgers’s and McCarthy’s careers if they win, but I can’t see it.

  34. rob471773 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:29 PM

    SteelersStairwayToSeven says:

    Jan 19, 2017 12:04 PM

    Steelers 30 Patriots 17
    Patriots finally have to face a real QB.
    ——————————————-
    No QB has a bigger split between road and home than big Ben. He has not been a “real” QB on the road. Pats roll by 10+

  35. grogansheroes says: Jan 19, 2017 12:29 PM

    No one knows what is going to happen, myself included. If we did, we’d , all be rich. It’s why they play the game.

  36. ts1960 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:31 PM

    Yet they (Pats) still put up 34 points on a bad day. I’ll take it.

  37. monkeesfan says: Jan 19, 2017 12:32 PM

    Falcons over Packers – Packers defense still dubious, Rodgers this season has continued his career trend of weak fourth quarter performance (just six points in 4th at Dallas after blowing two-touchdown lead); if Falcons get up two or more scores Rodgers is finished (only four career games where he came back from down at least two scores, 0-5 this year in such games); also just 2-4 this year in road games against quality foes.

    Patriots over Steelers – Patriots have owned the Steelers for 20 years and Brady skewers the Steelers seemingly every time he faces them. Steelers offense exposed as dubious last week and Roethlisberger 1-3 in his last four outings (3-6 lifetime) against the Patriots.

  38. MasMacho says: Jan 19, 2017 12:32 PM

    Hard to predict these games, but one thing we have learned this week is Patsy fans on this site are VERY sensitive.

    I’m rooting against them. Beating this year’s Pats is old news to me (hawks fan), but hey, they also swept the entire AFC East, so no big deal.

    My hope? The Brady / Rodgers consolation game – the “Smug”er Bowl. Can’t imagine two guys more deserving of each others’ company.

  39. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jan 19, 2017 12:34 PM

    2 very good teams will go home Sunday.

  40. streetyson says: Jan 19, 2017 12:35 PM

    SteelersStairwayToSeven says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:04 PM
    Steelers 30 Patriots 17
    Patriots finally have to face a real QB.
    ——————————
    I think Ben is a great QB, as are Rodgers and Ryan, but here’s a fun fact – you have to add Ben’s and Rodgers’ and Ryan’s postseason stats together to get even close to matching Brady’s.

  41. fartweasel says: Jan 19, 2017 12:35 PM

    zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:06 PM

    If Davante, Morgan, Geronimo play and are effective, the Falcons defense get a 40 burger dropped on them en route to an ARod/Brady Super Bowl.

    Jordy would be an unexpected bonus. If not, ATL is going to outscore the Packers. Neither defense will be able to manage more than a couple stops all game.

    *******
    It’s funny when Green Bay fans talk about the players by their first names, like they are best buds that hang out together.

  42. bchap17 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:35 PM

    Ben plays terrible against NE in big games. I don’t expect that to change.

  43. nflrulebook says: Jan 19, 2017 12:36 PM

    Really says something about just how good the patriots offense is when 34 points against the #1 defense in football is a “struggling”

  44. bingobrown12 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:37 PM

    Well I’m biased but I think the Pats drop a fortyburger
    on the Steelers.Some teams just match up better then
    others.I only remember one game that the Pats were
    beaten soundly and that was in Pitts.

  45. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Jan 19, 2017 12:37 PM

    You can pick your friends, you can pick the conference winners, but you can’t pick………….whatever. In three weeks I’m going to miss the NFL and all you whiny trolls. Regardless of who wins this week, the SB should be entertaining. Good luck and good health.

  46. tyelee says: Jan 19, 2017 12:39 PM

    The Nfc game will be better than the Super Bowl itself…

    The Falcons and Packers are playing great offense and putting up the points… I believe the winner of this game wins the Super Bowl…

    The AFC game will be a defensive snoozer which the Steelers attack Brady and keep him under pressure all game… Steelers win 28-24

    NFC will be exciting from start to finish… The deference will be the Falcons defense will disrupt the pack offense more than the other way around… Like in the seahawks game, the Falcons get a 2 score lead late and force Rogers to throw more and cause turnovers…. Falcons win 38-27

    Falcons offense proves to many weapons for Steelers defense and Falcons win Super Bowl 34- 23…

    We finally get a NEW Super Bowl winner and not the same ole run-of-the-mill team that the league continues to regurgitates season after season!

