NFL Playoff Predictions
Here are mine:
#4 NE at #2 DEN - Pats continue their impressive playoff unbeaten streak with everything continuing to come together. Defence gets key stops while Brady plays a very solid game on the other side. Well played by both sides. Vinatieri once again shows why he is the greatest clutch kicker in the game with a game-winning field goal. Pats 23-20 in OT.
#6 PIT at #1 IND - Cowher's boys are well coached and put on a respectable performance. The O-line opens up some nice holes for 'fast' Willie Parker but Ben Roethlisberger throws a couple key picks facing some impressive heat from Indy's front 4. Colts offense shakes some rust in the first half and opens it up a bit in the second. Steelers play a solid game but come up short to one of the best teams in recent memory. Indy 27-17.
#5 CAR at #2 CHI - A good defensive performance from both sides. Muhsin Muhammad has a good day against his former team but is the lone bright spot of the bears offense. Julius Peppers shows why he was touted as the NFL's best defensive player before the season started. CAR 10-7.
#6 WAS at #1 SEA - The well-rested Seahawks lay waste to the helpless Redskins. The NFL of the league, Shaun Alexander, adds 2 touchdowns to his record season en route to a 25 point Seattle victory. Perhaps the Joe Gibbs style of coaching is too far outdated? SEA 38-13.
#4 NE at #1 IND - The game that Indy has waited for all year, regardless of how much their players say otherwise. Pats put up a respectable fight, and for awhile look like they may pull it off, but the Colts juggernaut fires off 17 points in the third on their way to a shutout 4th quarter. Indy 34-20.
#5 CAR at #1 SEA - Seahawks jump off to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter in what looks to be a repeat of last week's game vs Washington. The Panthers fight valiently though, briefly taking a 14-13 lead early in the fourth. It turns out to be a battle of the running backs, with Fauster and Alexander both getting over 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Seahawks pull through in the end. SEA 26-21.
#1 IND vs #1 SEA - A bit of a boring prediction, but also the most likely. Colts have a bit of a home-field advantage here being much closer to their home state and also playing on turf. The offensive machine of Manning-James-Harrison-Wayne-Clark-Stokely is in full sync and have little difficulty scoring. The Seahawks play well but never get a rhythm established. Alexander is held to 70 yards rushing and one touchdown. Indy 33-17.
edit: forgot to bold a couple things.