The 2016 NFL Conference Championship games are upon us as the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to New England to take on the Patriots (6:40 PM EST on CBS) and the Green Bay Packers travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons (3:05 PM EST on Fox). These teams are all one game away from the Super Bowl, and have all had extremely successful seasons so far. One of these four remaining teams will win the Super Bowl this season. Three of the quarterbacks playing this week have had a lot of postseason success throughout their careers (Roethlisberger, Brady, and Rodgers). Matt Ryan has never won a Super Bowl, and neither has the Falcons organization. Which of the teams playing this week will go on to compete for a Super Bowl title, and who will go home? Here are some picks!
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots. Both Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady are grizzled Super Bowl veterans, and both of these teams have had recent success in the postseason. That being said, Bill Belichick's Patriots are almost unstoppable at home during the regular season. During the postseason, they tend to be even better. I have to go with Brady and Belichick to return to the Super Bowl one more time. Patriots win. Not because the Steelers didn't try hard enough, but because Bill Belichick is a genius. Final Score: New England Patriots 35, Pittsburgh Steelers 24.
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons. The Green Bay Packers are on an eight game winning streak heading into this matchup. The Atlanta Falcons have only been to the Super Bowl once, following the 1999 season. To get there, they knocked off an NFC Central opponent that was heavily favored by both fans and odds-makers. This year, the Falcons find themselves in a similar position. The team has changed; this year they face Green Bay instead of Minnesota, and the NFC Central has since become the NFC North. However, there is a good chance that history might repeat itself this year. The Packers are struggling with injuries, and may go into this game without Jordy Nelson. I'm all in on Jhurell Pressley and the Atlanta Falcons this week. Falcons win. Final score: Atlanta Falcons 27, Green Bay Packers 23.
-- Mike B.
Packers @ Falcons: The Packers are coming into this game with a decimated secondary and some pretty questionable corners and some debatable health at WR. The Falcons defense is young but i think Keanu Neal and Dion Jones speed can be something the Packers offense hasn't seen too much of this year. I am a Packers fan and have been since I was 5 but I am going to say this task is too much for the Packers secondary. Falcons win 30 - 27 over the Packers to go to the Super Bowl.
Steelers @ Patriots: The Pats under Brady and Bill are almost unbeatable at home especially in an AFC Championship game atmosphere. I honestly believe Antonio Brown's distraction that lasted the team all week might hurt them. I think were talking to good of a team in New England to see the Steelers winning this one. Patriots win 24 - 20 over the Steelers to go to the Superbowl and look for more to the Brady and Bill dynasty.
--- Matt Koontz
Falcons beat Packers, 43-30.
Patriots beat Steelers, 30-20.