Conference Championship Weekend
So seeing how it is NFL Conference Championship weekend I guess I will write a little about the upcoming match-ups. So far the playoffs have been incredibly exciting to watch. Most of the games have come down to the final minutes to determine the winner and I expect that to be the same this weekend.
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
RAVENS vs PATRIOTS
It has already been stated that this is future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis’ last season in the NFL. The entire Ravens team has been playing with a lot of emotion and wants to end Lewis’s career on a high note. I think the Ravens have a good defense, but I am not too sure about that defense against a proven playoff Quarterback in Tom Brady. The Patriots, once again, have the best offense in the league and average over 34 points per game. Only one other team averaged over 30 points a game and that was the Denver Broncos who took the Ravens into overtime this past weekend in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
My predicition of this game is the Patriots defeat the Ravens in the Conference Championship by a score of 30-27.
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
49ers vs FALCONS
The Falcons have definitely seemed to put all the pieces together in the passing game this year, but the running game is far from perfect. After finishing 6th in pass yards with 281 y.p.g.*, they finished almost dead last with a meager 87 y.p.g. in the running game. The 49ers have arguably the best defense in the NFL, but the key to this game might end up being newly starting Quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick exploded onto the scene after replacing original starting quarterback Alex Smith halfway through the season. Kaepernick has turned an average offense into something special with hit ability to run as a QB, but also still pass with speed and accuracy.
My prediction of this game is a much easier decision than the AFC game. 49ers will win this game 35-17.
* y.p.g. = yards per game