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Packers, Steelers Advance To Super Bowl XLV

Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

With a 24-19 loss in the AFC Championship Game, the Jets did not qualify for the Super Bowl, and they have not been to the big game since 1969 (when they won Super Bowl III with Joe Namath under center). In his interview with CBS after the game, Rex Ryan looked as if he had been crying for hours…and why not: his guarantee for a Super Bowl appearance fell short.

While Patriots fans may be rejoicing after another New York loss, they also have to be mindful that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is one win away from his third Super Bowl ring, which would tie him with Tom Brady and Troy Aikman for second on the all-time list. Roethlisberger and Terry Bradshaw (four rings) have won all of the Super Bowls in Steelers history, while Joe Montana won four with the 49ers.

Matched up against Pittsburgh is the Green Bay Packers led by Aaron Rodgers and a dominant defense that has carried them through the second half of the season. Green Bay, of course, is one of the teams to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl (Brett Favre’s boys did it back in 1997), so rooting for the Packers may not be in your best interest either.

So there you have it. Two weeks from now, the Steelers and Packers will be competing in what promises to be an epic Super Bowl match-up. First, we must get through the Pro Bowl, which I’m sure most of you are thrilled about.

Any early predictions?

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