  47. danmeadows30 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:39 PM

    I’d love to see the Steelers and Falcons win, nothing like having the 2 most obnoxious, holier than thou fan bases in the league watch their seasons end on the same day.

  48. raidernation210 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:41 PM

    billswillnevermove says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:05 PM

    I was 4-0 in picks last week, good thing I’m not playing against you two, you both would be playing for 2nd place

    ____________________________

    good thing you’re not a loser, oh wait! you are

  49. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Jan 19, 2017 12:42 PM

    Pittsburgh by more than 14. new England has been handed their playoff spot, Pittsburgh fought for theirs

  50. pauldeba says: Jan 19, 2017 12:43 PM

    The Steelers are terrible. they are not even going to make a game of it. 41-14 Patriots.

    they talk tough before the game, I’ll spot those a’holes that

  51. tjacks7 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:45 PM

    zerotrophiessince1961 says:

    And the Vikings trolls are out in force! A 20 point blowout tjacks???

    LOL. Dude. Just go away.

    I picked the Packers to win 34-27 last week. There’s just no way that defense that was picked apart by Dak Prescott after being up 15-18 points very early is going to be able to slow down Atlanta. That was the perfect scenario for GB last week and they still almost lost..

  52. raidernation210 says: Jan 19, 2017 12:47 PM

    philtration says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:27 PM

    spotsdad says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:00 PM
    I wish someone would pick against the Patriots so they can start the “Nobody believed in us, nobody respected us” bologna.
    =================================

    And I wish people would quit whining about the Patriots.
    Don’t like them winning all the time?
    Then beat them or stop crying about it already.
    ——————————————————–

    Rams and Eagles would have if they didn’t film them and cheat

  53. wrlegrand says: Jan 19, 2017 12:48 PM

    Objectively speaking, I really do not see the Falcons staying within 10 points of Green Bay. Literally every bit of pressure is on Atlanta. They are the home team with a long gap between appearances in the Super Bowl.

    I just think when the dust settles, Green Bay wins by double digits.

  54. hillarystandswhenshepees says: Jan 19, 2017 12:50 PM

    Wait a second….there’s a problem here.

    Dallas fans said all year that their team was going to the Super Bowl, but according to my local TV listings they aren’t playing this Sunday. Something must be wrong. Can anyone help me?

  55. billswillnevermove says: Jan 19, 2017 12:54 PM

    raidernation210 says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:41 PM

    billswillnevermove says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:05 PM

    I was 4-0 in picks last week, good thing I’m not playing against you two, you both would be playing for 2nd place

    ____________________________

    good thing you’re not a loser, oh wait! you are
    _________________________________
    Speaking of losers? How did that Houston game work out for you?

  56. whispersd says: Jan 19, 2017 12:54 PM

    People complain that the Pats didn’t play a “real QB” this year (with apologies to Russell Wilson, no doubt) but, really, who’s left in the AFC now? The Pats played the AFC East, the AFC North, the Broncos and the Texans. The only team in the AFC with a “real QB” that the Pats didn’t face was the Colts, and really, so what? Luck is the only decent player on the Colts.
    And then Roethlisberger missed his chance to play the Pats in the regular season. Look, you can only play the QBs on the schedule. And they did include Carson Palmer, Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton and, and….

    It’s a statistical fluke that the NFC just generally had many more top QBs this season: Ryan, Rodgers, Prescott, Brees, Cousins, and Bradford joined Brady to make the top 7 by QB rating this year.

  57. quizlingclinic says: Jan 19, 2017 12:54 PM

    “handsofsteelhartofstone says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:42 PM
    Pittsburgh by more than 14. new England has been handed their playoff spot, Pittsburgh fought for theirs”

    How’s that exactly? I know playing the Browns 2x each year is a real burden, but the Pats won 3 more games than Pitt and went 4-1 versus playoff teams. Pitt was 2-3 (including a loss to Pats).

