Tuesday, 17 January 2017

5 things to watch this NFL Championship Sunday

Forget the Super Bowl, this IS the best Sunday of the year. Two NFL championship games, baby. Here are 5 storylines to watch out for on Sunday.

1. Big Ben's mobility

Nursing a lower body injury, Ben Rothlisberger is always a storyline in a Steelers game. Can he escape the pressure like vintage Ben? We'll find out.

2. Matt Ice on the big stage

Matt Ryan is the only QB left that hasn't won a title. How will he play on the biggest stage? Will he keep up his stellar play or buckle under the pressure of the larger spotlight?

3. Patriots running game

You never know what New England is going to do on offense with their running game. Will Blount carry it 20 times? Will Dion Lewis become even more of a go-to on the ground? How will James White factor in?

4. Packers defensive pressure

Everyone assumes that Atlanta will be able to throw and run at will. But perhaps Clay Matthews can turn back the clock and come up with a defensive game of yesterday. If not, this will be a 43-40 type of game.

5. Tom Brady magic?

He is the winning-est quarterback in NFL history. Without the wear and tear of four early games, and with a bye week to start the postseason, we could be primed for an outstanding Tom Brady performance. All signs point to it.

Hear more analysis this Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 9am ET on TSN 690 in Montreal, brought to you by DeadHitSports.com.