NFL Playoffs: Conference Championships

With two games remaining until a Super Bowl champion is crowned, this season will come to a screeching halt, as four of the best teams in the NFL face off to determine who will win the ring.

Broncos vs. Patriots 

Another Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning showdown, but this game will be different than before. The Broncos struggled vs. the injury-ridden Steelers, and had a comeback victory in unspeakable fashion. The Patriots ran over the Chiefs, and look to solidify their spot in a 2nd straight Super Bowl. Tom Brady is healthy and can use some of his weapons, and I don’t expect the Broncos to pull this one out. However, the Patriots have struggled in Denver lately, losing five of the last six games played there. I’d say the advantage is in the hands of the Broncos, but Tom Brady is too elite and on a mission to prove the league wrong, using all the right balls. This game will go down to the wire, but Rob Gronkowski is too much for Denver’s elite defense to handle.

Patriots win 24-20 

Panthers vs. Cardinals

Throughout the last month, people have been saying that the Cardinals are the best team in the NFC. I happen to agree. However, that does not cancel out the fact that this matchup is a favorable one by any stretch of the imagination. This game will be a dogfight, as two MVP-caliber quarterbacks look to enjoy their first appearances and hopefully capture their first ever Super Bowl title. Both of these teams have worked incredibly hard, and there is no clear-cut favorite. While the Panthers have posted videos of singing in the tub together this past week, the Cardinals have quietly been preparing, staying totally out of the public eye. I could go either way, but I have a feeling that the Cardinals are a little bit better prepared for the stage. But hey, they are both great teams and I would love to see either of them in the Super Bowl. Most believe Carson Palmer will lose out in the MVP race to Cam Newton, which will further inspire Palmer in his quest for the gold. Another determining factor, is the great coaching provided by Bruce Arians, as he will slightly out duel Ron Rivera in this one. I am predicting an upset; but this really could go either way.

Cardinals win 31-30

What’s your prediction? 

About me: I’m Spencer Alexander Zied, an 11th grader from New York, New York. I love to play basketball, football and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees, Oregon football and North Carolina basketball teams. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).

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