    Pats beat a playoff team without Brady, too!

  58. tripledipper says: Jan 19, 2017 12:57 PM

    The Super Bowl winner among these 4’is a toss-up. Talk about what should be a great next 3 games.

  59. bobthebillsfan says: Jan 19, 2017 12:59 PM

    I can’t help but wonder if trading Chandler Jones and Jaime Collins doesn’t come back to bite the Patriots.

  60. sdchicken says: Jan 19, 2017 1:02 PM

    Not a New England guy, but it would be pretty sweet to see Goodells face when he hands over the Lombardi trophy to Tom Brady if they win it, after that lame witch hunt that wasted a year of everyone’s life.

  61. fwippel says: Jan 19, 2017 1:03 PM

    Pittsburgh never beats New England in the playoffs….

  62. TheCommish says: Jan 19, 2017 1:04 PM

    Packers 27, Falcons 34

    Patriots 24, Steelers 34

    Should be two great games.

  63. grendelg says: Jan 19, 2017 1:05 PM

    So the Falcons offense scores 36 against a good Seattle defense and could have scored again if they wanted to… but somehow the depleted crappy Green Bay defense is going to hold them to less?

    Mm’kay. Sounds reasonable.

  64. aljack88 says: Jan 19, 2017 1:06 PM

    Just give us two exciting games, where the only controversy at the games end will be on what offense / defense schemes and plays the HC’s messed up on.
    please, no b.s. ref calls…… PLEASE, help restore some faith in the NFL. I almost don’t care if “my” team wins or loses, just have the games play out this way.

  65. davedsone says: Jan 19, 2017 1:08 PM

    SteelersStairwayToSeven says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:04 PM
    Steelers 30 Patriots 17
    Patriots finally have to face a real QB.

    ____________________________________

    Yeah, a real FAT one.

    Please look up Ben’s record against the Patriots. Not good.

  66. holeinone09 says: Jan 19, 2017 1:09 PM

    Not many people giving the Steelers a chance, which is understandable given the history. Both teams are very good and deserve to be here. If the Steelers play up to their offensive potential they can score a ton of points. Their defense is playing much better than earlier in the season. Finally, if you never heard of the Hidden Vigorish, I suggest you look it up. I think it’s time to change the luck and the Steelers have as good a chance to win as the Patsies.

  67. shlort says: Jan 19, 2017 1:12 PM

    My picks for this week. I am 8-0 in the playoffs so far.

    Packers @ Falcons – Packers 38 – Falcons 28

    Steelers @ Patriots – Patriots 26 – Steelers 20

  68. eaststsfb says: Jan 19, 2017 1:12 PM

    I picked the Packers to win 34-27 last week. There’s just no way that defense that was picked apart by Dak Prescott after being up 15-18 points very early is going to be able to slow down Atlanta. That was the perfect scenario for GB last week and they still almost lost..

    Tjacks – You talk like the Packers were spotted 18 points to start the game. They had to build the lead and yes, even though Dallas came back, they still won. Almost losing is not the same as losing. I would think you know what it means to lose.

  69. justtherealfacts says: Jan 19, 2017 1:13 PM

    If the steelers only score 20 on that below avg defense with the big 3, then they deserve to lose. I think they will score 42 and win big if the Pats have a few turnovers.

    No turnovers and the steelers win 37 – 27 this time around.

  70. truthbetold109 says: Jan 19, 2017 1:13 PM

    I actually called the Packer/Cowboys outcome last week, even predicting late Cowboys run. I sold the Pack short saying they would be up by 10 and it turns out they were up by 18 at one point.

    This week I am saying Packers 37 Falcons 34.
    Falcons will have a lead but the Packers will close in the fourth and ultimately Ryan will force a throw and get picked by someone (I’m predicting Clinton-Dix) to seal the deal.

  71. pittsburghdamned says: Jan 19, 2017 1:13 PM

    blah blah Brady stats, blah blah Hoodie, blah blah deflategate…blah blah Roger Goodell, blah blah GOAT, blah blah more boring stats…

    Almost can’t wait to get this game over with.

