NFL Championship Weekend Offers Plenty of Intrigue

Brent CaldwellContributor IJanuary 20, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 25:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets in action against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 25, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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So it's down to the final four. I'm not happy about it, with the Chargers getting eliminated and all, but I suppose this means that I can be totally unbiased and just watch the last three games.

AFC Championship Game: No. 1 Colts vs. No. 5 Jets

Who really expected the Jets to get this far? Well, we all should have really.

Thinking back to the way they played in the first part of the season, people were talking about the possibility of an all-New York Super Bowl. They didn't finish with an outstanding record, but they are the top rushing team in the league, and they have the top-ranked defense.

All of this, as well as their momentum and confidence, spells trouble for the Colts.

However, you can't bet against Indianapolis. Their record speaks louder than some of their victories did this year, as they had to battle back in the forth quarter and just barely got by with a few wins against teams that many would say they should have easily had their way with.

Nonetheless, they finished 14-2, the best record in the league, and have made it to yet another AFC title game.

If the Colts can score a lot of points early, they can win. If the Jets can keep the Colts out of the end zone through the first half, the Jets will win.

NFC Championship Game: No. 1 Saints vs. No. 2 Vikings

It's rather fitting that it comes down to these two teams in the NFC. You have the Saints, looking for their first Super Bowl appearance ever, coming off what could easily be considered their best regular season ever.

And then you have the Vikings. They've made it to the Super Bowl four times, but they lost all four of those.

They're equally matched on offense; both have elite quarterbacks in Brett Favre and Drew Brees, both have tons of offensive weapons in both the air and ground games, and both have very capable defenses, although the Vikings do have an edge defensively, which could prove to be the deciding factor.

This game should be a shootout. I don't see home field playing a big role. I say, let the points pile up! Let's break some records here!


So that's three teams with explosive offenses and experienced MVP-caliber quarterbacks to go along with them, and one team with a rookie head coach, rookie quarterback, and a running game that will simply grind it out and wear the opposition down. And how fitting would it be for the Vikings to face the Jets in the Super Bowl?!

I'm going out on a major limb here, because I see exactly that taking place! I do believe that the Jets' defense has what it takes to overwhelm Peyton Manning and the Colts' offense, and with Favre playing the best football of his entire storied career, I can't go against the Vikings.