My divisional round picks were not the greatest, going 1 for 4 on the games (though I did get the right score, but wrong winning team in the Chargers/Jets game). I’ll put my prognostication hat back on and see if it’s cleared out the cobwebs this time around.
Colts 24, Jets 17. My gut instinct is to go with the better defense, but Peyton Manning has shown the ability to slice and dice a good defense before. I think that one thing being overlooked here is the Colts’ defense, which is no slouch. They have a knack for coming up with big plays when the time is most critical (right Pats fans?) and will be able to slow down the Jets running game, forcing Mark Sanchez to try and win the game. Sanchez just isn’t up to the task yet of keeping up with Manning. The Jets’ defense will slow down Manning but won’t be enough to stop him.
**UPDATE: Colts win 30-17**
NFC Championship Game
Saints 30, Vikings 24. Safety Darren Sharper is going to remind us that Brett Favre throws INTs in big games. A late attempt to score a touchdown will be foiled by a Favre INT and the Saints will win the game. The Saints can combat the Vikings pass rush with creative play calling and the Minnesota secondary isn’t good enough to stop the Saints’ receivers.
**UPDATE: Saints win 31 – 28**
So there you have it, a Colts/Saints Super Bowl with the inevitable “Manning vs. his dad’s old team” hype that will be enough to make a Pats fan vomit. At least with the Saints in the Super Bowl I have a team to root for.
**UPDATE: I think I redeemed myself with my picks this week. Nailed the winners and came pretty damn close to the final scores. I also called the Brett Favre INT when the Vikes were driving down to get into field goal range for the game winner. They were both great games, and now it’s on to the Super Bowl.**