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NFL playoff schedule 2017: NFC, AFC championship games provide 4 great quarterbacks

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I’m going with a Steelers-Falcons Super Bowl 51.

The 2017 NFL playoffs wrapped up the divisional round on Sunday, and we head into the final four with some really fun possibilities. The 2017 NFC conference championship game will feature Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons hosting Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. PT on FOX. The 2017 AFC conference championship game features Tom Brady and the New England Patriots hosting Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. PT on CBS.

The NFC title game could be a wild one. The over/under opened at 59.5 points and quickly moved up to 60.5 points. The Falcons opened as six point favorites, but some sharp money has driven it down to 4.5 points. The public will likely bet the Packers pretty heavy, and I imagine the over will get a lot of money. The two best offenses remaining in the playoffs are squaring off in this one, and it could be fun.

The AFC title game will likely not be quite as wide open, but we still get two great quarterbacks squaring off. The Patriots are 4.5-point favorites, and I have to think public money is primarily on their side. The Steelers have two playoff wins under their belts, but it was not exactly a pretty one on Sunday.

Whomever emerges from the two conference championships, we could be in line for a fun Super Bowl 51. The options are as follows:

Patriots-Falcons
Patriots-Packers
Steelers-Falcons
Steelers-Packers

No matter what, we will get two great quarterbacks competing for the Lombardi Trophy. I had a Cowboys-Steelers Super Bowl, so I was at least half off on that. I think the Patriots probably win the AFC title game, but I’ll stick with the Steelers pick. On the NFC side, I’m going to go with the Falcons. The Packers are going to get a crush of public money, and plenty of picks for the upset. But I’ll go with a Falcons-Steelers Super Bowl in Houston.