Marshawn is thankful and so am I
Unfortunately, some of the perennially hated teams in football are playing for a chance to the Super Bowl. Fans of the dysfunctional NFL franchises are always jealous of these teams, but we mask this by mocking their success. Don’t mind us rooting against every team left, hoping the teams left come to some agreement to become co-champions. We all know that this won’t happen, so let’s get into predictions and analysis.
AFC Championship Game: #4 Colts at #1 Patriots
This is a matchup of the past against the future. The Colts are the heirs to throne of the AFC. Once again, they have a once in a generation QB in Andrew Lucklooking for a chance at a ring, albeit prematurely. Playing Tom Brady the Patriots is like looking 10-12 years into the future. Both teams have a competent defense, a different running back every week, and a quarterback that won’t change. The Colts even have Adam Vinatieri. If they truly are a reincarnation of the Patriots, they will beat the Patriots and then take the Super Bowl on a late go-ahead kick by Vinatieri himself. The Colts receiving core is superior to the Patriots. We could look back to the Andrew Luck’s two interceptions last week, but those were two of the most meaningless INTs ever, thrown on 3rd and longs, effectively serving as punts. Luck looked as poised as any of the greats, methodically slotting throws to receivers throughout the field against a Broncos defense stocked with pro-bowlers. Peyton looked like a man who belonged in cargo shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, and the Colts looked like mad geniuses for tossing Manning by the wayside. The Colts know a Hall of Fame QB when they see one, and they just might have their hands on another. The problem this year is that they are facing a sure-fire Hall of Famer in his house. But wait, they already faced one of those QBs in his house and won! So all bets are off now. If I was an oddsmaker (and I’m not and will never pretend to be!), I’d give the Patriots a VERY slight edge, and put them as 2 point home favorites. This could be like the NBA’s Spurs: a team that consistently wins, but has not been to the mountaintop recently, using all of their might and effort for one last run. This is Tom and Bill’s last stand, and as fans of football, we must respect this.
Todd G’s Pick: Patriots 30 Colts 27
NFC Championship Game: #2 Packers at #1 Seahawks
This is as plain of a matchup as you could get….NOT. We have the potential MVP in Aaron Rodgers facing the Legion of Boom. To quote Marshawn Lynch, “I’m Thankful”. The team that was supposed to mess this picture up, return to the Super Bowl, and annoy football fans everywhere was the Dallas Cowboys. The refs have factored into Seahawks results before, and I think they might have just given them another gift. Aaron Rodgers has been quoted as saying he has 120 minutes of football left in him. I don’t think he’ll need to worry about the last 60. If he makes this happen, I don’t even know what I would do, but it would be ridiculous. No offense to the Packers, but they just don’t have the tools to win this game. Will they compete? Of course so. The Panthers were in the game for a while, so the Packers surely can hang. I just wonder what receiver on the Packers is going to beat the Seahawks secondary. The Cowboys had Dez Bryant. There is no Dez on Green Bay. Jordy Nelson is good, but is he going to be able to deceive one of the most physically-imposing secondaries out? Sorry Jordy, no chance. Not even if this game was at Lambeau would Green Bay stand a chance in my mind. We all better get ready for boisterous reactions from Richard Sherman, quote-worthy soundbites from Marshawn Lynch, and Russell Wilson’s stunt double. Hope you are ready America.
Todd G’s Pick: Seahawks 27 Packers 21
This leads to the most disgusting Super Bowl matchup possible. Seahawks vs. Patriots. I will discuss before that game. Tune in.