What a wacky wild card weekend! So, to recap from previous predictions, I was on the money with my Sunday picks, choosing the Cowboys to defeat the Lions and the Colts to top the Bengals. But I blundered for Saturday’s games, incorrectly picking the Steelers and Cardinals to win, as the Ravens and Panthers advanced instead.
So now, the real playoffs begin, and it’s time for someone to take home the Lombardi trophy. Here are my final NFL playoff predictions including my picks for award winners and Super Bowl dark horses and champions.
Seahawks vs. Panthers
The Panthers came off a satisfying victory against the Cardinals on Saturday, but they will pose little threat to the vaunted Seattle Seahawks, a team on a mission to defend its beloved Super Bowl crown. The secondary of the Seahawks will stop Cam Newton in his tracks and control the game, with Marshawn Lynch putting the nail in the coffin.
Prediction: The Seahawks will win 23-10.
Packers vs. Cowboys
The Green Bay Packers are undefeated at home. However, the Cowboys are undefeated on the road. Aaron Rodgers will attack the Cowboys depleted, yet fighting defense. The Cowboys will match it with DeMarco Murray and their rushing attack. This game will get ugly, and ugly means it’ll be unpredictable. I see the upset with the Cowboys shocking the world and taking this game out of the hands of the want-to-be MVP Aaron Rodgers.
Prediction: The Cowboys will win 34-30.
Seahawks vs. Cowboys
We have a rematch of week six, where the Cowboys overpowered the Seahawks in their own building. It will be overwhelmingly hostile in Century Link. Not a single blunder all year, not from Dez Bryant, Tony Romo or DeMarco Murray. This will be a grudge match. As they usually do, they will find a way to scratch out a win.
Prediction: The Seahawks will win 20-17.
Patriots vs. Ravens
The Ravens pose the biggest threat to the Patriots. However, this matchup slightly favors the Patriots simply based off of thirst and experience. The Ravens do in fact have all the pieces in place to accomplish the defeat, however Tom Brady’s greatness will prevail in the end. The Ravens are the dark horse Super Bowl champions, however they are going up against the real Super Bowl champions, and it will play out accordingly.
Prediction: The Patriots will win 33-28.
Broncos vs. Colts
Andrew Luck and the Colts are coming off of an impressive defeat against Cincinnati. Despite their record, the Broncos have looked shaky all year and the Colts will put Peyton Manning to the test. This will be a bloody battle, but the Colts will pull this one out.
Prediction: The Colts will win 31-27.
Patriots vs. Colts
Tom Brady has yet to reach a Super Bowl since 2011, when his team was defeated by the Giants. Luck will pose a threat, but it will be no match for the Patriots underrated defense.
Prediction: The Patriots will win 38-27.
Patriots vs. Seahawks
Well, I know, it’s the same from my preseason prediction of Pats against Hawks. I think that it is extremely difficult to repeat as Super Bowl champions, especially against a team that has not won a Super Bowl in over 10 years, losing two in the last eight years to the New York Giants. Tom Brady will know what to do against that vaunted Seattle secondary and help his team pull away with the victory.
Prediction: The Patriots will win 26-21.
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