Friday, January 20, 2017

NFL Conference Championship Weekend:

This Sunday the AFC and NFC Championships are underway between the Atlanta Falcon and Green Bay Packers of the NFC, and the New England Patriots against the Pittsburg Steelers in the AFC.

Four of the game's best quarterbacks are the last ones standing. Between these high potent offenses and less than stellar defenses, you can expect a lot of points. Let's begin with the big game taking place in the NFC at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Matt Ryan is looking like the MVP frontrunner he is. Along with the fact that Ryan has yet to revert back to his old ways and forgetting how to play QB. His decision making and playmaking abilities so far in the postseason have been remarkable.

The biggest change for the Falcons over the past few weeks is the emergence of a pass rush. The defense most of the year has been nonexistent, but Vic Beasley and the old man Dwight Freeney have caused some major turnarounds.

But, will that turnaround be enough to stop the seemingly invincible Aaron Rodgers?

Rodgers and company (if you can call what he has left around him company) have run the table so far in the past eight weeks. Everyone by now has seen his Hail Mary of the season, we've seen the late game heroics against the Cowboys in Big D last week.

The real question here, which won't be answered until Sunday, is who will have the ball last? Much like the game last week with Rodgers, if he has the ball last with the opportunity to tie or win the game, count on seeing the Packers in Houston.

On the other hand, if it's Matty Ice with the ball I'm a little less confident. I know Ryan has played well so far in their game before, but that was an Earl Thomas-less Seattle defense. It's a whole other story when its a must score situation. Especially with his poor performances in the past in this situation.

At the end of the day, Aaron Rodgers will lead the Packers to victory in a very high scoring and classic game. We might even see a Hail Mary or two. 41-38.

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