Steelers @ Bengals
In the regular season these teams split their season series 1-1. The Steelers win came at the hands of A.J. McCarron the Bengals back up quarterback who will be starting against the Steelers again due to the thumb injury of Andy Dalton. The playoffs come down to experience and I don’t think the young Bengals have the playoff experience to take down the Steelers led by playoff veterans Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison.
Chiefs @ Texans
The red-hot Chiefs come into NRG Stadium riding a 10 game win streak. After a 1-5 start the Chiefs haven’t lost since and with quarterback Alex Smith playing some of the best football of his career, the Chiefs will be a tough out in the playoffs. Meanwhile the Texans have been nothing short of a circus this season with 4 different quarterbacks taking the majority of snaps under center at one point or another. The Chiefs should have no trouble taking down the Texans.
Packers @ Redskins
After a shocking season in which the heavily favored Packers didn’t win their division I believe they will be back for revenge in the playoffs. In a total 180 the Redskins also had a shocking season in which they came out of nowhere to steal a very wide-open NFC East title race. That being said I think the Packers should have no problem with the Redskins in what I believe will be a blowout win for the Packers.
Seahawks @ Vikings
In a bitter cold Minnesota the Seahawks come in flying high after their resounding win last week against Arizona. Although they will be with out their star running back Marshawn Lynch I think the Legion of Boom will once again rise to the occasion and save the Seahawks in the playoffs. On the other side are the Vikings. They have no shortage of confidence after stealing a win from the Packers in Green Bay last Sunday. But like I said earlier the playoffs come down to experience and the Seahawks as young as they are now a seasoned playoff team. I think the Seahawks take it in a close one.
AFC Divisional Round
Steelers @ Broncos
In what I think will be a very good football game it will be interesting to see how Peyton Manning responds after having one of the worst seasons of his career. With the Steelers offensive clicking on all cylinders it will come down to the Broncos defense. And just like the old cliché says defense wins championships and I think Von Miller and the Broncos get the job done at home.
Chiefs @ Patriots
After beating the Texans the Chiefs will travel to New England to take on a battered Patriots team. As depleted as the Patriots offensive line has been, I have been saying this all along experience wins in the postseason. I have no doubt that the Chiefs will give the Patriots a run for their money and challenge them in every way possible, but at the end of the day the Patriots do have Tom Brady and its hard not to think he is going to get it done for them like he has in the past.
NFC Divisional Round
Packers @ Cardinals
In what will be a rematch of a blowout win for the Cardinals the Packers will be looking to come steal a win and get revenge for their week 16 loss. But with Arizona’s high powered offensive and ball hawking defense the absence of Jordy Nelson may be a big factor as it has all season for the Packers. I think the Cardinals defense comes up big for them in this game.
Seahawks @ Panthers
As the 15-1 Panthers come into the playoff as the best team in the NFL, the Seahawks come into this game after a resounding win against the Vikings in the cold. This game will come down to how well Cam Newton can get the ball to Greg Olson and not give the Seahawks defense any chance to get any big plays. If Newton can get the ball out fast and frustrate the Seahawks defense the Panthers have a great chance to win this game. That being said, I feel with Marshawn Lynch back in the Seahawks offense and with Russell Wilson on another level right now, I think the Seahawks take this one in a very good game.
AFC Conference Championship
Patriots @ Broncos
After the Broncos took down a good Steelers team led by Big Ben, they will have their biggest test of the year against the Tom Brady led Patriots. The Patriots confidence will be high after coming out on top against the Chiefs. The key to this game will be Gronk. If Gronk can get open and make an impact the Patriots defense should hold serve against a sub par Broncos offense.
NFC Conference Championship
Seahawks @ Cardinals
As the Seahawks gauntlet of road games ends so does the Cardinals playoff hopes. The Seahawks week 17 win was very convincing that they are ready to take control of the NFC. The Seahawks just play with a certain energy in the playoffs that is very hard to beat. In a great game I have a rematch of the Seahawks and the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Seahawks @ Patriots
In a rematch of last year's thrilling Super Bowl, the Seahawks and Patriots will once again clash for it all. In another great matchup I predict a Seahawks win. After battling on the road through the NFC the Seahawks will win in yet another classic between these two great franchises.
Super Bowl Champion: Seahawks
-Kid Reporter Jake