Quarterbacks try to lead teams to Super Bowls in National Football League playoffs

Oct 23 2016 Pittsburgh PA USA Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman shake hands after their game at Heinz Field. New England won 27-16. Mandatory Credit Charles LeClaire-USA T

What more can you say about Green Bay vs. Dallas?

With that in mind, and after casually disregarding the few (hundred) missed projections I've had over the years, I consider it imperative for you absorb and propagate this first look at the 2016 NFC and AFC Championship Games. It was one of the best playoff games I've ever seen, and certainly made up for the six playoff games that preceded it in 2017.

In his last eight playoff games, he's thrown seven touchdowns to 10 interceptions. The Texans scored a quick field goal.

It is a matchup that features two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL: Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, both future Hall of Famers.

After the Steelers' "ugly" win over Kansas City, in which they couldn't score a touchdown for an entire game and Ben Roethlisberger was handing off on passing situations (second or third and long), their post-game celebration was euphoric. They're followed by the Atlanta Falcons (13/5), Steelers (4/1), and Packers (4/1).

Green Bay and Pittsburgh met in the Super Bowl six years ago when Aaron Rodgers won his first and only title. The Packers' defensive options will be limited.

Bell and Brown combined for 268 yards from scrimmage against the Patriots. His impact on the Packers' season has been nothing short of transcendent since returning from an ankle injury. The Falcons were No. 1 in points (33.) and in yards (415.8) in regular season. Houston had the No. 1-ranked defense in the NFL. You can email him at bburt@eagletribune.com. However, the Steelers also need to reach the end zone. "They are the best in the world for a reason. If he wants to come, that would be. yeah, he could come", Brady said. The obvious proof is quarterback Tom Brady, but he's just the starting point.

Brady threw two interceptions, matching the two he threw over 12 regular season games, and for only the second time in his career, he was under 50 percent in completions. Plus, this is all very familiar territory.

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There was no intrigue, just as there will be no intrigue if the Seahawks allow the Falcons a 20-point cushion on Saturday. As we creep closer to the Super Bowl we still have to sort our who are the contenders and who are the pretenders.

Since 2001, the start of the Killer-B's era (not a reference the Don Shula led Miami Dolphins defense) the Belichick/Brady led Patriots are 16-3 at home in the playoffs.

Asked on 98.5 The Sports Hub about Goodell attending the game, team president Jonathan Kraft also chose his words carefully. Antonio Brown has been real good (21.1 average per catch, two 100-yard games, two touchdowns).

Goodell was in Atlanta last weekend for a site tour of the Falcons' new facility, and stayed to watch the Falcons beat the Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Patriots defense was on another level this season, and letting Ryan go after the year would be a poor choice.

Kansas City appeared to tie the game against Pittsburgh when Alex Smith connected with Demetrius Harris for a 2-point conversion with 2:43 left.

"We're really just focused on trying to play well and win this week in the AFC Championship Game", he said. "This one's a little tougher because we're working on two teams instead of one, but they've just worked harder and gotten it done".

Le'Veon Bell ran for 170 yards, but didn't get near the end zone as the Steelers failed to score a touchdown.

The AFC is a three-point favorite over the NFC in an early Super Bowl line at the Westgate.



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