Sunday is really the best day of the playoffs. Championship Sunday does not have all the hype, glitz, and glamour of the Super Bowl. It features four desperate teams attempting to get to the NFL’s biggest stage.
After the events of last week, I have a hard time getting excited about Sunday. Nonetheless, there are picks to be made.
Last Week: 1-3
San Diego at New England: The Chargers pulled an upset last week in Indianapolis, sending the Colts to an early vacation. They are now poised to finish better than last year’s early playoff disappointment. However, they are banged-up. QB Philip Rivers won’t play, RB LaDainian Tomlinson is injured but will play, and TE Antonio Gates will most likely sit this game out. The Chargers have a good running game. That won’t be enough. The Patriots are in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime season. Tom Brady will strike early and often. This game will be ugly. Book the Patriots for an upscale resort in the Phoenix area next week. Pick: New England
New York Giants at Green Bay: Excuse me while I throw up. Unfortunately, both of these teams deserve to be here, while the Dallas Cowboys do not. This game will be played in a deep freeze, with the temperature scheduled to be 5 degrees at kickoff (5:30 pm local time) and only getting colder. The Giants are hot, and have only lost one road game all year. They haven’t played in Green Bay in January, though. Get ready to hear a ton more about the great Brett Favre during Super Bowl week, because he’ll be there. Pick: Green Bay