NFL Playoffs: 18-0 Patriots?

Anthony TravalgiaContributor IJanuary 14, 2008

So here we are, six days away from Championship Sunday.

We have the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants battling out to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The AFC counters with the San Diego Chargers traveling to Foxboro to take on the 17-0 New England Patriots.

Wait, the Chargers? Don’t you mean the Colts, Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, and the defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts?

No folks you’re not dreaming it’s the Chargers, and they are one win away from another Super Bowl appearance.

So when the cameras roll and the referees blow the whistle and opening kickoff is underway, the path to 19-0 continues. Here we go again...The San Diego Chargers come to town red hot, winners of eight in a row including a home playoff win against Wild Card winner Tennessee Titans and a huge road upset over the Indianapolis Colts. The last time San Diego lost a playoff game was in 2007 when the underdog Patriots pulled out the huge upset. Will San Diego turn the tables and get their revenge, or will they come up short just like 16 other teams this year?

So the Patriots look to become the first team in Football history to become 18-0, and seemingly should succeed. Back in Week 2, one week after spy gate, the Patriots defeated the Chargers 38-14, a game that is still fresh on the mind of Ladainian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers, and the rest of the Chargers. On paper the Patriots should win, and win big.

Then to add insult to injury, Tomlinson, Rivers, and tight end Antonio Gates are all banged up with injuries, but I don’t see it that way. I see this being a close game, closer than people expect.

My prediction: Patriots 38, Chargers 31