And the Super Bowl Winner is......

Brian Gulish@@briengeeContributor IJanuary 7, 2010

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Players from the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate with the Vince Lombardi trophy after their 27-23 win against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Why go into depth? Why waste the breath?

On February 7th 2010, Super Bowl XLIV will take place in Miami, Florida. AFC vs. NFC. And the winner is...


Indianapolis, San Diego, Cincinnati, New England, Baltimore and New York Jets.

Wild Card round: I like the Cincinnati Bengals over the New York Jets. Sure, Darrelle Revis is all-world, but Mark Shanchez isn't ready to take the Jets to the next level.

Quarterback Carson Palmer and his Bengals have emotion on their sleeves and a bad taste in their mouths from four years ago when the Steelers went into Cincinnati and defeated them en route to Super Bowl XL. 

Final: 24-13.

The more interesting AFC matchup is the Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots. The Patriots defeated the Ravens in Week 4, but as Ray Lewis said, the Ravens "only need a ticket."  

Now that they are in, can their underachieving defense step up to the challenge of quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots?  

After a brief moment of consideration, Wes Welker or not, the Patriots will win this game.  

Final: 27-16.

Divisional round: If those outcomes come true, the Colts and Patriots will reignite a spirited rivalry. Earlier this season, the Colts came from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat the Patriots.  

The talk that came from that game was a fourth down call in the fourth quarter. The talk that will come from this game is the fact that the Colts were rusty because their regulars haven't played a full game in nearly a month.  

The Patriots will move on to the AFC championship game.

Final: 30-24.

The Bengals will be no match for the Chargers.  

Final: 31-17.

The Chargers dance on.

AFC Title game: I don't see anyone getting in the Chargers' way- Brady included. In fact, this game will be in the books by halftime with the Chargers leading 24 Patriots 7.

Final: 37-21.



New Orleans, Minnesota, Dallas, Arizona, Green Bay and Philadelphia.

I am anxious to watch the NFC because this side of the bracket could go any which way.  

Wild Card Round: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles. It is hard to think that the Eagles were as bad as they showed in the regular season finale.  

Then again, unlike the other playoff bound teams, they did have something to play for and let a home playoff game slip away.  

The Eagles are good, very good, but they are young. The Cowboys haven't won a playoff game since 1996!  The Cowboys defense will do just enough to give the 'Boys the win.

Final: 24-23.

The Arizona Cardinals hosting the Green Bay Packers is interesting to me for one reason. If the Packers can get past this game, I can see them reaching the Super Bowl. I am not so sure I want to discount the Cardinals on account of their offense. But I have to. The Packers are peaking at the right time.  

Final: 30- 28.

Divisional round: Pending those outcomes, divisional matchups include Dallas at Minnesota and Green Bay at New Orleans.

We've seen the way the Saints have faded late in the season, and it started with a loss to the Cowboys. BUT, I think the Saints are going to show up with a new enthusiasm and outlook on a season of incredible moments. Aaron Rodgers is NOT a big game QB. I'll take the Saints.

Final: 31-20.

Cowboys at Vikings, this could get interesting. They say it is hard to beat a team three times in the same season. The Steelers—had to mention the reigning Super Bowl champs—accomplished that feat last season against the Ravens.  

Can Brett Favre hold up?  

A bye week certainly helps as does playing indoors.  

Tony Romo will show is postseason gaffes again. My instinct tells me "All Day" Adrian Peterson will come back to reality and lead the Vikings to victory.  Vikings 27 Cowboys 20

NFC Title game: Well, that leaves the top two seeds to battle it out for a chance to play in the Miami. Favre vs. Brees. If Tavaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels were under center for the Vikings, well, they wouldn't be in the playoffs. So this will come down to defense.  

Who's defense can slow—because you aren't stopping—the opposing offense?

It's almost a coin flip here.  

So lets flip a coin...Saints heads, Vikings tails.

Heads it is. So it's the Saints 31-30


Well, isn't this ironic...Rivers vs. Brees.

No need to get all sapped up in comparing the former teammates. It will all come down to coaching, Sean Payton vs Norv "Can't Win the Big One" Turner.  

There is no reason for this pick except that Turner finds a way to fail once more.


SUPER BOWL XLIV Champs: New Orleans Saints.


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