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NFL Conference Champion Predictions


I usually don't write much about sports. I'm an avid fan of the NFL and Formula One, and I love watching baseball and going to minor-league hockey games. But brighter minds than mine write about sports.

Some going to announce my picks for the Conference Championships. I won't go into extreme detail, I'm just going to document them here so when I'm bragging I can prove I picked the winners. If I'm wrong I may delete this post. :-) Just kidding.

The early game tomorrow is the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots. I've liked Baltimore all season and figured they or Pittsburgh would represent the AFC. The Patriots are always a talented team, but didn't expect them to go deep.

Then, I watched the Patriots annihilate the Denver Broncos. They have the whole package, good defense and amazing offense. I'm taking the Patriots over the Ravens. Baltimore has a solid defense, but they aren't going to be able to keep Brady from scoring 21 or 28 points, and their offense isn't strong enough to put up those numbers against the Patriots.

Baltimore does have a chance, however, because Tom Brady is dealing with an injured shoulder. I think he'll be ready to go, but if he's not 100%, or if Ray Lewis gets up close and personal to many times, the Ravens will make a game of it.

The later game, and frankly the one I care about, is the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers. It feels like a throwback to the late 80s and early 90s when the NFC dominated. The 49ers were always strong, and the winner of the powerhouse NFC East would usually battle for the conference title. At that time winning the NFC was a bigger than the Super Bowl, because they were almost assured of dominating the best AFC team.

I'm a Dallas Cowboys fan, so it pains me a little bit to say it, but the Giants are impressive. Eli Manning has become much more than a little brother. He is one of the top quarterbacks in the league right now. If I had to choose between him, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, I could definitely make an argument for Eli.

The Giants snuck in the back door to the playoffs. This isn't because they don't have talent, it's because they were beaten up in the running game. They have three talented backs, but for the first two-thirds of the season they never have had more than one of them healthy at a time. They have a few injuries now, but their offense is healthy and strong. The running game is solid, which is going to make the passing game almost impossible to beat. I think Eli is going to pick apart the secondary of the 49ers like my grandma cleaning the meat off the bones after Thanksgiving dinner.

Again, the 49ers have a good defense, but I don't think they have the whole package. Their record is good, but like the Giants, I don't think it's a true reflection of their talent. Alex Smith is coming into his own, but I think he needs another year before that team is going to be ready for the Super Bowl.

So, my Super Bowl matchup is New England Patriots versus the New York Giants.

Credits: The term Super Bowl is a registered trademark of the NFL. I say this because the only people more bad ass then the players is the team of licensing lawyers the NFL employs. Those guys are seriously scary! Images were sampled from NFL.com and are property of the NFL and the respective teams. Please don't sue me.

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