Playoff Predictions

During this Senior Project class I will be examining the upcoming playoff matches, 49ers vs. the Saints, Broncos vs. Patriots, Ravens vs. Texans, and Giants vs. Packers.

San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints:

I am particularly excited to watch this game.  The clash of one of the best defenses in the league, the 49ers, and one of the most high powered offenses in the league, the Saints.  The 49ers proved throughout the regular season that their defense is for real by holding good teams to little points, they held Pittsburgh to 3 points in week 15.  The Saints, however, have a better offense than the Steelers and in week 17 the 49ers allowed 27 points against a pretty bad Rams team.  Regardless I think this is going to be a close game.

Saints win 27-24

Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots:

As of right now Tim Tebow is averaging 316 passing yards per game in the post season.  Although this is a staggering statistic we must keep in mind that he has only played in one playoff game.  Regardless of Tebow’s lack of experience, if the Broncos play like they did against the Steelers last week the Patriots are going to have a hard time winning this game.  I don’t think the Broncos will be able to pull off another miracle though, Tom Brady has already shown that he can do pretty good against the Bronco defense.

Patriots win 35-27

Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans:

The Houston defense certainly showed up against the Bengals last week.  The 3 interceptions on Andy Dalton, especially the pick 6, really kept Cincinnati out of the game.  The Ravens defense is, as usual, good this year.  Their defense might be too much for rookie T.J. Yates to handle, but I don’t think so.  Yates has deep threat Andre Johnson on his team, and the running threat of Arian Foster will force the Ravens to respect the run.

Texans win 20-13

New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers:

After watching the Giants embarrass the Falcons last week the Packers should be a little nervous for their upcoming matchup.  Jason Pierre Paul and Osi Umenyiora will create problems for Aaron Rodgers and his passing attack.  Eli Manning will most likely be able to gain a lot of yards on the Green Bay defense, but in the end Rodgers will be just too good.

Packers win 38-35


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