The Steelers are now playing with house money and a sense of destiny after their stunning upset over the top seeded Colts last week, becoming the first 6th seed to play in a Conference Championship Game. Meanwhile the Broncos unbeaten at home all year are coming of dominating win that dethroned the Patriots. Logic will tell you that the Broncos are the heavy favorites, having the home field edge while the Steelers have struggled in the AFC Championship Game, with a 1-4 record despite playing all 5 games at home since 1994, including 1997 against the Broncos. Perhaps this year in a year where they are not supposed to win they do, as Jerome Bettis in his final year gets to the Super Bowl in his home town. However, there will be no such Hollywood Ending, as the Broncos win on a Jason Elam FG in overtime.
Last week the Seahawks lost MVP Shaun Alexander early and had 3 costly turnovers and still won comfortably against the Redskins. If they play that poorly again against the Panthers they won’t be as lucky. However, this week their play will not be nearly as bad. Meanwhile the Panthers offense was flying high against the Bears as Steve Smith had a field day. However it came at a price as RB DeShaun Foster broke his ankle. The home field edge could be big in this game as Seattle hosts in first conference championship with a chance to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. Look for a big day from the MVP Alexander, who after a fumble and 3 quarters missed with a concussion will be extra hungry and will carry the day as the Seahawks punch their ticket to Super Bowl XL in Detroit.