Series: The Southbound Sports Show
A breakdown of the world of sports.
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The NFL Championship games featured prominent matchups. The four teams left were the teams most people expected to see in the championship round. In the NFC, the high flying Falcons took on the hot Packers. In the AFC, the dominant Patriots faced the gritty Steelers.
The Packers have been on a hot streak lately, but it took a wildly accurate throw to get them to advance into this game. The Falcons tore them apart and made them look like they didn’t belong. The Falcons controlled the entire game and were never really challenged by the Packers. They look to continue the hot streak as they move on to the Super Bowl.
The Steelers tried to keep the Patriots in check, but the methodical drives of the Patriots helped pave the way for New England to once again return to the Super Bowl. The Steelers are an aging team in key positions so it hurts to have them come so close to reaching another Super Bowl. Rumors are swirling that Ben Roethlisberger may retire this offseason. That makes this loss even more bitter for Steelers fans.
The Super Bowl is setting up to be another classic game. The Falcons are able to score at will on offense and will face a stout Patriots defense. Something will have to give in the big game.
We are down to four teams in the NFL playoff picture. Three of these four teams have quarterbacks who have made our list for the right to be named the greatest quarterback of all time. Two of them, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, have made the list based on the fact that they have won multiple Super Bowls. They match up against each other in the AFC Championship game.
The Patriots are a current dynasty and the most powerful franchise in the NFL in recent years. They seem to win every year regardless of the amount of turnover they suffer on their roster. The Steelers are the most storied franchise in NFL history winning the Super Bowl in multiple decades. When these two franchises face off, they will spark a rivalry that has met three times in recent history in the playoffs. The Steelers are 0–3 in those games. With Peyton Manning retired, this Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger match up is the premier quarterback match up in the NFL. Both quarterbacks are top 10 in every major statistic used to measure quarterbacks, all time.
- Most Wins: Brady 3rd, Roethlisberger 8th
- Most Touchdowns: Brady 4th, Roethlisberger 9th
- Most Passing Yards: Brady 4th, Roethlisberger 10th
With a Super Bowl win, Tom Brady would own the record for most Super Bowl wins by a quarterback ever. Ben Roethlisberger is looking to get his third Super Bowl victory. A win for either the Patriots or the Steelers in this year’s Super Bowl would put their quarterback even higher in the record books.
On the NFC side, Aaron Rodgers is on the cusp of making the list ranking just outside of the top ten in passing touchdowns. I have added him to the list by default as he will make the list unless he retires after this season. Matt Ryan is the outsider of the quarterbacks remaining in the championship round of these NFL Playoffs. He is the only quarterback remaining to never win a Super Bowl. In fact, he has never even played in a Super Bowl. Matt Ryan has enough weapons on offense to win a Super Bowl this year. He just has the unfortunate luck of having to win back to back games against teams that have experience winning the big game.
Matt Ryan and the Falcons do face a Packers team that is decimated by injuries. The Packers advanced on a clutch throw by Aaron Rodgers late in the 4th quarter against the Cowboys that set up a game-winning field goal. The Packers have a roster full of players that were not able to practice this week. They are going to have to rely on another huge game by Aaron Rodgers to advance to the Super Bowl this year.
On this podcast, I am once again talking with Matty B. We take a look at each NFL playoff game and give a breakdown of each team.
Seattle Seahawks vs Atlanta Falcons
We like the Falcons to beat the Seahawks in this year’s playoff game due to the evolution of the Atlanta offense. The Falcons are no longer one dimensional in their passing game. Now they are comfortable passing the ball around instead of relying only on Julio Jones.
Houston Texans vs New England Patriots
Matt thinks the Texans are going to keep this game close while I think they will just cover one of the largest spreads in NFL playoff history. It looks like Jadeveon Clowney is finally reaching his potential as an NFL player and his performance will make a huge impact on this game. The Texans need a big game from Clowney if they are going to prevent the Patriots from moving on to the AFC Championship game.
Green Bay Packers vs Dallas Cowboys
We break down the Packers vs Cowboys game and have our first split decision. This game will decide which one of us has a chance at a perfect weekend of picks. The Cowboys have a powerful offensive line which they are hoping to control the game with.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs
We take a look at the Steelers vs Chiefs playoff game and talk about whether or not the Chiefs have a chance of winning. The championship experience the Steelers have is going to be tough to beat, even at home.
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In our initial podcast, I chat with Matty B about the Orange Bowl. The Orange Bowl turned out to be a major disappointment for me as the Michigan Wolverines came out flat. Jabrill Peppers tweaked his hamstring and ended up not playing in the game. That led to the defense playing some zone and getting burnt on busted coverages to fall behind big to the Florida State Seminoles. With the talent level of the Noles, that is not something that can happen.
The Wolverines battled fiercely though and were able to make a miraculous comeback. They took the lead late in the fourth quarter to put a scare into Florida State fans everywhere. Chris Evans, a Wolverine freshman, broke through a hole in the right side of the line and scampered in for the go-ahead touchdown. It was all for not though as the Seminoles took the kickoff up past midfield to set up a game-winning touchdown.