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02/05/2011 7:20 PM
STEELERS: Pittsburgh is back in the Super Bowl once again, a very familiar position for them over the past decade. The Steelers have beaten both the Ravens and the Jets at home SU and ATS to punch their ticket to the big game. Pittsburgh is 14-4 SU and 12-6 ATS overall this season. Pittsburgh has really shown their maturity away from home this season, as they are 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS on the road this year. Pittsburgh is 3-1 both SU and ATS as the listed underdog this season. 2 of those occasions were when QB Ben Roethlisberger was suspended. The Steelers are 3-1 ATS in non-conference games this season. Pittsburgh is 0-3 ATS when the projected total is between 42.5 and 49 PTS this year. Despite missing multiple games, Roethlisberger threw for 3,200 YDS and 17 TD's this year. RB Rashard Mendenhall came into his own this year, as he rushed for a team high 1,273 YDS and 13 TD's this season. Mendenhall became the go to back this year, and the focal point of a powerful rushing attack. WR Mike Wallace was the leading receiver for the Steelers, as he caught 60 balls for 1,257 YDS this year. The Steelers averaged 23.4 PPG this year, while allowing an NFL low 14.5 PPG. Pittsburgh had the best defense in the NFL this year, an intimidating unit that was also very smart. Pittsburgh always found ways to create turnovers and be in the right defensive positions at the right time. The Steelers were also impossible to run against, as they allowed an NFL low 62.8 rushing YPG this season. The Steelers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU win. The Steelers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game. Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. The Steelers are 4-1 ATS against a team with a winning record. Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as the listed underdog. The Steelers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
Steelers are 9-1 ATS last 10 playoff games.
Over is 5-1 last 6 playoff games as the listed underdog.
C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) is out.
DE Aaron Smith (tricep) is doubtful.
PACKERS: (-3, O/U 44.5) Green Bay has gone from a Wild Card team to playing in the biggest football game in the world. The Packers have been brilliant this postseason, winning both SU and ATS in each playoff game. Better yet, they've done so on the road on each occasion. Green Bay is 13-6 SU and 12-7 ATS overall this season. The Packers are 6-5 SU and 7-4 ATS in games played away from home this season. Green Bay is 7-4 ATS as a single digit favorite this year. The Packers are 3-1 ATS in non-conference games this season. QB Aaron Rodgers has been dominant this year, as he's thrown for 3,922 YDS and 28 TD's overall while completing better than 65% of his passes this year. WR Greg Jennings had 76 receptions for 1,265 YDS and 12 TD's this season for the Packers. RB Brandon Jackson has come on strong of late, as he ultimately led the team in rushing with 703 YDS this season. Defensively, the Packers only allowed 15 PPG during the regular season, the 2nd fewest in the NFL. Green Bay has an elite past rush, as they had 47 sacks this year, again 2nd most in the league. The Packers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game. Green Bay is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Packers are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game. Green Bay is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite. The Packers are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game. The Packers are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games played on fieldturf. Green Bay is 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games following an ATS win. The Packers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as the listed favorite.
Packers are 5-1 ATS against a team with a winning record.
Under is 6-1 last 7 games following a SU win.
T Chad Clifton (neck) is probable.
WR Donald Driver (quad) is probable.
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