NFL Conference Finals Predictions
1/18/2013 4:13:00 AM
NFL Conference Finals this Sunday will feature 75% of the teams who, just last season, played for the chance to go to Super Bowl XLVI. The Patriots, Ravens and 49ers are all present, once again, missing only the defending Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants.
Both Harbaugh brothers are once again coaching for their respective conference championships (John for Baltimore and Jim for San Francisco) and each will try to reverse their misfortunes of losing last year just 1 game away from a trip to the Super Bowl.
In honor of the Harbaugh brothers - and before making predictions for the AFC & NFC Championships - my "Top 3 Brothers of Rock & Roll"…
3. Ray and Dave Davies (Kinks). Despite being recognized as one of the most influential groups in history, the feud between these siblings is even more legendary. Both are now over 60 years of age but neither has matured towards the another. In 2010 when asked about a possible reunion, Dave said of his older brother, “‘Ray’s an a**hole.” (It has been documented that, due to songwriting credits, Ray ended up with most of the band’s royalties)
2. Eddie and Alex Van Halen (Van Halen). As children Eddie bought a drum set and Alex played guitar but after hearing his older brother wail on the drums, Eddie figured the 6-string instrument might be his calling. He was right. The only thing this family needed was a lead singer so the revolving-door of front men might have prevented Gary Cherone from entering.
1 Malcolm and Angus Young (AC/DC). Both were younger siblings of George, who was a member of The Easybeats and wrote the hit single, “Friday on My Mind”. Malcolm and Angus are fans of football (or what we Americans call “soccer”) and each is loyal to the Rangers Football Club. These brothers get along famously because each appreciates their role. Angus is the showman and Malcolm is well-known as the business and brains of the band. To paraphrase Malcolm, "It doesn't bother me that he (Angus) is more famous but it'd piss me off if he made more money."
Now that we've rocked, let's roll with our picks...
NFC Championship: San Francisco at Atlanta, 2:00pm CST (49ers -4)
Having lived in both cities I can tell you that they have a lot in common. Both are culturally diverse and socially liberal but their football teams are very much different. Before making the QB switch from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers were what the Falcons once thought they would be… fundamentally tough and built from the “inside out”. But that changed when Atlanta was torched 2 playoffs ago by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. A few months later, the Falcons mortgaged much of their future to move up in the draft and get WR Julio Jones making them more of a vertical team.
The only thing I do not like about San Francisco in this game is that EVERYONE appears to be feeling the same. In the gambling world, that is not a good thing (see last week Seahawks at Falcons). But I’m sticking with my gut….
San Francisco - 34*
Atlanta - 24
AFC Championship: Baltimore at New England, 5:30pm CST (Patriots -9)
The city of Boston once suffered from the “Curse of the Bambino” having gone 86 years between World Series championships and after selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees. But the curse is back thanks to a much different "babe". Ever since Tom Brady began dating (and subsequently married) supermodel, Giselle Bundchen, the Patriots have not won a Super Bowl.
A rematch of last year’s AFC Championship in which these were the QB stats…
A. 22-36/306 Yards/2TD/1 INT
B. 22-36/239 Yards/0TD/2 INT
Hard to believe but the first set of statistics (A) belonged to Joe Flacco and the second set (B) were those of Tom Brady. Don’t be surprised if Flacco outperforms Brady again since he’ll still be throwing against a lesser defense. And don’t be shocked if the Ravens pull off the upset. If not, Baltimore should at least keep it close…
Baltimore – 31*
New England – 28
As always, I wish the best of luck to my fellow degenerates.
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