The two NFL conference championship games are over.
The Super Bowl 47 representatives have been determined.
Most importantly, how did my crystal ball serve me -
San Francisco beat Atlanta. I got this one correct. The Falcons came from in front to lose.
Baltimore beat New England. I was wrong on this one. The Patriots were shut out in Second Half.
I went 1 for 2....a 50% success rate. That is about the same chance I give both the Forty-Niners and the Ravens to win this week. This Super Bowl is pretty evenly matched. I don't have a team in this fight (see the sad state of the Chicago Bears) so enjoying this game will be easy and stressless.
My pick now: Baltimore Ravens
My reasoning now: Baltimore has been so close for the last few years (see a dropped pass and a missed field goal in the AFC Championship game last year) and they now know what it takes and how to win in these games - and they will close out the deal this year.
San Francisco is a really good team. They were close last year too (see a few mis-timed fumbles in the NFC Championship game last year), but the veterans on the Ravens roster will not let this chance get away from them.
The Harbaugh's are both excellent coaches.
The family is in for a win-win day.
I think the rest of us are in for quite a good game.
My crystal ball shines toward the Ravens.
The NFL playoffs are heating up.
Three of the teams that competed in last year's Conference Championship games last year are back again this year.
Only the New York Giants - last season's Super Bowl winners - did not earn a spot in the title games this weekend; the Giants failed to even make the playoffs this year, but that is another story.
Unabashedly, here are my picks:
San Francisco @ Atlanta
I was betting on Seattle beating Atlanta last week - and that nearly happened.
San Francisco ran and passed all over Green Bay and I didn’t see that coming in that manner, either.
So with full confidence, I think the Falcons will falter to the Forty-Niners in a game that won’t be close. I still don’t trust Atlanta and I don’t trust them in the playoffs. The Seattle defense stumbled all over themselves in clutch time (see the Denver defense) and handed them the game last week.
The contender comes to play this week: San Francisco 31 Atlanta 17
Baltimore @ New England
Baltimore was handed the game last week - thank you Denver.
I have completely forgotten who New England beat last week - not a big test for them, apparently.
With all absent-mindedness, I think the Patriots will stroll right past the Ravens in a game that will be close for at least a quarter and maybe the First Half but after that the relentlessness of Brady and that offense will overwhelm Baltimore. This is not the Raven defense of old - this is the same Tom Brady and his crew always comes to play.
The perennial power asserts themselves: New England: 38 Baltimore: 21
The result -
San Francisco vs. New England in the Super Bowl.
We will find out how my crystal ball works in a day or so...
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