Yesterday was Conference Championship day in the NFL, with the Green Bay Packers facing the Atlanta Falcons for the NFC crown and the Pittsburgh Steelers meeting the New England Patriots in the AFC decider.
Green Bay and Atlanta were up first at the Falcons longtime home base, the Georgia Dome, which is scheduled to be demolished later this year.
Led by in-form quarter-back Aaron Rodgers, the Packers had stormed through the Wild Card round, trouncing the giants 38-13. They cut it a little closer against the Dallas Cowboys just over one week later, but Rodgers was once against instrumental as they pipped the Texas franchise 34-31.
However, by the time Rodgers got going in the second half on Sunday, the high-powered Atlanta offence, led by QB Matt Ryan, had already inflicted serious damage on the Packers. A 24-0 half-time lead proved insurmountable and the Falcons strode to a 44-21 victory.
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For the later game, the Steelers travelled to the fortress at Foxsborough.
Like Green Bay, Pittsburgh had been forced to come through Wild Card weekend, on which they beat the Miami Dolphins 30-12. In their next game, they edged the Chiefs 18-16.
The Patriots, who had gone 14-2 in the regular season to top the AFC East, routed the Texans in their first Playoff game.
It was still pretty close when the sides left the field at half-time on Sunday evening. The inimitable Tom Brady had connected on two touchdown passes and the Patriots special teams had notched a field goal to bring the team to 17 points. While a DeAngelo Williams touchdown run and a field goal kept the Ben Roethlisberger led Steelers in touch.
However, by the end of the third quarter, the result was no longer in doubt.
Another field goal and a pair of touchdowns, extended New England’s lead to 33-9 and they coasted to victory from there.
The final score was 36-17.
So it will be the New England Patriots vs the Atlanta Falcons at Superbowl LI, which takes place on February 5th at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
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