January 24, 2011

A Super matchup for sure

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

Football fans couldn’t have asked for any better results on Sunday – although two more weeks of the Rex Ryan and Co. show wouldn’t have been bad – since the two best teams won their conferences and will now meet in the Super Bowl. Yes, it will be the Green Bay Packers facing the Pittsburgh Steelers.

We get to see two great teams with defences that can attack and offences that have no problem moving the ball or scoring on big plays. We get two of the best young quarterbacks in the league and also two of the best attacking linebackers. In the defensive backfield, we’re also going to see last year’s  defensive player of the year and a guy who is perhaps the best all around safety of his generation.

Yes, we have Aaron Rodgers vs. Ben Roethlisberger, Clay Matthews vs. James Harrison, Charles Woodson vs. Troy Polamalu – the list can go on for a while.

And those aren’t to mention that we’re also getting to see two of the league’s oldest and most passionate fan bases facing off. The Cheeseheads against the Terrible Towel wavers.

Both teams had little trouble getting past their Conference Championship foes. The Packers did allow a little run by the oddest of foes, Bears third-string QB Caleb Hanie, but prevailed in the end thanks to interception near their end zone. They also had defensive lineman BJ Raji score a touchdown to become one of the heaviest players in the league to ever run one in. And really, where are the stat guys on that one? How does he measure up to the likes of Warren Sapp of William “The Fridge” Perry?

The Steelers took it to the vaunted Jets defence early and then may have let their foot off the gas in the second half as New York started a comeback. It was all for naught though, as the Steel Curtain came down and snuffed out all hopes of punching a ticket to Dallas.

Now, we get to sit back and suffer through two weeks of waiting until the big game. Non-stop questioning and analyses from the media. Every game plan dissected. Every player interviewed ad nauseam. And a terrible Pro Bowl to boot. This is not going to be a fun wait.

This week: 1-1
This playoffs: 6-4

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