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The first half of arguably one of the 10 best sports days of the year brings us Jim Nantz, Jerome Bettis and the thousand little beings living in the facial hair of Jake Plummer. For whatever reason, the Steelers are the trendy pick in this game, even though they're a No. 6 seed, on the road and have a receiver named Hines.

We're most looking forward to seeing if someone shows up in the stands as Plummer's prom date.

A roundup of prominent picks on the Web:

• Bill Simmons: Steelers.
• Cool Standings: Broncos.
• Daily Quickie: Steelers.
• Harmon Forecast: Steelers.
• Peter King: Steelers.
• Paul Zimmerman: Steelers.
• DEADSPIN PICK: Broncos. We've seen Plummer play for too many years, but nobody's been paying attention to Denver all season. We think the Steelers lose it on a blown tackle by Roethlisberger.

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(Let us know your picks and rationales in the comments section ... if you DARE.)