Patriots over Falcons in Super Bowl

Originally Published: January 17, 2005
By Joe Theismann | ESPN Insider
After watching all four Divisional playoff games, Joe Theismann is so confident he knows what will happen in the AFC and NFC Championship games that he's already making his Super Bowl pick.

AFC Championship

Patriots over Steelers
I have to give the edge in the AFC Championship Game to the New England Patriots. While I don't think anyone can dominate the Pittsburgh Steelers, I do believe the Patriots will find a way to limit their running game.

Tom Brady
Tom Brady's experience will be the key to the Patriots victory.
This will definitely be a great matchup, because both teams are very similar blue-collar teams. They both play physical football and use the running game to control tempo. The Steelers run the ball more, in part to take pressure off rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger, while the Pats use the running game to open up more opportunities for QB Tom Brady.

Joe Theismann

Football analyst
Former college and pro football star Joe Theismann has served as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Football since 1988. He also is frequently heard on ESPN Radio, regularly contributes to and has contributed to the NFL Draft.