Last Week: 3-1
Pittsburgh at Denver
Pittsburgh, the AFC's 6th seed has won two road playoff games to advance to the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos. While Pittsburgh was very impressive in their win at Super Bowl favorite Indianapolis, most feel the Broncos are fortunate to be here thanks to their uneven performance against New England. The Patriots turned the ball over 5 times and played very un-Patriot-like football. But, don't forget what team was on the other side of that field; the team that forced those turnovers. The Broncos have flown under the radar, but after their Week 1 loss to Miami, they have been one of, if not the, top team in the NFL. The Broncos are undefeated at home, and this afternoon they will make their first Super Bowl appearance since John Elway retired.
Carolina at Seattle
One of the most inconsistent teams in the NFL continued their inconsistency last week. The offense played extremely well against the best defense in the NFL, scoring 29 points against the Chicago Bears. However, for all they did offensively to the Bears, the fact that they gave up 21 points to one of the worst offenses in the league has gotten scarcely any mention. That does not bode well going against a top 5 offense in the Seattle Seahawks. Even if Shaun Alexander is held in check, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and the deep receiving corps can lead the team down the field. Bobby Engram, Joe Jurevicius, Darrell Jackson, and DJ Hackett are a formidable if relatively unknown set of receivers. Seattle, like Denver, is also undefeated at home. Around 9:45 EST, the Hawks will clinch their first Super Bowl berth.