2012 NFL Playoffs: Bold Predictions

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2012 NFL Playoffs: Bold Predictions
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The NFL regular season has officially ended and the playoff matchups are finally set.  All of the speculation is done; no more teams are “in the hunt” or “jockeying for position.” 

The AFC has five of the six teams from last year’s playoffs returning—New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals—including all four division champions.  The NFC has three teams returning—San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons—including two division champions. 

The Broncos come into the playoffs as the hottest team in football, winners of 11 in a row and 12 of their last 13.  They control the top seed in the AFC and are arguably the favorites.  However, as we know in the NFL, nothing is a guarantee. 

Teams like the 2007 New York Giants and the 2010 Green Bay Packers have proven that going on the road in January is not a death sentence. 

Now that the games are set, here’s how I see the road to New Orleans and Super Bowl XLVII playing out.

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