Tomorrow sees the championship games in the NFC and AFC, with the winners advancing to the almighty Super Bowl. I doubt I’ll be able to watch the games, but I’ll be keenly interested in the results. The AFC championship sees the Baltimore Ravens travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in an AFC North division rematch. The Steelers should have the edge, as they’ve beaten the Ravens twice in the past (albeit in games that were both in reach for the Ravens), and they have more veteran leadership along with a hefty homefield advantage. Plus, I’m sure they’ll be inspired and spurred to victory by the mayor of Pittsburgh temporarily changing his name from Ravenstahl to Steelerstahl. I’d personally like to see the Ravens upset them, but they’ll be facing an uphill battle.
The NFC championship is tougher to call. The Philadelphia Eagles travel to Pheonix to face the Arizona Cardinals, who despite a mediocre record in the regular season have been playing well in the playoffs. I think Philadelphia might eke out the victory through the tough play of their defense and the leadership of Donovan McNabb. We shall see. In any case, it’s a nice escape from tough economic news and frigid weather outside.