The AFC and NFC Championship games are both on Sunday afternoon and we have two terrific games (as you could imagine now that we're down to the final four). The New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants go on the road to face the San Francisco 49ers.
I've made my picks on the game, which are posted below.
Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots: Do you pick the elite offense or the elite defense? That's the question here and my answer is offense. I think the Patriots ultimately win this game but I expect it to be very, very close. The Ravens are known as a defensive team because, well, they have an elite defense but their offense is a little underrated. Ray Rice can carry your team and Joe Flacco is good enough in my opinion. Unfortunately for Baltimore, he won't be good enough on Sunday. The Patriots defense plays a complete game and New England wins, 30-27.
New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers: Another top 10 offense agains a top three defense. The 49ers are the surprise team in this year's field making the playoffs for the first time in nine years. They have a solid combination of an attacking defense and a running game that can control the clock. Alex Smith doesn't need to star in this offense. That said, I don't think the 49ers have enough magic left to beat New York. The Giants seem to be on a similar run as the one back in January 2008 that resulted in a Super Bowl title. I think the Giants win, 24-20.
Who ya got this weekend? I think if I had to root for anyone, it'd be San Fran. Gives hope that the Chiefs can turn this thing around quickly.