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NFL Playoff Predictions

Posted on: January 9, 2010 3:31 am
Edited on: January 9, 2010 3:35 am
Wild Card Round

NY Jets 20 Cincinnati Bengals 16 

Analysis: Bottom line is I may be reading to much into Sunday, but how can you play that bad if your Cincinnati I think it is because the Jets might actually be pretty good too. There is no doubt that defense is very good and I think it shows up again this week putting the clamps on the Bengals. I think a few turnovers will prove big in this game and give the Jets short fields in which they will capitalize on to win a hard fought battle 20-16.  

Dallas Cowboys 24 Philadelphia Eagles 21

Analysis: I expect to see a much more competitive game then the one last Sunday. I think the Eagles find a way and come up with some big plays finally against Dallas. Look for DeSean Jackson to make some big time plays however I don't think the Eagles will be able to stop Dallas either. Dallas finally gets that playoff win as time expires on a Folk FG. 

Baltimore Ravens 27 New England Patriots 26 
Analysis: What a battle I expect this game to be however I think the loss of Welker is going to prove large for the Patriots as they stall in the red zone several times and have to settle for field goals. Joe Flacco has a great game and really builds upon his impressive rookie campaign in the playoffs. Look for Ray Rice to break a long one as well as the Ravens win a barn burner. 

Green Bay Packers 31 Arizona Cardinals 17

Analysis: Bottom line is Arizona can't stop the Green Bay offense and I expect another explosive game from Green Bay's offense. I look for Aaron Rodgers to have a great game in his first post season game and he will outplay the playoff savvy Warner. I look for the Packers defense to come up big and force at minimum a couple of turnovers that are truly the game changers. Green Bay wins going away 31-17. 

Divisional Round 

Indianapolis Colts 27 Baltimore Ravens 24

Analysis: The Colts see the effects of all their resting at the end of the season as they get behind early by double digits. However in the second half they catch fire as Peyton Manning leads an inspired comeback that ends with a 44 yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne with under a minute to go. Joe Flacco and Ray Rice's great games go to waste as the Colts steal victory from the jaws of defeat. 

San Diego Chargers 23 New York Jets 16

Analysis: The Bolts keep on rolling as it isn't easy, but they use a pair of Phillip Rivers touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull out of a 13-10 deficit going into the fourth and to pull out a win. As the Jets put on another impressive performance defensively, but just can't get enough on offense to hold the Bolts at bay. 

Minnesota Vikings 24 Dallas Cowboys 17

Analysis: The Cowboys run ends as a few costly Vikings turnovers are the only thing that keeps the Cowboys in this one. Brett Favre has a magnificent game as he throws for nearly 300 yards and two touchdowns as he proves yet again he still has it. 

Green Bay Packers 34 New Orleans Saints 27

Analysis: The Packers come out hot and put the Saints in an early hole however the Saints fight out of it and eventually get the game tied late at 27. However Aaron Rodgers leads the drive of his career finishing it off with a 7 yard touchdown to Greg Jennings to put the Packers ahead in the waning seconds. To complete another big playoff day for Rodgers as Grant also burns the Saints defense for a big game as the Packers try their best to play the play clock game and keep the Saints offense off the field. 

Championship Sunday 

San Diego Chargers 31 Indianapolis Colts 21

Analysis: The Bolts prove once again they are in many ways the Colts kryptonite as the Chargers offense rolls to a big day. The Colts struggle as a few big turnovers kill some promising drives and leave the Colts searching for answers in the off season as the Bolts ride into the Super Bowl finally red hot!!!

Green Bay Packers 37 Minnesota Vikings 31 in OT 

Analysis: The game of the year in the entire NFL as this game is a total shoot out seeing great games from both QB's. However the Packers get the ball back in a tied game with the time just slightly under a minute. Aaron Rodgers guides his team to within field goal range and Packers fans over the world cringe as Mason Crosby comes out for the game winning field goal. As Crosby shanks a 52 yard field which sends the game to OT. The Packers win the toss in OT and on the second play in OT Aaron Rodgers hits a streaking Greg Jennings for a 60+ yard game winning touchdown reminding everyone of Favre's game winning TD to Jennings in OT in Denver a few years back. However this one sends the Packers to the Super Bowl and sends Brett Favre out in the best way possible at this point to lose to the Packers in the title game. 

Super Bowl 

Green Bay Packers 31 San Diego Chargers 28 in OT

Analysis: What the hell I picked my Packers to go this far and in a second OT thriller this time Mason Crosby redeems himself for all the misses this year by nailing a 40+ yard FG in OT to give the Packers there first Super Bowl and in nearly a decade and a half. 
Super Bowl MVP: Greg Jennings 110+ yards receiving and 2 TD's. 

I know total dream scenario perhaps, but I don't care what you say the NFC is totally wide open and any of those 6 teams could easily make the Super Bowl if the ball bounces their way. The AFC is a two horse race to me as I expect Indy or the Chargers to get to the Super Bowl, but watch out because in the divisional round I expect both of them to be tested and perhaps one of them to go down.
Category: NFL

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2010 3:17 am

NFL Playoff Predictions

2 for 2 after day one hopefully tomorrow I make it 4 for 4.

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