NFL Playoff Predictions: Steelers, Patriots Face Tough Test In Divisional Round

January 4, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

NFL playoff predictions for the AFC divisional round feature two great matchups. 
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers defense is tops in the NFL in points allowed and sacks and second in the NFL in yards surrendered. And even though they have all-world safety Troy Polamalu, the Pittsburgh secondary struggles to silence pass-first, run-second teams: their only two decisive losses came to the pass-happy Patriots and Saints. 
That bodes well for Peyton Manning and the Colts, but the Steelers don't have to rush more than four to get pressure on him. He'll burn them for a few plays, but not enough to overcome a fourth quarter deficit. 
Steelers 24, Colts 20
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots: The Ravens were the last team to really frustrate Tom Brady, picking him off twice in a Week Six 23-20 loss. That day in Foxborough, the Ravens really contained the New England offense through three quarters, until Brady...

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