Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan among hottest players left in NFL playoffs

The four teams left in the playoffs -- the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers -- have been putting on offensive clinics of late, led by their star players. Just look at the numbers these five guys have racked up in the last five games:

» Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: 1,617 passing yards, 66.49 completion percentage, 14:1 TD-to-INT ratio and 115.0 passer rating.

» Patriots QB Tom Brady: 1,371 passing yards, 60.12 completion percentage, 11:3 TD-to-INT ratio and 100.5 passer rating.

» Falcons QB Matt Ryan: 1,469 passing yards, 73.25 completion percentage, 14:0 TD-to-INT ratio and 131.8 passer rating.

» Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell: 140 carries for 788 yards (157.6 yards per game) and six TDs; 16 receptions for 118 yards and one TD.

» Steelers WR Antonio Brown: 29 catches for 464 yards (92.8 yards per game) and three TDs.

Not bad, right? Now that we're heading into Championship Sunday, who is the hottest player left in the playoffs?

Matt Ryan is on a crazy pace -- 14:0 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a 131.8 passer rating in the last five games. Wow! You can talk about his supporting cast and the weapons he has at his disposal ( Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Mohamed Sanu, etc.), but his timing and precision in the passing game are excellent. This time of year, we're looking at whether the quarterback is in complete control and dominating at the position. Ryan is. Look at just how productive Antonio Brown has been. I don't think anyone can stop him on a regular basis. Marcus Peters made a great play in the end zone Sunday night, but Brown still finished with six catches for 108 yards. I don't care if you try to stop him with man coverage or shift zone coverage his way -- he always seems to find a way to get the ball. He does have a good quarterback in Big Ben, who understands Brown's ability to run routes. Brown is able to be a huge threat for the Steelers because he runs some of the smoothest and cleanest routes in the NFL. This is an easy one. I mean, Aaron Rodgers has the ability to predict the future. After he said his team would "run the table," the Packers did, winning six straight to finish the regular season -- and they haven't stopped since. The way he has played has been unbelievable. Some of the throws he made against the Cowboys simply cannot be made by anyone else. The easy answer is Aaron Rodgers, but if you look at what a guy is going up against, I've got to go with Le'Veon Bell. When he gets the ball, everyone knows what he's going to do, and they still can't stop him. Rodgers can throw the ball, roll out and throw or run. I'm not trying to take anything away from Rodgers, but Bell isn't going to sneak a halfback toss on you. I just can't get over how well he's playing. It's hard to pick against Aaron Rodgers. I thought he couldn't get any hotter than he had been before the playoffs, and he's been even better in the Wild Card and Divisional Rounds. He's extending plays and making game-altering plays out of nothing. I'm wondering if anyone can stop him. A lot of people are going to say Aaron Rodgers, but I'm going with a guy who's flown somewhat under the radar among football fans all season: Matt Ryan. He is going to be the MVP -- just look at the numbers.

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