Here’s your NFL playoff schedule for the conference championships this weekend. The Packers will play the Bears in Chicago at 3:00 on Sunday on FOX. The Packers are three-point favorites, but Michael Bean, in his playoff picks post, picks the Bears to win a close game in a hostile environment for the Packers.
The game most of you care about between the Jets and Steelers is in Pittsburgh at 6:30 Sunday on CBS. The Steelers are three-point favorites, but that seems a bit low to me given that they’ll be playing at home. Speaking of which, the Steelers are telling their fans to make sure Heinz Field is really, really loud:
“Lots of noise, lots of excitement,” said Ben Roethlisberger. “We want energy, which they always bring, but take it to the next level. Mark Sanchez uses a cadence and I want it to be so loud they can’t hear him talk” …
“I want them to be exactly like they were last week,” said Chris Hoke. “They were loud, excited, they were into it. We need that so their offense has a hard time making checks in their reads and confuse them, go out and make some false starts.”
Many players said this week that the last game was the loudest they have ever heard Heinz Field get, and they are hoping for more.
SB Nation Pittsburgh’s Pete Wilmoth predicts a seven-point win for the Steelers.