Super Bowl 2013: Fresh Predictions Following Divisional Playoffs

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Super Bowl 2013: Fresh Predictions Following Divisional Playoffs
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Only four teams remain in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy, as we're now just three weeks away from the 2013 Super Bowl.

The divisional round saw a plethora of high-scoring affairs, as each game this weekend saw at least 58 combined points scored.

So much for defense winning championships, huh?

All jokes aside, the 2013 playoffs have featured some of the best games in recent years, and now that we're down to our final four, it's time to roll out the predictions for Super Bowl XLVII.

 

San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. ET

The 49ers played some convincing football on Saturday, utilizing a monster rushing game to advance to the NFC Championship Game.

San Francisco rushed for an impressive 323 yards, as Colin Kaepernick took the game over by rushing for 181 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for another two TDs through the air.

During the regular season, the Falcons had an extremely difficult time stopping the run, but they showed no sign of it on Sunday, as they held Marshawn Lynch to just 46 yards on 16 carries.

Atlanta's defense has to put together two great defensive performances in consecutive weeks, as Kaepernick, like Russell Wilson, is a dynamic QB who is deadly with both his arm and legs.

The difference between the 49ers and Seahawks is that while they're both two of the NFL's top defenses, San Francisco is a lot more physical and has the experience of having been in this position last year.

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Matt Ryan will have to play a near-flawless game and will require the help of running backs Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers to keep the Niners' defense off balance.

With the Falcons allowing Seattle to climb back into it on Sunday and the 49ers coming off of a dominating performance, I like San Francisco to advance to the Super Bowl.

Prediction: 49ers 35, Falcons 31

 

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. ET

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The football world will see a rematch of last season's AFC Championship Game, as Tom Brady and his Patriots will host the Ravens.

New England actually lost to Baltimore back in Week 3 of the regular season and could be vulnerable against a surging Ravens defense, led by Ray Lewis.

The Patriots offense has been on a tear as of late and will be coming off of a 41-28 win over the Houston Texans. But they will be without stud tight end Rob Gronkowski, who will reportedly miss the rest of the season after re-injuring his left forearm, according to USA Today.

Now equipped with a running game, the Patriots are undoubtedly poised to make a run at a Super Bowl title in New Orleans this year.

Stevan Ridley has been sensational on the ground, Shane Vereen emerged as a legit threat and Wes Welker is back to his old self, surpassing the 100-yard receiving mark on Sunday.

This game will be an absolute fight and battle to the end, but I can't go against the winningest QB in playoff history.

Prediction: Patriots 31, Ravens 28

 

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