Monday, January 14, 2013

0 Conference Championship predictions

By Kenny Howell

One of the hardest sports to predict is the NFL. Any team can win on any given week, and it gets especially hard when you get down to the best teams in the league.

The AFC Championship is a rematch of last year's, as Baltimore makes the trip to Foxboro to take on New England. Baltimore has already started running their mouth, as reserve linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has called the Patriots "a gimmick" offense. It's because they run the hurry up. That's like saying the Ravens run a gimmick defense because they blitz. Lots of teams run a hurry up, and have for quite some time. It's a good way for him to de-legitimize the Patriots offense when they get beat.

And that's what I think is going to happen. The Ravens beat the Pats earlier in the season by a point in Baltimore a week after the Pats lost to Arizona. The Pats weren't playing well then, and the Ravens haven't played well in the last part of the season. They came away with a big win at Denver, but they got a bit lucky when the Broncos DB took an awful angle to the ball. But they found a way to get it done, so more power to them.

I think Tom Brady will continue dealing against the Ravens, and Joe Flacco won't be able to match it.

Patriots 35 Ravens 24

In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers will try to find a way to erase the mistakes of last year's trip to the NFC Championship against a lucky Atlanta team. The Falcons blew a big lead to the Seahawks, and were 31 seconds from defeat, but Matt Ryan got the monkey off his back and got a playoff win.

It's hard for me to bet against Jim Harbaugh because I think he will eventually bust through and get a Super Bowl title. Probably a couple. But I think the Falcons find a way this season to get it done, and pull out a close one in the Georgia Dome.

Falcons 23 49ers 21

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