    Pats homers are nauseating lil softies.

  72. silvernblackpride says: Jan 19, 2017 1:21 PM

    Cant wait to see the Falcons beat the Patriots in the SB ………..cheaters never prosper oh wait in the NFL that’s not the case……..LOL

    RAIDER4LIFE

  73. rocksoup342 says: Jan 19, 2017 1:21 PM

    Pats 88 Steelers 2

  74. fatsolio says: Jan 19, 2017 1:23 PM

    I expect Falcs/Pats superbowl. Pats for obvious reasons and the Falcs because GB’s defense stinks.

    Funny they have the Pats winning by a close score rather than the blowout it will probably be. Belichick & co own the Steelers and I don’t see that changing Sunday.

  75. trybhumble says: Jan 19, 2017 1:27 PM

    You got to love these wailing trolls doing the smack talk against the Patriots. Wishful thinking, they can’t do nothing just watch and cry as NE reaches another SB yet again. So sweet.

  76. kevpft says: Jan 19, 2017 1:34 PM

    “The difference, I think, will be the Falcons’ ability to make plays both on the ground and through the air.”

    Yeah, that was the difference with the Cowboys, too. (Pains me to say it, as a Cowboys fan.) Are the Falcons better than the Cowboys? No. Can Ryan do what Rodgers can do better than Rodgers does? No. Advantage Packers.

    Big Ben has never beaten Brady in Foxboro. Pats handled the Steelers’ defense pretty straightforwardly earlier this season. Steelers are a less-disciplined team. Advantage Pats.

  77. steviaquinn says: Jan 19, 2017 1:36 PM

    Falcons have a better offense. Falcons have a better defense. The falcons are by far the hottest team in the NFL. This is going to be a blowout.

    The pack has only one hope, the officials. They made it close last time and their calls are basically turnovers for the pack.

    Called down the middle, this game is a rout in favor of the falcons

  78. tedmurph says: Jan 19, 2017 1:36 PM

    I was 4-0 in picks last week, good thing I’m not playing against you two, you both would be playing for 2nd place

    I’ve seen your ‘picks’ all year. Even if you went 4-0 last weekend, you still have a long road back to even.

  79. aj66shanghai says: Jan 19, 2017 1:39 PM

    Conference championship weekend is almost always the best day of football on the calendar. My favorite team (Seahawks) isn’t there often enough for my liking but I still love this day. Looking forward to 7 hours of eating and drinking and top-shelf football

  80. jimmysee says: Jan 19, 2017 1:40 PM

    Falcons only beat the Packers by one point earlier in the season. No reason to believe this one will be a run-away for either team.

  81. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 19, 2017 1:49 PM

    Four of the elite QB’s are left as far as I’m concerned.

    There are two elite guys left out….Wilson & Brees.

    Second tier guys like Luck, Carr, Smith, Rivers, Newton, Manning, Cousins, Prescott, Stafford, etc.. are out.

    It’s a QB type of league this year. Honestly, none of the defenses look all that great on the final four teams. New England has feasted on horrid competition and are the #1 scoring defense. All other metrics would indicate otherwise.

    Just wing it and see who wins. Good luck.

    Go Patriots!

  82. adrianbeatason says: Jan 19, 2017 1:52 PM

    I can guarantee you that the actual Falcons and Packers players and coaches are giving each other more respect than some of the obnoxious fans predicting blowouts and acting like the other team has zero chance.

  83. chargerdillon says: Jan 19, 2017 1:57 PM

    Don’t know that I’ve ever been so unexcited.

    3 familiar faces and a fourth nobody has an ounce of faith in.

    Brady = “He’s one the best ever”
    Ben = “He’s one the best ever”
    Rogers = “He’s one the best ever”
    Ryan = “I’m shocked he’s in the Superbowl”

  84. dansardo says: Jan 19, 2017 2:03 PM

    The steelers have only seen 2 top tier QB’s this year, prescott and brady, and lost to both of them.

