January 7th, 2014
Last weekend it was almost impossible to not find an exciting game. 2 games were decided in the final minute, 1 was a 28 point comeback, and the other was a total upset that was unforeseen by many. This week the 4 victorious teams and the 4 top seeded teams will clash in what looks to be another great weekend of football. Here are capsules of each game and a prediction of the result.
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks
As I said last week, the Saints have had road woes. They were able to overcome them last week against Philadelphia, but, as any NFL fan can tell you, the Seahawks have the biggest and best home field advantage in the league. The Seahawks are fresh off a bye, which helps their ailing and often injured players. The two teams played earlier this year and Seattle won in a blowout, 34-7.
My Prediction: The Saints are unable to avenge their December 2nd loss to the Hawks, who win 30-20.
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots
Most NFL fans thought that the Colts were out of the playoffs after they fell into a 38-10 hole in the third quarter of their wild card game. Likewise, most Kansas City fans were celebrating what they thought would be their first playoff victory in a long time. Unfortunately for the Chiefs fans, Andrew Luck had the best game of his career and Indy won a thriller, 45-44. Now the Colts face another tough challenge- the New England Patriots. The Pats have lost a lot of players to injury, but Tom Brady and Bill Belicheck make this a dangerous team. The lone prime time game will most likely have a lot of points, mainly because New England can't stop the run and Indianapolis can't stop the pass. One other note- former Patriots Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch signed with the Colts, adding another playmaker aside TY Hilton, who caught over 200 yards last week.
My Prediction: The running game starts churning for Indy and the Colts win
San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers
If I could use one word to describe Colin Kaepernick, it would be "amazing". Kap had one of the best games of his career in a game at Green Bay in which the temperature ranged from 10 to 0 degrees- and he didn't have long sleeves. But the Niners will be facing a much tougher opponent in the Carolina Panthers, who have beaten them 10-9 at Candlestick Park. The teams are similar- both have great defenses, quick quarterbacks and a solid running game. This is the most evenly matched game and is a tossup.
My Prediction: If the NFL playoffs had ties, I would say that this would be a tie. I'm rooting for Carolina, but, as much as I hate to root against them, the momentum of the 49ers will be hard to stop. I'll take the 49ers with the score of 13-10 in double overtime.
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
The Chargers shocked America and beat the Bengals in Cincinnati last week, and they hope to do the same against the Broncos. San Diego won thanks to its defense, which forced 3 interceptions and 2 fumbles. The last Chargers-Broncos game was also all about the defense, which held Peyton Manning to 20 points. It will be hard to repeat that feat, but it could happen. Almost everything would need to turn out right for the Chargers to leave Denver with a W.
My Prediction: Peyton Manning loses yet another heartbreaking divisional playoff game as San Diego rides to the AFC Conference Championship with a 35-34 victory.
NFLRUSH Kid Reporter