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Just When You Thought You Knew the NFL Playoffs........

Last weekend, everyone thought they knew that the Steelers would go to Denver and take care of business against the Broncos in the wild card game last Sunday evening. Tim Tebow simply wouldn't have a chance against the league's number one defense. The Broncos were 8-8 and had no real business being in the playoffs in the first place. The 12-4 Steelers could just set a date for the following Saturday night against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

316 Tim Tebow passing yards later, the Steelers were stunned and out of the first round of the playoffs.

A lot of people thought they knew that the Saints were playing better football than anyone in the league down the stretch, and even though they had to go to Candlestick Park to take on the 49ers in the divisional playoffs Saturday afternoon, the odds makers suggested that New Orleans was the better team. And since it's an offensive league, and the '9ers were led by quarterback Alex Smith, Drew Brees held the ring and the passing records, and the better quarterback would prevail.

Brees did throw for 462 yards, but the Saints turned the football over five times, and the 49ers led most of the game. Even though Brees did lead the Saints on two late touchdown drives, Smith turned out to be the hero as he matched Brees touchdown drive for touchdown drive in the closing moments, including the game-winning pass to Vernon Davis with nine seconds remaining.

Everyone thought they knew that the 49ers would be traveling to Lambeau Field next Sunday to take on the defending champion Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. The Packers finished the year 15-1, and no way were the New York Giants, who were 9-7 in the regular season, going to end the Packers' bid for a second straight Lombardi. The home teams won the first seven games of the postseason, and the Packers would Lambeau leap that number to a perfect 8 for 8.

Well, the Giants not only won, but they dominated pretty much from start to finish as they took care of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, 37-20, and are headed to Candlestick Park for the NFC Championship Game. You think we Steelers fans were feeling pretty down last Sunday, imagine how the Cheeseheads are feeling right about now. They thought they knew homefield advantage. Not against the G-Men in recent playoff meetings.

I think I know that the Patriots will take care of the Ravens in the AFC Title Game, and that, unfortunately, Jim Harbaugh will make it to the Super Bowl, but I'm not counting on anything.

I don't know crap.

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