Best one-on-one matchup to watch in both Conference Championship games
Ready for more NFL playoff action? Pro Football Focus highlights the key one-on-one matchup to watch in the AFC and NFC championships.
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
As the NFL sack leader during the 2016 regular season, Falcons OLB Vic Beasley made the most of his opportunities on the edge for Atlanta. He recorded 45 total QB pressures (sacks, hits and hurries) on the year, tied for 18th-most among NFL 3-4 OLBs. Against the Seahawks last week, Beasley notched four more hurries on QB Russell Wilson, good for the second-most pressures at the position in the Divisional Round. On Sunday, however, he’ll face a tough test in the form of Packers RT Bryan Bulaga. The six-year veteran earned the 16th-best pass-blocking efficiency rating among all NFL OTs (right and left) in 2016.
Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
Against the Chiefs last weekend, Steelers WR Antonio Brown recorded 108 receiving yards — 30 coming after the catch. While he didn’t haul in a touchdown, Brown finished behind only Packers WR Jordy Nelson in TD receptions in 2016, with 12. Hoping to slow Ben Roethlisberger’s most dangerous receiving weapon on Sunday will be Patriots CB Malcolm Butler. On passes into Butler’s coverage this season, QBs recorded just a 78.2 passer rating.
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