Alright we've got our two teams. Steelers from the AFC and the Seahawks from the NFC. One was supposed to be there all along, the other is the first of its kind. Tonight we'll look at Seattle and tomorrow I'll cover Pittsburgh.
Let's take a look at the Seahawks. Seattle came out on top of Carolina 34-14, in a game that was dominated from the start. As the #1 seed in the NFC, they we're supposed to be here...and for good reason. The Seahawks run the best offense in the NFC, they have quite possibly the most Underrated QBs in the league, and oh yeah...The NFL MVP, Shawn Alexander (pictured left), Running the ball for them. Another thing you probably noticed coming into yesterday's NFC conference championship...those that had jumped off the Panther bandwagon halfway through the season...were back talking all the smack they could about, "Oh I picked the Panthers in the preseason." or "Carolina has been my team since the beginning of the year." Funny how that worked out huh?
I'll admit that the Panthers did look good coming into the game, taking down both the Giants and Chicago on the road...but Seattle's offense and their Defense was too much. While we credit Alexander and Hasselback...remember that the Seahawk defense picked off Jake Delhomme 3 times. Coming into the game Delhomme had the best QB ranking in the history of the playoffs...his QB Ranking today...34.9 (this according to Primecomputing.com). Truth be told, it was Seattle's Defense that won the game. Not only did MLB Lofa Tatupu (pictured right) knock out Panthers' RB Nick Goings, and Intercept a pass...but the Rookie out of USC ran the Seahawk defense, as he has all year, to perfection. Shutting down the most explosive WR in the league in Steve Smith, holding him to just 33 yards on 5 grabs. If they had MVPs of Conference Championship games Tatupu would be it.
Sehawks are in, as they should've been from the beginning. But they're going to face a team with a chip on their shoulder, a team with a 7 game win streak, a team that's sending off its hero and a sure fire hall of famer, a team with a QB who will be the best out of a very deep draft (the first round saw Eli Manning, J.P. Losman, Philip Rivers, and "Big Ben" Roethlisberger go alone). The Steelers will be a tough team to beat...and we'll look at their win over the Broncos tomorrow.