Ravens @ Steelers
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
The Ravens and Steelers will meet for the third time this season. The Ravens are coming off a big 30-7 win over the Chiefs in the wild card round. Joe Flacco has been pretty successful in his short time in the NFL playoffs, but Ben Roethlisberger has been even better. This will be the third match-up this season between these two AFC North rivals and they split the season series. Both teams will lean on solid defense, a good running attack and smart quarterback play. I expect this one to be a close game, but the Steelers have the better defense and they will shut down Flacco and the Ravens in the critical parts of the game.
Final Score: Steelers 17, Ravens 13
Packers @ Falcons
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
These two teams met back in week 12 and the Falcons escaped with a victory. This time around the Falcons don’t look so good and they lost to the Saints in week 16 at home. The Packers on the other hand put a whooping on the Giants in week 16 and beat the Bears to get into the playoffs. The Packers beat Michael Vick and the Eagles last Sunday to get the chance to head to the Georgia Dome. Aaron Rodgers is playing pretty well, but the key to the Packers success has to do with the running game and James Starks exploded last week. Look for this game to be close. Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been very good at home, but the Packers are the dangerous team that no one wants to face right now. However I think the Packers will fall short in this one because the Falcons are just so good at home and they will have the crowd in the game.
Final Score: Falcons 27, Packers 20
*Today should be a great day of football. Check back tomorrow for my previews of Sunday’s games.
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