So here we are NFL playoffs time! I am not sure there is a better stretch in sports really. March Madness is great and all. However I think the entire NFL playoffs just might top it. So here we go with my predictions. First of all I see the Packers as the odds on favorite in the NFC, however the NFC is by far the tougher conference to get through. The AFC I see 3 teams (Steelers, Ravens, Pats) having a chance at the Super Bowl while the 3 other teams (Bengals, Texans, Broncos) essentially having no chance really.
Wild Card Round
Cincinatti Benglas defeat Houston Texans 20-16
I think Cincinatti is an interesting team and quite the story this year. This matchup features two rookie QB's playing against each other. I think Andy Dalton is the better QB in this match up though. I think he and AJ Green will have impressive playoff debuts and lead Cincinatti to a close victory.
Pittsburgh Steelers defeat Denver Broncos 27-6
The Tim Tebow era comes crashing to a halt in Denver? Pittsburgh absolutely dominates Denver as their defense suffocates Denver's anemic offense. This is one of those matchups like last year Saints/Seahawks that just seems like one team has no chance. I think this time around that team Denver really doesn't stand a chance.
New Orleans Saints defeat Detroit Lions 31-24
This game should be an offensive showdown. Most people think the Lions stand no chance I do think they could pull off the upset though. This game could likely come down to turnovers and which QB makes a key mistake. I just think the Saints are ulimately too good at home to lose. Saints win a thriller on a late Bress touchdown.
Atlanta Falcons defeat New York Giants 33-24
This game to me comes down to one matchup the Falcons ability to protect Matt Ryan against the dynamic New York front. I think Atlanta will utilize extra guys in protection if they have to and will ultimately be successful in slowing down the Giants attack. This is another game that figures to feature lots of offense. I think Matt Ryan finally gets that playoff win he is looking for and Falcons win going away late on a Eli Manning interception.
New England Patriots defeat Cincinatti Bengals 27-17
I think the Bengals hang tough in this game for a long time. I actually think they are capable of pulling an upset here. However, I just think the Patriots are going to be focused and motivated this year to get the job done. It will be tough to beat this team in their house. Ultimately Belicheat and Brady won't lose to a rookie QB. Patriots take it on a big day from Brady and Gronkowski.
Baltimore Ravens defeat Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 in OT
The new OT rules finally come into play on this one. This should be the best game of the entire post season as Pittsburgh travels to Baltimore. This game could easily go either way, however I think the Ravens finally having the home game against Pittsburgh previal. The Ravens have already beaten Pittsburgh twice this year. They will be focused and ready to nip the Steelers in OT once again.
San Francisco 49ers defeat New Orleans Saints 23-20
The Saints express comes to a halt in San Francisco. While I think San Fran's lack of experience could hurt them in this match up I just think Harbaugh will have his boys ready. I think San Francisco defense will slow down the Saints explosive attack. While the offense does just enough as Crabtree and Gore have big games. San Fran wins on a late FG by David Akers.
Green Bay Packers defeat Atlanta Falcons 34-23
I don't like this match up for the Falcons. The Packers have shown in the last two matchups that they are capable of dominating Atlanta. The Packers are not goint to lose this one at home. As their offense will not be stopped by Atlanta. Look for the Packers defense to still struggle, but do just enough to secure a victory. Aaron Rodgers has a big day in his first playoff home game.
Baltimore Ravens defeat New England Patriots 24-23
This should be a great AFC Championship game. One that sees the Patriots jump out to an early lead as they look focused and poised to go back to the Super Bowl. However, I think Joe Flacco has a huge second half and leads his Ravens to the upset by leading a late touchdown drive to put the Ravens on top by 1. The Ravens defense stops Brady and the Patriots on the final possesion of the game to seal the victory. As Ravens and Joe Flacco finally get over the hump and into the Super Bowl.
Green Bay Packers defeat San Francisco 49ers 28-24
This is another great game that sees the Packers have some troubles against a tough San Francisco defense. However Aaron Rodgers does just enough to get the Packers over the top. As he adds to his legacy with a two minute drill to remember. Hitting Greg Jennings on a 7 yard TD pass on 3rd and goal with under 30 seconds left to leave the Niners stunned. The Harbaugh bowl will have to wait at least one more year as the Packers advance to the Super Bowl in a thriller.
Super Bowl XLVI
Green Bay Packers defeat Baltimore Ravens 33-27
This should be another great Super Bowl similar to last year when my Packers beat the Steelers. The Packers have been the best team all year despite a defense that gives up yards in bunches. I don't think the Packers can be stopped indoors where this Super Bowl will be held. Look for Rodgers to have a monster day and secure another Super Bowl MVP. As the Packers opportunistic defense comes up with a timely turnover late to help the Packers just edge the Ravens.
I am so excited for the playoffs to finally get started. I really think the NFC is pretty wide open with Green Bay the odds on favorite, but really anyone can win in that conference. Especially if Green Bay's defense can't come up with the timely turnovers. I think the home field advantage ultimately is the difference maker for Green Bay. The AFC is a 3 team race and I think the Ravens are the best team of the bunch.
Should be a fun and exciting ride. Go Pack Go!!! Bring home back to back Lombardi Trophies!