Bold NFL Playoff Picks: Upsets Brewing in Denver and New Orleans This Weekend?

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Bold NFL Playoff Picks: Upsets Brewing in Denver and New Orleans This Weekend?
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After an exciting 2011 NFL season, the playoffs are finally ready to begin. With great matchups coming as soon as this Saturday, many fans are already deciding who will represent the NFL in the upcoming Super Bowl next February. 

While I cannot guarantee that my picks will all be accurate, I can guarantee that I will not be holding back. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not making any picks strictly for shock value or to provoke comments from angry fans. But, many writers (excluding Skip Bayless) may refrain from making that gut prediction that they know will get a lot of backlash.

Me? I'm not afraid of the backlash. (Maybe because sportswriting isn't my source of income? That could play a role.)

In the NFL playoffs, anything can happen. Who saw the Seahawks beating the Saints last year? What about the Cardinals in 2008? The Cardinals weren't even the hot team in 2008, considering they went 9-7 after starting 7-3.

No matter what is written in this article, we all know the comments will come from all angles. 

"Did you seriously pick *team x* to beat *team y*? Dude, there's no chance."

"C'mon man. There's no way any of this stuff happens."

Well, that's what happens when you write these articles. I don't mean to hype up this article and make it seem like I'm picking a Texans vs. Lions Super Bowl because I'm not. But I'm just giving everyone a warning so when you comment on this piece you can begin it with, "I appreciate that this is a bold prediction article, and if I may, you are a @#$&!."

Let's get started. 

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