Four historic NFL giants — the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets — remain standing. A pair of fascinating matchups will determine who will play in the Super Bowl.
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT CHICAGO BEARS
Classic rivals. Legendary NFL teams. Soldier Field.
And ironic, when you think about it, that the Bears hope to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy when all is said and done.
Plus, you have a tail of two quarterbacks. One guy is a total jerk who throws lots of interceptions, and the other guy has zero personality but makes some good decisions on the field. Which do you prefer to watch?
The NFC title game will come down to Green Bay's defense. If the Packers can limit Jay Cutler and the Bears' attack, and maybe force a couple turnovers, they have the offensive firepower with Aaron Rodgers to pull out a road win against their rival — in spite of the Bears' stiff 'D.'
Prediction: Packers 28, Bears 17.
NEW YORK JETS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS
The team that put the AFL on the map and forced the creation of the modern NFL vs. one of the NFL's dynasties.
Ben Roethlisberger has established himself as a postseason playmaker. He finds ways to win, and also ways to escape court charges. For the Jets to take the AFC crown, they need to disrupt Roethlisberger all night and come up with a late pick or fumble. It would also help Mark Sanchez and the Jets to get an early lead.
Prediction: Jets 24, Steelers 21.
Just my humble opinions. What do you think?
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