Super Bowl 2013: Each Remaining Team's Chances of Reaching NFL Championship
With the Wild Card and Divisional Rounds out of the way and the AFC and NFC Conference Championships on the horizon, the focus for many NFL fans has already shifted to the 2013 Super Bowl and which teams will cash their ticket this weekend.
Each team that has made it to their respective conference championships on strong play in all three facets of the game, but to separate themselves now and cash their ticket to the Super Bowl, these teams must leave it all on the field.
Here are the chances that each of the remaining teams makes it to the NFL Championship game.
New England Patriots
As seen in the New England Patriots' 41-28 destruction of the Houston Texans in the divisional round, there is no team playing better offensively than Tom Brady and the boys from Foxborough.
The Baltimore Ravens are one of the better teams across the board in the NFL, but the momentum that New England carries with it into the AFC Championship will seal Baltimore’s fate.
Chances of Reaching the Super Bowl: 72 Percent
San Francisco 49ers
There is no telling how teams will try to stop San Francisco 49ers second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the wild pistol offense he runs, but the Atlanta Falcons will have to find a way to stifle him through the air and on the ground if they want a chance at this year’s Super Bowl.
Kaepernick had an unbelievable 263 yards passing, 181 yards rushing and four total touchdowns against Green Bay, and he will need all of his offensive prowess to match the Falcons decorated offensive unit.
As well as Atlanta played against Seattle, San Francisco is a much better team than the Seahawks and will walk away the winners.
Chances of Reaching the Super Bowl: 57 Percent
After finally getting the playoff monkey off the Atlanta Falcons and star quarterback Matt Ryan’s back by beating the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round, the team is now just one step away from Super Bowl glory.
While there is no question that the San Francisco 49ers have the better defense, the Falcons offense can be just as dangerous as Kaepernick and the 49ers have been this postseason.
This is going to be the best battle this weekend.
The Falcons may be one of the best passing teams in the NFL, but the talent on the defensive side of the ball for San Francisco coupled with the 49ers' potent dual-threat offense will be good enough to stifle Atlanta and walk out of the Georgia Dome with a big victory.
Chances of Reaching the Super Bowl: 43 Percent
The retirement of Ray Lewis at season’s end has sparked the Baltimore Ravens, and the team’s unlikely run to the AFC Championship is one built on solid fundamental football and the sheer will to win for their teammate.
This team isn’t fighting for their own pride, they are joining together to send Lewis out with a finish he can be proud of.
The will to win is an intangible that can’t be measured.
As much as the inspirational speeches and Lewis' positive attitude have carried the Ravens through the victories over the Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos, the New England Patriots don’t care about the heartwarming stories.
New England has more raw talent than Baltimore and will send the Ravens home too early.
Chances of Reaching the Super Bowl: 28 Percent
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