This region of our bracket, better known as "The Oldies Region", has four players that will be 30 years or older heading into the 2013 season. With younger players proving to be more and more ready for the NFL, these older players continue to be some of the best in the league.
The 36-year-old Peyton Manning has the No. 1 seed in this region, but let's see how the rest of this region plays out.
No. 1 Seed: Peyton Manning, QB (No. 2 Overall) vs. No. 16 Seed: Robert Griffin III, QB (No. 63 Overall)
A battle of the old-school quarterback vs. the new-age quarterback starts off this region of our bracket.
Griffin barely sneaks into our tournament because we believe he'll fully recover from an ACL injury that he he suffered in the 2012 playoffs. When healthy, Griffin is one of the most exciting players to watch in the game.
Unfortunately, Manning is coming off a truly special season for the Denver Broncos, his first with the team. Now that he has Wes Wekler to play around with, he should be even better in 2013.
Manning wins this matchup rather easily, showing the younger Griffin that old-school is still better.
No. 8 Seed: Matt Ryan, QB (No. 31 Overall) vs. No. 9 Seed: Marshawn Lynch, RB (No. 35 Overall)
Both Ryan and Lynch really seem to be hitting their prime years for their respective teams, and they are the offensive catalysts for two of the best teams in the entire NFL.
What would make this matchup so exciting to watch is that both players seem to step up their games when they need to the most. Ryan is commonly known as "Matty Ice" and Lynch always seems to go into "Beast Mode" at just the right time.
As great as "Beast Mode" is, Lynch comes up a little short in the clutch to Ryan and his late-game comebacks.
No. 5 Seed: Haloti Ngata (No. 19 Overall) vs. No. 12 Seed: Aaron Hernandez, TE (No. 47 Overall)
The crazy thing about this first-round matchup is that it could actually happen on the football field. As athletic as Hernandez is, I fully believe that Ngata could stick with him in the open field.
No defensive lineman should be able to be as agile and athletic as Ngata, but somehow, he manages to show us that he can defy the laws of physics, year after year. Of course, Ngata probably couldn't stick with Hernandez too long, but it'd be enjoyable to watch off the line of scrimmage.
In the end, Hernandez, with his athleticism and versatility, would prove to be too much to handle for the bigger Ngata.
No. 4 Seed: Darrelle Revis, CB (No. 15 Overall) vs. No. 13 Seed: Jared Allen, DE (No. 51 Overall)
Even though Revis missed most of the 2012 season with an ACL injury, he still needs to be considered one of the premier cornerbacks in the league. He is still the standard that all other cornerbacks are compared to.
Well, everyone except Richard Sherman, I guess.
As for Allen, he remains one of the best pass-rushing defensive ends in the league. The 2012 season was considered a down year for Allen, yet he still managed to record 12 sacks.
The big question with this matchup is just how well Revis will return from such a severe injury. My gut tells me that he'll be just fine, so he gets the nod in the first round over Allen.
No. 6 Seed: DeMarcus Ware, OLB (No. 23 Overall) vs. No. 11 Seed: Ndamukong Suh, DT (No. 43 Overall)
This matchup has the makings of an upset. Unfortunately, I picture Suh getting ejected for stomping or kicking or some other flailing of his body part illegally towards Ware.
Ware barely squeaks by with a first-round victory, although he probably wouldn't make it much farther than the first round in this tournament.
No. 3 Seed: A.J. Green, WR (No. 11 Overall) vs. No. 14 Seed: C.J. Spiller, RB (No. 55 Overall)
Two of the best young offensive playmakers in the NFL meet in this first-round matchup.
Early on last season, Spiller proved that he is one of the most dynamic running backs in the league. Unfortunately, injuries kept him from having as dominant of a season as we all know that he is now capable of having.
Green, on the other hand, was incredible from the first snap of Week 1 all the way through Week 17. He established himself as a top-five receiver in the league, and he could soon find himself only looking up to Calvin Johnson in terms of who is the most elite receiver in the NFL.
If Spiller can prove that he can stay healthy and productive for a whole season, he could eventually win this matchup. However, right now is all that matters, and right now, Green cruises into the second round.
No. 7 Seed: Eric Weddle, S (No. 27 Overall) vs. No. 10 Seed: Julio Jones, WR (No. 39 Overall)
The best safety in the NFL right now is Eric Weddle of the San Diego Chargers. There isn't an aspect of his game that lacks. He can cover, stop the run and has great instincts for his position.
However, he'll have his hands full with the ultra-athletic Jones. He's entering only his third season in the league, and he is already one of the best at his position.
If Jones' last playoff game (11 receptions, 182 yards and two touchdowns) was any indication of his ceiling, he will beat Weddle rather easily in this round.
No. 2 Seed: Von Miller, OLB (No. 7 Overall) vs. No. 15 Seed: Tony Gonzalez, TE (No. 59 Overall)
Gonzalez almost didn't make it into this tournament due to retirement, but thankfully, for the Atlanta Falcons and this tournament, he decided to come back.
Unfortunately, he drew one of the best defensive players in the league in the first round. Miller's 2012 season was a thing of absolute beauty. He was a dominant force in every aspect of the game, and finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting.
As much as we'd love to move the best tight end to ever play the game along to the second round, he just doesn't have what it takes to beat the younger and more talented Miller.