This weekend is championship Sunday in the NFL. Green Bay and Seattle will battle for the NFC crown and Indianapolis will face New England for AFC supremacy. The winners get the honor of playing in the Super Bowl on February 1.
Some observations from last week’s divisional games will show who has the edge in Sunday’s showdowns.
First, the Seattle Seahawks are making a strong push to defend their Super Bowl title. Seattle dominated the Panthers in Seattle winning 31-17 with Russell Wilson throwing for three touchdowns. They showed why Carolina was a major underdog going in.
Second, it takes perfect games to go into New England and take down Tom Brady and the Patriots, and that still may not be enough. Just ask Joe Flacco. His four passing touchdowns and two separate 14 point leads still weren’t enough for Baltimore to eliminate the Patriots. New England came back to win 35-31.
Third, Andrew Luck and the Colts have their work cut out for them after beating the Denver Broncos in Denver. Granted Peyton Manning played with a torn quad for over a month. Sometimes all it takes is getting hot and lucky. Andrew Luck has the chance to take down Peyton Manning and Brady in back to back weeks.
Finally, Aaron Rodgers is a very bad man. That’s bad as in good. After earning a first round bye in Week 17, Rodgers took down the Cowboys 26-21 at Lambeau Field while playing through a torn calf muscle. Rodgers completed 24 of his 35 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Let’s face it, a one legged Aaron Rodgers is still better than over half of the quarterbacks in the NFL.
AFC Prediction: It is time for the Indianapolis Colts to show why they were smart enough to move on from Peyton Manning and invest in Andrew Luck as the quarterback of the future. However, the Colts will have to wait another year before they can say they clearly made the right move. Expect Luck to play well, but the Colts don’t have enough firepower to take down the Patriots in New England.
NFC Prediction: The discount double check will be invalid in Seattle. Beating the defending champs and number one defense in Seattle on one leg will take of an amazing performance by Aaron Rodgers. I expect Seattle to be able to get to Rodgers too many times in the pocket.