The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers were victorious in their Conference Championship matches last night as they set up an intriguing Super Bowl matchup which will be played in two weeks’ time.
The Packers were the first to book their place in American Football’s showpiece event held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas. Green Bay were victors in the NFC match against outsiders the Chicago Bears.
The Packers had raced into a 14-0 lead by halftime as the Bears failed to move the football down the field, having been camped on their own end zone at one point and were forced to punt the ball away. The Bears came back in the final quarter and outscored Aaron Rodger’s Green Bay by 14-7, however it was not enough as Green Bay came out victorious 21-14.
Although Rodgers was unable to throw a single touchdown pass however he did run in a six pointer of his own as he still threw more yards than his opposite quarterback, finishing with 244 yards to Caleb Hanie’s 153 yards for one touchdown.
In the AFC the wildcard New York Jets, who had already beaten two Super Bowl winning franchises in recent years in the form of the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots, came up against the Steelers, led by two times Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, with the Steelers coming out on top 24-19.
The damage was done in the first half by the Steelers as they put up 24 points to the Jets’ three. Although the Jets replied with two touchdowns and a field goal they were unable to overcome the sold defence of the Steelers, and were seen out of the Championship match 24-19.
Although the Jets’ Mark Sanchez threw two touchdowns for a total of 233 yards his side were unable to overcome the Steelers, who were by far the favourites. Roethlisberger on the other hand threw two interceptions and completed just ten of 19 attempted passes in a match where he recorded just 133 yards. However, Pittsburgh’s running game was unable to be stopped by the Jets’ defence as they rushed for three touchdowns to set up their third Super Bowl appearance in six years.
Both sides will have a one week rest before the America’s greatest sporting events kicks off in Texas on 6 February with the Packer’s currently the favourites to win by two points.
If the Packers were to win it would be their first triumph since Brett Favre led them to success in Super Bowl XXXI in 1996; if the Steelers are victorious at Cowboys Stadium it will be Ben Roethlisberger’s third Super Bowl ring and the franchise’s seventh win, the first of which came in 1974.
Either way, it is sure to be an historic night in Arlington whichever way the most watched sports event in the world goes.