If Nostradamus thought prophesying about the future was hard work, imagine how much grayer his beard may have been in an effort to predict the outcome of an NFL season.
2011 was a mixture of the common (the Patriots finishing atop the AFC standings) and the unforeseen (the Bengals heading to the postseason), as well as the normal (Brady and Brees' assault on records) and completely absurd (who knew handshakes could turn into heads turned?).
As I put on my gridiron prognostication cap, or "my gridnosticator," once more for the playoffs, I can't help but to recall the good, the bad, and all of the predictions in between that I made in August.
Hopefully, a look back at my preseason selections for the upcoming year will inspire enough confidence for everybody to give me this chance for another "go-round with the NFL (Nobody Figured League)!" My selections for both conference's champion are entering the playoffs as the top seeds in the real life tournament.
Will I stand by my preseason Super Bowl selection, which can be viewed by clicking here?
Or have the revelations of another equally predictable and unpredictable NFL season caused me to change my outlook?
Do I foresee shots being fired by patriotic fellows at Gillette? Or will New England haters once again be able to make strange bedfellows with another surprise team upsetting Brady and the boys in Boston?
Likewise, will I stand by my original prediction for the Pack to repeat? Or am I going to make a cheesy change of opinion and Lambeau leapfrog to another talented team?
Here are my selections for the winners of every NFL postseason game, reordered after the Wild Card Round based on league seeding and using my projected winners.
Feel free to chastise me as the games complete themselves!