GAME 1: Cardinals 31 @ Saints 33
Last week we saw the Cardinals win in a shootout, and this week we can be sure that both teams will put points on the board. The Cardinals shouldn't expect the early struggle from the Saints though. The Saints are not only one of the most careful teams in the league with the football, but the Saints are also playing at home. You can bet that the Saints fans will be fired up this week to see the Saints as the NFC's number one team. Though the Saints struggled at the end of the year, losing their final three games, I see the Saints coming back hot. Drew Brees has been one of the league's best QBs this season, and I see him putting a lot of points on the board. The Cardinals on the other hand are coming off one of the most exciting games in playoff history. They showed last week that playing without Boldin would not be a factor; however, this week I see it mattering a little bit more. Boldin will be out again, and now that the Saints have had a week to learn a little bit more about the other Cardinal receivers you can imagine the Saints defense will be a little bit better than the Packers next week. Although this game will most likely be a shootout, I see the Saints making just enough stops to win.
GAME 2: Ravens 21 @ Colts 27
In this game, we will see the former Baltimore team face off against the current Baltimore team. Earlier this season the Colts and Ravens squared off in Baltimore, in which the Colts were able to score just enough to beat the Ravens. The Ravens had their opportunities in the game, but they could not capitalize in the redzone. Last week the Ravens put up one of the best defensive performances of the year. They forced Tom Brady into the worst playoff game of his career. The Colts like the Saints finished the year with consecutive losses; however, in the Colts' case their starters did not play very much. Although they do not have the momentum coming into the playoffs, I see the Colts winning this one at home. Had the Colts played their starters they could've gone undefeated, instead they realized that it was more important to prepare for the playoffs. The Colts have been ready for this game since Week 15, and you can be sure they will come out firing on all cylinders. Until the Colts lose with their starters playing the full game, you cannot convince me that there is a team better than the Colts in the AFC. With this, I believe Peyton Manning will have a good game, and the Colts will hold one to beat the city they once represented.