NFL Super Bowl Predictions: Defenses Still Win Championships

Shaun McPartlinCorrespondent IIIJanuary 10, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers intercepts the pass intended for Riley Cooper #14 of the Philadelphia Eagles late in the fourth quarter during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Packers defeated the Eagles by a score of 21-16.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The NFL has transformed from a league of smack-you-in-the-mouth football to an air-it-out league. But will the team with the best aerial assault have a date in Jerry's Palace this February?

Three out of four teams that survived this weekend have some of the stingiest defenses in the NFL.

Let's break down each game and look at how vital their defenses play was to their success.

Jets vs. Colts

The Jets upset the Colts on Saturday night.

You could say Mark Sanchez and Braylon Edwards are the reason that the Colts will be watching next weekend's games from their couches rather than the sidelines, but in reality it was their power-packed defense.

Outside of Antonio Cromartie's blown coverage that led to Pierre Garcon's 57-yard TD, the Jets held Manning to just over 200 yards and one touchdown.

Reggie Wayne had a one way ticket to Revis Island, leaving Peyton to rely on an inexperienced Jacob Tamme and Blair White. The Jet's strayed from their typical in-your-face, blitz first style and relied on a bend-but-don't-break approach. 

Nick Folk's foot might have finished off the Colt's playoff hopes, but it was the defense that got them there.

Ravens vs. Chiefs

As nearly everyone predicted, the Ravens dismantled the Chiefs.

Kansas City won the AFC West, but are young and inexperienced. They are a team that showed the world that they are an up and coming team, but that does not equate to playoff success.  

Joe Flacco had his best playoff performance, but it was the Ravens gritty defense that set up their date with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Outside of Jamaal Charles' first half performance, the Chiefs slept walked through the entire game. Matt Cassel showed his inexperience, completing only nine passes for 70 yards and three interceptions.

The veteran Baltimore defense is the reason they are a forced to be reckoned with this postseason.

Green Bay vs. Philadelphia

The Green Bay Packers went into Philadelphia and took it to Michael Vick and the explosive Eagle offense.

Vick still put tallied over 300 yards of total offense, but he didn't have time in the backfield to really showcase his ability.  

The Packers came out fast and sacked Vick on the first play of the game. This set the tone for the game.  

You could say Aaron Rodgers or James Stark won the game for the Pack, but the Eagles can score with anyone.  

Charles Woodson played out of his mind and Tramon Williams and put his talents on display picking off the Vick's last pass of the 2010 season to ice the game.

Clay Matthews was a forced to be reckoned with, having a knack for finding his way into the Eagles backfield.

Seattle vs. New Orleans

This article is based on defense and let's be honest, there was none in this game.

I give Pete Carrol and Matt Hasselbeck all of the credit in the world for knocking off the defending champs, but I believe champions are crowned on the defensive side of the ball.

From that angle, the Hawks are in deep trouble.

The New Favorite

The Packers defense helped prove why they were a popular Super Bowl pick this offseason.

Based on defensive capabilities in addition to a potent offense, the Packers have the best chance out of the wild card round winners to make it to the Super Bowl. Their defense is fast, adapts to the team they are pitted against and is filled with play makers.

Based on their performance this weekend, the Green Bay Packers are Super Bowl favorites once again.