If you read my last playoff predictions post then you probably think I suck at predicting playoff matches. I ended up only predicting one of the winners correctly, the Patriots. This week, however, I am looking to redeem myself and bring my overall playoff record to 3-3.
New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens:
At first glance this looks like a clash between one of the top defenses and one of the top offenses. The Ravens have always been able to stay in games because of their stellar defense but last week the defense did allow a lot of yardage on the Texans. Arian Foster rushed for 100+ yards and Andre Johnson had 100+ receiving yards. The good news for the defense is that they only allowed 13 points and they had 3 interceptions. The New England Patriots offense looked amazing last week with Tom Brady throwing for 5 touchdowns in the first half. This was against a good Denver defense, which is a testament to how good Brady can play when he is on top of his game. Despite Brady’s amazing showing and his gigantic TE Gronk, I still think the Ravens pull this one out.
Ravens win in a nail biter 28-27
San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants:
The Giants defense shut down one of the two best offensive attacks this season, the Packers. The 49ers defense also did a good job against one of the two best offensive attacks, the Saints. This game is likely going to be a defensive showdown and the team which has the better offense on that day is probably going to win. Alex Smith surprised a lot of people last week with his surprisingly good performance. Eli Manning also had a really big game last week, specifically the hail mary to Hakeem Nicks. Despite the fact that the Giants are on a roll, I think the 49ers defense can stave off the Giant attack just enough for a San Francisco trip to Indianapolis.
49ers win 24-17