    Take that into account and add in the fact the steelers have been the pats little trick pony for the better part of the last 2 decades, I have no idea why anyone sensible would think this weekend would turn out any differently lol

  85. peyton42 says: Jan 19, 2017 2:07 PM

    How is it that every person who analyzes this game is completely ignoring that:

    4 of the Packers top 5 WRs aren’t practicing.
    3 of the Packers starting OL are limited in practice.
    Morgan Burnett isn’t practicing and probably won’t play.

    The Packers are down to their 3rd and 4th corner.

    And so on and so on.

    Armchair prognosticators completely ignoring lol.

  86. daleatl2 says: Jan 19, 2017 2:18 PM

    ATL – 42
    GB – 30

    PIT – 20
    NE – 18

    Super Bowl
    ATL – 30
    PIT – 24

  87. badbabyjane says: Jan 19, 2017 2:21 PM

    Still shocked that the Raiders and Vikings arent playing. Their Homer fan bases claim them the greatest teams of all time. What happened?

  88. nomar8477 says: Jan 19, 2017 2:22 PM

    I love all this talk. Patriots dont deserve to be here…cupcake schedule. They havent played any good QBs this year. Have you watched football the past 15 years? Thats an honest question. Have you?

    Patriots usually beat up Ben and co. at home..no reason to think otherwise now. 34-24 Pats

    I have no clue how the NFC game will go. But after seeing what Rodgers has done lately..and how Atlanta usually flops in big games..Ill say Pack 34-17

  89. ketchupaholic says: Jan 19, 2017 2:25 PM

    Florio is such a NOOB! You know he’s a closet Packer fan.

  90. tigerlilac says: Jan 19, 2017 2:29 PM

    Billswillnevermove, you might be right about the Bills but you may want to consider moving yourself. I think the years of your favorite team losing are starting to take a real toll.

  91. steeltroll says: Jan 19, 2017 2:30 PM

    Ben has alternately played like an elite and a 3rd tier guy this year. Elite Ben had better walk onto the field Sunday and play all four quarters.

    Go Steelers!

  92. graylingskies says: Jan 19, 2017 2:36 PM

    Green Bay outdid themselves to get this far. Hail Marys aren’t a skillset, Rich Eisen, that’s why they are called Hail Marys. Packers will be gone unless Shanahan pulls a Parcells or a Chuck Fairbanks and mails it in on his way out the door.

    Pittsburgh def has the player talent between the 25 yd lines, but lacks the chops or the coaching talent to make adjustments on the fly and finish. Bradshaw was right. Bill Cowher won’t be parachuting into Foxborough this weekend.

    Atlanta 33 – Green Bay 27 Pats 37 – Steelers 19

  93. ncheelsboysfan says: Jan 19, 2017 2:46 PM

    Falcons never won a SB! Pulling for them now! Go ATL!

  94. patsfan1820 says: Jan 19, 2017 2:50 PM

    I went 3 and 1 again last week and I’m 6-2 on predicting the postseason games let’s see if my luck keeps going. Green Bay Packers 31 Atlanta Falcons 24 this will be a high scoring game with a lot of deep passing and offensive fireworks the first of these two teams to turn the ball over will lose and I trust Aaron Rodgers to take care of the ball more than I trust Matt Ryan although Ryan definitely is getting better by leaps and bounds I can see the Falcons in the Super Bowl soon just not this year. New England Patriots 30 Pittsburgh Steelers 20 this will be a nail biter for 3 quarters until road Ben Roethlisberger throws a key pick in the 4th quarter. The Patriots will be doing a lot of runs and intermediate passing although don’t be surprised if McDaniels has a couple of trick plays up his sleeve to keep the Steelers off guard. Even though the Steelers defense isn’t as bad as it was in the beginning of the year I don’t trust them to keep the Patriots under 30 points plus the Pats defense while it will get gashed doesn’t give up touchdowns easily.

  95. jviva77 says: Jan 19, 2017 3:21 PM

    Steelers 38 Pats 17 Jessi James has a carrier high 3 td’s and the steelers force 3 turnovers and block a punt. Edleman accidentally stands on the steelers sideline for 20 minutes telling everyone to try the wings with the dry rub, thinking hes on the Pats sideline.

