NFL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons (3:05 p.m. ET, FOX); Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (6:40 p.m. ET, CBS)

After last Sunday’s exciting Playoff games (the Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys scored the highest ratings in NFL Playoff history!) we’re down to the Final Four. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are 4-point underdogs at Atlanta. Everyone is predicting this will be a high-scoring game (the Vegas OVER/UNDER on this game is 60 points, a NFL postseason record!). The second game of the day will be a slugfest. Steeler’s coach, Mike Tomlin, called the Patriots “assholes.” One of Tomlin’s players streamed his coach’s comments live on FACEBOOK. Although the Patriots are favored by 6 1/2 points, I’m sure that Tomlin’s poor word choice and exposure will fire up Tom Brady and the Patriots to win by more. Who do you think will win today?

29 thoughts on “NFL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons (3:05 p.m. ET, FOX); Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (6:40 p.m. ET, CBS)

  1. Jeff Meyerson

    I would not bet against the Packers after the last month or so. I get why Atlanta is favored at home and I woud like to see them win (sorry, Maggie), but I’m guessing Rodgers will find a way to pull out another big win.

    I am more confident in predicting New England will be going back to the Super Bowl.

  2. Bill Crider

    I’ve sort of lost interest in the playoffs. I’d forgotten there would be games on today. I’ll pull for the Pats since they’re my son-in-law’s favorite team.

  3. Deb

    I think it could go either way in Atlanta. But, despite my nostalgia for the 1970s Steelers (and 1970s secret husband, Franco Harris), I just can’t see them getting past the Patriots–especially when they (the Steelers) failed to score a single touchdown in last week’s win.

    /Also, that guy who was live streaming from the locker room on Facebook needs his a** kicked!

    1. george Post author

      Deb, you’re right about Antonio Brown’s knucklehead move in streaming MIke Tomlin’s “asshole” remarks. As if the Patriots needed any more motivation! On the plus side, it’s more like March weather up here than January weather. The Steelers and Patriots may put up a lot of points.

  4. maggie mason

    I’m hoping the pack can pull off another win, and will watch it. I’m torn as don’t really want to see the patriots win, but no longer root for the steelers. To be honest with all the cheating, the pats are a’holes.

    I marched in the San Diego women’s march yesterday, and am dead tired. Only one anti march sign, and no violence. Favorite sign was a pix of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia with the caption a woman’s place is in the resistance. Favorite T shirt was If you think I’m a nasty woman now, Buckle up Buttercup

    1. george Post author

      Maggie, my daughter Katie is driving back to Boston today after being part of history in Washington, D.C. at the Women’s March. Patrick, at a conference in Miami over the weekend, sent phone photos of a Woman’s March in Miami. Patrick will be flying back to GOOGLE-land this afternoon.

  5. wolfi

    Congratulations to all those women who marched against Donald – and their relatives/partners too!

    I just heard on another forum from a retired US officer (very conservative !) that his wife and daughter marched too (with him at their side).

    Crazy to realis that this should have happened some time ago – before the election …

    1. maggie mason

      one of my favorite signs which you reminded me of was ” I thought I was done protesting this s**t

      I’m glad of the “show of force” and just wish the cheeto would actually take notice of it, but his ego won’t let him

      1. Rick Robinson

        He’s too busy working with his GOP and business cronies dismantling everything President Obama put in place to benefit the American people. He doesn’t give a damn about women’s rights, family planning, or any of the rest of the issues. He’s only concerned with himself.

    2. george Post author

      Wolf, too little too late. Many of the people marching didn’t vote in the Election. Everyone assumed Hillary had the Election in the bag.

  6. Rick Robinson

    Football? Maybe I won’t have to hear that T-word today.
    I think it’ll be an Atlanta – New England Super Bowl.
    I don’t like Pittsburgh so I’ll be pulling for NE, and honestly, either team in the other game is OK.
    Maggie, most of that “cheating” you reference is four grapes by teams who are less successful. I don’t believe the Patriots manipulate thing any more than any other team.
    Congratulations to everyone who marched and/or supported yesterday’s solidarity marchs.

  7. Jeff Meyerson

    But Chris Hogan (9 catches, 180 yards, two TDs) couldn’t make it in Buffalo?

    Pittsburgh’s defense looks pretty helpless.

    1. george Post author

      Jeff, plenty of Bills fans were unhappy when the Bills set Chris Hogan free. He was a good receiver who was never used properly. Clearly, Brady and Belichick know how to use Chris Hogan’s talents.

  8. Jeff Meyerson

    Looks like someone got a little carried away editing Hogan’s entry on Wikipedia: After the single greatest game by a Wide Receiver ever against the Steelers in the 2016 AFC Championship Game, he is known as the greatest Wide Receiver of all time.


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