San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Buckle up your helmet - these teams hate each other and they are arguably the two most physical teams in football. San Francisco has quietly been one of the league's hottest teams over the past two months and the 49ers already have two impressive road wins this postseason. However, the Seahawks have owned them (and just about everyone else) in their building. That homefield advantage is why we give the edge to Seattle.
PREDICTION: Seahawks 20, 49ers 10
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
One more time for BRADY VS. MANNING! Peyton needs this win for his legacy, but more importantly the Broncos can't lose another home playoff game. New England may be the better overall team, and the Patriots are certainly the better-coached team. This game is going to come down to the final minute or so, and we think Manning makes one more play than Brady down the stretch in what should be an epic shootout.
PREDICTION: Broncos 35, Patriots 34
Seahawks vs. 49ers X-Factor
Colin Kaepernick. The third-year quarterback is one of the most explosive playmakers in football, but he's struggled in Seattle and is prone to stretches of inconsistency. If Kaepernick is on his game, the 49ers are very tough to beat and are more than capable of pulling off the upset.
Patriots vs. Broncos X-Factor
LeGarrette Blount, Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. The Patriots have reinvented themselves to lean on their running game and they'll need big games from all three of their backs to keep the chains moving and keep Peyton Manning on the sideline. Denver's defense was excellent against the run last week, but can they keep it up?
If you're in a fantasy football league for the playoffs, watch for big games from: Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Julian Edelman, Marshawn Lynch and Vernon Davis.
The Super Bowl the NFL wants to see...
49ers vs. Patriots! Two BIG market teams with endless storylines. Brady going against his childhood favorite team. Brady going for his fourth Super Bowl. Belichick vs. Harbaugh. West Coast/East Coast showdown.
The Super Bowl we want to see...
Broncos vs. Seahawks! It feels like these two have been on a collision course all season. It would be fascinating to watch Seattle's secondary work against Manning and his receivers. We'd also get two head coaches with a little personality for media day...
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