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NFL Pickem: Who Will Play in the Conference Finals?

January 12th, 2013 at 4:08 PM
By Chuck Chapman

Even though the Indianapolis Colts season is over, the NFL reluctantly decided to continue with the playoffs despite their inevitable anti-climactic outcome. Among the eight teams left competing for a Super Bow berth is one very popular former Colt.

Will Jacob Tamme be able to carry the Broncos to the AFC Championship game? Here's what Steven and I see happening this weekend:


Baltimore at Denver- Steven: Broncos – "With the two teams meeting late in the regular season, I think we got a pretty good look at how much better one is over the other. Peyton Manning and his crew made the plays that the Colts couldn't hang on to last week and shut down the Ravens attack when it mattered. And that was all in Baltimore, so moving the setting out west shouldn't change anything." Chuck: Broncos- "Will anyone calling themself a Colts' fan honestly be rooting for Baltimore? If the Colts can't have it, best that Peyton gets a chance at glory at the end of his career. The only downside is that with each Broncos win, we'll have to look at shots of John Elway. Can't they show us AJ McCarron's girlfriend instead?"
Green Bay at San Francisco- Steven: 49ers – "Green Bay being unable to get the scoreboard lighting up against Minnesota concerns me enough that I don't think they'll be able to do anything on the road. Not that Colin Kaepernick will light up it either, but he has the better defense waiting to take the field to help him out, which is hard to pass up picking." Chuck: Packers- "Here's where changing to Kaepernick mid-season will bite Jim Harbaugh in the butt. An untested second year player making his first playoff start against Aaron Rodgers? The Niners defense is good, but the Packers win on a last-minute Rodgers drive."
Seattle at Atlanta- Steven: Falcons – "Atlanta having the bye concerns me since they lost in week 17 despite "trying" to win the game. Of course, Seattle is here because Mike Shanahan was trying to win the game too. I'll give the Falcons enough benefit of the doubt being at home against a team and hungry enough to finally prove their worth in the postseason." Chuck: Falcons- "I've been on the Seahawk bandwagon since mid-season, saying this was a team nobody wanted to face in the playoffs. So naturally I'm picking Atlanta. Seattle lost DE Chris Clemons to a knee injury in last week's win against the 'Skins. That's going to hurt Seattle's pass rush. Atlanta has the tall, athletic receivers to out-physical a very physical Seahawks secondary."
Houston at New England- Steven: Patriots – "This won't be the blowout that we saw on Monday Night Football, but it'll start to creep up that way by the end. Houston's defense put on a display last week in doing everything they needed to carry a win over Cincinnati. The Patriots' offensive attack will have more success, but won't do so until the second half. In the end, I don't think Matt Schaub will make enough throws to score enough." Chuck: Patriots- "Houston beat Cincinnati last week, but their red-zone woes continued. That won't work against the high powered Patriots' attack.


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