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I was three for four last week in my playoff picks, including two upsets, the Packers and the Steelers!
Even though Tom Brady matched his season interception total with two picks against Houston, the Patriots still won handily over the Texans, 34-16.
Atlanta’s potent offense was too much for Seattle, and the Falcons won, 36-20. This was the only game I had wrong.
The Packers pulled off the biggest upset of the weekend when they knocked off #1 seed Dallas at Jerry World, 34-31, on a Mason Crosby 52-yard field goal on the last play of the game.
And Pittsburgh, although they did not score a touchdown, edged Kansas City, 18-16, when the Chiefs tieing two-point conversion was called back on a holding penalty in the closing minutes. Pittsburgh used placekicker Chris Boswell’s six field goals to edge Kansas City.
Green Bay at Atlanta, Sunday 1:00 p.m. Fox
Green Bay returns to Atlanta to get revenge for their 33-32 loss on October 30. In that game, Aaron Rodgers hit Jeff Janis on a touchdown pass with 3:58 left in the game to give the Packers a 32-26 lead. Matt Ryan led the Falcons down the field and tossed a TD pass to Mohammed Sanu with 31 seconds left to give Atlanta the win, 33-32.
Atlanta finished the regular season with the top scoring offense in the league, putting up 540 points, or 33.75 per game. With wide receiver threat Julio Jones and the double-headed running back duo of Devonte Freeman and Tevin Coleman, the Falcons are tough to stop. But then again, so are the Packers! There is talk that Jordy Nelson may be able to play, after missing the Cowboy game with fractured ribs.
The over/under is the most ever for an NFL playoff game, 60.5 points. Both teams will score at will, and whoever has the ball last will win. It may be wishful thing, but I see a last minute … or last second … Aaron Rodgers drive winning it for Green Bay. Packers 37, Falcons 34.
Pittsburgh at New England, Sunday 4:30 p.m. CBS
This one will be just as good as the NFC championship game. Pats QB Tom Brady is 9-2 against the Steelers in the playoffs, with 26 touchdowns, a 113.7 passer rating, a 69 percent completion rate … with only three picks.
Either New England or Pittsburgh has played in the AFC Championship game 14 of the last 16 years, this being the third time playing each other. The Patriots prevailed in 2001 and 2004, going on to win the Super Bowl both times.
Pittsburgh’s defense ranked 32nd in the league against the opposing team’s #1 wide receiver, and 19th against running backs. This should be a big day for Pats receiver Julian Edelman and running back LeGarrette Blount.
The Steelers will have to find the end zone a few times to have any chance of beating New England … and they will … but it won’t be enough. Patriots 30, Steelers 27.