It would be easy just to skip next week and send the Rams and Steelers on to New Orleans after their dominant performances Sunday.
Fortunately, it won't happen. And what happens one week in the NFL often doesn't occur the next.
Think of last week, when Baltimore suddenly looked like a threat to repeat as champions after an impressive performance in Miami in which the Ravens ran for 226 yards. The Ravens certainly thought so and said as much.
"This isn't Miami," coach Bill Cowher said after his Steelers beat the Ravens 27-10 in a game that wasn't as close as the score. "We had a pretty good idea we could shut down their run game."
So look at it as a new week when New England visits Pittsburgh and Philadelphia heads for St. Louis for the right to meet in New Orleans on Feb. 3. Both home teams — the Steelers and Rams — are favored by more than a TD.
Start with the NFC game.
The Rams ran all over the Packers both offensively and defensively — intercepting Brett Favre six times in a 45-17 win in their dome. The Eagles dominated the Bears outside in Chicago.
The Eagles, a far better defensive team than Green Bay, forced the Rams into overtime before losing 20-17 on opening day in Philadelphia, a game that now seems eons ago.
Philadelphia controlled the St. Louis offense that day by blitzing from every angle, including from the corner. The Rams know that and so does Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, who will find other places to blitz from — he always does.
But more important is the transformed Donovan McNabb.
In that opening game, McNabb did what he did for much of the season — stayed in the pocket, trying to prove he's the next coming of Kerry Collins, Elvis Grbac or another immobile pocket passer.
In the fourth quarter, with the Rams leading 17-3, he decided to become the McNabb who was runnerup for MVP a year ago, scrambling for 41 yards and throwing two touchdown passes to send the game into overtime.
Can the Eagles do that in St. Louis?
Probably not. But after their 33-19 win in Chicago on Saturday, they're 8-1 on the road this season. They have a defense physical enough to give St. Louis trouble — the only other teams to hold the Rams under 20 points in regulation were the Bucs and Giants, two very physical defenses.
So give Philadelphia a chance.
The Patriots are the season's most resilient team. They seemed dead in the snow against the Raiders on Saturday night, trailing 13-3 in the fourth quarter, before rallying (with the help of that odd replay call) to win 16-13 in overtime.
The Steelers said all the right things about the Patriots on Sunday and their quarterback, Tom Brady, who is now 12-3 in 15 NFL starts.
"He did everything he had to do. That's all you can ask," Cowher said.
Brady's seen a lot — at Michigan and in New England. He's more mobile than Grbac and will probably stand in better against Pittsburgh.
Yes, the Eagles and Patriots have a chance — teams don't get this far in the playoffs without being pretty good.
It still looks like a Steelers-Rams Super Bowl.