By Paul Kavanaugh
It’s getting exciting as the NFL playoffs are close to settling on the Super Bowl participants. Since at press time I do not know who won over the weekend, let’s see what kind of prognosticator I am.
Atlanta was going to Philly to play the Eagles. With the quarterback issues in Philly, I predict that Atlanta will win this game. The other NFC matchup had New Orleans heading North to Minnesota. This should be one great game with good defenses and offenses on both sides of the ball. As much as I like Drew Brees, I just think the Vikings will prevail at home. Adding to the pressure here is the fact that Minnesota has a very good chance to become the first Super Bowl participant to play the game in their home state.
In the AFC, our own Titans travel to New England to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots. I like Tennessee, don’t get me wrong, but I give them very little chance of winning this game. New England is just too good. But, as they say, that’s why they play the game.
The other matchup is quite interesting. Jacksonville travels to Pittsburgh, taking on the Steelers for the second time this year. The Jaguars won the first meeting handily, intercepting Ben Roethlisberger five times. I don’t think it will be near as easy this time. Pittsburgh has been playing well of late and Jacksonville, while winning, seems to be struggling. I must go with the Steelers in this one.
So, let’s say I am right. That would mean that Minnesota is playing Atlanta for the right to represent the NFC. My pick here would be the Vikings, although I hate to bet against Matty Ice in a big game like this. Should be a tight, close game.
The other conference has, or should have, the dream matchup everyone has been talking about for weeks. New England vs. Pittsburgh. Oh baby! Touchdown Tommy vs. Big Ben! Both offenses are high powered, but both teams have solid defenses as well. My guess in a very close game is the Patriots. There’s just something about Tom Brady at home that makes me think they will prevail.
Let’s see how I do and then we can start talking Super Bowl after this. Pop a cold one and get ready for some football!