Coming into this year's playoffs, everyone was looking for that hot team.
After all, the Saints lost their last three games, the Vikings finished the season on a 2-3 stretch, and the Colts lost their last two games and have a history of struggling in the playoffs.
The New York Jets defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, whose offense fell apart when they lost Chris Henry to an arm injury (and his subsequent tragic death) late in the year.
The Ravens destroyed the Patriots, the Cardinals and Packers gave us a game to remember, and the Cowboys disposed of the Eagles.
The Cowboys and Ravens were the hot picks last week, and while both had their chances, neither could pull off the upset. Some, meanwhile, were thinking that the Cardinals would upset the Saints.
Somebody was going to beat somebody on the road. After all, in the last four years, two road teams won in the Divisional Round.
Not this year. The only upset was the most shocking, with the Jets beating San Diego.
After everything I've watched, I'm going to try to predict who wins this weekend.
The Vikings have a history of not being able to deliver in the playoffs, while their quarterback has a history of the same thing.
The Saints playoff history is even worse, but their quarterback doesn't have the playoff history that Favre has, so one would think the Saints would win with those thoughts and having home-field advantage.
Everything you would think was going to happen has not this postseason, so the Vikings shock everyone and beat the Saints.
The Colts, meanwhile, are 2-0 in AFC Championship home games. But the Jets are 2-0 against the Colts all-time in the playoffs.
The Jets, however, are just the cute Cinderella team that will never make it to the Super Bowl. Sure, they gave us some thrills, but their road ends against the Colts.
The Jets ground game chews up the clock, while the defense puts enough pressure on Manning to slow him down.
So, it will be a fun Super Bowl this year, watching the Vikings take on Brett Favre's team from last year, the New York Jets.
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