Only four teams left with a chance to advance to this year’s Super Bowl, 3 of those teams are the same as last year but only the New England Patriots have a chance to repeat Super Bowl appearance. Last season we saw close games decided in last seconds of regulation and overtime as has been the case in NFC championship game, let’s hope for another exciting Conference Championship weekend. First, here is my pick for NFC Championship game.
San Francisco 49ers (12-4-1) @ Atlanta Falcons (14-3), Sunday 3:00 PM (ET)
The Falcons finally won a playoff game in Matt Ryan era and have to feel pretty good about themselves going into Conference title game after they beat the hottest team in the NFL – Seattle Seahawks. The last time the Falcons played in NFC Championship game was back in 1998 when they beat Minnesota on the road in a game decided in overtime. For San Francisco this will be second consecutive Championship game, last season the 49ers lost the game against the Giants also decided in overtime. On paper the 49ers match well against Falcons team who had problems running the ball and stopping opposing ground attack. So look for the 49ers to try to exploit Atlanta’s run defense early on in the game. It is crucial for San Francisco not to fall behind early if they want to have any success against the home team. Atlanta on other hand will look to attack the 49ers through the air and I can see Falcons having success against 49ers secondary especially if defensive line doesn’t step up and pressure QB Matt Ryan. With the latest distraction surrounding WR Michael Crabtree the 49ers have a tough task ahead, but still I think this time it will be their offense who will come up with solid performance and lead this team to Super Bowl.
Pick: 49ers 26-24, Result: 49ers 28-24
Against The Spread:
Over/Under: Over 48.5