The NFL Season is approaching its end as we head into the final weekend with multiple NFL Games. Those games are possibly the two best games we will be treated to all year as the Pittsburgh Steelers travel New England to face the Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons host the Green Bay Packers. The winner of these games will then travel to Houston to play for the 51st Super Bowl. So who will have a chance to win it all?
Here, Madden NFL 17 predicts the outcome of this weekend’s games. The game currently has a record of 6-2 in the playoffs having once again picked 3 games correctly and missing on the fourth. Can it be perfect from here on out?
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons
Of these two games it would be fair to assume that this game will be the highest scoring, but the first quarter suggested it may be a little more defensive. Barring each team scoring on their first drive, the Packers hit a field goal and the Falcons found the endzone courtesy of Matt Ryan, the teams exchanged punts for much of the first quarter. In fact, of the 8 total first downs, just 3 came after each team’s first drives.
The second quarter was similar in the sense that each team only managed one score. The Falcons found the endzone again after Devonta Freeman ran it in from 2-yards out to go up 14-3 and were driving down the field again on their next drive but Matt Bryant missed a field goal. The Packers, having seemingly been boosted from that field goal miss, got in the endzone on their next drive as Aaron Rodgers found a receiver in the endzone to leave the score at 14-10 Falcons going into halftime.
The 3rd quarter followed the same script as the first half as once again each team only managed one score. Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones who took it 80 yards to the house to extend the Falcons lead to 11 points. Randall Cobb then found the endzone on a 7-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers but they failed a 2-point conversion attempt and were down by 5 points heading into the 4th quarter, which began with a Falcons 3rd & goal from the 2-yard line.
The Falcons found the endzone on that 3rd down attempt thanks to Devonta Freeman, but the Packers once again replied with a touchdown after another Randall Cobb touchdown catch. That was it for the Packers though, as the Falcons kicked a field goal and then Julio Jones found the endzone one more time to stretch the score to 38-23 with just a few minute remaining. A 4th down stop from the Falcons defense officially sealed the game for the Dirty Birds who will now travel to face either the New England Patriots or the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl LI.
Falcons 38 – Packers 23
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots
The first quarter was maybe slightly less cagey than some people would expect. The Steelers marched down the field on the first drive of the game, picking up chunks of yardage and moving with ease down the field, a sack forced them to settle for a field goal which was quickly capitalized on by the Patriots who found the endzone on their ensuing drive following a LeGarrette Blount 45-yard run. However, the Steelers then found the endzone for themselves, as Ben Roethlisberger hit Ladarius Green in the endzone on a 23-yard strike.
The second quarter was a little more explosive as the two teams combined for 27 points. The Steelers scored first, with Roethlisberger once again finding Ladarius Green once again but this time for 70-yards after Tom Brady threw an interception. The Pats responded with a field goal only for Le’Veon Bell to find the endzone and put the Steelers 24-10 up. The Patriots did get a touchdown back, once again courtesy of LeGarrette Blount, and the Steelers added another field goal to go into halftime 27-17 up.
The third quarter slowed right down in terms of scoring. The Steelers only managed to punt in the 3rd quarter meanwhile LeGarrette Blount found the endzone for the third time on the day to bring the score to 27-24. The Steelers did, however, end the quarter facing a 3rd & inches from the Patriots 3-yard line.
The Steelers punched it into the endzone following the 3rd & inches conversion to put them 10-points up on the Patriots with just 13 minutes left. However, the Patriots couldn’t find much joy and allowed another Steelers touchdown to go down 41-24 with just 8 minutes left. Tom Brady found Julian Edelman in the endzone later in the quarter but then Le’Veon Bell sealed the game away with a few first downs as the Steelers upset the Patriots in Foxboro to advance to their 4th Super Bowl in the last 13 years.
Steelers 41 – Patriots 31
Following these two great games the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Atlanta Falcons will travel to Houston to face off for the Super Bowl LI crown. Can the Steelers win their 7th Lombardi Trophy or will the Falcons win their first Super Bowl in Franchise history?