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Tuesday, January 24, 2006 

Blown Away

I was dead wrong on both conference championship games. The Steelers took control in the second quarter of their game against the Broncos, scoring 21 points, including two TDs in the final 2 minutes after an ill-advised Jake Plummer throw was intercepted. Pittsburgh came out throwing, but ended up rushing the ball 33 times while Ben Roethlisberger completed 21 of 29 passes for 275 yards and 2 TDs. By holding onto the ball for just over 36 minutes, they kept Denver off the field, and kept the pressure on Jake Plummer.

Then came Seattle's dismantling of Carolina. I was impressed by the Panthers domination of the Giants and Bears, but I overlooked a few important things. First, the Giants and Bears were probably overrated. Second, without DeShaun Foster, the Panthers running game was going to be suspect. Nick Goings rushed the ball just 5 times for two yards before leaving with an injury, and once Seattle started building their lead there was little Jake Delhomme could do. Seattle won time of possession 41:51 to 18:09, won the turnover ratio 4-0, and outrushed Carolina 190 to 36.

I think this Super Bowl matchup is very interesting, but more on that over the next 2 weeks.

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