Sun, Jan 20
NFC Championship Game
San Francisco 49ers (12-4-1) at Atlanta Falcons (14-3) Winner: San Francisco 49ers
This is going to be a great game, these are the #1 and #2 seeds in the NFC post season. Colin Kaepernick is on fire and he showed the world that he can handle the pressure in his 1st career start in a playoff game against the Packers. Kaepernick could not of played any better and he will need to have a similar game from last week. Kaepernick has to get the ball to Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis and Randy Moss. Kaepernick has to make plays with his feet and keep the Falcons defense off balance. Frank Gore has to have a big game and break down the Falcons defense. The 49ers defense will have to step up and slow down Matt Ryan and their explosive offense. They can’t let Roddy White and Julio Jones beat them down field. The Falcons finally won a playoff game last week against the Seahawks and it came down to the final seconds. Matt Ryan has to take care of the ball and get the ball to his weapons Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez. This game will come down to the Falcons defense and if they can stop Kaepernick from making plays with his arm and legs. The Falcons defense has to play physical and try to force turnovers. Both teams have explosive offenses and the 49ers defense has more playmakers than the Falcons do.
NFC Champions: San Francisco 49ers
AFC Championship Game
Baltimore Ravens (12-6) at New England Patriots (13-4) Winner: New England Patriots
The Ravens beat the Patriots in Week 3 in Baltimore. Here it goes, probably for the last time Tom Brady vs Ray Lewis. This is a rematch from last years AFC Championship game. Look for Tom Brady and the Patriots offense to be running at a fast and high pace. Brady should have a big game even though Rob Gronkowski is out injured for the rest of the post season and get the ball to Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Lloyd. The Patriots defense has to step up and shut down Ray Rice and put pressure on Joe Flacco. The Ravens have won 2 playoff games and are looking for 1 more win to reach the Super Bowl. Flacco has to have a big game like he did last week against the Broncos and take care of the ball and out play Brady. Flacco has to get the ball to Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin. Ray Rice needs to have a big game and break down the Patriots defense and take pressure off of Flacco. This is Ray Lewis’s last ride and you know he doesn’t want to lose to Brady and the Patriots so you know the Ravens defense will be inspired. The Ravens defense has to put pressure on Brady and slow down their explosive offense. Brady and the Patriots have too many weapons on offense and the Ravens defense should be pretty tired after their great run, and Brady uses his home field advantage to take his team to another Super Bowl.
AFC Champions: New England Patriots
Super Bowl XLVII: San Francisco 49ers vs New England Patriots