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Last Sunday, when the Packers and Steelers qualified for the Super Bowl, I said to myself "23-20.'' Might have said it to a few other people.
I didn't say which team would have the 23 and which team would have the 20. Because I don't know.
Turns out I'm already right on one count -- or at least close to right. As happens during Super Bowl week when everyone is looking for his or her five seconds of fame, someone put a bunch of things into a computer and came up with an item that made the final score 22-19. I deleted the e-mail so I can't tell you the name of the folks who did it (no five seconds) or who they had winning. Probably Green Bay, since the Packers are favored by two-and-a-half or three points.
But do I know who'll win? To be truthful, I don't. The Packers and Steelers are very similar -- good quarterbacks in their primes or close to it; 1-2 in points allowed; all sorts of offensive AND defensive weapons (think Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson and James Harrison and Troy Polamalu and the no-longer anonymous B.J. Raji, whose interception for a touchdown in the NFC championship game earned him a podium at the Packers' media day session.
They also are among the NFL's best organizations. On the other hand, teams that make the Super Bowl almost always are among the best organizations -- in the last 10 years, I'd say only Seattle, Arizona and Carolina are short of that status. Which is why Washington fans have been waiting almost 20 years to get to one of these -- when in doubt, look to the owner.
But I digress.
I have to make a pick so I'll turn to my tiebreaker.
In my preseason predictions, which always are a guess more than anything else, I picked the Packers and the Ravens to reach the Super Bowl. No Ravens, so I'm going with the Packers, 23-20.
But if the Steelers win ...
Well, they've been the best run team in football for four decades. When in doubt, go with the Rooneys.
February 2, 2011; 9:06 AM ET
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