NFL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND PREVIEW

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(4) @ (2) – 3:05PM ET, FOX

What a matchup in the NFC Championship game. The two leading players in the race for the MVP will square off in the final game in the Georgia Dome. Matt Ryan has thrown for an average of 311 yards per game for the Falcons, and he will carry a near 6-1 Touchdown-Interception ratio into this battle for a spot in the Super Bowl, and he will be facing fellow MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers. As you have probably heard about 4.2 million times in the leadup to this game, back when the Packers were 4-6, Rodgers said he felt the Packers could “run the table” and they have, winning eight straight games, with just one more to go until they get to their end goal, a shot at the Super Bowl. During that stretch Rodgers has been superb, averaging nearly 300 yards a game, as well as boasting an unheard of 21-1 touchdown-interception ratio. Earlier this year the Falcons edged out the Packers 33-32, and I think this will be another close game, but it will come down to the Packers run defense against the Falcons’ duo of runningbacks. Zeke showed that Green Bay’s D can be exposed, and Coleman and Freeman will be able to keep the Packers defense honest, and that will lead to open throws for Matt Ryan downfield, and a close win for the Falcons in their final game at the Georgia Dome.

The Pick: Falcons 31, Packers 27 (Packers +6, Under 60)

(3) @ (1) – 6:40PM ET, CBS

I’m sorry Pittsburgh, but you just do not pick against Tom Brady in the playoffs, he has started in ELEVEN conference championship games, by far the most in history, Le’Veon Bell will do some damage, and Tom Brady might struggle in the first quarter, but the golden boy will figure out the Steelers defense and lead the Pats on a fourth quarter drive to take the lead and ultimately win the game. For the Steelers to have a chance they will need to pressure Tom Brady, but it’s hard to think even that will be enough, as the Texans did a great job pressuring Brady, but the Pats still blew them out. For the Steelers to win they need to do what the Texans couldn’t, they need to be able to capitalize off of the few mistakes Brady makes, I think the Steelers will make this one close, and maybe even force the Patriots to settle for field goals in the red zone, but you just don’t bet against Brady.

The Pick: Patriots 26, Steelers 20 (No Bet, Under 49.5)

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