The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers will face-off against each other in the Super Bowl XLV in Texas on 6 February after beating Chicago Bears and the New York Jets respectively on Sunday.
In a chilly Chicago, the Packers hung on against the hard-finishing Bears to win 21-14 while the Steelers clinched a 24-19 victory, surviving a late Jets fight back, to win the AFC title.
The Steelers did well to hold on, especially considering the Jets QB Mark Sanchez's two touchdowns and Ben Roethlisberger conceding a safety resulting in a late 19 point surge from the Jets.
However, the late rally came a little too late for The Jets as a poor start proved to be their undoing. They labored in the first half and managed only a single rushing yard. At the same time, their opponents made 135 rushing yards with Rashard Mendenhall running the opening score.
The Steelers then scored two touchdowns in a matter of seconds to go 24-0 into the lead.
However, just before half-time, The Jets, who were aiming for a Super Bowl berth for the first time in 41 years, rallied. They got a field goal just before the break and made two impressive drives in the second-half gradually making up the deficit. The Steelers had to survive a late goal-line stand before clinching the win.
In Sunday's earlier game, The Green Bay Packers had to survive a similar comeback from the Chicago Bears, despite going into a 14-0 lead before winning 21-14. It was a typical encounter in a rivalry which dates back to 1921.
The win made The Packers the first sixth seed in the NFC to make it to the Super Bowl.
The Bears unlikely comeback started from an unlikely source. Third choice QB Caleb Hanie, replacing the injured Jay Cutler, threw for two touch-downs before being intercepted just before the game-tying score. The Packers' cornerback Sam Shields made two interceptions, the second coming with 43 seconds remaining in the game.
However, Aaron Rodgers was the hero for The Packers after he threw for 244 yards. After the game, he said, You've got to give credit to our defence. I didn't play my best game. They had a good plan for us. They stopped us but we just had enough points.
The Packers and The Steelers will battle in the Super Bowl in Texas on 6 February.