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What does Tom Brady do now without his #1 receiver Wes Welker?
Four teams are just 60 minutes away from winning their Conference Championship and playing in Super Bowl XLII on February 3rd. The Giants visit the Packers at hallowed Lambeau Field and the Patriots host the Chargers at Gillette Stadium.
Breakdown & Predictions:
Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants – Packer Nation will be celebrating their heroes return to the Big Game because of two major factors. The first is the weather which will be brutal and typical of Green Bay during the playoffs. That will limit the # of big plays via the pass and make this a ground war. The Packers have discovered a power and speed attack from undrafted tailback Ryan Grant. The irony is that he was in the Giants summer camp this year before being traded to the Pack for a draft pick. He will now be a major factor in preventing the Giants from advancing to the Super Bowl. The second reason is Eli Manning’s inexperience. The game and moment will be too enormous for Peyton’s younger brother and he will turn the ball over multiple times. The Packers will seize those opportunities and put points on the board.
Score: Packers 34 – Giants 13
New England Patriots vs. San Diego Chargers – Mr. Brady will complete another chapter of his historic season by sending the Chargers back to California with another playoff disappointment. San Diego is limping into this game as their two most important offensive weapons – LT & Rivers – are game time decisions to play. They cannot compete without these two at 100% and this game will show that early as the Patriots get out to a fast start in the first quarter. Look for Randy Moss to take the challenge of being by guarded by Antonio Cromartie personal. He will catch at least a couple of touchdowns and let the Chargers know he cannot be stopped. The enigmatic Bill Belichick will have his team so well prepared that this may be their best played game of the year.
Score: Patriots 45 – Chargers 20
Wild Card Round – The Redskins are a good story but are one and done… Seattle beats them going away in the 4th quarter to survive another week. The Giants surprise the Buccaneers and win a low-scoring game by a late field goal. Eli Manning plays very well and leads his team by not giving away the ball as he has all year.
Divsional Round – The Giants will come in banged up after their tough win over the Bucs… they will get hammered by the well rested Cowboys and Tony Romo will set team passing records. The Packers will host the Seahawks in bitterly cold conditions at famed Lambeau Field. The playoff rematch will not go into overtime this time… Packers win big as Farve throws for at least 4 touchdowns.
Championship Round – The heavyweights of the conference will be ready to take each other on to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLII. The Cowboys will rediscover their running game as Marion Barber will be the best offensive player on the field. The Packers will fall behind early and Farve will press and turn the ball over which will cost them dearly. The Cowboys win a high-scoring game 43 – 31.
Wild Card Round – The Titans and Vince Young are just not ready physically and mentally for this matchup with the Chargers. LT and crew will allow HC Norv Turner to breath easy and start their gameplan for the next opponent by the end of the 3rd quarter. The Steelers are very banged up and the Jaguars are physical and very confident that they will beat the Steelers. This will be the best game of the first round because the Steelers are a proud bunch and will rise up to meet the force of the Jags. However, the Jags have too much and will wear down HC Mike Tomlin’s team. Jags win.
Divisonal Round – Great matchups here… the Chargers will go to Indy where they’ve had success in the past. However, they will get their doors blown off as Manning will have his offense in high gear and will get an emotional lift as Marvin Harrison returns… Colts win. The best game of the weekend will be the Jags going to Foxboro… league MVP Tom Brady will be at his best and will find Randy Moss a couple times for long scores. The Jags running game will be successful, but not enough this day. Pats win.
Championship Round – The Patriots will be the favorites over the Colts and we concur. This game will not be as close as you’d like to believe. The Colts just don’t have the (healthy) horses to keep up with this Patriots team. Pats win 34 – 18.
Super Bowl XLII – Patriots vs. Cowboys – Brady vs. Romo – Moss vs. T.O. – this will go down as one of the most entertaining Super Bowls in NFL history. We will get big plays and lots of points. The Patriots have more experience and superior coaching… Pats win 44 – 37.