I had my heart set on a Seahawks vs. Broncos Super Bowl. Who doesn’t want to see the best two teams in the NFL duke it out on the biggest stage? And yet the more I look at the playoff picture, half my heart is going into cardiac arrest. I just can’t see an aging Peyton Manning making it to New Jersey, but it’s Peyton Manning and I can’t disregard what he can do.
With the NFC going through Seattle, I have a spot reserved for them on the sidelines at MetLife Stadium. Out of the five other teams in the NFC Seattle has beaten three. Two of those wins came at home against the 49ers and Saints, and the other was at Carolina.
You already know my NFC Champion so here’s how I think they’re going to get there. The 49ers will win a nail biter in Green Bay. I firmly believe the arctic conditions will slow down Kaepernick and his potent offense, but the Packer’s defense won’t come up with enough stops to support Aaron Rodgers. Even with hamstring injuries to 49ers cornerbacks Eric Wright and Carlos Rogers I think the 49ers pass rush will get to Aaron Rodgers. 49ers win, and head to Seattle, to fall victim to another massacre similar to week 2.
Yes that’s right, the 49ers going to Seattle means playoff rookie Nick Foles and the Eagles beat Drew Brees in a shootout. In the end, Lesean McCoy and Desean Jackson have big games leading the Eagles into Carolina, only to get stuffed by the Panthers defense.
The Panthers defeat of the Eagles sends them to Seattle, to whom they suffered a narrow week 1 defeat 12-7. Now that the Seahawks are at home, the defense will ride the crowd and set up Russell Wilson for success. The Seahawks win handily.
The AFC gives me chest pains. I can’t trust Kansas City and Cincinnati. Despite a great turnaround this season the Chiefs fall hard to the Colts in Indy, and the Colts head to Foxborough to face New England. Same goes for Andy Dalton and the Bengals. I just don’t think he can make enough plays to get past a surging San Diego, who rides a four game win streak to end the regular season. San Diego wins thanks to a couple Dalton interceptions.
San Diego is “that team.” You know the one that has a late season rally and finds itself making a cinderella in the playoffs. The Chargers are going to ride Philip Rivers into Denver after beating Cincy, and come out victorious. Pure gut feeling on this one but the Chargers did it in week 15 and they do it again setting up an AFC title game with New England, after Tom Brady outplays Andrew Luck.
All good things must come to an end, and it will for the Chargers in Foxborough. Brady and Belichick outsmart Rivers and McCoy. The stage is set for a New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl. Three time champion Tom Brady against newcomer Russell Wilson. With a lack of star power at the tight end and wide receiver positions the Seahawks defensive line shuts down Tom Brady and holds them to ten points. Bold prediction, but then again Seattle has a bold defense. Seahawks bring home the first Lombardi trophy to Seattle.
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