This year is a year with new, rejuvenated teams, and many surprises to come your way this year during the playoffs. See who I think goes to the Super Bowl in East Rutherford, New York/New Jersey.
Wild Card NFC Matchup 1: San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions
The 49ers proved big in their win over the Redskins. QB Colin Kaepernick has returned to his old, 2012 self, and is proving his doubters wrong, and has ended his sophomore slump. WR Michael Crabtree is back! QB Matthew Stafford has been off the mark lately, and WR Calvin Johnson is not very healthy. WR Nate Burleson is out, and their defense is cheap, cannot handle anything. 49ers will go to Ford Field and take this one easy. Final Score: 27-14, 49ers.
Wild Card NFC Matchup 2: Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys
Carolina is the surprise this year, making things unreal, and leaving opposing defenses clueless thanks to QB Cam Newton. QB Tony Romo and WR Dez Bryant is like the QB Troy Aikman and WR Michael Irvin duo from the 1990s. Both teams defenses need improvement, though the Cowboys have veterans on defense, who have playoff-winning experience. Final Score: 13-10, Cowboys.
Wild Card AFC Matchup 1: Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are terrible compared to last year! Letting go of coach Bruce Arians was a terrible idea. Andrew Luck has been ice-cold, and WR Reggie Wayne and RB Vick Ballard are out for the season. The Titans are running with some Fitzmagic with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, and have the great sensation in TE Delanie Walker. This is no contest! Final Score: 44-3, Titans.
Wild Card AFC Matchup 2: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Kansas City has had some ups to starts, and gone downhill from there. The Bengals have been the opposite. WR AJ Green is proving doubters wrong, becoming recognized as an elite WR in the NFL. Cincy has a slight upset. Final Score: 38-35, Bengals.
Divisional Round NFC Matchup 1: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks have been the hardest matchup for Kaepernick in his career, and the Seahawks are big and talented, better than ever. QB Russell Wilson is great, but is in a sophomore slump, like Kaepernick. Do the 49ers have an upset? That’s a yes! Final Score: 30-27, 49ers.
Divisional Round NFC Matchup 1: Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints
The Cowboys got sent home with a 49-17 loss from the Saints, but Dez Bryant was not a target, despite the Saints not having CB Jabari Greer or SS Malcolm Jenkins covering him. Cowboys have the upset, due to the Saints lack of playoff wins. Final Score: 24-21, Cowboys.
Divisional Round AFC Matchup 1: Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos
QB Peyton Manning and the Broncos have to beat Fitzmagic. Can they do it? Final Score: 28-27, Broncos.
Divisional Round AFC Matchup 2: Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots
The Patriots have had an up and down season, like the Chiefs, and they have ways of winning and losing. In this case, QB Tom Brady has a win on his mind. Final Score: 31-21, Patriots.
Conference Championship NFC Matchup: San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys
The 49ers and the Cowboys are the teams that would meet in conference championships in the ‘90s. We experience that in the 21st century for the 1st time. The 49ers shall return to the Super Bowl, and Romo, once again, will choke in the playoffs again, losing. Final Score: 27-3, 49ers.
Conference Championship AFC Matchup: New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning meet for the last time in Manning’s long career. Tom Brady is 10-4 vs. Manning in regular season games, and 2-1 vs. Manning in the playoffs. Manning’s career will come to an end. Final Score: 27-20, Patriots.
Super Bowl XLVIII: San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots
The last time Kaepernick and Brady faced off in Boston, Kaepernick helped the 49ers win 41-34. It will be even bigger when they face off in the NFL’s biggest stage on February 2nd, 2014. Kaepernick led the 49ers to a comeback last year vs. Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, and they nearly won, but the Ravens won 34-31. When the Patriots played the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, they lost 21-17. Kaepernick will push Brady to 3-3 in Super Bowl games. Final Score: 45-38, 49ers.