AFC/NFC Championship games

Steelers @ Broncos.

I have to go with the Steelers and the mo' from last weeks upset of Indy.

Pitt 17, Denver 14

Panthers @ Seahawks

With Nick Goings the starting RB and Julius Peppers hurting, I can't see the Panthers winning in Seattle. Steve Smith is now the only offense they have and if Seattle can't stop one guy? Well, they don't deserve to go to the big one.

Seattle 23, Carolina 10

I'm going with the 2 road teams.. I dont have enough faith in Seattle's defense to stop Carolina enough times to win.

As for the Steelers I think the embarassment and question marks of the league's integrity will swing enough calls from the refs back to the Steelers favor to carry them through Denver and to the Superbowl... and the fact that the Steelers play well on the road and played a much better game than Denver did last week.

One for the Thumb!!

TheGameguru wrote:

One for the Thumb!!

On a side note, I remember the big slogan when I was a kid was "One for the Thumb in '81!"

Just last week I saw a T-shirt that said "One for the Thumb!" Man, that slogan sure has lived a long and full life.

As for the games, I'd heavily favor the Seahawks and (if I'm jinxing anything please kill me) the Steelers. I wasn't overly impressed with the Panthers or the Seahawks, but I do think the Seahawks are a better team. With the Broncos, I think the Steelers defense matches up very well with their offense, so it's a question of how well the Steeler offense performs. If we see the unusually aggressive game plan we saw last week, I'd expect the Steelers to do well.

Now don't get me wrong, I bleed black and gold. But I'm always afraid to pick the Steelers to win the big games, with Cowher's track record and all. And it always seems that my preference tend to lose in any kind of contest, be it sports, elections, or reality TV shows. Maybe it's better for me to abstain from picking a winner.

That said, I agree the Steelers match up well against the Broncos. I still hold a grudge against the Broncos/Elway for beating us in the 98 playoff. While the Steelers D tend to have more trouble with a scrambling QB, Jake Plummer is no Elway. In fact, I have faith in Plummer finding a way to mess it up for the Broncos, just like I had faith in Manning not winning a big one.

So, yeah, go Steelers *reluctantly*

And Seahawks over the Panthers, 68-3.

Seattle Pittsburgh Superbowl.

And God help me if Pittburgh wins, I live on the eastern side of the state.

I agree with GG that the road teams will win. That is, unless what I allegedly read on manningconspiracy.com is true. It seems that the NFL is allegedly considering the Mannings to be traded to other teams for the remainder of the post season. If this happens, all bets are off, allegedly.

I think Denver is playing too well at home and I also think after the emotional roller-coaster against Indy, the Steelers might be too tired to finish the job. Denver wins and I weep.

Seattle should be able to handle Carolina if they stack half their defense on Steve Smith. Don't gloss over Goings though, he had a number of 100+ yard games when he was a starter for some of last year.

Two teams I bet in favor of against two teams I bet against in previous rounds. I'm going to split the difference and pick Pittsburgh in the upset over Jake the Snake's Broncos but keep riding that Seattle bandwagon to the Super Bowl.

Man, I am really pulling for Pittsburgh. My girlfriend is a dyed in the wool Steeler fan from western PA. Over the past two seasons she converted me to the darkside; I bleed black and gold now too. I think that they are the better team, but the odds are against them. It is tough playing a mile high, and Denver had a week off and a home game. Very different than two consecutive road games including an emotional win over the league's "best" team. Either way, should be a pretty good Championship weekend! The terrible towels will be flying at the Dutty house come Sunday morning!

Here are Goings stats in 2004 when bith RBs got hurt.

Situation G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng YAC 1stD TD

As Starter 8 190 733 91.6 3.9 6 28 265 33.1 9.5 37 7.2 9 0

Not too bad, not sure if there will be a big drop off there.

Novocain wrote:

I still hold a grudge against the Broncos/Elway for beating us in the 98 playoff.

You shouldn't. The Broncos were by far the best team that year -- even when they didn't win their division. They should have won the Superbowl the year before, too (making for that elusive three in a row).

Don't worry, though. After the Steelers loss in the playoffs after a 15-1 season last year, they are in the same position as the Broncos were back in 1998. Steelers win big: 27-20 (with the final score being closer than would lead you to believe), and go on to win the super bowl. AND the Steelers dominate the league next year and win it again (I really like the way this team plays).

Carolina's depleted running back group hurts them more than people think. Seattle wins 24-13.

PIT @ DEN: Just like last week, Denver is too tough at home. DEN wins 28-14.

