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NFL Playoffs: NFC Championship Prediction

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James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots coach Bill Belichick felt the Steelers, who survived the divisional playoff with six field goals and no touchdowns, could have scored 40 points at Kansas City. "They were pretty consistently tough to deal with through that entire period of time, which has been all of my years in the league". The Steelers have won nine straight since starting the season 4-5.

The Broncos hit Brady 20 times in a 20-18 victory that sent them on their way to the Super Bowl.

Brady's next Super Bowl ring would make five; Roethlisberger has two. In professional leagues like the NFL, the Conference Championships don't hold almost as much weight as the championship game, but they're still a badge of pride for the teams that win and make it to the Super Bowl. It's also tied for the second-most under Bill Belichick, and you have to go back to 2001 to find a Patriots team that fumbled more (29). Tom Brady, now 39-years-old, is showing no signs of slowing down, and he is always able to get the most out of the weapons around him. Dimitroff was the Patriots' director of college scouting in 2003-07 and a part of back-to-back Super Bowl champion teams.

Blount got picked up by the Patriots and helped them win the Super Bowl. "But I know they will play the over for sure". He ran for 167 yards with two touchdowns against the Dolphins, and ran for 17- yards against the Chiefs.

National Football League predictions and picks for the 2017 Conference Round of the playoffs from the experts at ESPN are here, and Sunday's NFC and AFC games are intriguing.

Bell, averaging 168.5 rushing yards this postseason, set a franchise record for rushing yards against Miami in the wild-card round, then broke it Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium. TD Tommy throws four touchdown passes and the oft-maddening Pats' defense forces the Steelers to settle twice for field goals. Beat them, that's all.

"If this has taught us anything, it's how important that home-field advantage is", Rodgers said. But that won't be enough. I was anxious about Antonio Brown being an elite talent in this league.

With different words at a different time and in a different setting, Mike Tomlin essentially delivered the same message. It's not going to happen against the Patriots. That was again the case this season, as they finished plus-12, third best in the NFL. Julian Edelman will be the main man in the receiving end. But he needs to be efficient.

Ol' Tom, without the Pats' second-best player (Rob Gronkowski), did a Matt Ryan-number on the Steelers' ill-advised zone defense in the first half, completing 19 of 24 passes for 222 yards and two scores to Chris "Colonel" Hogan, who had seven catches for 117 yards before the break. However, Brady already threw two interceptions against the Texans last week.

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