NFL Conference Championship Picks Guaranteed to Win, Lose or Push

Andrew MillerCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 15:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on against the Atlanta Falcons during their 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Georgia Dome on January 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Packers won 48-21. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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With only three games remaining in the NFL season (what about the Pro Bowl?), one would think the knowledge absorbed through 19 weeks should be invaluable for picking the winners of the NFC and AFC Championships.

So why does it feel like we know nothing?

Sure, we now know who James Starks and Antonio Brown are. Well, at least most of us do.

We've learned that LaDanian Tomlinson is in fact alive, contrary to numerous reports surfacing on the interwebs this past June.

We've grown to appreciate Rex Ryan's taste in snacks (there may be a touch of bad language in that clip, so do be careful not to click around young children or terrified M&Ms), as well as his, how shall I say, anatomical preferences.

But when it comes to actual football, it seems as if we can choose our Super Bowl representatives by picking out of a hat rather than trying to analytically break down the matchups in each game.

The two hosts, Pittsburgh and Chicago, both had to overcome drama at the beginning of the seasonthe Steelers dealt with Roethlisberger's four-game suspension and the Bears dealt with the entire city of Chicago wishing their quarterback was on a four-game suspension.

The New York Jets vacillated between overrated and underrated more times this season than Jim Caldwell butchered time management.

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Finally, Green Bay wouldn't even be in the playoffs if not for the epic collapse performed by the Giants in the final weeks of the regular season.

So after watching so much and coming to so few conclusions, how should one go about picking the two games this Sunday?

Momentary aside: I'm so glad I informed people how to make a killing on the NFL and MLB playoffs without actually following my own advice. I'm an idiot.

Instead from picking out of a hat (or eeny meeny miny mo, depending on your preference), here's a somewhat educated guess of how these games will shake out:

Green Bay Packers (-3.5) at Chicago Bears

I've been riding the Packers train all season and much like last week in the game against Atlanta, I refuse to overthink this one.

I believe the Packers are a better team. They've already won two games on the road and as I said before, I'm developing dangerous feelings for Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay goes to the Super Bowl and the fine people of Wisconsin yell "Brett Who?" into the dark, cold night.

The pick: Green Bay (-3.5)

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5)

This game baffles me, and not only because a young Mark Sanchez makes the young Eli Manning's inconsistencies seem like child's play.

Under Rex Ryan, the Jets are a completely different animal in the playoffs than in the regular season, so I'm very hesitant to pick against them.

That and because the Steelers are down to their 17th string offensive tackles (approximately), I think the Jets will cover.

And come on, which would you rather hear about for two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, Mrs. Ryan's feet or Milledgeville, Georgia?

The pick: New York Jets (+3.5)

Last Week: 3-1
Playoffs: 6-2


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