There was nothing exciting about this weekend’s conference championship games unless you enjoy watching a blowout, or you despise the Green Bay Packers and/or Pittsburgh Steelers. There was only so much Aaron Rodgers could do for his team.
The Falcons defence did everything in their power to limit Rodgers, and it worked until garbage time. On the other side of the ball, perhaps the league’s best offence torched the Packers defence. Matt Ryan proved to everyone that he should seriously be considered the top candidate for the MVP trophy by throwing for 392 yards and four touchdowns and also rushing for another touchdown. Rodgers finished with 287 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. The Falcons would win 44-21 to advance to their second Super Bowl in franchise history.
In the second game of the night, the New England Patriots took on the Steelers in what was expected to be a very tight game. After two dominating performances by Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell in their first two playoff games, he was to be a game changer in the conference championship. The problem for the Steelers’ was that Bell only managed to play one snap after the first quarter as he was suffering with a groin injury. The Patriots made no mistakes and capitalized big time, as their defence stepped up forcing a couple of turnovers and limiting the Steelers’ high threat offence for the majority of the game. Ben Roethlisberger finished with 314 yards, a touchdown and an interception and Deangelo Williams totalled 34 yards and a touchdown after replacing Bell. Antonio Brown managed only 77 yards. For the Patriots, Tom Brady threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns and wide receiver Chris Hogan played an unlikely hero, finishing with 180 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots won the game 36-17 to advance to their league record ninth Super Bowl.
Super Bowl LI should be a great matchup between two of the league’s best offenses, who both happen to have good defences as well. Ryan and Brady are two of the top MVP candidates so both quarterbacks have individual awards on the line as well.
The scores I predicted for the conference championship turned out to be not so accurate, but I did predict the Packers and Falcons game to be a high scoring game. The Falcons defence definitely proved me wrong as they easily stopped Rodgers. This year’s Super Bowl will be an extremely exciting game to watch so invite your friends over and get your crock pots ready. I believe that the Patriots’ experience led by Bill Belichick and Brady will be enough to narrowly edge out the Falcons.
Prediction: Patriots 31, Falcons 24