After an impressive wild card weekend (3-1), I slipped a bit in the divisional round going just 2-2. I was shocked the Colts lost but am not surprised that Dallas fell on their face. Still doing well at 5-3 in the playoffs so let's tackle the conference championships.
AFC, Championships: Sunday, Jan. 20
San Diego at New England, 6:00 p.m. (CBS)
I thought the Jags and Colts each had a shot to beat New England. San Diego does not. I'm shocked they beat the Colts, especially without LT. Losing Philip Rivers isn't that big of a loss. After all, he is only slightly better than backup Billy Volek. Brady and company should light up the Chargers defense. SD may put some points up but this could be a shootout and the Pats thrive on that style of play. NE 42-28.
NFC, Championships: Sunday, Jan. 20
New York at Green Bay, 2:30 p.m. (FOX)
NY has been playing great but I'm still not convinced that they can keep this high level of play going. Yes, they have won 9 in a row on the road but this is probably the game that Eli Manning comes back down to earth. Green Bay will get some pressure on Manning and force him into mistakes. Brett Favre actually plays better in the cold. GB moves on, 24-17.
Super Bowl XLII: Sunday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m.,
University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)
Green Bay vs. New England
Brady is looking to get into Super Bowl lore of Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw with four rings. Favre looking for his second SB title. In the warm weather, this turns into an old western shootout. I think the GB defense can slow NE down just a little bit more than the NE D can slow down Favre. NE's defense is old and is worn out. GB's defense is young and will take some chances. Favre gets the last laugh with a late TD pass to Greg Jennings to seal a 38-35 victory.
Call me crazy for this not ending in a Patriots perfect season but karma says the Pats can't possibly run the table. Besides, the '72 Dolphins slipped me a few bucks to get them knocked out!