I think Arizona beats the spread, but Pittsburgh still wins and becomes the first team to win six Super Bowls.
Pittsburgh has looked very good in the playoffs, but against a Chargers offense without it's star player, it was easy to key in on Sproles as the guy to stop, whereas Indianapolis got caught with their pants down. Also, against a Ravens team that was chewed all to hell, it was easier for Roethlisberger to hit his stride and throw for 250+ (a comparison of injury reports, not to take anything away from the Steelers). The Steelers defense is very impressive, but your execution and gameplan against the Cardinals highly potent offense must be A++ (as both Philadelphia and Carolina could attest).
Most importantly, though, is that the Steelers can win games by only a field goal, which is what I believe they will do.
"Laugh and the world laughs with you. Frown and the world laughs at you." -Me.
I had a lot of doubts about Atlanta and Carolina's defense. Philly's defense looked lost in that first half, but once they caught on, they clamped down hard on the Cards, save for that one drive. Now the Cards face down a real defense that'll have Larry Fitzgerald in their sights. Fitzgerald will break away for one TD, but that'll be all he gets.
Skinner: Well, I was wrong. The lizards are a godsend.
Lisa: But isn't that a bit short-sighted? What happens when we're overrun by lizards?
Skinner: No problem. We simply release wave after wave of Chinese needle snakes. They'll wipe out the lizards.
Lisa: But aren't the snakes even worse?
Skinner: Yes, but we're prepared for that. We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.
Lisa: But then we're stuck with gorillas!
Skinner: No, that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death!
Teams with +++ are eliminated from the playoffs AFC 1. Tennessee (12-1) SOUTH CHAMPION, 1st round bye. Wins home field advantage with win AND Pitt loss 2. Pittsburgh (10-3) North leader 3. Denver (8-5)