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NFL Championship Weekend
by Mark Neal,posted Jan 18 2013 12:38PM
You can hear both games on 1410 ESPN Radio! Our coverage starts with pregame for Game 1 at 2p, kickoff at 3p. Game 2 will immediately follow. Here is what I think will happen...
GM 1 49ers @ Falcons: Are the 49ers too good for the Falcons? I'm not sure I would say that, but they might be a more complete team. The 49ers have the better defense and running game, but the Falcons have their own advantages. Atlanta has the better QB and, in my opinion, the ability to score more quickly. I know what Kaepernick did last week, I just don't feel he will have that great of an impact again this week. He will play well, but not that well. The Falcons will scheme against it, and force him to hand it off.
49ers over Falcons 24-16
GM 2 Ravens @ Patriots: Two team very familiar with one another...who will it advantage? I think, the Ravens. I picked the Ravens in the preseason to, not just go to the Super Bowl, but win it...so I go with the Birds. Baltimore will have to contain Brady and the offense. If the Pats come out and score on their 1st 4 possessions, it is going to be along, cold day in Foxboro. The Ravens will need to harness momentum early, but playing good defense and getting to Brady. The offense just needs to score 1 more point than the Patriots...can the defense hold them to a number the Raven offense can approach...I hope so!