NFL Playoff Predictions: Why Baltimore Ravens Will Win the Super Bowl

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIJanuary 2, 2012

NFL Playoff Predictions: Why Baltimore Ravens Will Win the Super Bowl

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    The playoff schedule has been set and it's time to predict the postseason and how everything will fall.

    Back in June, I predicted the Baltimore Ravens would win the Super Bowl and I'm staying steady with that prediction.

    As for the other games, you'll have to take a look at the slideshow to find out.

    Without any further ado, here are my playoff predictions.

No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals Beat No. 3 Houston Texans, 27-10

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    The Houston Texans have made the playoffs for the first time in their franchise, and that is as far as they'll go.

    Houston has stumbled to the postseason's door while Cincinnati has looked strong, despite its rookies.

    I realize A.J. Green and Andy Dalton don't have enough playoff experience yet, but neither does T.J. Yates ,and I think the Texans will lose this game.

    No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals move on.

No. 3 New Orleans Saints Beat No. 6 Detroit Lions, 34-17

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    Detroit has been a feel-good story all year, but no one in the NFC has any chance of stopping the New Orleans Saints right now.

    Drew Brees and Sean Payton have the passing offense rolling and Detroit could be down 21-0 before it even knows what hit it.

    Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson will have their time one day, but for now, Drew Brees and the Saints will be marching on in.

    No. 3 New Orleans Saints move on.

No. 4 New York Giants Beat No. 5 Atlanta Falcons, 21-17

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    Eli Manning proved this season that he's an elite NFL quarterback, and it's been a stellar year for Manning's bunch in New York.

    They only went 9-7, but the Giants are hot right now and the Falcons don't match up well with the G-Men.

    Matt Ryan proves he can't win a playoff game and it now starts to become an issue for the Falcons quarterback.

    No. 4 New York Giants move on.

No. 5 Pittsburgh Steelers Beat No. 4 Denver Broncos, 13-10

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    Tim Tebow is a good NFL quarterback and he got his Broncos into the NFL playoffs, so kudos to him for being able to do that, but he's not getting past the Steelers.

    When facing a defense like the Steelers, the quarterback needs to be spot-on and not make any mistakes—I doubt Tebow can do that.

    The Broncos may put up a fight, but I'm sure the Steelers will handily win this football game.

    No. 5 Pittsburgh Steelers move on.

No. 1 New England Patriots Beat No. 6 Cincinnati Bengals, 35-10

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    The Patriots have a new identity and will finally make a little bit of noise in this postseason, kicking off the divisional round with a solid win over the young Bengals.

    Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are prepared to win this football game, and the Bengals don't have a good enough secondary to stop the Patriot offense.

    The Bengals, at this point, have had a nice run and are certainly on the up-and-up for 2012, but they fall to a better Patriot team.

    No. 1 New England Patriots move on to the conference championship.

No. 3 New Orleans Saints Beat No. 2 San Francisco 49ers, 31-21

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    The San Francisco 49ers have been squeaking by teams this year, quietly winning games and finishing with a good record this season.

    New Orleans is prepared to blow up the facade that Jim Harbaugh's built around his team, and look for Drew Brees to eat up the 49ers secondary.

    San Francisco is not a complete team right now and it falls to the Saints but keeps it close to the very end.

    No. 3 New Orleans Saints move on to the conference championship.

No. 1 Green Bay Packers Beat No. 4 New York Giants, 28-13

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    You have to give credit to the Giants for getting this far, but it's Aaron Rodgers time and no New York Giant is getting in the way of that.

    Rodgers is a hot postseason quarterback and I predict a big game out of the Packer quarterback in this one.

    The Giants make a good run but the Packers get a big win here and roll into a conference championship game at Lambeau Field with a lot of momentum.

    No. 1 Green Bay Packers move on to the conference championship.

No. 2 Baltimore Ravens Beat No. 5 Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-14

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    The Baltimore Ravens have had the Pittsburgh Steelers' number this whole season and they are going to ride Ray Rice right into the conference championship game.

    The Ravens and Steelers go at it in a solid, defensive battle and Baltimore pulls this one out as it has just enough offensive firepower to squeak by the Steel Curtain.

    Look for Joe Flacco to dispel some of his monikers by winning a tough playoff game against a very good Pittsburgh team.

    No. 2 Baltimore Ravens move on to the conference championship.

No. 2 Baltimore Ravens Beat No. 1 New England Patriots, 24-14

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    The Ravens defense is on a mission to terrorize quarterbacks this offseason, and look for Tom Brady to get knocked around in this game.

    Not being able to get the offense going, the Patriots will have to rely on a bad defense to pull this one out.

    Terrell Suggs should have a big night and the Ravens return to the Super Bowl to play the winner of the Week 1 rematch of the Saints and the Packers.

    No. 2 Baltimore Ravens move on to the Super Bowl.

No. 3 New Orleans Saints Beat No. 1 Green Bay Packers, 48-44

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    After barely losing at the end during Week 1, the Saints just need one more shot at the Packers to take them down.

    The Saints survive a Packer offensive barrage by scoring 48 points of their own and Drew Brees heads back to the Super Bowl for the second time in three years.

    As for the Packers, the road ends at the NFC conference championship, marking the finish of a solid but eventually unsatisfying season for Aaron Rodgers' bunch.

No. 2 Baltimore Ravens Beat No. 3 New Orleans 27-20 and Win the Super Bowl!

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    Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are on a mission to get one more ring together before their retirement—they won't let Drew Brees and the Saints stand in their way.

    The Ravens will lock down the Saints on offense as best as they can, winning the battles in the trenches and playing solid football.

    New Orleans makes it to the Super Bowl but can't close the deal against a tough Ravens team that is hell-bent on a Lombardi Trophy this season.

    No. 2 Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl.