AFC and NFC Championship Preview.
It has been a fight. There have been upsets. Disappointment has been imminent for many and victory has appealed for some. In the end, after the battles are finished only one team will prevail. Who will it be?
Outlook of the AFC Championship Game: It’s only fitting the Ravens and Patriots have been the best teams in the AFC all season, so it’s only right that they settle it on the field to see who represents the conference in the Super Bowl. Baltimore and New England did not meet during the regular season. The teams last met in 2010 when New England won in overtime. The Patriots and Ravens also split two meetings in 2009, with New England winning in the regular season and Baltimore winning in the playoffs.
What our Pats need to Win: Patriots’ D needs to keep up their momentum, players such as Chad Ochocinco, Devin McCourty, and Patrick Chung need to step it up a notch, and the Offense needs to keep on connecting and using their various weapons. Give “Gronk” the ball and let Hernandez run.
Prediction: Patriots 28-17
Outlook of the NFC Championship Game: The Giants are playing great on both sides of the ball. They are a very hot team right now. New York was extremely impressive in its upset victory over the Packers. The Giants will not be overwhelmed in the slightest going on the road again. The 49ers have lost only one game at home this season and QB Alex Smith has played much better at home than on the road. The 49ers caused five turnovers against the Saints, which was as big a reason for that victory as anything. The Giants sustained a lot of minor injuries against the Packers and the 49ers have an extra day to prepare for this home game. Also note that the 49ers and the Giants met last in week 10 with the 9ers squeezing out a close one-TD win margin.
Prediction: 49ers 28-21