Aug 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) hands the ball off to running back Frank Gore (21) against the Houston Texans in the first quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Week 19 NFL Game Predictions: NFL Playoffs

Welcome to Week 19′s NFL Game Predictions! We are now entering the second week of the NFL Playoffs! Baltimore beat a tough Kansas City team to remain in the running for the Lombardi! San Diego had a tight game against a young Cincinnati team and just edged out the Bengals in the end. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan won the first Playoff game of his career last week, could this mean big things for his future and Atlanta’s? And Philadelphia beat Detroit in a shootout last week to continue their streak of dominance. Tough games this week! Let’s check them out!

AFC:

 

Game 1: Baltimore (4) @ Houston (1):

Match up to watch: Ray Lewis v.s. Arian Foster

 

Aug 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) runs the ball against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

 

Baltimore had to keep up with an electric Kansas City team last week, and it doesn’t get any easier this week. Houston has the best record in the league and it shows. This team is stacked with youthful talent at every position. Look for this game to be a run dominated contest. I expect both teams to focus on establishing their run game early in the game. Baltimore is on a mission this season, but I see Houston’s offense being too much for Baltimore’s aging defense. Sorry Big Play Ray. Stick around for one more year big fella.

 

Baltimore – 20 Houston – 30

 

 

Game 2: San Diego (3) @ New England (2):

Match up to watch: Malcom Floyd v.s. Devin McCourty

 

Jan 1, 2012, Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd (80) scores on a 43-yard touchdown reception against the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 38-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

 

San Diego had a tough match up last week with a young Cincinnati squad. The team prevailed. New England is coming off a week of rest, but they will not come out sluggish. Although, we have seen team’s we a great pass rush give New England problems…haven’t we…San Diego has a high powered offense led by their star quarterback, Philip Rivers. Look for San Diego to get into Brady’s head early with their new toy, Melvin Ingram. Tom Terrific could be in for a long day.

 

San Diego – 27 New England – 24

 

 

NFC:

 

Game 1: Atlanta (4) @ Green Bay (1):

Match up to watch: Julio Jones v.s. Sam Shields

 

August 24, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) catches a pass in the second quarter against Miami Dolphins defensive back Richard Marshall (31) at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

 

Atlanta finally won a playoff game with Matt Ryan at the helm, FINALLY! Atlanta has a high powered offense which could pose some problems for a Green Bay defense that is surprisingly questionable against the pass. I expect a shootout similar to what Philadelphia and Detroit went through last week. Green Bay has one of the most talented teams in the league, but this Atlanta offense can stick with the best of them. Not to mention the team has one of the league’s better run games – Green Bay does not.

 

Atlanta – 35 Green Bay – 33

 

Game 2: Philadelphia (3) @ San Francisco (2):

Match up to watch: Mychal Kendricks v.s. Frank Gore

 

 

Philadelphia struggles against teams that can not only pass the ball, but that can also run the ball. Yes, the Eagles did go out and upgrade their linebacker position, but Frank Gore is one of the best backs in the NFL. Not to mention he has a group of runners behind him who could start on a lot of teams in the NFL. I look for this one to be similar to what occurred last year when San Francisco played the Giants in the NFC Championship game, only this time the Niners will prevail.

 

Philadelphia – 30 San Francisco – 37

 

It’s going to be an interesting Championship Weekend!! San Diego @ Houston and Atlanta @ San Francisco! As Terrell Owens says, “Get ‘cha popcorn ready!”

 

 

Keep your fins up fans!!!

 

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