Only 12 made the tournament, and now we’re down to just two - Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.
The AFC Championship game was the story of two halves - Pittsburgh owned the first and the Jets dominated the second.
The pivotal moment occurred in the fourth quarter when New York was stopped on first-and-goal from the two-yard line.
You just knew after the Jets cut the gap to five points with just over three minutes remaining, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would make a play to seal the win. He did just that and with under two minutes left on a third-and-six, he bought time with his legs and made a play that gave them the first down they needed to run out the clock.
If Big Ben can win another Super Bowl next week, people are going to have to put him in the same sentence as Joe Montana and Tom Brady.
The Packers are the second team to be a sixth-seeded wild-card team to make it to the Super Bowl. The other team to do this was the Steelers, who won the Super Bowl in 2005, and the Giants did it in 2007 as the fifth seed.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is playing solid, and being indoors on a fast track will really help the Pack as they face the best D in the league.
The Freak watched the NFC Championship game with Packers’ fan Cheesie and Bears fan EI, and it was quite entertaining watching the joy of winning and agony of defeat.
What will give in the Super Bowl?
The play of a hot quarterback, or the dominance of the league’s top-ranked D?
Stay tuned for The Freak’s in-depth Super Bowl coverage next Saturday.
Stat of the Week
This is how close the NFL is - if the New York Giants don’t blow that 21-point lead with seven minutes left against the Eagles, they make the playoffs and the Packers do not.
"The season started with 32 teams having Super Bowl dreams. Only 12 made the tournament, and now we’re down to just two - Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers." - John Turner
Pet peeve of the week
When will some NFL teams learn that you need to invest some money in a quality back-up quarterback in case your starter goes down?
The Bears called on back-up Todd Collins to play in the second half of the NFC Championship game after Jay Cutler hurt his knee. If you looked at any of his season stats, you know Collins is rotten, and Chicago would have no chance of coming back.
Collins was terrible in the time he was in the game. The Bears got lucky he got hurt as third-string Caleb Hanie at least gave them a fighting chance of winning.
Coach Parcells’ quote of the week
Once left a gasoline can in LT’s locker with a note that read, “Is there any gas left in your tank?”
Super Bowl notes
-- $3 million for a 30-second commercial.
-- Christina Aguilera will sing the national anthem, and one of The -- Freak’s favourite bands, Black Eyed Peas, will perform at halftime.
-- Once again the host city won’t have their team in the big game.
-- Packers are a three-point favourite.
-- 17 players from the Steelers have two Super Bowl rings.
-- No players on the Packers have Super Bowl rings.
John Turner is a Summerside schoolteacher. His column appears every Saturday during the
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