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Championship Sunday Preview and Predictions

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Lasell chapter.

NFC Championship Game

            The Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers will meet for the NFC Championship on Sunday at 3:05p.m. (ET) and it promises to be a high scoring shootout. These two teams met back in week eight in Atlanta and the Falcons beat the Packers 33-32. Expect another high scoring close game in this one. The Falcons have the number one ranked offense in football and have won five in a row, including a 36-20 victory over the Seahawks in the Divisional round. Meanwhile the Packers were 4-6 at a point this year and things were not going well. Aaron Rodgers said they were going to run the table, and run the table they have. The Packers come into this game winners of eight games in a row, including wins over the Giants in the Wild Card round and the Cowboys in the Divisional round. Rodgers has been on a hot streak that looks very similar to the run he went on in 2010, the only time he has won the Super Bowl.  The Falcons have the best offense in the league, while the Packers probably have the hottest player on the planet right now. This one should be decided late in the fourth quarter, and could be determined by whoever touches the ball last.

Prediction: Packers 38 Falcons 34

AFC Championship Game

            The run in the AFC by Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger is nothing short of amazing. Since the 2001 season, there have only been two instances where the Patriots or Steelers weren’t in the AFC Championship Game. And since 2003 only one time has the AFC Super Bowl representative quarterback not been Brady, Manning, or Roethlisberger. And once again it will be either Brady or Roethlisberger this year. The Patriots have only lost two games this season, and only one of them with Brady. They beat the Steelers back in week seven 27-16 but Roethlisberger was hurt and did not play. The Steelers chance in this game is with the Killer B’s– Ben, Bell, and Brown. Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell, and wide receiver Antonio Brown are all amongst the best at each of their positions. Those three will have to be clicking if the Steelers want to win. As for the Patriots, they have to make improvements from last week, when they beat the Texans 34-16. They might have won by 18 but they didn’t play great. Brady has had a good history of playing well against the Steelers, and the Patriots hope that continues on Sunday.

Predictions: Patriots 27 Steelers 23

Nick is a Senior Communications major with a focus in Sports Communications at Lasell College. Hailing from Pequannock, New Jersey, you can always find Nick watching some type of sports. His favorite teams include the Mets and the Jets. His other interests include listening to EDM and playing video games. His favorite outfit is his birthday suit, and his favorite pickup line is "Are you from Tennessee? Because you're the only ten-I-see."
Taylor is a senior at Lasell majoring in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in sociology. She has happily been a member of Her Campus Lasell for the past two years. This will be her second year as Campus Correspondent. She is also involved with Active Minds on campus. Taylor runs a camp during the summer, and in her free time likes to bake cookies, get swoll at the gym, eat fancy food and travel through Europe.