After going 0-4 straight up and 1-3 against the spread in Wild Card weekend a couple weeks ago, we were able to flip those numbers around last week, going 4-0 straight up and 3-1 against the spread (Indy +7 being the lone loss). Now, we are down to the final four teams in the NFL Conference Championships: New England Patriots at Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers. Both games are rematches of regular season games, with the Hawks and Niners being a rubber match after the teams split wins in the regular season.
It’s Tom Brady and Peyton Manning one more time in the playoffs, but this time it feels different. It’s not the fact that Manning is on the Broncos as opposed to the Colts, but rather the huge gap in talent on paper for each team that hasn’t really happened before in this rivalry. The Patriots are incredibly beat up on both sides of the ball, yet they once again find themselves in the AFC Championship for the third year in a row. Can Brady rally the troops and pull off a huge upset, or will Peyton make his third Super Bowl, and take another shot at that second ring?
On the other end, the 49ers will try to solve the puzzle that only one team, the Arizona Cardinals, has figured out in the last two years: how to win in Seattle. The Seahawks have owned their rivals from the bay, oustcoring the 71- 16 in their last two matchups, including a 29-3 domination by Seattle in Week 2. Can San Francisco figure out their woes up north, or will the Seahawks ride the 12th man to a Super Bowl birth? Find out our thoughts on this, and the AFC title game, in our NFL Conference Championships Podcast!
Who do you think will be playing in New Jersey in two weeks? Would you rather have Brady or Manning right now? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!