CNNSI.com NFL Playoffs 2001 NFL Playoffs 2001


  Posted: Thursday January 24, 2002 11:59 AM


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CNNSI.com's Jon A. Dolezar breaks down this week's games.
Conference Championship Games Previews
   New England (12-5) 12:30 p.m. EST
Sunday
   Pittsburgh (14-3) Preview
Stats Matchup
Injury Report
Key Stat 14-6 -- Steelers' all-time home record in the postseason.
Key
Matchup
Steelers RBs Jerome Bettis (225 carries, 1,072 yards, 4 TDs) and Amos Zereoue (85 carries, 441 yards) against Patriots LBs Roman Phifer (100 tackles, five stuffs), Tedy Bruschi (82 tackles, three fumble recoveries) and Ted Johnson (46 tackles, 3 1/2 stuffs).
Player to Watch Tom Brady, QB, New England: Has averaged 220.6 passing yards per game during the Patriots' seven-game winning streak, but has thrown only six TDs with six INTs in that span.


   Philadelphia (13-5) 4 p.m. EST
Sunday
   St. Louis (15-2) Preview
Stats Matchup
Injury Report
Key Stat 1,569 -- Points scored by the Rams the past three seasons, the most in NFL history.
Key
Matchup
Rams WRs Isaac Bruce (17.3 yards per catch this season) and Torry Holt (17.6 yards per catch in career) against Eagles CBs Troy Vincent (37 career INTs) and Bobby Taylor (13 career INTs).
Player to Watch Hugh Douglas, DE, Philadelphia: Veteran has four sacks in the past five games and needs to get pressure against mammoth offensive tackle Orlando Pace to disrupt Kurt Warner's rhythm and throw off the Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf" offense.



 
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