With the tail end of the NFL season upon, Philadelphia Sports Nation has compiled our staff predictions for this weekend’s title games and which teams we have going to Houston for Super Bowl LI.
Nishant Narayanan – NFC: Packers / AFC: Patriots
AFC: Home field Advantage will help the Patriots beat the Steelers 28-24. LeVeon Bell will rush for more than 150+ yards but the Steelers defense will not be able to stop a red hot Tom Brady. Pats go to their 2nd Super Bowl in 3 years.
NFC: With the way Aaron Rodgers is playing at the moment and basically being borderline unstoppable I have the Packers beating the Falcons 38-31. The Packers maligned defense will end the game with an interception. Watch for Aaron Rodgers to go 27/50 with 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
Zac Perkins – NFC: Packers / AFC: Patriots
AFC: The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to score a touchdown in their divisional game last weekend. However, they were still able to beat the Alex Smith lead Chiefs but playing that way against Tom Brady isn’t gonna fly. So I’ll take the Patriots to represent the AFC.
NFC: Looking to the NFC, Aaron Rodgers has been the hottest player in the NFL as of late and I just can’t see the Falcons scoring more points than the Packers.
Jack Pontin – NFC: Packers / AFC: Patriots
AFC: The Steelers’ playoff run comes to an end at the hands of Tom Brady and the Patriots, as Pittsburgh’s defense can’t push Big Ben through to another Super Bowl appearance.
NFC: I give the edge to Aaron Rodgers, who out-guns MVP-candidate Matt Ryan and secures a date with Brady in Houston.
Ryan Kim – NFC: Falcons / AFC: Steelers
AFC: If, a big IF, Ben Roethlisberger can be his old self. The top two AFC defenses keep the matchup close, but Le’Veon Bell, averaging 170 yards per game, and Roethlisberger come out strong, squeaking out another postseason victory.
NFC: The Falcons are the top offensive team remaining, and Matt Ryan will top 250 passing yards to continue rolling and take down Green Bay in a shootout.
Dylan Pearlman – NFC: Falcons / AFC: Patriots