With the Conference Championship games wrapped up we now know who will be appearing in Super Bowl 51 in Houston on February 5th. The Conference Championship games didn’t quite live up to the hype many expected as the Atlanta Falcons’ offense proved to be too much for the Green Bay Packers, while the Pittsburgh Steelers bowed to the New England Patriots.
Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan and the offense were unstoppable, marching up and down the field like the Ohio State Marching Band. The Packers simply had no answer for Atlanta’s high-powered offense and it wasn’t until the second half before Green Bay would even get on the board. By that time the Falcons had already established a 24-point lead. Although Green Bay appeared to be crawling back into the game, scoring 15 points in the third quarter, it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the additional 20 points the Falcons scored in the second half. Easily, Atlanta beat Green Bay 44-21 in a game that really wasn’t ever close.
The evening game took place in New England and controversy-riddled headlines ran coast to coast when a New England Patriots’ fan was arrested for pulling a fire alarm at the Hilton Hotel at Boston Logan International Airport Sunday morning. The New England Patriots have been shrouded in controversy over the past couple of decades and although this likely had little or no impact on the performance of the Steelers (because the Steelers were never evacuated) it does still leave a mark on the all ready battered image of the New England Patriots.
Both the Patriots and the Steelers were playing for more than just a trip to the Super Bowl. In fact both teams were on the hook for a record-breaking Conference Championship win that would catapult their team above all others for Conference Championship wins. Unfortunately for the Steelers, they’d miss out on both opportunities. The New England Patriots also dominated on Sunday leading the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-9 by the half. Despite the close score at the start of the second half, the Patriots were playing far more dominant football, which translated to a 36-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In other sports, the 2017 X Games begin this Thursday in Aspen. Athletes from all over the world are converging on Aspen/Buttermilk Mountain to compete in the world’s most extreme winter sports venue. The X Games will be filled with some of the craziest stunts and tricks winter sports has ever witnessed along with various music artists performing for the masses. Let the games begin!