NFL Championship weekend predictions…
GAME ONE: Atlanta / San Francisco
In spite of claiming the top seed in the NFC and having home field advantage, the Falcons come in as an underdog. Colin Kaepernick has made head coach Jim Harbough look prophetic with his late season change at the quarterback position and the young signal caller comes into championship weekend having posted a record day running and passing just a week ago. Matt Ryan, on the other hand, pulled off an unexpected squeaker to claim the first playoff victory of his otherwise illustrious young career.
What’s the pick here?
San Francisco in a shootout. Tony Gonzalez has a monster day for the Falcons but a late pick trying to force the issue to receivers White or Jones will ultimately lead to Atlanta’s undoing. 34-28
GAME TWO: New England / Baltimore
Ray Lewis is set to retire at the end of the season. That could be today. It probably should have been last Sunday for the Ravens. A miracle play / monumental let down in the Broncos secondary helped advance Baltimore to the championship round, but the prize for pulling off the feat is getting to play Tom Brady and the Bill Belichick coached Patriots just a year after they lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl. Translation? The emotional boost the pending Ray Lewis retirement gives the Ravens is offset by the “It Factor” possessed by the Patriots.
Joe Flacco once again fails miserably at living up to his own expectations – that of an “elite quarterback” and winds up looking very average sharing the field with Tom Terrific.
Patriots win BIG. 35-13