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This will be my fifth year predicting on this website. While my two Super Bowl teams lost in the first round of the playoffs last year, I did manage to select 8 out of 12 playoff teams. I hope for more success this year. I have created a new format for seasonal predictions, which I think is easier to read.

NFC Wild Card

Atlanta Falcons (10-6) at Green Bay Packers (10-6)

We've all seen this before. The Packers can not beat the Falcons. The Falcons have beaten the Packers twice at Lambeau in the last three years (they are also the only team to beat the Packers at Lambeau). Perhaps its because Brett Favre is a former Falcon.
Atlanta Falcons 27, Green Bay Packers 20.

Carolina Panthers (10-6) at New York Giants (10-6)

The Panthers have one of the best defenses in the NFL. However, I think the Giants have too many weapons for Carolina. The Giants have a solid run defense, so they should shut down Stephen Davis.
New York Giants 16, Carolina Panthers 6.

AFC Wild Card

Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) at Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

Defense wins in the playoffs. I think the Ravens will shut down the Chiefs' running game, forcing Trent Green to throw often into a tough secondary, under a strong pass rush. The Chiefs' defense will get worn down by Jamal Lewis.
Baltimore Ravens 20, Kansas City Chiefs 6.

San Diego Chargers (10-6) at Tennessee Titans (10-6)

San Diego will struggle down the stretch, and there is no way that they can play in the cold. Titans win easily.
Tennessee Titans 34, San Diego Chargers 17.

NFC Divisional Round

New York Giants (10-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-4)

I really don't think the Giants stand a chance against the Buccaneers. As good as Tiki Barber is, he's not good enough to beat the Buccaneers, who can be beat with the run.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31, New York Giants 3.

Atlanta Falcons (10-6) at St. Louis Rams (13-3)

If Mike Vick was healthy, the Falcons would win this game. However, I'm not sure if Vick can beat the Rams with a fractured fibula.
St. Louis Rams 37, Atlanta Falcons 20.

AFC Divisional Round

Tennessee Titans (10-6) at Oakland Raiders (12-4)

I have the Titans winning in week one. The Titans believe that they can beat the Raiders, because they probably would have, if they didn't fumble twice in the first half last year.
Tennessee Titans 34, Oakland Raiders 31.

Baltimore Ravens (10-6) at New England Patriots (12-4)

Baltimore will keep this game very close, because I feel that these are two very evenly matched teams, but in the end, it will be the team with the bye week that wins.
New England Patriots 16, Baltimore Ravens 13.

NFC Championship Game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-4) at St. Louis Rams (13-3)

The Buccaneers have dominated the Rams of late, but they can be beat with the run. The Rams will run a lot more this year than in years past. If Marshall Faulk is healthy, the Rams can beat the Buccaneers. However, Marshall Faulk is fragile and the Rams' defense can not stop Tampa Bay. Bucs beat the Rams again.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, St. Louis Rams 27.

AFC Championship Game

Tennessee Titans (10-6) at New England Patriots (12-4)

Another close game for both teams. Steve McNair can beat anyone, but the Patriots' defense is one of the best in the NFL. The Titans can no longer run over the Patriots, like they did last year. Meanwhile, the Patriots will move the ball on Tennessee's defense.
New England Patriots 20, Tennessee Titans 17.

Super Bowl XXXVIII

New England Patriots (12-4) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-4)

What an exciting Super Bowl. Bill Belichick, the defensive mastermind goes against Jon Gruden, an offensive genius. The difference between the two teams is that the Patriots actually have quality personnel on their defense, while the Bucs' offense is run on pure coaching. However, the Patriots might not be able to score on the Buccaneers, since you have to run on the Bucs to beat them. With the offense, defense and coaching at a stalemate, I look at special teams, and the Patriots are better there. Don't be surprised if there are zero offensive touchdowns scored in this game. There could be a few defensive touchdowns, as well as Gramatica, and espcially Vinatieri field goals.
New England Patriots 13, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10.

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