Why the Packers will win: After eight consecutive victories, the Packers are confident beyond measure. Two of the most important players in the postseason are the quarterback and the place-kicker, and the Packers couldn’t be situated better at either spot. Aaron Rodgers has never played at a higher level. In his past nine starts, he has thrown 24 touchdown passes and one interception.
And, oh by the way, Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns without an interception — and compiled an 88.4 Total QBR — in four starts at the Georgia Dome. Mason Crosby, meanwhile, has made 21 consecutive postseason field goals; his most recent miss was in 2010. The Packers are not perfect by any means. But you’re in a pretty good spot when your quarterback is playing out of his mind and your kicker can’t miss.
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The Texans won the AFC South despite their $72 million quarterback, not because of him. And upgrading the position is not going to be easy — or cheap.
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have beaten nine different teams in the divisional round of the playoffs, and Saturday night’s 34-16 victory delivered them to a sixth straight AFC Championship Game.
Limited Youth Brent Celek Jersey This season’s Houston Texans were a thornier, more determined jimsonweed than most anticipated, but Brady finally shook them free from his designer peacoat in the fourth quarter Saturday night with help from his defense. Dicey as it got, the Patriots never trailed, and they’ll be right back here next Sunday to host the AFC Championship Game in front of 66,000 New Englanders who just wanna rock ‘n’ roll all night and party every day.
It might feel rote, but it’s about to get real. The inevitable portion of the Patriots’ season has ended. When you get to the AFC Championship Game six straight years, it’s what happens next that matters.