Well the most talked about and most watched sporting event in the sports news and sports on the web this week is the NFL playoff conference championships. You have the surprising Baltimore Ravens travelling to Foxborough take on the Brady Bunch at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship, While the San Francisco 49er’s head east for to hook up with the Atlanta Flacons
All four teams left in the hunt have proven that they can score points so a slow defensive struggle is likely not in the cards. So now lets have a look at the two conference games which both go on the air Sunday January 20th.
As mentioned earlier the number two seed San Francisco 49er’s are playing the Falcons in Atlanta. The Falcons play host because they were the number one seed in the NFC, with the best won / lost record. The game goes at 3:30 PM EST and should be a close struggle. The Falcons can’t have a letdown like they did last week against the Seahawks, building a 20 point lead at the half only to end up winning the game on a last second field goal. The 49er’s were the reverse in their game with the Packers. Tied at the half, the 49er’s blew the game open in the second half for a very convincing win. SanFrancisco’s Colin Kaepernick takes on Matt Ryan and it will boil down to who has more time given to them by their offensive lines. Colin Kaepernick is a mobile guy so Atlanta will have to contain him and make sure they don’t get hurt by his running ability. Ryan is a little more stay at home in the pocket Quarterback but he can still run and hurt you if given the opportunity. Allsports thinks the 49er’s defense will start to get to Ryan in the second half and hurry him into a couple of mistakes which will ultimately decide the game. It should be a good, close game without much in the way of wiggle room and Allsports predicts a 49er win by a touchdown or less.
The Ravens have proven to be a determined group since Ray Lewis announced this will be his last year. If that is not enough some fool at Gillette Stadium has decided to put up a clock counting down the days and hours until Lewis will retire. It stops at the end of the game Sunday. Here you are just putting more fuel on the fire for an already very motivated group. In the end Allsports thinks it will come down to if Joe Flacco can move the ball as well as Tom Brady in a rematch of last years AFC tittle game. Brady came out on top last year and Allsports thinks he will again this year but just by the skin of his teeth. If the Ravens can produce a better running game than the Patriots, they have a shot but if the game is won through the air Allsports likes the Brady Bunch. The Ravens should not be counted out though after going into Mile High Stadium last week and dispatching the number one seed Broncos and I would not mind at all if Ray Lewis could play in his second Super Bowl in his retirement year. The Ravens won it in 2000, can Lewis go out on the ultimate high note.
So if everything holds true Allsports predicts a San Francisco vs New England Super Bowl.
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