The American Football Conference playoffs are in their second round this weekend. The Jets, Patriots, Steelers and Ravens are the four teams are the ones who will fight until only one stands among them, who will that team be? What players should we keep our eyes on? What are the world’s predictions for the 2011 AFC Playoffs? Check it out in our story, give your own predictions and enjoy the photos and videos after the jump.
On Saturday January 15th and Sunday January 16th, four AFC teams will face each other in the playoffs, only two teams will pass to the next round to earn their ticket to the XLV Super Bowl in Texas, who will be the lucky one?
Starting with our predictions for the game on Saturday , Jan. 15 between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. If we take a look at each team’s defensive strategies and players that can make a difference here – Jameel McClain, Terrell Suggs, Dawan Landry and Ed Reed these fellas make the Ravens’ defense stronger and although there are amazing players like Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice and WR’s like Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason that stand for their team, there is no doubt their defense can make things very difficult for the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s offense is the key to success, RB Rashard Mendenhall and QB Ben Roethlisberger let’s not forget WR Mike Wallace, predictions? The Steelers have a better chance to win, sorry Flacco!
And it looks like we guess it right, the Steelers won 31-24 and got their ticket to AFC Championships against….. The Jets!!!!!
And when it comes to injuries on both teams, we have Matt Birk with a knee injury, Tavares Gooden (shoulder ), Chris Carr (thigh ), Tom Zbikowski (Back ) and Donte’ Stallworth, apparently an illness has left him out of the Ravens’ practice. As for the Steelers, Bryant McFadden is recovering from an injury to his abdomen, Troy Polamalu (ankle) and Aaron Smith (triceps). This game will be broadcast by CBS at 4:30 p.m. ET live from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The other two teams will meet on Sunday Jan. 16, the New York Jets vs. New England Patriots. The rivalry between them started thanks to coaches leaving one team to sign with the other back in the 60’s (Bill Parcells), until 50 years later when Eric Mangini left the Patriots to sign with the Jets. While the offense is pretty tight between both teams, each of them has phenomenal players, the Patriots of course have Tom Brady, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis and WR Wes Welker, but the Jets count on Mark Sanchez, WR Braylon Edwards and RB LaDainian Tomlinson, to even things up, but what can give any team the victory, “Defense” and that goes to the Patriots. What players are injured? The Jets have Brad Smith (groin), Brandon Moore (back) and Damien Woody with an injury to his Achilles tendon that left him out for the rest of the season as for the Patriots injuries come from Tully Banta-Cain (groin), Jermaine Cunningham (calf), Deion Branch (knee) and Myron Pryor with a back injury. Their match will be broadcast by CBS 4:30 ET from Gillette Stadium. The final results on this game was a victory for the Jets 28 over the Patriots 21. They will meet the Steelers on January 23rd in Pittsburgh.
And what if the Steelers and the Patriots revived their rivalry that started back in 2004 when the Patriots beat the Steelers for their chance to be at Super Bowl XXXVIII? The Patriots took the title home when they beat the Carolina Panthers. Tell us what are your AFC predictions? Which is your favorite team and what players do you consider to be a key factor to their team during Playoffs? Check out some photos and videos below.
Photos: www.wenn.com/ PNP, Aruna Gilbert, White House Official Photographer