Reaction to the Packers-Falcons and Updated Super Bowl Predictions

Casey Crail@@crvilsCorrespondent IJanuary 16, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 15:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 (R) of the Green Bay Packers celebrates as he walks off the field after the Packers won 48-21 against the Atlanta Falcons during their 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Georgia Dome on January 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers just had a huge upset win over the No. 1 seed in the NFC—the Atlanta Falcons.

The first quarter in a half was a shootout, but it was all Green Bay, and Aaron Rodgers in particular. Rodgers showed anyone who doubted him he is on the level of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Though the Packers looked extremely impressive, the question of whether or not they can beat the New England Patriots is still unknown.

The Patriots play the New York Jets tomorrow in a much anticipated game that has been all over the media due to the trash talking from Jets' corner back, Antonio Cromartie.

The Patriots are the undisputed favorites for sure, but the Jets did beat them earlier in the regular season. However, a blowout in Round 2 by the Pats sort of made everyone forget about that. It shouldn't be a blowout, however it is hard to make an argument for the Jets to be the favorites on Sunday.

The Seattle Seahawks meet the Chicago Bears tomorrow in an NFC matchup. The winner will face Green Bay, and there is a pretty decent chance of another divisional playoff game next weekend.

The Bears and Packers split the regular season series, and a third game would be very intriguing. Could Brian Urlacher and Julius Peppers actually stop Rodgers and the Packers? This matchup has the potential to be an instant classic of potent offense meets great defense.

The original Super Bowl pick dating back to the offseason this summer was Baltimore vs. Green Bay, but after a Ravens loss, this is no longer a possibility.

Patriots and Packers looks like the most realistic matchup in what would be a battle of elite quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers would look to take down the 2010 MVP in Tom Brady and make a name for himself, while Brady will look to add his fourth ring and putting his name up there with Joe Montana for best of all time.

Whatever happens in the remainder of the playoffs should be very interesting because as we all know, and what has been proven through a week and a half of these playoffs, anything can happen in the NFL.

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