CAR @ SEA: I can't pick against my hawks, but this is going to be a very tough game. Carolina is playing great right now, and Goings is an underrated back. It wouldn't surprise me if the 'curse of the Northwest' struck Seattle again this year, but I'm still hoping that Seattle avoids injuries (it seemed like the entire team was going to be on the sidelines last game) and contains Steve Smith for a 24-10 victory. I may have to find my way to Detroit if Seattle reaches the SB... it may never happen again for the rest of my life!

sheared wrote:

They should have won the Superbowl the year before, too (making for that elusive three in a row).

Except they forgot to tackle Natrone Means.

Seahawks vs Stealers in the 40.

Is the Seahawk who was arrested for domestic violence a starter?

I've never had much confidence in Jake Plummer till this year. He seems to have finally matured into a reliable, playmaking quarterback. And to this I can believe can only be attributed to body hair. Starting with the porn stash and evolving into the urine soaked bus station transient look he has now, he seems to have gotten better and better. The final stage involves the Robin Williams body hair phase, which I think unlocks
God mode, but that might be too much to ask from the kid.

Kidding aside, I expect a good game between the Steelers and Broncos, with the Steelers prevailing. The key factors once again will be pressure brought on Plummer and Rothlesbergers early productivity.

Seattle vs Carolina: Once again I'm betting on a NW team meltdown. I believe Seattle would of lost last week if only the Redskins had an offense. John Fox will outcoach Holmgren and end up in the Super Bowl.

Fripper wrote:

I've never had much confidence in Jake Plummer till this year. He seems to have finally matured into a reliable, playmaking quarterback. And to this I can believe can only be attributed to body hair. Starting with the porn stash and evolving into the urine soaked bus station transient look he has now, he seems to have gotten better and better. The final stage involves the Robin Williams body hair phase, which I think unlocks
God mode, but that might be too much to ask from the kid.


I almost crapped my pants when my wife saw him during a game this year, and said "whoa, he's hot!" I don't think I've bathed or groomed since then.

Jack Del Rio

John Fox?

I love that my two favorite teams are still in the running, and a Car-Den Super Bowl would be really interesting to me. I just hope both teams can pull it off. Please, at least one so I give a rat's ass about the Big Game.

baggachipz wrote:
Jack Del Rio

John Fox?

doh, of course John Fox. Bit of a brain fart there.

baggachipz wrote:
Fripper wrote:

I've never had much confidence in Jake Plummer till this year. He seems to have finally matured into a reliable, playmaking quarterback. And to this I can believe can only be attributed to body hair. Starting with the porn stash and evolving into the urine soaked bus station transient look he has now, he seems to have gotten better and better. The final stage involves the Robin Williams body hair phase, which I think unlocks
God mode, but that might be too much to ask from the kid.


I almost crapped my pants when my wife saw him during a game this year, and said "whoa, he's hot!" I don't think I've bathed or groomed since then.

Jack Del Rio

John Fox?

I love that my two favorite teams are still in the running, and a Car-Den Super Bowl would be really interesting to me. I just hope both teams can pull it off. Please, at least one so I give a rat's ass about the Big Game.

I doubt he can fil out a Hawiaan skirt like you can, Tiger.

Fripper wrote:

doh, of course John Fox. Bit of a brain fart there.

Del Rio was defensive coordinator for Fox the year before he became the Jags head coach.

Are they saying "Boo" or "Boo-urns" in Denver?

1st half:

Damn. Dayuuuum. The Steelers are putting an ol' fashioned ass-whipping on the Broncos.

That's an impressive display. Has a Steeler reciever dropped a pass yet?

They *might* not want to let Roethlisberger complete EVERYTHING he throws.

9 minutes left in the 4th. Gotta give the Broncos credit for not giving up.

And, Polimalu (sp) is one of the most athleticly gifted players I have ever seen.

It's Pittsburgh's game to lose right now and at the moment, the mojo of the game is rapidly swinging away from them.

Looks like Mo just came back.

That 4th down's definitely costly, especially without any timeouts. Denver's last best hope is if Bettis coughs it up like last week, though I imagine he's holding on so tight to the ball now that the stuffing's coming out of the seams.

Edit: Or, give it to Big Ben. Yeah, that's the ticket...a first class ticket to Detroit!

Jake was Jake nuff said...

It's appropriate that Plummer's got the Jesus thing going on, since he'll be crucified by the sports press this week.

AFC Champions! WOOOOOOOOOOO!

Now for the NFC game. I really don't know who to root for or against. The Steelers have historically had a very rough time against the Seahawks, but it's never fun to go up against a John Fox gameplan.