Thoughts on the AFC/NFC Championship Games & Super Bowl Predictions

Peyton Manning has thrown for a record 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 passing yards in a single regular season and is now on his way to his third Super Bowl appearance in his career. A win there may just cement his status as the greatest quarterback of all time, or at least in this era. He took over a team who’s last two super bowl appearances (and wins) were done by the hands (and legs) of a hall of fame quarterback who couldn’t win “the big one” for most of his career. Peyton Manning now may follow suit in his old age.

The Seattle Seahawks went 7-9 in 2011. In comes Russell Wilson and suddenly the team is 27-9 with him as the starter. Their defense has been an impressive force all season with Richard Sherman hyping it up on the field and during post-game interviews. Their one and only Super Bowl appearance came in 2006 when they went against the Steelers in a match-up most Seahawks fans consider a fixed game.

Both the Broncos and the Seahawks are number one seeds. The Broncos have the (record breaking) #1 offense, while the Seahawks possess the #1 defense. Peyton Manning is trying to establish the greatest season for a quarterback in the history of the NFL. Russell Wilson has already proven that his size isn’t a factor to playing the position of quarterback, but wouldn’t it be a nice touch to add a Super Bowl ring to his resume? The Broncos and Seahawks have the same record, the exact same record, in fact. 7-1 at home and 6-2 on the road, bringing their total to 13-3.

It’s perfect. It’s too perfect. This is primed to be one of the greatest super bowl match-ups of all time.

Which is exactly why I bid against it.

For those of you who are curious enough to care, these were my picks all throughout the playoffs:

Wild Card- CIN over SD, IND over KC, GB over SF, NO over PHI. (2-2)

Divisional- SD over DEN, IND over NE, SF over CAR, NO over SEA. (1-3)

Championship- NE over DEN, SF over SEA. (0-2)

I’m 3-7 when picking games during the playoffs this year, but hear me out! The last two years, the Super Bowl was won by the fourth seed in the playoffs, which gives me every reason to believe in all of these underdog teams to overtake these colossal obstacles. When Ray Lewis said “This will be my last ride,” that seemed to be a magic potion for the Ravens to win it all. They beat the Colts, the Broncos, and the Patriots, all of which were superior teams. The Giants the year before defeated the Falcons, the Packers, and the 49ers, all of which were superior teams. These results are the magic of sports that got me so fascinated in late season hot runs. These are the results that led me to believe that the Saints could pull an upset at Ford Field. It led me to believe that the 49ers would go all the way this year, along with the Chargers, because why not? The last two years showed sub-par teams winning the Super Bowl, and then said teams get progressively worse with every passing season. It completely left all possibilities of a #1 seed versus #1 seed Super Bowl this year out of my head. It seems as though sometimes the best teams truly deserve to go to the Super Bowl. It seems that not all underdogs win. I guess this is one such year that has me completely lost in terms of predictability. Who knows who will win the Super Bowl?

This unpredictability is exactly why I’m going to go with the perfect scenario. I told myself before the championship games that if the Seahawks won against the 49ers, then they’d win the Super Bowl. But I’m going against my own upset-happy beliefs and am siding with the Broncos. It may not have happened for Brady during his record breaking 2007 season, but it will happen for Peyton Manning. His perfect season will come to an end with a second Super Bowl ring. The Broncos will win the Super Bowl.

And because of my 3-7 record in game picks during this 2013 playoff run, I can only imagine how off I will be when Manning throws six interceptions against the Seahawks defense. February 2nd can’t come any faster.

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