[Sports] NFL Divisional Playoff Matchups

Tom Brady is looking to stop the Mile High Magic en route to what would be his sixth AFC Championship game.
Playoffs – Divisional Playoffs
SAT, JAN 14 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
New Orleans at San Francisco 4:30 PM FOX Tickets Candlestick Park
Denver at New England 8:00 PM CBS Tickets Gillette Stadium
SUN, JAN 15 TIME (ET) TV RESOURCES LOCATION
Houston at Baltimore 1:00 PM CBS Tickets M&T Bank Stadium
NY Giants at Green Bay 4:30 PM FOX Tickets Lambeau Field

My Picks:

New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers– The 49ers were a pleasant surprise this year. There have been rumors of a good football team being somewhere in San Fran the past couple of years; they finally decided to show up in the 2011-12 season. As good as they may be, the playoff experience isn’t there. That’s where New Orleans has the advantage. This one could go either way, but I’m banking on Drew Brees to lead his squad to the NFC Championship game.

Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots– From Week 7 to Week 14, excluding a 45-10 loss to Detriot, the Denver Broncos were cooking. They went 7-1, told ahold of the top spot in the AFC East, and had the most talked about quarterback in the league. Then came Week 15 when they played the New England Patriots. They loss, the rest of the season went downhill, but they still made the playoffs. The Broncos won in the fastest overtime ever last week to get a chance at redemption. That redemption isn’t happening. Tom Brady will not let Baby Jesus Tebow show him up. The Patriots will take this one easily. I won’t be surprised if it’s over before it starts.

Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens– Where in the hell did the Texans come from this year? They literally made a complete 180 from last season (6-10 in 2010, 10-6 in 2011). They have had some decent victories this season, a great rushing attack, and won their division. I can say, minus the last three regular season games, the Texans had a pretty impressive season. Their downfall will be the same as the 49ers though. Houston hasn’t been to the playoffs before, and they’re facing a veteran Ravens who has made the playoffs the past four years (they lost to Super Bowl participants the last three). The Ravens beat Houston pretty convincingly in Week 6. I still expect a win from them, but it should be closer this time.

New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers– For the most part, the New York Giants have been playing some very good football the past five weeks. Before then, not so much. The team that beat them before they decided to play to their potential and take the NFC East, the Green Bay Packers. If you can remember, Aaron GODgers took the Packers down the field in the last minute to set a game-winning field goal from Mason Crosby. Difference from this matchup and the last one, the Giants are actually playing like they know how to win games. An impressive 24-2 win against the Atlanta Falcons shows that the Giants mean business, but the streets haven’t forgotten what happened in that last minute IN New York. This game is at Lambeau Field, the home field advantage is there, the cheese heads will be rocking, and Green Bay hasn’t lost a home game since October…of 2010. They have too much going for them to lose, right? Maybe so, maybe no. I pick Green Bay to win this game, but don’t be surprised if the Giants come away with this upset.

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