Chicago Bears Huddle continues its playoff picks with this historic weekend. Managing Editor Adam Oestmann (3-5), Featured Columnist Darren Doxey (6-2) and reader Ryan Gravlee (5-3) will go head to head through the Super Bowl for final bragging rights. This week are the NFL Conference Championship games!
AFC Conference Championship
New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers
The improbable sixth seed that was the New York Jets will roll into Pittsburgh plenty full on confidence. After knocking off the favorite New England Patriots just one week ago, don't expect the Jets to be intimidated by two-time Super Bowl champ Ben Rothlisberger. After all, they had to beat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to get there. Being the Jets' second AFC title game in as many years, they feel certain that this is their year. For the Steelers, this will be their fourth AFC title game in seven years, and Rothlisberger is as hot as ever having led his team in a come behind victory over the Ravens just last week.
Adams pick: Steelers
Darren's pick: Steelers
Ryan's pick: Jets
NFC Conference Championship
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
Ironically, the NFC's original sixth seed Green Bay Packers will also be playing for their Conference title and a trip to the Super Bowl. But perhaps ever more improbable, is the fact that they will have to beat their divisional rival Chicago Bears to get there. The longest standing rivalry in the NFL, and yet this will only be the second time these two teams have ever met in the postseason. The two went 1-1 against each other during the regular season, and now they intend to settle that score while securing infinite bragging rights with a win today. Aaron Rodgers has proven to be a massive threat in the postseason, throwing 10 touchdowns and just one interception through his three career playoff starts. Jay Cutler will also be riding an impressive performance, over Seattle, in which he threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more.
Adam's pick: Bears
Darren's pick: Packers
Ryan's pick: Bears