The Sportz Nutt Breaks Down His Picks For Championship Sunday

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The Championship games are primed and ready for this today with a berth to the Super Bowl at stake. Three of the remaining four teams have a QB that has won at least one Super Bowl trophy and (given that there is justice) at least one MVP (I think* Ryan should win this year). With that said, these are quite different teams with various ways to win. All four teams have legitimate chances to not only play in the Super Bowl but also win it. Here’s my preview.

AFC (Pittsburgh at New England)

Why Pittsburgh will win:

– The Steelers’ defense has improved since midway through the season.

– The Steelers’ offense can be lethal; either Bell or Brown can take over a game.

– The Patriots haven’t played a team as good as the Steelers all year.

Why New England will win:

– Tom Brady is the greatest QB of all-time and has been playing angrily all year, trying to stick it to Roger Godell.

– Bill Bellichick is the greatest coach of all-time and has been playing angrily all year, trying to stick it to Roger Godell.

– New England is dominant at home once December hits.

Who will win?

I think New England prevails quite easily here with a double digit win. Pittsburgh struggles to maintain it’s firepower on the road and this isn’t the place to struggle. I can see New England coming out to an early lead and Pittsburgh coming back to make the score look respectable before ultimately losing.

New England 31 Pittsburgh 17

NFC (Green Bay at Atlanta)

Why Green Bay will win:

– Aaron Rodgers has been on fire lately, with a 24:1 TD:INT in the last 9 games.

– Matt Ryan has never made it to the Super Bowl.

– The Green Bay offense COULD pick apart the Falcons’ unproven secondary and feast.

Why Atlanta will win:

– Home field advantage is huge for an unproven team.

– The running game has been a pleasant surprise from their starter and their backup.

– Matt Ryan has been in MVP form all season.

Who will win?

I initially said Green Bay will win, but there’s an apparent bout of the flu going around the Packers brass. Compounded with the rash of injuries to their WR corps, and I can’t say for certain that they will win. With a beat up defense, a walking wounded offense and a patch together running game, who knows what the Packers will do. It’s all on the shoulders of Aaron Rodgers. I will go out on a limb and say that they do prevail, barely, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Falcons there.

Green Bay 31 Atlanta 30

And there you have it.