I was dead wrong last week with my divisional round picks. There are no excuses, nothing to justify what I did.
I didn’t think John Fox would actually play not to win, nor did I ever imagine Jacoby Jones catching that game-tying touchdown. In the Green Bay San Francisco game, I thought Kaepernick would turn the ball over, which he threw a pick 6 to start the game, but after put on one of the greatest performances in the history of the sport. I picked Seattle because I felt they were the hottest team in the playoffs, but they dug themselves too big of a whole to overcome. I also picked Houston because it was too similar to when the Jets beat the Pats after getting destroyed on Monday Night Football earlier in the season. But that was last week, I guarantee I won’t put up another goose egg. Here are my Championship Sunday Picks:
49ers (-4) over Falcons:
The San Francisco 49ers may be the most balanced team in the playoffs. They continue to have one of the league’s top defenses, and now have arguably the league’s most unstoppable offense. I have no idea how to stop this offense. The option with Kaepernick and Frank Gore hasn’t been stopped yet, and when Kaepernick doesn’t run it, he can beat you with his arm just as effectively. The Falcons and Matt Ryan finally got the monkey of winning in the playoffs off their backs last week, and are playing with house money this week. I think this game will be close, but I have no idea how Atlanta plans on stopping the 49ers offensive attack.
49ers 30 Falcons 24
Ravens (+9) over Patriots:
When this spread came out I couldn’t believe it. The Ravens beat the Patriots earlier this season in Baltimore, and should have won the AFC title game last year on Lee Evans catch that was ruled incomplete or at least sent it to overtime if it wasn’t for Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff coming no where close on his field goal attempt as time expired. Now, what’s really interesting about this game is that for the first time in awhile, the Patriots might actually have the better defense between the two teams. With Baltimore, destiny may be on their side after that miracle Jacoby Jones touchdown to send the game to over time last week. Joe Flacco is playing like an elite quarterback in the playoffs this year and the Ravens as a team want to win it for Ray. A lot of people like Baltimore for those reasons, but I think New England ultimately wins this game behind the arm of Tom Brady. I do expect Baltimore to cover.
Patriots 28 Ravens 27
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