NFL Playoff Predictions 2012: Predicting Top Conference Championship Performance

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 22, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 15:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens yells as he runs onto the field prior to the start of the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore won 20-13 in regulation.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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It's that time of year again—the NFL's conference championships are here and we're now awaiting to see the victors and who will appear in Super Bowl XLVI. 

With the games Sunday afternoon, the winners of those games will ride on their top performers. Each game will figure to display at least one huge performance. 

In that spirit, let's predict who the top conference championship performers will be. 

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 15:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates defeating the Houston Texans 20-13 in the AFC Divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Ravens won 20-13 in regulatio
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Ray Lewis, LB Baltimore Ravens

Win or lose, Ray Lewis will have a huge game for the Baltimore Ravens.

Lewis is well aware at 36 years old that this could very well be his last chance to make a Super Bowl run, so he will be running wild against the New England Patriots. 

Prediction: 10 tackles and one sack. 

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures as he calls signals out down the line of scrimmage against the Denver Broncos during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massac
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Tom Brady, QB New England Patriots

All week long I have predicted that the New England Patriots will knock off the Baltimore Ravens and advance to Super Bowl XLVI. 

If the Patriots win, Brady is going to have a huge game—and I have no doubt in my mind that he'll be lights-out and virtually unstoppable. 

Prediction: 27-of-35, 320 yards and three touchdowns. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14:  Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after they beat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Ge
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Vernon Davis, TE San Francisco 49ers

If the San Francisco 49ers are going to score points, then it's likely going to come through tight end Vernon Davis.

A week ago, Davis absolutely lit up the New Orleans Saints as he reeled in seven receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns—which one of those touchdowns was the game-winning one. 

Prediction: 10 receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown. 

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks on against the Green Bay Packers during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Eli Manning, QB New York Giants

I have picked the New York Giants to win the NFC Championship and they will do so on the arm of quarterback Eli Manning.

Manning has emerged as an elite quarterback this past season and will prove why he should be solidified as an elite quarterback Sunday in San Francisco. 

Prediction: 25-of-35, 315 yards and three touchdowns. 

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