The home teams dominated, and left little room for the stars of the road squads to flourish. The bar has been lowered on this week of two games with two hosts now heading to the Super Bowl. Worry not -- we've found a few fellas worth highlighting.
Here are your greatest on the road from Championship Sunday.
Greatest on the Road
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Suffer a rib injury and report back on just how comfortable it is to breathe, let alone play professional football at the highest level. Then look at what Nelson did on Sunday.
The wideout suited up in a Kevlar flak jacket -- uncommon for skill players who want maximum freedom of movement, outside of the quarterback -- and sparked Green Bay's offense immediately, catching two passes on the opening drive that ended on Atlanta's 23 but produced a missed field goal. It was indicative of how the afternoon would turn out for the Packers.
Nelson finished with six grabs for 67 yards and a touchdown, albeit an inconsequential score that trimmed the Green Bay deficit to 37-15.
It's tough to see your season end in a blowout. Nelson can walk away with a little more peace of mind knowing he gave it his absolute best, even in defeat.
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Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
But here's the catch -- Rodgers is here because he was the game's leading rusher.
Rodgers did Rodgers things, but wasn't peak Rodgers (in part because of far too many drops by his receivers). A good chunk of his numbers were racked up in garbage time. But his rushing total (46 yards on four attempts) points to how Rodgers used his feet and was willing to absorb hits when it became apparent that the usual way wouldn't be enough to take down Atlanta.
The Packers didn't win. Rodgers didn't have his best day. But he still gave it that Rodgers effort, which is something almost any other team in the league would take, any day of the week.
Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers
Timmons finished with nine tackles (five assists), four more than the next closest defender. He covered an average of 12.77 yards per play, per Next Gen Stats. None of these numbers jump off the screen, but on a night the Steelers are already trying to forget, it's better than nothing.