The Last Four Standing: How They Got Here

 

Chicago Bears

Finished Regular Season 11-5, 1st in NFC North

NFC North Divsion Champions

No.2  seed in playoffs in NFC

Defeated Seattle Seahawks in Divisional Round, 35-34

Key Moment in Season:  Sitting at 4-3, after bye week the Bears won five in a row and seven of their final nine games to earn first playoff berth, winning season, and division title in four years.

 

Green Bay Packers

Finished Regular Season 10-6, second in NFC North

No. 6 seed in NFC Playoffs

Beat Philadelphia Eagles 21-16 in Wild Card

Beat Atlanta Falcons 48-21 in Divisonal Round

Turning Point:  At 8-4, consecutive road losses to Detroit and New England dropped Packers to 8-6.  Their playoff hopes on life support, the Packers won final two games, both home wins, over New York Giants and Chicago Bears to claim final spot in playoffs.

 

New York Jets

Record: 11-5, second place in AFC East

No.6 seed in AFC playoffs

Beat Indianapolis Colts in Wild Card 17-16

Beat New England Patriots in Divisional Playoffs 28-21

Defining Moment:  The Jets have accomplished an extremely rare feat in the playoffs:  defeat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in the playoffs in consecutive weeks.  New York has reached back-to-back conference title games, while winning four playoff road games in two seasons.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Record:  12-4, 1st in AFC North

AFC North Division champions

No.2 seed in playoffs

Defeated Baltimore Ravens in Divisional Round 31-24

Key Moments:  Started season 3-1 without Ben Roethlisberger;  Roethlisberger returned Oct.17 and led Steelers to 9-3 record, winning seven of last nine games.  Pittsburgh went 9-1 when allowing 17 points or less.


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