Is The Super Bowl Up For Grabs?
With all that has taken place in the lead-up to the Super Bowl at this point, it’s gonna be hard to predict winners, meaning that all of the playoff games this weekend should be exciting and fun to watch. Seriously, it’s never seemed as up in the air. Technically, it’s any team’s game at this point every season. However, usually these games are over before they start. Teams with better records and home field advantage usually win. This time, it looks like it could really come down to each team’s will.
Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants
For this game, there’s a lot factoring in. For one, Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin‘s son was tragically found dead earlier this week. This could affect the team in one of two ways. Either they will be distracted and deflated by the tragedy that has befallen a member of the close-knit organization, or they will choose to stand together and use the emotional content to win the game in memory of the 21 year-old. Other than that, the Packers’ pretty consistent poise on both sides of the ball and the freakishly cold winter weather in Green Bay may prove too much for the Giants. Aaron Rodgers‘ belt may be on display again. However, revenge may drive the Giants to break down the Green & Yellow.
Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots
Of course, the Pats slaughtered the Broncos when they met up in the regular season after a late start. However, the Patriots have won their last few games after falling behind early. They may find their comeback efforts to be too little, too late. After all, the Steelers had to play from behind in the first round of the playoffs and we all see how that worked out for them. On the other hand, the Broncos (and their main man Tim Tebow) are not without flaws. They have all of the momentum, but playoff sports comes down to experience more often than not, and the Patriots, led by Tom Brady, have the advantage. However, we all have learned over the past week not to underestimate the praying man at QB.
Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens
A lot of factors seem to point to Baltimore on this one. For one, Baltimore hasn’t lost a game at home this season. Having home field advantage may indeed prove advantageous for them once more. Furthermore, the Ravens bested the Texans in their regular-season matchup back in October. The Ravens boast a better record and they are a great defensive team (even though Ray Lewis is slowing down). However, the Texans are new to the postseason (this is their first in franchise history) and they won’t want to go down without a fight. With that type of pride and legacy on the line, men have a tendency to reach deep inside themselves and give it everything they’ve got. The Texans may refuse to answer their curtain call and go for the encore.
New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers
It’s hard to predict the outcome when the Who Dat Nation walks into town. That is just what they’ll do in San Francisco as the Saints take on the 49ers. However, if history is any indicator, the Saints have never won a road playoff game. They’ve also struggled on the road in the regular season and have had a few more close calls than were necessary. The 49ers, on the other hand, have only lost one game at home all season. On top of that, their powerhouse defense have only allowed 14.3 points. Can they shut down Drew Brees too? If they do, we may see a BCS-like defensive game, as the Saints have the second most blitzes of any defense this season.
Hopefully, every game (including the Super Bowl) is a good game with pride, athleticism, and strategy lifting each winning team over its opponent. We want to see instant classics, and this postseason may well be full of them.