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Steelers 27 Packers 24

I know I’m going to upset some of my Packer brethren¬†with this prediction but I just feel like the Steelers are the better team. Here’s why…

First Rashard Mendenhall. I see him having a big game. If he rushes for over 100 yards it’s game over. Packers must stop him to have a shot. The more Mendenhall is running, the less time you will see the Packer offense on the field. Now Pouncey’s (C) injury on the Steeler offensive line could be a factor. As Packer fans know, their defense will bring a blitz from anywhere on the field. One of the center’s jobs at the line is to call out line checks and blitz pickups. Losing Pouncey is huge but I still don’t think the Pack will stop them from moving the ball.

Pittsburgh D. If you look back at the season and even the course of his career, the games where Aaron Rodgers has struggled (which is very few) is when he’s faced a lot of pressure. He tends to hold the ball a little too long in these situations. I see the Steelers getting quite a bit of pressure on him with their various packages and alignments. Their secondary is good, but not great. I do think it’s good enough that the Steelers are comfortable with blitzing at any time.

It’s going to be close. I see it being a great game. Very evenly matched. Early on, I’m going to be looking at how the Packer offensive line handles the Steelers defensive line. If they are handling them early on and Rodgers has time to throw, then the Packers have a great chance.

My NFC Championship prediction was a 20-14 victory for Green Bay. They won 21-14. Sometimes I hit and sometimes I’m totally wrong. I know my Packer friends are hoping it’s the latter.