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And then there were four. The New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers are the four teams left standing, and this weekend, they’ll battle for the right to compete in the Super Bowl. As has been the case all season long, the Patriots enter the week as the favourite to win it all.


New England Patriots

Odds to Win Super Bowl: +150

The Patriots put forth one of their worst efforts of the season last week and still managed to beat the Houston Texans 34-16. QB Tom Brady threw two interceptions after tossing just two the entire regular season.

Their challenge this week will be to stop a Pittsburgh Steelers team that’s won nine straight games. New England beat them in the regular season, but QB Ben Roethlisberger missed that contest with an injury. Regardless, Brady has a great history against the Steelers. He’s 7-2 against them in the regular season and 2-0 in the playoffs. Through nine regular season meetings, he’s compiled a 114.2 passer rating. Honing in on just the matchups in New England, which is where this week’s game will be, he has 15 touchdowns and no interceptions. 


Atlanta Falcons

Odds to Win Super Bowl: +260

The Falcons continue to get overlooked, but they’ll get all the attention they can handle if they beat QB Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers this weekend. While Rodgers gets credit for his performance during the Packers’ eight-game winning streak, QB Matt Ryan has been nearly as good during that same time frame. During that span, Rodgers has passed for 21 touchdowns, with one interception and has completed 68.9% of his passes. As for Ryan, he’s passed for 17 touchdowns, with two interceptions and has completed 72.4% of his passes. 


Green Bay Packers

Odds to Win Super Bowl: +375

Many people are wondering if the Packers can be stopped. Once again, Rodgers carried the team on his back, leading them to victory in Dallas and extending their winning streak to eight games. He’ll be eager to face a Falcons pass defense that ranked 28th in the NFL in yards and allowed 31 touchdowns (28th in the NFL). However, the Packers’ secondary allowed one more touchdown pass (32).

Keep an eye on the Packers’ injury report, as they’re pretty banged up. Receiver Jordy Nelson (ribs), who led the NFL in touchdown receptions, missed last week’s game. Safety Morgan Burnett (quad), receiver Davante Adams (ankle), cornerback Quinten Rollins (concussion) and left tackle David Backhtiari (knee) were all forced from the game last week at different points, but some managed to return.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Odds to Win Super Bowl: +425

The Steelers failed to score a touchdown last week, but six Chris Boswell field goals pushed them through to the AFC Championship Game. Ben Roethlisberger had a modest game passing for 224 yards, with one interception, but running back Le’Veon Bell carried the load with 170 rushing yards. He’s the key to their success, as they’re now 8-0 (including the playoffs) when he runs for at least 100 yards.


*Odds as of January 17, 2017