NFL Playoff Predictions: Which Teams Are Most Likely To Get Upset?

Elias Trejo@@Elias_TrejoSenior Analyst IIJanuary 13, 2011

NFL Playoff Predictions: Which Teams Are Most Likely To Get Upset?

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    The first week of the playoffs started off better than a lot of people could have imagined. Three out of the four games weren't decided until the final moments of the fourth quarter.

    Three out of the four games had the lower seed win on the road and perhaps the biggest upset of the weekend was the first ever 7-9 playoff team beating the defending Super Bowl Champions.

    This weekend brings us even more interesting matchups.

    In the NFC you have two games that are rematches of close regular season games. In the AFC it's all about division rivalries.

    Let's take a look at the second round of the playoffs and see which teams will advance into their conference championship games.

Seattle Seahawks Over Chicago Bears

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    This is the second meeting between these two teams this season. The Seahawks won the first meeting in Week 6 at Chicago.

    Both teams are very different since that meeting. The Bears are coming off a loss against the Packers and have had two weeks to prepare for this one.

    Seattle is coming off one of the best games of the weekend after beating the Saints last week.

    Seattle is dangerous and has what it takes to upset the Bears this week.

    Look for Marshawn Lynch to help Seattle control the game and come away with yet another upset against the Bears.

    Matt Hasselbeck's playoff experience and Lynch's ability to run will be the difference against the Bears.

    Seattle beats Chicago 23-20.

Baltimore Ravens Over Pittsburgh Steelers

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    No offense to all the other games this weekend, but the Ravens and Steelers is by far the best game of the week.

    If you thought the first two games between these two teams were hard hitting and brutal, imagine what a third meeting in the playoffs will look like?

    Both teams have offenses that can put up points, but this game is all about the defenses and their physical play.

    Whichever team has the ability to physically beat up the other team will win. Both teams feel they have the better more physical defense and both teams will be trying to prove it.

    Look for the Ravens receivers to be the difference in the game. This game is the reason Anquan Boldin, TJ Houshmandzadeh and Donte Stallworth were brought in to Baltimore.

    Look for the Ravens to escape late and take the 2-1 season lead to make it to the AFC Title game.

    Ravens win 16-13.

Green Bay Packers Over Atlanta Falcons

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    The Packers will visit the Falcons for the second time this season. The Packers fell short in Week 12 after Matt Ryan led the Falcons to a late game winning field goal as time expired.

    Expect this game to be equally exciting as the Packers and Falcons are two of the hottest teams in the league.

    I give the edge to the Packers. They seem to be the team of destiny this year and nothing will stop them from getting to the Super Bowl.

    It seems fitting that the Packers advance to the NFC Title game and perhaps the Super Bowl in Brett Favre's final year of his career.

    Look for this game to end in a similar way that the first match up did. The last team to have the ball will win the game. 

    This is where Aaron Rodgers cements his legacy as a Packers quarterback.

    Packers win with late TD 27-24.

New York Jets Over New England Patriots

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    It's round three between the Patriots and Jets. You have the model franchise with one of the best quarterbacks and head coaches of all time against the cocky and loud franchise with a young quarterback and a head coach that knows how to hype up a matchup more than Don King himself, only in America!

    The Patriots will not overlook the Jets, but the Jets will get the job done in Foxboro. This offseason the Jets brought in veterans that have played in their share of big games.

    LaDainian Tomlinson, Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie and Jason Taylor will all have an impact in this game. 

    The Jets will try and eat up the clock with their run game and will find ways to stop the Patriots' offense enough times to preserve the lead late in the game.

    Mark Sanchez is no Tom Brady, but you'll see him make throws that he missed last week.

    Rex Ryan talks the talk, but he also hears what is being said about him and his team. He'll use that as motivation and his defense will be tough to beat all day.

    Look for the Jets to walk out of Foxboro with a victory. 

    Jets win 24-23.

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