NFL Playoff Predictions: Saints Will End the Packers' Perfect Season

Jason MuckleySenior Analyst IIDecember 7, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 24:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers scores a touchdown overKevin Kaesviharn #43 of the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter on November 24, 2009 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers started their season against the New Orleans Saints, and Drew Brees and company will be the team to end their season.

It seems likely that the Packers will face the Saints in the NFC Championship. The Packers have had an amazing run this season with Aaron Rodgers slinging the ball to his myriad of talented, young receivers, but it will all come to a screeching halt when the Pack face a battle-hardened Saints team one game before the Super Bowl.

The next five games of the season for the Packers are going to be easy.

The Packers face Oakland at home. A team who bet the farm on Carson Palmer to sustain their momentum and push them into the playoffs. However, the Raiders recently lost to the resurgent Dolphins, who crushed them in all phases. The Raiders will put up a fight on defense, but their careless errors and anemic offense won't be much of a challenge for the Packers.

Green Bay then faces a Tyler Palko-led Kansas City Chiefs team which has been inconsistent all season due to a plethora of injuries. This will be another walk in the park for the Pack.

Another team wrought with injuries, the Packers will face a Cutler-less Bears team, who will already have hung it up for the season and will let a banged up Matt Forte sit out the last four games. The Bears won't put up much resistance.

The season finale for the Pack is against the undisciplined Detroit Lions. At this point, the Lions will be hobbling into the playoffs. Matthew Stafford hasn't been the same since he was banged up earlier in the season against the Broncos, and its a revolving door for the Lions at running back. The Packers should clinch their first undefeated regular season with an aura of arrogance and pride.

Pride goes before a fall.

Only three top teams will be in the NFC playoff picture: Green Bay, New Orleans and San Francisco.

The other likely teams to make it to the playoffs include: Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. Do any of these teams scare you? Maybe the Giants, but they have the toughest road to even make it into the playoffs.

Two of these teams will play and the other team will draw the Saints. Whoever comes out of the wild-card round with the lowest seed (probably the Atlanta Falcons) will get the Packers.

The Packers will roll over whatever team it is. 

The Saints are the underdogs to win the NFC because of the Packers. The Saints have really cranked up the the intensity in the past few weeks.

The Saints have already knocked off three of the aforementioned playoff contenders in three consecutive weeks: Atlanta, New York and Detroit. The past couple games, the Saints have made it look effortless.

Earlier in the season, the Packers made it look effortless. Nowadays, they have squeaked by the Giants and a soft schedule had them peaking early on in the season and coasting the past seven weeks or so.

Late in the season, after doing it for so long, I think it will be the New Orleans Saints who finally wear down the Packers and break their amazing win streak to steal the NFC Championship.