Alright, a few weeks ago I made my regular season predictions, today I'll make my playoff prediction with the records from before.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
2. New England Patriots
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. Denver Broncos
6. Oakland Raiders
6. Oakland Raiders 24 @ 3. Indianapolis Colts 30
Neither Team was In the playoffs last year but this year with two budding offenses and two mediocre defenses the team that's at home and experienced wins the game.
5. Denver Broncos 22 @ 4. Kansas City Chiefs 13
In a third meeting of the year, the Broncos defense starts to reach their prime, in sparing off with a familiar foe. Quarterback stability should be fine at this point whether or not it's Mark Sanchez, and the Broncos will win the all-important rubber match to advance to play the Steelers.
5. Denver Broncos 23 @ 1. Pittsburgh Steelers 27
In a rematch of the 2015 divisional round the Steelers will now play host's to the Broncos. In a game that'll come down to the end like some previous meetings, the Steelers will fend off the Broncos on the steel curtain defense.
3. Indianapolis Colts 28 @ 2. New England Patriots 30
In a seemingly similar anticipated matchup from "Deflategate", Brady will have his way for most of the first half. A second half comeback by the colts allows for a late drive to set up Viniateri for something special. The Colts are unable to provide the magic, and have to bow out of New England with a L
2. New England Patriots 20
1. Pittsburgh Steelers 30
In The AFC Championship, there are two great offenses, and two good defenses. In a battle of two great QB's that have a lot of experience in the position, it's always better to be at home. Steelers nation will ride what they want to be a Canton trio of Brown, Bell, and Roethlisberger into stellar play that carries the defense to a golden ticket to Houston.
1. Arizona Cardinals
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Carolina Panthers
4. Dallas Cowboys
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. New Orleans Saints
6. New Orleans Saints 23 @ 3. Carolina Panthers 26
Even though the saints have played well outdoors in Carolina, the story will be Drew Brees vs the outdoors and the Carolina defense. But Even though I don't think that's the problem, the Saints defense vs the Panthers offense will be. It will be close but the x-factors for the Saints won't prove valid for this cold, heated matchup between Co-division champions, and last year's NFC Champion will run through the tunnel(as a road team) again in the next week
5. Seattle Seahawks 31 @ 4. Dallas Cowboys 30
I think this matchup will be exciting but, here's to hoping Tony Romo is alive and well for this game. If things go to plan, Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliot should be playing at a high level. On the other side of the ball I feel less confident with how much fire the Seahawks carry. The Running back position in Seattle is more doubtful to work than the core in Dallas, but by playing weak defenses against the run this season, I think The Seahawks offense will be alive and well. Russell Wilson will right the ship like my faith in the Seahawks while writing this, And the Seahawks will be in the game long enough to strike a game winner to Jimmy Graham in the closing seconds.
5. Seattle Seahawks 27
1. Arizona Cardinals 34
We will see where the Seahawks Train goes now. The Cardinals are a terrific home team, and will be playing probably one of the most hyped home games to date in this game. The Seahawks last year had some outlandish results vs the Cardinals last year(beat Cardinals on road 36-6, lost vs Cardinals 39-32 at home) and it is hard to tell which team will play in Glendale. I like the pieces of the Cardinals better than the Seahawks's and I'm trying to avoid the horrid looks of preseason to make the prediction that the Cardinals will win this game in a quality football game.
3. Carolina Panthers 31
2. Green Bay Packers 24
Both teams have great aerial aces(the last two MVP's) who can be a dual-threat(especially Cam). I still can't understand how Newton did it last year with a sub-mediocre receiving corps, but that's a praise to him. In this game, I see Newton and the Panthers exploring the Packers secondary and linebackers core with precision and a good mix of defensive stops to limit the amount of Lambeau leaps. Anything can happen but in this game, the Panthers exploit the Packers at the wrong time and send them to a home loss to end their season
3. Carolina Panthers 35
1. Arizona Cardinals 27
This should be a great game. The Panthers will attack early and often on both offense and defense. The Cardinals will play better than the 2015(i guess 2016) showdown, but the Panthers play with a edge to grind out a game tied in the fourth quarter and knock out the Cardinals again from the playoffs.
SUPER BOWL LI
3. CAROLINA PANTHERS
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1. PITTSBURGH STEELERS