posted on Jan, 21 2006 @ 11:30 AM
I think Denver's probably the "best" team left in the playoffs. But, Carolina's the majic. That's why they've bee so consistantly fun to
I HOPE to see Carolina
Though I will hate to have to pull against the Steelers.
Those two teams would be a real street fight.
The two BEST defensive teams in the NFL. Some say, it would be a real low-scoring game. (snooze)
I say, with Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith, don't count on that. They will explode at least once or twice, if not more, on a roll, in every game. The
more difficult the challenge, the more dangerous they get (especially Delhomme). That's their mystery. That majic.
I'm not gonna predict a score between those two yet. I wanna watch both teams win their games tomorrow. I think Pittsburgh is gonna have the toughest
time, having to play on the road again and in that mile-high stadium with that hostile crowd. If they beat the Broncs, they will have once again won
me over for life. And on the road!.. Smokin! Go STEELERS!
Here's a look at how each match-up might pan out:
4. Steelers vs. Panthers
Why it could be great: Jerome Bettis, playing his final game and his first Super Bowl in his hometown, Detroit. If the Steelers beat the Broncos, get
ready for two weeks of media tributes to Bettis. He's earned those tributes with his play on the field, but his status as the most press-friendly
player in the league will ensure nothing but glowing coverage. In the Super Bowl, Bettis would have Jeff Hartings and Alan Faneca, the Steelers' only
two offensive Pro Bowlers, blocking for him against the excellent Carolina defensive line.
Pittsburgh-Carolina would be an all-wild-card Super Bowl, and that would make next year's playoff race all the more exciting. In previous years, when
the No. 6 seed had never made it to the conference championship game, let alone the Super Bowl, the end of the regular season hasn't seemed as
intriguing because wild-card contenders aren't given much of a chance to win three straight road games to get to the Super Bowl. If the Steelers and
the Panthers add to the intrigue by advancing to the big game as a No. 6 seed and a No. 5 seed, next year's playoff race will give fans of even the
lowliest wild-card team hope.
Why it would be a dreary day: These teams were wild cards for a reason. Pittsburgh and Carolina have played two great games in the playoffs, but
they're not as good as Denver and Seattle. Successful wild-card teams will make future playoff races seem more exciting, but the Super Bowl is
supposed to be about the two best teams in football, and it's hard to make the case that Pittsburgh and Carolina really are the best teams in each
Steelers coach Bill Cowher loves to run, so fans would more often see Bettis take a handoff for three yards and a cloud of FieldTurf than
Roethlisberger passing to Hines Ward and Antwaan Randle El. Panthers coach John Fox loves to run, too, and that's even less exciting because the
Panthers aren't even good at running. Without their top two running backs, Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster, the Panthers will turn to career backup
Nick Goings. Even when Davis and Foster were healthy, the Panthers didn't run particularly well, averaging only 3.4 yards a carry.
Carolina and Pittsburgh have the two top defenses still in the playoffs, which means it would probably be the lowest-scoring game. Low-scoring
football excites traditionalists, but most fans prefer high-scoring games, and Steelers-Panthers isn't likely to break any offensive records.
February in Detroit isn't the most alluring locale for the biggest sporting event in the year. But if the game is a classic, the site won't matter.
All four possible matchups have the potential for greatness, but if you just want to see a good game, Pittsburgh and Seattle is the game you should
Good luck to all the teams playing tomorrow.
[edit on 1/21/06 by EastCoastKid]