  96. aarons444 says: Jan 19, 2017 3:45 PM

    Packers 37 – Falcons 28

    Don’t care what happens at Foxborough. Won’t be watching.

  97. codythao35 says: Jan 19, 2017 3:49 PM

    I’m go with atlanta vs steelers in super bowl. No one saw it but this is the game that will show Brady is aging.

  98. YogiBear&BooBoo says: Jan 19, 2017 4:08 PM

    My Falcons will win easily. Their D is better than Green Bay and the Packers won’t be able to stop our two-headed run game. The QBs and WRs are =. GO Falcons! Go Matty Ice, NFL MVP!

  99. ibillwt says: Jan 19, 2017 4:28 PM

    I hope these two yutzes are right about the AFC. Always respected the Steelers, but their coach’s constant whimpering and excuse making is pathetic. You can hate Belichick or love him like I do, but thank God he NEVER cries.

  100. dwhitehurst says: Jan 19, 2017 4:41 PM

    Going with Patriots and Falcons. Patriots have a great defense and the GOAT at QB. If Packers were healthier I’d pick them but they are really hurting, not just in the secondary, but now at WR, particularly a hobbled Adams. Sure, the Falcons have injuries too, but at WR? Rodgers can only do so much, only do with what he has to work with. Hope I’m proven wrong.

  101. carlpanzramwasatypicalminnesotan says: Jan 19, 2017 5:13 PM

    graylingskies says:
    Jan 19, 2017 2:36 PM

    Green Bay outdid themselves to get this far. Hail Marys aren’t a skillset, Rich Eisen, that’s why they are called Hail Marys. Packers will be gone unless Shanahan pulls a Parcells or a Chuck Fairbanks and mails it in on his way out the door.

    Pittsburgh def has the player talent between the 25 yd lines, but lacks the chops or the coaching talent to make adjustments on the fly and finish. Bradshaw was right. Bill Cowher won’t be parachuting into Foxborough this weekend.

    Atlanta 33 – Green Bay 27 Pats 37 – Steelers 19

    —–

    Falcons outdid themselves so far. When you’re playing the Saints twice a year, the Panthers twice this year, SF, LA, and AZ.

    I’m just so impressed.

  102. gawainsghost says: Jan 19, 2017 5:15 PM

    I find it hard to see how New England loses this game. The Patriots have won a staggering 85% of their home playoff games in the Belichick-Brady era. And they have the Steelers number.
    Green Bay at Atlanta is the game to watch. That one really could go either way. But I’ll take the Packers in a surprise upset. Aaron Rodgers is playing at a higher level than anyone has seen in decades.
    So, Patriots and Packers in the Super Bowl. That game could go either way too. I’m thinking Brady is not going to lose, but Rodgers will find a way to win. Flip a coin. The trophy goes to whoever has the ball last.

  103. dezertdawg says: Jan 19, 2017 5:16 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:01 PM
    Patriots 27, Steelers 24 & Falcons 52, Packers 34.

    Pack 324 Falcons -6. Book It!

  104. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 19, 2017 5:16 PM

    Remind me again, whom should the theoretical Packers owner fire to shake things up?

  105. m8gaman says: Jan 19, 2017 5:29 PM

    tyelee says:
    Jan 19, 2017 12:39 PM
    The Nfc game will be better than the Super Bowl itself…

    The Falcons and Packers are playing great offense and putting up the points… I believe the winner of this game wins the Super Bowl…

    The AFC game will be a defensive snoozer which the Steelers attack Brady and keep him under pressure all game… Steelers win 28-24

    NFC will be exciting from start to finish… The deference will be the Falcons defense will disrupt the pack offense more than the other way around… Like in the seahawks game, the Falcons get a 2 score lead late and force Rogers to throw more and cause turnovers…. Falcons win 38-27

    Falcons offense proves to many weapons for Steelers defense and Falcons win Super Bowl 34- 23…

    We finally get a NEW Super Bowl winner and not the same ole run-of-the-mill team that the league continues to regurgitates season after season!
    ————-
    I want some of whatever you are having LOL

  106. bleck5 says: Jan 19, 2017 5:41 PM

    Steelers are historically abysmal against Tom Brady. 2-10? Really.

