Conference Championship Gameday: Feeling Super
[lead align=”default”]On this 2016-17 conference championship gameday, your field for Super Bowl LI will be set.[/lead]
It’s been a long season — longer for some than others — but for none more than the four teams playing today. A loss on Sunday means the end of the year and nothing to show for their efforts. To be so close to the Super Bowl and come away with zippo must be disheartening. It will, however, end that way for two of today’s entries.
Conference Championship Gameday: Green Bay at Atlanta
Atlanta are six-point favorites in the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons have a potent offense, thanks in part to the Pro Football Writers MVP, Matt Ryan, but the Packers have Aaron Rodgers. You know, the Aaron Rodgers who already won a Super Bowl. Also the same Aaron Rodgers who can’t stop throwing successful Hail Marys.
Atlanta may on paper and in reality be the better team, but Green Bay is red hot and that’s undeniable. The Packers are just not a team you want to play right now, and that means this could be a close, back-and-forth game. Green Bay is battle tested and ready, but Atlanta is hungry.
In their regular-season meeting, the Falcons won a 33-32 thriller at home. The Falcons will hope to win the final game at the Georgia Dome tonight. A win for the Falcons would also mean the NFC South is in the Super Bowl in consecutive seasons.
Conference Championship Gameday: Pittsburgh at New England
New England is the closest thing as we’ve had to a dynasty in the 21st Century of the National Football League. Four Super Bowls, and the Pats are working on making it five. If they beat the Steelers today, they’ll make their seventh Super Bowl appearance under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. I don’t care who you root for: that’s impressive.
They are also a six-point home favorite in their game, the AFC Championship. The Steelers are a pesky team that finds ways to win big games, so they are not to be taken lightly. As if New England takes anyone lightly.