Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger. Aaron Rodgers vs. Matt Ryan. That’s quite a quartet of QBs heading to the NFL’s conference championship games on Sunday: Brady’s New England Patriots host Roethlisberger’s Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC, and Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers play at Ryan’s Atlanta Falcons in the NFC.
Consider the collective bona fides: Among them, Brady, Roethlisberger and Rodgers can boast of 10 Super Bowl appearances and 7 titles, 4 Super Bowl MVP awards and 4 regular-season MVP awards. Not too bad. Ryan, never a Super Bowl participant, is the least-accomplished member of the final four, but he just so happens to be the quarterback on the All-Pro team this season and the favorite to collect league MVP honors.
If you add Drew Breeze, you have 5 of the best in the game. Unfortunately, for Breeze he will be watching from his living room or somewhere he prefers not to be that isn’t on a football field.
My point is, these playoffs have been dictated by the QB’s. Even though Tom Brady didn’t impress in his game, he still played good enough, all the others played big and helped their teams stay alive. The other playoff quarterbacks either didn’t play that well or didn’t get help from their supporting cast. Just ask Eli Manning about that.
Ok, so which of the Fab Four end up in Texas in two weeks?
Ryan has great receivers and running backs and the Falcons defense showed last Saturday that it’s improving. There’s only one problem though: they are going against Aaron Rodgers. It doesn’t matter that the Packers have a lot of injuries. The same thing I said about the game against Dallas remains true now: I can’t see any team stopping him. He is doing magic and the O-line is protecting him greatly. The last performances are putting him in discussions about being the best EVER. Honestly, I don’t know about that, but right now, no one can beat him. I’m expecting a shootout. Packers 38-33.
Last week Brady and the Pats struggled against a team they were clearly light years better. Yet again, the two B’s (Brady and Belichick) they find a way to win. It was clear to me that they took the field thinking the game would be easy and then had to refocus during the game, meaning they needed to get their shit together. If they take the field against the Steelers like that, they can get in trouble (although I refuse to believe that a Bill Belichick coached team will commit this same mistake) due to the way Pittsburgh defense and the other killer B’s (augmented by Chris Boswell now, he scored all their points against the Chiefs) are playing. However, New England’s defense is spectacular this year and when it’s all said and done the Steelers are facing Tom and Bill in Foxborough in a postseason game. I don’t think they can handle it. Patriots 30-22.
Has the time finally come for us to witness maybe the greatest quarterback battle in the history of the Super Bowl, Brady vs. Rodgers? Let’s turn on our TVs this Sunday and find out. Enjoy!
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