    Pats win by double digits.

    The NFC game will be a shootout. Whoever wins the turnover battle wins the game.

  107. baronvonheil says: Jan 19, 2017 5:49 PM

    Full disclosure, I am admittedly biased Steelers fan. That said I think the Steelers can win this game. They gave Denver a scare last year with no Brown or Bell. This year’s D is much better and the big three are all healhy. I think the Pats will limit Brown and Bell somewhat. Rogers and Jesse James will have to make plays. A healthy Ladarius Green would help. I also think it may be time to bring Sammie Coates out of mothballs. They need his vertical speed. Ben will win or lose this game. He is going to have to play his A game to win. Not going to bothervcalling it, too biases, but thevPats are hardly a lock.

  108. nflrule says: Jan 19, 2017 5:57 PM

    Putting a piece of plastic cheese on your head is always a good look.

  109. helmetcatch says: Jan 19, 2017 6:08 PM

    Pats D = overrated. Easy to load the box against osweiler, cody kessler, jared goff, bryce petty, fitz, landry jones, mat moore, tanehill, kaepernick….LOL, and then oseweiler again in the divisional!

    Pats D was lit up by russell wilson fo 348 yards , 3TDs and zero INTs, but put up 225/2TD/2INT against Atlanta!

  110. lanski5 says: Jan 19, 2017 6:12 PM

    Every Packers fan knows their defense is bad. However most people don’t realize the Falcons defense is actually worse, not by much but they are worse. Coming down the stretch, the Falcons beat only 1 team with a winning record, yes the mighty Bucs 8 weeks ago, that’s it. TV sports know-it-alls state that the Falcons defense has improved of late. I would hope so when you’re playing the likes of the Rams, 49ers, among our bottom dwellers. OK, they beat Seattle at home 36-20. Looks great till you realize the Packers clobbered them 38-10 just over a month ago.
    Can the Falcons win, absolutely and I expect them to, but if you think it’ll be by more than a TD, I’d think again. It will come down to who has the ball last with just enough time to do something with it, both teams are nearly equally capable of doing that, however it that’s the case, I’d give a slight edge to the Packers as they’ve continually demonstrated the ability to make huge clutch plays when they need them most.

  111. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Jan 19, 2017 6:35 PM

    Give the ball to Calhoun!

  112. justwinbaby29 says: Jan 19, 2017 7:29 PM

    I’ll take Packers and Patriots.

    First two NFL games of the Trump administration!! #MAGA #Yuge

  113. erniecohen says: Jan 19, 2017 7:35 PM

    If the PIT offense “struggles” like they did against KC (with about 400 yards, one turnover, and one punt), I think I like their chances.

  114. trybhumble says: Jan 19, 2017 8:20 PM

    It’s not only about talent any more, in the playoffs is also about game planning, in game adjustments and most importantly mental toughness (See ravens at patriots 2015). In other words: the stealers have no chance. So save us the “killer b’zz” middle school BS you, trolls from Pittsburgh and proceed to hide already, like every time you face the Patriots.

  115. clavisra says: Jan 20, 2017 3:29 AM

    The Steelers few strengths are countered by the Patriots strengths; Steelers receivers, RB, and edge pressure vs. Patriots excellent secondary, run stopping and offensive tackles. Nightmare matchup for the Steelers. The Patriots have plenty of strengths the Steelers can’t counter, too. Pats should win this game nineteen times out of twenty.

  116. 150bigdaddy says: Jan 20, 2017 6:04 AM

    Whoever wins the Pittsburgh/New England game wins it all. I like Pittsburgh, but Belichick is a great coach.Should be an interesting game. Pittsburgh 24 New England 14

  117. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 22, 2017 1:57 PM

    Falcons are proven playoff chokers. Packers 38 Falcons 14

  118. dzor22 says: Jan 22, 2017 10:41 PM

    so USD coyotesfan. the chokers blew
    the pack away. God youre awful.

  119. Zammael says: Feb 4, 2017 6:27 PM

    No Super Bowl picks?

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