The NFL's Final Four are now set with the Ravens set to visit New England in the AFC and the Giants traveling to San Francisco in the NFC.
There are a couple of interesting notes about that.
First is the fact the Steelers played three of the final four teams this season - and five of the eight final eight.
In fact, all five of Pittsburgh's losses this season came to teams that were in the final eight teams standing. Three of their five losses – and one victory - came against teams that reached the conference championship game.
Home teams went 7-1 in the first two rounds of the postseason, a far cry different than things had been in the previous four seasons when the home teams were just 21-19.
Finally, three of the final four teams employ more traditional offenses - ie. a fullback on a regular basis.
New England is the only team that uses the multiple tight end formations favored by the Steelers, though San Francisco certainly uses plenty of multiple tight end sets.
The 49ers remind me quite a bit of the 1994 Steelers. Great defense, solid running game and so-so quarterback.
Does that make Eli Manning Stan Humphries next weekend. We'll see about that.
© As I was talking about how I'd hate to see another Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh game in the Super Bowl, my wife remarked how silly the their parents were before the first meeting on Thanksgiving.
Jack Harbaugh and his wife, whose name escapes me, said something to the effect that watching their two sons coach against each other was one of the hardest things a parent could do.
Their sons are making millions to coach football teams. Every once in a while, they'll face each other.
But there are plenty of other tough things that parents go through on a daily basis that make what the Harbaugh family went through on Thanksgiving look like a day at the beach.