We are now finally down to the Final Four of the NFL playoffs and it’s a battle between the top seeds of both conferences. The divisional round of the playoffs was really good for me because my record was 4-0, which means that I actually predicted the conference championships. My overall record jumps up to 66-47 and my winning percentage goes from 56.9% to 58.4%. It’s hard to believe that we’re about three weeks away from the Super Bowl and the end of the season. With the Super Bowl around the corner, we get to see those great Super Bowl commercials. Let’s get started with my predictions forth e exciting conference championships.
The first game is the AFC Championship game on Sunday at 3:05 as the New England Patriots visit the Denver Broncos in what could be the final chapter of the Manning-Brady rivalry. The Patriots are coming off a hard-fought win against the Chiefs in the Divisional round of the playoffs. New England seems like they’re healthier than they have been in a long time and they’re hoping to defend their championship by advancing against the Broncos. The Broncos seems like they’re trying to get under the skin of the Patriots with numerous players taking shots at Gronk and Tom Brady. Can Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl like John Elway did in the twilight of his career back in the late-90s? This should be a low scoring, defensive and hard hitting game, but in the end I think the Broncos will pull off the tough win and advance to the Super Bowl.
Broncos Win 20-17
Welcome to the NFC Championship game that should be played around 6:40 as the Arizona Cardinals visit the Carolina Panthers. The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a tough win last week against the Green Bay Packers. The Cardinals are pretty lucky to be in this game because there were instances where Green Bay could’ve put the game away, especially dropping potential interceptions. With Carson Palmer still nursing a finger injury, will it affect him and cost the Cardinals a chance to play in the Super Bowl? On the other side of the ball, we have the Carolina Panthers, who come into the game with only one loss all season and coming off a win against the Seattle Seahawks last week. The defense has been one of the best all season and the offense is led by league MVP, Cam Newton is the favorites coming into the game. This should be another close, defensive game and I’m going with the Panthers to edge the Cardinals to advance to the Super Bowl.
Panthers Win 23-21
My Super Bowl Pick:
Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos
Who do you have coming out of the conference championships and advancing to play in the Super Bowl?