NFL 2011 Conference Championship Round
Saints 32 - 49ers 36: The headlines practically wrote themselves. "The Run;" that's what they'd be calling Alex Smith's touchdown dash. Then New Orleans had the temerity to take the lead again mere seconds later. San Fransisco will gladly settle on adding "The Catch 3" into the pantheon of great football moments.
Tebows 10 - Patriots 45: Tim Tebow's biggest detractors were the ones lining up against him and for now, the detractors have the last laugh. And CBS must be banging their heads against the wall. On paper this should have been the highest rated game of Saturday, but it was over five minutes into it.
Texans 13 - Ravens 20: Not all that unsurprising save for the fact that both Harbaugh brothers will be playing again on Sunday. Honestly, if you're a fan of Houston you must be beating yourself over the head wondering what might have been had it been Matt Schaub instead of TJ Yates lining up under center.
Giants 37 - Packers 20: Mad Eli in Beyond Lambeau Field? One definitely gets the road warrior vibe from New York, but...no, saving that for the predictions below.
Conference Round Pick 'Em: There were two upsets this weekend and only two of you picked both the Niners and the G-Men to pull it off. As for the the whole deal:
My record: 3-1
Secret Asian Man: 2-2
And playoff to date totals:
My record: 5-3
Secret Asian Man: 5-3
* = I gave you credit for Manning up and swallowing your pride.
Gee, I wonder what games are being played this Sunday? Anyway, to keep things balanced, both games count for two. Get 'em both right, you go 4-0. Simple, yes? Here goes:
Ravens at Patriots, 3:00 ET, CBS: Remember the sole stat I quoted in the Ravens' favor last week? Their home record? Well, their road record is a mere 4-4 while by the same token New England does have one loss at Foxboro. Still, there's the simple fact that the postseason is the season of defense, but can any defense keep Brady and company in check for four quarters? This is where we find out once and for all if Joe Flacco is a playoff caliber quarterback, but I just don't see it happening. Patriots.
Giants at 49ers, 6:30 ET, FOX: Must have been difficult for San Francisco on Sunday watching the late game, faced with the prospect of either going to Lambeau Field or having one of the hottest road teams come to Candlestick. They say that New York got good at the right time, but on the other hand the Niners have been this good all season. At home with a defense that shrugged off the best from a viable candidate for MVP? Who do you think I'm going with? who's got it better than us? Noooooo-body!
...er...Niners. I'll leave the room now.